Tuesday, 30 September 2014

New Page at top of blog, My workshops, past present and upcoming. etc.

A New page sitting at the top of the blog ( Next to free downloads) on my workshops past present and upcoming. Because of all the pictures this may be a bit heavy and slow to upload so I'll delete it in a few days, the page itself will stay sitting up above though.


UPCOMING Workshops

Friday 14th November, 2.00-5.00pm
London, UK
Indabayoga, London
VINYASA KRAMA WORKSHOP- AN INTEGRATED PRACTICE
http://indabayoga.com/workshops/

16th November
Stone Monkey, 
Leamington Spa, UK
http://www.stonemonkey-yoga.co.uk/?page_id=202

22/23 November 2014
Yoga 108
Moscow, RUSSIA 



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Thank you to everyone who has invited me to give a workshop, for all the work you (and perhaps your team) have put into preparing and hosting them as well as for looking after me and allowing me to get on and focus on the actual presentation. Thank you to everyone who has attended in the past and may in the future, for coming with an open mind to explore these options for practice and perhaps giving up your regular practice that/those day(s). It's such a privilege to have the opportunity to share Krishnamacharya's original works in practice, as well Ramaswami presentation of Vinyasa Krama as taught to him by Krishnamacharya over 33 years. 


I seem to be getting asked to do more and more workshops and each time there's a frantic hunt for pictures and/or introductory material for flyers etc. It seemed like a good idea to bring the material together in one place. 

I'll be adding outlines of the workshops I offer, links to the shala's/studios, Blog posts about the workshops and, in the next few days, photo credits as well as perhaps some other material that might be useful for anyone attending my workshops, links, resources etc.  

At the top of the post I'll update any new and upcoming workshops.

By way of introductory material, I've reproduced an article I wrote for Elephant Journal a year or two back that started as a blog post in response to an NYT article suggesting that yoga wreaks your body.

Below that some pictures that have been chosen by the yoga studios and shala's for the flyers advertising the workshops.

After that I've just listed workshops pretty much in the order I've given them to try and give an idea of the content and atmosphere. Along with photo's taken on the workshops I've tried to include the original flyers as well as links to blog posts etc.

I'll need to trim down some of the pictures so this page doesn't take for ever to load.

I'm currently living in Osaka, Japan but plan on coming back to Europe, hopefully at least once a year. I will be back in Europe this November (2014) to present a two day workshop in Moscow, a Sunday workshop in Leamington Spa, north of London and another class in London Details to come. Due to a change in the flight booking I may be available to offer a workshop in Europe the last weekend of November but please contact me on the email below to discuss.

The workshops I offer are on Krishnamacharya's Original Ashtanga Primary and Vinyasa Krama yoga and these tie in with the two books (see covers below) that I have produced, they are available on Amazon and Lulu but more importantly as a free download on my blog.
If you would like discuss my presenting a workshop at your studio or shala in your part of the world I write to me at grimmly2007@googlemail.com


Hey NYT, My Body Was Wrecked Before Yoga! ~ Anthony Grim Hall

Via on Feb 5, 2012
Hey NYT, my body was pretty much wrecked BEFORE I took up yoga—life can do that!


On the first day of my first real job, all keen to arrive early, I twisted my knee getting dressed. By the time I arrived at work, my knee was the size of a football and needed to be drained. Two years later, in Aikido class, I did the same thing. It seems I had weak knees and was now susceptible to little non-cancerous tumors growing on them that needed cutting out every once in a while. It may have been hereditary—I remember my grandfather, a keen cricketer in his youth, clinically obese and hardly able to walk for the last thirty years of his life on account of his knees.

In my twenties, I dropped out, and with a one way ticket across the English Channel and a Pound in my pocket, I set off for France. My friend and I hitched and walked half way round the world, picking up laboring jobs wherever we could—I built walls and roofs, houses, laid roads, and dug ditches. While working as a pizza chef carrying ten trays of dough, my back went, and what with the knees going too with more regularity, after five years, that was the end of my traveling and laboring.

I worked myself through University as a cook, developing a taste for neat whiskey that I’d only played at while traveling, and making a mess of my liver in the process. After throwing away a promising academic career—I think I had anger issues—I left for Japan to become an English teacher.

There cannot be that many who end up unhealthier by the time they leave than when they arrived in Japan—I managed to pull that off. I worked as a teacher trainer trying to knock the dogma out of the ex-school teachers who got off the plane only to replace it with my company’s own. I worked too many hours teaching and designing courses, suffered from stress and fatigue, and got fat on fast food and beer.

So my knees were shot, as was my back, and probably my liver. I was overweight and suffered from stress. I felt bloated after every meal, developed kidney stones and had to have my gall bladder removed—my body was wrecked, just living your life can do that!

The curious thing was that I had not really noticed that I had got so out of shape, so unhealthy; and find it quite shocking looking back at the old photos now…how could I not know? There were signs—the kidney stones, the gall bladder operation—when they took my gall bladder out, they were supposedly shocked by the amount of cholesterol (this was in Japan).

I was wearing smart designer suits back then, I thought I looked pretty sharp.

