Confession time, forgive me father for I have sinned, it's been three weeks since my last full Ashtanga practice (hang on, there WAS that Primary and 2nd on the morning of my birthday but apart from that).
Actually, I think I still AM practicing Ashtanga (Vinyasa Krama too) but not ashtanga ashtanga if you know what I mean.
...not traditional ashatanga...actually, again, I happen to think what I'm practicing IS traditional Ashtanga, the limbs integrated, the asana flexible, groups of asana, no fixed sequence, creative, adaptable.... but not of the more... recent tradition perhaps,
But then what's tradition anyway, supposedly something handed down twice within three generations....but then that's not the traditional interpretation of tradition, that idea of tradition is only about two hundred years old itself, traditionally tradition meant, old, even ancient practices handed down over generations.
One of the things I liked about Ramaswami on his TT course is that I don't remember him talking that much about tradition in relation to asana, about what was right or wrong, correct or incorrect method (rarely, only where it could involve injury), rather he would tend say, "...this is how my teacher taught me", and invite you to try it that way (of course his teacher was Krishnamachara but still).
Liked that a lot.
Something I do like though about Krishnamacharya's Yoga Makaranda and Yogasangalu is that they're grounded in the shastras, those ancient texts, we can see where this practice comes from, the important elements anyway (the ancient idea of tradition). And then on top of all that important stuff we have his approach to asana, no doubt as taught to him by his teacher and adapted/internalised by him, linking breath to movement while in as well as entering and exiting the asana ( the recent tradition idea perhaps).
Ashtanga yoga, eight limbs, follow the breath.
Evening's are a more Yoga Makaranda / Yogasanagalu approach, close to primary and 2nd series but less fixed sequences, less postures to allow for longer stays.
This morning however .....late start as I wait for my back to de creak, this Osteoarthritis, bit of a bugger, good days, bad days or rather bad days and less bad days, must be something to do with how I'm sleeping, oh well the yoga is supposed to be good for it.
Anyway this morning
Richard Freeman's Primary, I have the app on my iPad
|or there's the dvd see soundstrue page|
followed by part five of his pranayama course
Get stuck into some more of the Aranya commentary on the Yoga Sutras during the afternoon or more likely get caught up in Olympic tiddywinks, where we're expecting our first gold in four years
In the evening, revisit Richard's Second Series DVD, followed by part six of the pranayama course.
I was asked about the course and I haven't reviewed it yet. It's difficult, you get stuck in your own approach to pranayama and trying another approach gets ....frustrating. Lots of good things in the course though, as you'd expect, many of which I've incorporated in my own practice. M. a pranayama beginner found the first session confusing, confused by Kidney Wings etc, the Richardisms I'm familiar with from his DVD's, needed to keep stopping the video to explain. In the end we gave up and I taught her the same exercises in my own way. For me with a couple of years of practice it took 'till the fifth episode to really take off, although, as I indicated, lots of good things right from the start of the course and in each session that I've incorporated in my own pranayama practice and that have echoed with my approach to asana also.
The idea of the course is six online live pranayama sessions. At the end your able to email in questions that then get passed on to Richard who answers them. The sessions can be downloaded a couple of days later.
Richard is fascinating, love how he's brought all these elements into his approach to Ashtanga, my plan is to bring what I'm calling Freemanology, all that internal focus into my Vinyasa Krama.
Now That's who I'd like to read a biography by or Tim Miller, he's actually working on one called 'Dust', Nancy, David Swenson, David Willams, people who have been practicing for forty years or more, their relationship to their practice over the years and in a western context.
Kino has brought a 'memoir' out, Sacred Fire, seems a little soon but then I can't talk, here's a link to a review
I'm more curious about her Ashtanga book which seems to be coming out April 2013, 240 pages, a nice size room to cram a lot in, should be good, especially if your just starting out.
time for a Cuban coffee, thank you Maya for the introduction and to get on the mat, have a good practice everyone.
While on the subject of books. Maya, an Ashtangi, perhaps you know her delightful blog Mayaland, she has a new book out.
I caught the first one, Conjouring Raine as a podcast and enjoyed it a lot, listened at work checking a hundred saxophones for a large order, got me through sanity intact, thank you again Maya
Ok, practice really.....Is this a good time to defrost and clean the fridge?