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  • These days I practice after I finish teaching, during the second Mysore session at @ashtangatoronto. And that means that I practice with other students.
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In this practice, we are all and always students.  My students can see that I am doing the same thing I ask them to do each day. They see me struggle with the same things they struggle with.
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There are no perfect teachers, no perfect humans. All I can do, as a teacher, is do the work as best I can and inspire and support others to do the same.
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Goa, Mar 17-30 @purplevalleyyoga 
Taiwan, Apr 4-8 @pureyogaofficial 
California, Apr 20-22 @yogareclaimed
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Pic by @cat_108 🙏
  • Happy 💙 day @vesic_jelena. I love you, and I’m a lucky man to be able to walk (and vinyasa) through life beside you.
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And you’ll love her too! Join us for a 1-week retreat in Italy this Spring as we go-teach at the idyllic @yogainsalento,
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Organized by @supersoulyoga, this promises to be a perfect week. Come experience one of Jelena’s famous squishes!
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Registration details can be found on my website, davidrobsonyoga.com, or just follow the link in my bio.
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pic by @dolinainggolan 🙏
  • I 💙 @ashtangatoronto
  • A fool pulls the leaves. A brute chops the trunk. A sage digs the roots.
— Lorn Au Arcos
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Back home in Toronto, and back to teaching daily morning Mysore classes at the amazing @ashtangatoronto.
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Lots of retreats and workshops coming up:
• Feb 9-11, Toronto w @ashtangatoronto
• Feb 24-Mar 2, Mexico at @hotelito_los_suenos w @ashtanga108
• Mar 17-30, Goa w @purplevalleyyoga
• Apr 4-8, Taiwan at @pureyogaofficial
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Pic by @dolinainggolan 🙏
  • Come and practice Ashtanga Yoga with @davidrobsonyoga & @vesic_jelena in sunny Sayulita, Mexico. And enjoy your downtime exploring this hip surfing village, dining at vegan restaurants, or chilling on the beautiful beaches.
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Feb 24 - Mar 2
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Daily morning Mysore-style classes and afternoon workshops on technique and philosophy. Workshop topics include:
• The Inner Work of Ashtanga
• Breathing Moving System
• Perfecting the Fundamentals
• Pain Free Backbends
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Prices start as low as $930 USD/pp and include yoga tuition, 6 nights accommodation, and daily breakfast.
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Go to davidrobsonyoga.com for more info.
  • It’s day 8, the last day of the #innerwerk challenge. Today’s pose is the quintessential backbend: Urdvha Dhanurasana, Upward Bow.
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I’m getting this post out just before I get on to a 14.5 hour plane ride home from Thailand. It was a beautiful trip🙏
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While in Thailand, I took a course on free-diving (diving down deep under water while holding your breath)— something I’ve always wanted to do.
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There’s a lot of similarities between free-diving and asana. One of the things I noticed is that there’s a depth I get to, both in a dive and in a backbend, where my mind says “that’s enough.”
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In both practices, it’s that moment that we begin to do the work. We teach ourselves to pause long enough to assess, to question “is that really as far as I go?”
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In this way we learn to stop reacting at the first signs of discomfort, and begin to change the depths we can go to.
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This challenge is all about the inner work of Asana. We believe that Asana bring us closer to yoga when it’s used as a screen to reveal the impermanent nature of our thoughts and feelings. Understanding this truth can lead to more freedom and less suffering. But first you have to be willing to explore.
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We also believe that good gear makes the practice more fun, and fun will get you on your mat more often.
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It’s never to late to join! Are you in? Here’s how to participate:
Follow @vesic_jelena, @davidrobsonyoga and @werkshop;
Repost this collage and tag friends who may want to join us;
Post a photo each day for the eight days of yourself doing the pose.
Tag @vesic_jelena, @davidrobsonyoga and @werkshop in each of your posts and use the hashtag #innerwerk.
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At the end of challenge the kind people at @werkshop will be giving away some prizes. So be sure to participate every day for your chance to win.
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And win or not, try to enjoy the werk.
  • Day 7 of the #innerwerk challenge
is Koundiniyasana A, another pose from Ashtanga’s Advanced A Series .
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I’ve always loved arm balances, and when I started an Asana practice these poses came to me pretty easily.
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About 3 years ago I started to have some shoulder pain. I was diagnosed with a torn supraspinatus tendon, which is one of the rotator cuff muscles. As you can imagine, arm balances suddenly became much more difficult. Impossible, as a matter of fact.
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It’s been a long, difficult journey working through my injury. And I know it’s a bit of a cliche in the yoga world, but I have learned so much about myself and my practice (and shoulders! 😂) through this trial.
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My biggest lesson has been that practice isn’t related to the performance of any particular asana. The benefits of the practice comes from the mindfulness we bring to an asana. Ultimately we practice to cultivate a more refined field of awareness, and it’s this awareness that can lead to mental and emotional purification.
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It’s important to try and practice even when we don’t think we will be able to perform up to our expectations. Performance is just one facet of experience. If our practice is only about doing certain asanas well, we are focusing on a predetermined outcome that we don’t really have any control over. That is a recipe for disappointment and suffering.
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This challenge is all about the inner work of Asana. We believe that Asana bring us closer to yoga when it’s used as a screen to reveal the impermanent nature of our thoughts and feelings. Understanding this truth can lead to more freedom and less suffering. But first you have to be willing to explore.
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We also believe that good gear makes the practice more fun, and fun will get you on your mat more often.
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It’s never to late to join! Are you in? Here’s how to participate:
Follow @vesic_jelena, @davidrobsonyoga and @werkshop;
Repost this collage and tag friends who may want to join us;
Post a photo each day for the eight days of yourself doing the pose.
Tag @vesic_jelena, @davidrobsonyoga and @werkshop in each of your posts and use the hashtag #innerwerk.
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@werkshop will be giving away some great prizes!
  • Today (well, yesterday really 🤭) is my day in the @omstarsofficial #30dayyogaliving. Day 26 is #marichyasana, and here I am doing the Ashtanga vinyasa in and out of the pose. Technically speaking, the smile at the end isn’t correct technique 😃, but it’s a special teaching I learned from @kinoyoga 🙏

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