I love that Mark is a Zen priest as well as an Ashtangi.
Love that it's not as polished as David Swenson's ( the only other 4th series I have on DVD ), David's videos are excellent but.... everything is just a little too perfect. There are a couple of places in this video where you can see Mark is still working hard to get into the pose, makes it look... doable ( OK half of it looks doable, the other half.....not so much ) something to perhaps aspire to after all rather than just sit back in awe.
Love the 'Encouraging words' that scrolls up like a Zen version of Star wars, never fancied a tattoo but there was a second there where the thought of having 'Practice heroically' on one forearm and 'only then you will realise you have not practiced well' on the other, passed through my mind
And there it is, the reason I practice, some might seek to know the self, god or escape the cycle of rebirth, me, I'll settle for,
'Still your mind, end wrong perceptions, concentrate and do not run after the objects of the senses'
plenty to be going on with.
Loved seeing Punga Kukkutasana, brings the asana madness out in me. Oh and the jump into lotus Jump through, very very cool. Only just managed to flip into lotus without using the hands, sitting down, now I find out there's a flying version, yep. Reminds me of some of thoseTibetan yoga videos on youtube where the monks are standing and then just drop to the floor in full lotus.
Anyway here it is, enjoy.