The best yoga-related snippets from the web this week

We thought that we’d share a few blogs and articles that we found interesting, enlightening or both this week.

First up Chad Herst writes a great blog about Isvara Pranidhana (the last of the niyama). It’s a lengthy one but definitely worth a read Isvara Pranidhana: Sticking with what we truly know.

David Robson of Toronto features twice this week. First up, an interview he did in Portugal and then a blog post which he wrote for elephant journal on correct vinyasa and the variation of the length of the breath. Very interesting indeed. We like how he writes.

Two articles about sportsmen and yoga came up also this week. First of all world-cup-winning rugby team the all-blacks attribute their win totally to yoga (well not totally but we would like if they did). Brad Thorn, at age 37, has just signed a short term contract to play here in Ireland for Leinster. His longevity has definitely been helped by practising yoga. Ryan Giggs, at 38, reckons he might have another 100 games in him for Manchester United. He says that yoga gives him the strength and flexixility to stay in the game.

We liked this straight-forward article about Rolf Sovik of the Himalayan Institute of Buffalo. He highlights the importance of balance in yoga practice and life in general.

But most of all, we loved these photos of Marilyn Monroe doing her yoga practice. You have to check them out!


Free Yoga class and film screening

This coming Friday and Saturday (the 30th and 31st of March) Oscailt are holding  an open day (well two days actually). There is an extensive list of events scheduled, run by the various teachers and practitioners who use Oscailt as their base. The events include introductions to Mindfulness, Qigong, Pilates, Alexander Technique, Hypnosis, Tai-Chi and Yoga. It should be a great couple of days. See the full timetable for the two days at the bottom of the page.

We will be running two seperate events as part of the open days.

On Friday evening from 7pm to 8pm we will be hosting a screening of the documentary ‘Ashtanga New York’. For those of you who missed our screening of this in the Happy Pear a few months ago here is another chance to see this great film. The film follows our teacher, the late Shri K. Pattabhi Jois (the guru of Ashtanga yoga) and his family, as they hold two weeks of classes in New York City in September 2001. While there, they witnessed the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Centre. The film is both an introduction to the world of
Ashtanga Yoga and Pattabhi Jois, and a testament to the power of yoga in
times of great trauma. It was very well received the last time we showed it, so don’t miss it if you have any interest in yoga.

On Saturday morning at 10am we will be running a free introductory class on the fundamentals of Ashtanga Yoga. We will introduce all the main concepts involved in the practice including the specific breathing system (vinyasa), the postures (asana) and focusing the mind through the use of gazing points (drishti). You should leave with an understanding of the basics of Ashtanga, feeling relaxed and invigorated.

There are some yoga mats available at Oscailt but, if you have your own mat, bring it with you. Wear light, comfortable clothing which you are able to move in and be prepared to sweat. Ashtanga Yoga produces heat in the body which is said to purify the blood and bring all the toxins out.

Drop us a quick email through our contact page to let us know if you would like to attend either or both of these events.

For a full list of events at Oscailt’s open days click here.


Yoga Stops Traffick in Dublin

‘Yoga Stops Traffick’ in Dublin was a rip-roaring success thanks to everyone who came along (and also those of you who donated online).

Some donations are still coming in but we managed to collect around €1,000 to go to Odanadi (Update: The final total collected in Dublin is €1,208!).  It seems that the yoga practitioners of Dublin are a very generous bunch.

We want to say a HUGE thank you to everybody involved.

Although you may never meet the children of Odanadi you have surely made a massive difference to their lives and to those children who will be saved from slavery in the future. Congratulations. It is truly a wonderful thing that you all did.

It’s not too late to donate if you know of anyone else who would like to do so. Click on this link to Yoga Stops Traffick’s donation page.

We will be running another event in Dublin next year and hopefully we can make it an even bigger event and raise more awareness for the horror of human-trafficking. Meanwhile, thank you all again for helping with a cause which is so close to our hearts.

Namaste.

The wonderful participants at Yoga Stops Traffick in Dublin looking surprisingly fresh after 108 sun-salutations.




Yoga Stops Traffick in Dublin

‘Yoga Stops Traffick’ in Dublin was a rip-roaring success thanks to everyone who came along (and also those of you who donated online).

Some donations are still coming in but we managed to collect around €1,000 to go to Odanadi (Update: The final total collected in Dublin is €1,208!).  It seems that the yoga practitioners of Dublin are a very generous bunch.

We want to say a HUGE thank you to everybody involved.

Although you may never meet the children of Odanadi you have surely made a massive difference to their lives and to those children who will be saved from slavery in the future. Congratulations. It is truly a wonderful thing that you all did.

It’s not too late to donate if you know of anyone else who would like to do so. Click on this link to Yoga Stops Traffick’s donation page.

We will be running another event in Dublin next year and hopefully we can make it an even bigger event and raise more awareness for the horror of human-trafficking. Meanwhile, thank you all again for helping with a cause which is so close to our hearts.

Namaste.

The wonderful participants at Yoga Stops Traffick in Dublin looking surprisingly fresh after 108 sun-salutations.




Primary Series Asana Names

I have been meaning to add this to the site for a while now. Below is a list of all of the postures of primary series in a transliteration of the original Sanskrit.

I have taken the spelling of the asanas directly from a hand-out that was given to us by Lakshmish at the KPJAYI in Mysore.

