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Inchworm Yoga

Hatha Yoga is the Indian science of bodily movement. Ashtanga Yoga, Viniyoga, Iyengar Yoga, etc. are schools of hatha yoga. The different schools stress different aspects of Hatha Yoga. People trained and certified in those schools can call themselves teachers of that style. Most schools don’t allow their teachers to certify in different styles. People not certified by a particular school may say they teach “hatha yoga” or, if they teach a fast-paced class similar to Ashtanga Yoga, someone may say they teach “vinyasa” or “flow” yoga.

Certifications are fairly new. When I started doing yoga in the 1970s, during an earlier wave of popularity, there were no sticky mats, no props, and no mention of teacher certification. Teachers either had a lot of training or they had none. As a student you had no idea how knowledgeable a teacher was. Teachers can now be certified, meaning they have completed…

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Utkatasana Pointers

Unsupported shoulderstand?


Yoga Spy

DAVEY supported shoulder standA friend pointed me to a blog post, “Please, NO Lifts in Shoulderstand,” by Sandra Sammartino, a yoga teacher based in White Rock, BC. My initial response? No way. In Salamba Sarvangasana the overwhelming majority of people need shoulder support, such as folded blankets.

Then I stopped and caught myself. In my prior post, “Learning on your own,” I wrote about the necessity to learn independently. This means being open-minded about teachings, techniques, rules, and majority opinions. Whether you ultimately agree or disagree with an established idea, your conclusion should be your own.

OcciputSo I read Sammartino’s piece more slowly. She studied with BKS Iyengar in 1977 when she traveled to India at age 36. And she initially practiced supported shoulderstands.

Scrutinizing the photo of Sammartino’s current, unsupported shoulderstand, I recognized that she does an upright pose, not the typical banana-shaped version, resting on the shoulder blades, as illustrated above by the cat (who is doing a…

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The Bhagavad Gita on Love

Bob Weisenberg

Excellent article about love in the Gita, by the President of the Himalayan Institute, Rolf Sovic:…/v…/The-Bhagavad-Gita-on-Love

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The pranic body revisited

Home Yoga Practice

Alex_Grey-Psychic_Energy_Sy Artwork by Alex Grey

B.K.S. Iyengar was a genius. At the time he reinvigorated Yoga as a legitimate system, he eschewed talk of chakras, nadis, vayus, and other aspects of esoteric Yoga anatomy. Iyengar saved Yoga from becoming an antiquated esoteric practice by putting it into contemporary terms using the physical body as a starting point.

That is not to say that his system stopped using terms referring to esoteric anatomy, it is just not used for students who cannot comprehend them. What Iyengar did was to instruct movements of the physical body to facilitate movement in the esoteric body. For example, instead of calling it a “jalandhara bandha” to the raw beginner, Iyengar instructors teach the student to move the sternum toward the chin to get the “action” of Jalandara Bandha. Instead of basing instructions from the different vayus, instructors teach movement from tangible body parts to create an…

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About Inversions

Inversions, in which the body is upside down defying gravity, are undoubtedly a unique characteristic of yoga. The two significant inversions are headstand or Shirshasana (pictured) and Shoulder stand or Sarvangasana, these are considered the king and queen of all asanas. At one point in my life, I practiced Tai Chi in addition to yoga…

Taipei. December 12 – 15. 2014.

Bobby Clennell

Workshop at Shelly Yoga.

caption Students taking pictures of my Elements and Koshas posters.

caption Preparing for  Eka Hasta Bhujasana

caption ….with Eka Pada Sirsasana

caption Eka Hasta Bhujasana

Bakasana: rocking and rolling - shifting the weight back and forth from the blocks to the hands. Bakasana: rocking and rolling – shifting the weight back and forth from the blocks to the arms and hands.

Tuck the arms high up under the inner thighs before you lift off. Tuck the arms high up under the inner thighs before you lift off.

Suck the abdomen back to the spine. Suck the abdomen back to the spine.

This student's hips are too high. This student’s hips are too high.

caption Another day, another session: we pushed up from a chair into Urdhva Dhanurasana, elbows and forearm bone on the wall, middle fingers face straight ahead.

caption Due to the wieght of the pelvis, women tend to drop the hips in this pose.

Raise your heels, raise your tail bone and pelvis,

Without dropping your pelvis, stamp your heels down. Open the backs of the knees: lift the back thighs away from the backs of the knees toward the buttock crease.

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