The first is a Sharath on tour promotion video, the bold titles make me cringe a little but still.
Not sure where this comes from, whether it was re edited from the Mysore magic Video at the request of Sharath himself or by one of the Shala's he's visiting, Copenhagen perhaps.
Don't worry though I'm sure each and everyone in the video, including the girl at the end with the coconut, was asked specifically (and signed waivers) if it was OK to use their image in a promotional video.
To save you getting TOO excited, NO you don't get to see Sharath demo his Karandavasana here, sorry, the screenshot is a bit of a tease.
HOWEVER, you do on this lovely post on the last conference of the season from Isabella Nitschke's excellent blog
Here are the European tour dates...
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Europe Tour 2013:
Moscow 28 Jul - 2 Aug »
Copenhagen 4 - 9 Aug »
Stockholm 11 - 16 Aug »
Helsinki 18 - 23 Aug »
London 25 - 30 Aug »
I had a great (Ok, Not so great) idea for a series of blog posts, was going to call it
If I were Sharath for the day...
So, here's the first
If I were Sharath for the day... I would drop the advanced series, 2, 4, 5, 6 whatever, from the Ashtanga syllabus altogether. SKPJ said that all you needed was Primary, 2nd was just for teachers and Advanced posturesfor demonstrations, so be done with it and get rid of Advanced altogether. If you want to work on Advanced postures then by the time you've worked through 2nd series you know enough to work them out yourself anyway...in fact get rid of the second half of 2nd too, stop at kapo.
This would of course change the whole dynamic of the practice, we'd be less hung up on the asana if there were less of them and focus more on the asana we do have than yearning for those we don't. The focus could shift to pranayama instead, exploring breath and drishti possibilities within the asana.
Just a thought.
And you? What would you do if you were Sharath for the day?
While trying to see where the Sharath on Tour video came from I caught this video, posted on the same youtube channel. Again, not sure about the video, the product itself, but the music in particular. Still, I know a couple of readers who will get quite excited by this, The Mysore Backbender, no longer will you have to hang back off the side of your bead.
A screenshot featuring the prop itself from the side would perhaps have been a nice choice for the Video, Youtube do allow you to choose any frame these days.
Chiara mentions another 'back bender' in comments http://www.reyoga.it/shop/rebend/ 'they come flat packed like ikea stuff and you have to assemble t yourself'. interesting thing about the one in the video though is the hand holds for helping with kapo.
Asana, the most necessary yet....