  • sūryanamaskāra
  • pādāṅguṣṭāsana
  • pāda hastāsana
  • utthita trikoṇāsana (A+B)
  • utthita pārśvakonāsana (A+B)
  • prasārita pādottānāsana (A,B,C,D)
  • pārśvottānāsana
  • utthita hasta pādāṅguṣṭāsana
  • ardha baddha padmottānāsana
  • utkatāsana
  • vīrabhadrāsana
  • paścimattānāsana
  • pūrvattanāsana
  • ardha baddha padma paścimattānāsana
  • tiryaṅgmukha ekapāda paścimattānāsana
  • jānuśīrṣāsana
  • marīcāsana
  • nāvāsana
  • bhujapīḍāsana
  • kūrmāsana
  • supta kūrmāsana
  • garbha piṇḍāsana
  • kukkuṭāsana
  • baddha konāsana
  • upaviṣṭha konāsana
  • supta konāsana
  • supta pādāṅguṣṭāsana
  • ubhaya pādāṅguṣṭāsana
  • ūrdhva mukha paścimattānāsana
  • setu bandhāsana

Finishing Postures

  • ūrdhva dhanurāsana
  • salaṁba sarvāṅgāsana
  • halāsana
  • karṇa pīḍāsana
  • ūrdhva padmāsana
  • piṇḍāsana
  • matsyāsana
  • uttāna pādāsana
  • cakrāsana
  • śīrṣāsana
  • baddha padmāsana
  • yoga mudrā
  • padmāsana
  • utpluthiḥ

Articles, blogs and tweets of the week

Guy Donahaye’s article on food for yoga practitioners is well worth a read.

Neuroscientist Dr. Alex Korb wrote this article about effects of yoga practice on brain function. Yoga: Changing the brain’s stressful habits. And you thought it was just stretching!

@yogadork posted this interview with Tom Myers in which he speaks about yoga, rolfing and the medicine of the future

And finally,

This video advertising something (I’m not sure what) caused a bit of a stir. Some thought it was beautiful and others thought it was disgusting/degrading. Michael A. Stusser liked it enough to make his own version. We prefer the second one, just for the record.

 

 


Moving to a new Yoga Studio

Dear all,

It is with great sadness but also excitement that I write to you today.

I won’t bore you with the details of how this has come about but I have come to the realisation that it is time for me to move on from Greystones Yoga Studio.

I want to tell you all that it has been an amazing experience for me to meet and teach all of the wonderful students in Greystones. It has been one of the most rewarding and fulfilling years of my life so far, but, the time has come for me to stand on my own two feet and take complete control of running my own classes.

I leave on very good terms with Rionach and Greystones Yoga Studio and wish her the very best for the future of the studio. Rionach has decided to continue the early morning classes herself. Having discussed it at length with Rionach, we have decided that she will take over the classes from this Friday (the 27th of January). I apologise for the short notice but it seems to be the simplest and least messy solution for everybody.

From Sunday, February the 5th at 9am, I will begin my new life at Oscailt on Pembroke Road, Dublin 4 (Pembroke Road is a continuation of Baggot Street). Here is a map to the studio and a link to the Oscailt website. The schedule of morning classes will be the same as it was in Greystones (Monday to Friday from 7am to 9am, Sundays from 9am to 11am). We will be updating our website over the next day or two with all the details of the new space, times, prices etc.

I’d like to thank you all for your amazing support over the last year and for making it so easy for me to get up at 4am every day!

Best wishes and gratitude

Suzanne


Mysore Magic – Yoga at the Source

A new documentary, about Yoga at the KPJ Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, has just been released. Sharath showed the film to his students this week at his weekly conference so we can rest assured that it has his approval.

The film has many interviews with students at the Shala, articulating their reasons for travelling around the world to be there, at the source of the Ashtanga Yoga practice. Sharath appears in the film, speaking about his Grandfather Sri K Pattabhi Jois and also a little about ‘what is yoga’. The film-maker (Alex Medin) also interviews other residents of Mysore; officials and historians from the palace where Guruji and Krishnamcharya were teaching and members of the faculty at the Sanskrit College (where Guruji was a professor for many years).

Anytime we get to hear directly from Mysore, and in particular from our teacher Sharath, it is a blessing for us, here, on the other side of the world. It is great to see that Ashtanga Yoga is spreading to many corners of the world and films like this can only help in bringing the worldwide Ashtanga community together.

Watch the trailer or stream/download Mysore Magic – Yoga at the Source


Articles, Blogs and Tweets of the week

This is the first of a weekly roundup of some of the best yoga-related goings-on around the worldwide web.

  • Great notes from Sharath’s conference in Mysore, via Suzanne El-Safty’s blog. Many thanks to her for her great posts.


  • From @ayvic The Sages & Ancient Yogi Seers Knew This before Science could validate it. Youtube


  •  There’s been a storm (in a teacup?) over the last week due to a certain article which appeared in the New York Times. Many teachers have given their responses and @yogadork has kindly collated them all for us here along with a link to the original article.


  • David Robson of the Ashtanga Yoga centre of Toronto wrote a blog about Ujjayi breath, or lack of it. You may be surprised, I was.

 

  • Yoga Stops Traffick is an amazing worlwide event which is coming into its third year. This year it will be taking place on the 10th of March. Make a donation, roll out your mats and join us in 108 sun salutations (or as many as you can manage). You’ll really feel like your making an effort for those less fortunate than yourself. There’s a story from one of the founders of Odanadi here



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