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  • Physical precision is manifested focus.
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Calling all Ashtanga geeks:
I’m teaching a weeklong Intermediate Series Intensive at @ashtangatoronto from Dec 8-14. This is a chance to go a little deeper, and get a little more subtle with the cues. Maybe you can come?
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pic by @cat_108 💙
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#ashtanga #ashtangayoga #onebreathatatime #practiceandalliscoming #myyogalife #yogajourney #yoga #yogi  #mysoretoronto #yogaeverydamnday #instayoga #instagood #yogainspiration #igyoga #learntofloat #yogachallenge #learntofall #ashtangayogato #shittygymnastics #dontsmashyourface #breathingmovingsystem
  • Don’t just practice asana; practice total acceptance of whatever shit comes up while you do asana.
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Asana (and vinyasa, which is just a moving asana 🤔) is a screen that reveals the shifting nature of our thoughts and feelings.
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The real value of an asana practice is that it gives us a space to reflect on our experience. We create shapes with our bodies to frame our minds. Asana turns awareness into art.
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Pic by @dolinainggolan 👌
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Come make shapes with me and @vesic_jelena in Mexico! We’re teaching a week-long retreat in Sayulita Feb 24-Mar 2, 2019. Details at @ashtanga108
  • I don’t admire discipline the way I used to.  I mean, it’s useful, but it has to be tempered with humour and acceptance. Dogma has to be held very lightly if it’s going to set us free.
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@vesic_jelena and I are teaching an Intermediate Intensive at @ashtangatoronto from Dec 8-14, 2018. One week of daily Mysore practice and afternoon workshops studying the vinyasa count and postures of Ashtanga’s Second Series.
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Pic by @cat_108 💙
  • Good morning from Bali! Today I’m a guest host on #AshtangaMondays, and I’m posting a lesson on #Chakrasana, the backward rolling vinyasa that so many Ashtangis hate.😅
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I’ve made 3 different videos demonstrations of the vinyasa. Version 1 is the “professional” way to do it 🤣, and versions 2 and 3 offer alternatives.
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Every version of this vinyasa begins in a supine position. Begin the movement as you inhale. Ideally, you’ll do the entire movement, from starting on your back to finishing in Chaturanga Dandasana, in one inhalation. Then, hold Chaturanga Dandasana as you exhale. Of course, if you can’t do that, take as many breaths as you need to as you work on it.
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Version  1️⃣ is the full expression of the vinyasa:
•as you push through your hands, let your legs slide back while at the same time your torso and head flip forward
•move fast!
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Version 2️⃣ is more of a roll than a flip:
•bring your feet over your head, keeping legs straight and super engaged
•bring your hands by your shoulders, palms flat on the floor
•do NOT lift your feet of the floor!
•as you roll over, let your legs slide back, and continue pushing through your hand to lift into a downward dog
•walk the hands forward and lower into Chaturanga Dandasana
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If it’s still not coming then Version 3️⃣ breaks down the vinyasa a bit more:
•use your hands to bring your feet over your head and lift as high as you can onto your shoulders
•round your back, place your palms flat on the floor close to your shoulders, with elbows over the wrists. Don’t let your elbows splay out! If your elbows won’t behave, try turning the hands out to keep the elbows in
•extend the legs back, suck in your lower belly, and slowly rock to build momentum
•as you begin to roll back, bend your knees to help tip your weight back
•press through both hands equally to roll over
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No matter what, keep your neck relaxed, and avoid pressing through your head to roll yourself over. The majority of the work and support should come from your hands.
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Good luck!
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Big thanks to my hosts, @sirisyoga & @lottasebzdayoga 🙏
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  • Last weekend I had the huge pleasure of celebrating @ashtangatoronto’s 10th Birthday.
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First: I’m so grateful to be a part of AYCT. And proud! Proud of our huge community.  So many dedicated Sadhakas! 🙏 You all inspire me everyday, and I’m deeply honored to be on this path with you.
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Second: That’s not our baby! 🤣 It’s our 8-week old niece, Katja, blessing our event — her first party!— with her presence.
  • Our time in Zagreb is coming to an end. It’s been busy with morning Mysore classes and afternoon workshops. But in those few moments we have off, @vesic_jelena and I have enjoyed stripping down and doing asana in the bushes.
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Thanks to all of the incredible students that have shared their time with us here. And an especially big thank you to our incredible hosts @supersoulyoga and @gaiayogazagreb.
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Pic by @sanjinkastelan 💙
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#ashtanga #ashtangayoga #onebreathatatime #practiceandalliscoming #myyogalife #yogajourney #yoga #yogi  #mysoretoronto #yogaeverydamnday #instayoga #instagood #yogainspiration #igyoga #learntofloat #yogachallenge #learntofall #ashtangayogato #shittygymnastics #dontsmashyourface #breathingmovingsystem
  • It’s been a great week of Mysore classes and workshops in Zagreb, Croatia at @gaiayogazagreb with @supersoulyoga. And there’s still another week to go!
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Come study with @vesic_jelena and I at one of our upcoming retreats. Schedule in bio.
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  • I am a slow learner. I’m also aging as I learn. These factors make progression in asana very complex (and by complex I mean sad😭).
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Luckily, I have a lot of compassionate help in my community. Like the lovely @lisanovembre, an amazing teacher at @ashtangatoronto who is helping me here in this video.
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Ulltimately, what does it really matter about the “depth” of any asana? There’s absolutely no correlation between flexibility/strength and yoga. Yoga is a state of existential union, not a circus trick. Yoga is a state of mind, not a state of physical fitness.
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So why bother trying to grab my ankles in a backbend? Because that’s my practice. It’s a part of my daily Sadhana, my spiritual path. And it’s the structure of this practice, by revealing my projections and fantasies, that helps me to find my own version of union.
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Video by @cat_108 🙏💙

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