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For me the asana aspect of the course gives me a greater understanding of the possibilities of asana, it puts the asana I practice in Ashtanga each morning into context ( I practice vinyasa Krama in the evenings), showing me related asana, those in the shadows around the ones we practice everyday in Ashtanga.... these are the modifications, the extensions, the alternatives, options that Krishnamacharya and Pattabhi Jois had in their tool chest when they needed to respond to a students practice. Manju Jois says his father would give asana outside the different series to students who were struggling with a series posture. Ramaswami's approach to asana reflects that long slow inhalation and exhalation that Krishnamacharya presented way back in 1934 in Yoga Makaranda, at the time he was teaching the young Pattabhi Jois. A slow practice isn't a later development, it's 'original' practice, Pattabhi Jois would talk in interviews of long slow inhalations and exhalations of 10, 15, even 20 seconds. Manju would talk of his father's long stays in asana. All of this can be explored with Ramaswami in the long morning asana classes as well as looking closely both in the practice room and classroom at the asana in Krishnamacharya's Yoga Makaranda as well as the approach to asana taught in his later years both are i Believe consistent with each other,
But that is just the asana, Ramaswami presents a month long Pranayama course as well as meditation practice that becomes ever more integrated with the asana practice as the course progresses. An integrated yoga practice is the goal of the whole program. And then there is Ramaswami's in depth presentation of the yoga Sutras, working through the text sutra by sutra, of the works of his teacher of over 30 years Krishnamacharya and the chanting Ramaswami's wonderful chanting, an aspect of practice I came to love despite myself.
Ramaswami is teaching his TT course again this summer at LMU in Los Angeles I HIGHLY recommend it whatever theapproach to practice your coming from