That is the scary thing. I am guessing the majority of overweight and unhealthy middle-aged men think they are pretty much OK—could do with losing a few pounds perhaps, but on the whole they think they are fine and do not realize how much they have let their health slip, or how much work it will take to turn it around, or that it will get a little harder each year—they need to start now, today, not wait for the next New Year’s Resolution.

I got into yoga almost by accident, but it became a passion.

I came back to the UK to become a woodwind instrument repairer, having taken to playing the saxophone in Japan.

 My flat was burgled in February 2007, and seven vintage saxophones stolen—including one I had made a special trip to New York to buy. I was angry about the whole affair, and was annoyed with myself for being so angry about it. I decided to get back into meditation—I had practiced a little Zen years ago. I came across the ZenCast podcasts with Gil Fronsdal,  and began to practice Vipassana meditation. Reading around the practice I found that a lot of meditators were also doing yoga; so I picked up a book from the library, which turned out to be Total Astanga: The Step-by-Step Guide to Power Yoga at Home for Everybody, by Tara Fraser. It had looked the most well laid out and the least embarrassing to take up to the Library counter. Outside London, middle-aged guys did not tend to take up Yoga—they would go to a gym and lift weights perhaps but not Yoga.

I practiced with that book for about a month, practicing in the mornings before work on a bath towel in my underwear while my pet chinchilla looked on. If I remember correctly, I got as far as the Standing sequence, which would take me about half an hour to forty minutes, stopping every now and again to turn the page or check the book. I used blocks, or rather books as blocks, for Utthita Trikonasana as I couldn’t reach my hands to the ground. I was 44, weighed 94 kilograms and had not done any exercise for about four years. I had a bit of a belly and was feeling generally unhealthy.

I remember really enjoying getting up in the mornings to practice alone in the dark. I loved Suryanamaskara A , Suryanamaskara B exhausted me. I was frustrated that I could not straighten my legs in forward bends, had to hold on to the wall in Utthita hastasana, etc. Virabhadrasana A and B were agony, as was Utkatasana, I couldn’t imagine being able to do Ardha baddha padmottanasana. I would ache all over for most of the day but it was a good ache and practice became the highlight of my day. Sometimes it felt like the day was over as soon as I finished my practice and I could not wait for the following morning to come around.

As is the case so often with yoga, I changed other areas  of my life to fit in with the practice, ate less so I would not feel heavy and bloated the following morning. I pretty much cut out drinking—I might have a little wine topped up with sparkling water, the occasional martini or a little pot of sake on the weekends. I wanted to be able to wake up early and feel fresh. After a year, I even became vegetarian. I was not particularly trying to be fit or healthy, I just wanted to practice yoga more comfortably. There is no six-pack in the second picture, no bulging biceps either, but I think I look healthier.

I feel more fit, and despite all the advanced pretzel postures I explore these days, I have had no problems with my knees. I am no longer feeling bloated after every meal and recently, while writing my yoga book on the mac, formatting hundreds of photos and links, I noticed I had not screamed or sworn at the computer for not doing what I had asked it to, not once. That was something I used to do a lot back when I was designing training courses. I am calmer. I am in good health.

Hey NYT, my body was wrecked BEFORE I started yoga, now ….not so much!

I see guys on the street my age, perhaps younger than me—I am not talking about the clinically obese, but regular guys who I used to probably believe as being no less healthy than the next guy. I am sure they think they should cut back on the drinking a little, eat a little better, or walk the dog more often; but that is probably not going to do it.

There needs to be a government campaign—one of those awareness-raising ads—that says, “Hang on a minute, you do not just need to lose the odd couple of pounds, you need to rethink how you are living your life”, and it is important because people are dying from this.

For me it was yoga, for them it might be something else—but it needs to be something and it needs to be encouraged and supported.

That is the article I’d like to have seen from the New York Times magazine.

Anthony Grim Hall started practicing Ashtanga in March 2007. He had been burgled, felt angry about it and angry that he was feeling angry. He picked up a couple of meditation books from the library and later some on yoga to deal with the anger. He was overweight (94 kilograms), unfit and certainly not flexible. In the first four years, he only went to two Ashtanga Mysore self practice classes. He learnt from books and videos, and from comments on his blog. He is now 78 kilograms, and feels more fit, stronger and pretty flexible. In 2008, he started a blog—Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga at Home—beginning this blog dealt with his obsession with achieving the “Jump back” (and later drop backs, kapotasana, karandavasana, advanced series, etc). In June 2009, he came across Srivatsa Ramaswami (one of Krishnamacharya’s longest-serving students) and his ‘The Complete book of Vinyasa Yoga’—he spent the next year working out how best to combine it with his Ashtanga practice. He attended Ramaswami’s 200 hour Vinyasa Krama teacher training course in July/August 2010 and practiced an Ashtanga influenced Vinyasa Krama. He has just published a Vinyasa Yoga at Home Practice Book through Kindle that lays out Ramaswami’s sequences and subroutines along with practice notes including hint, tips and suggestions for each subroutine.

This article was prepared by Assistant Yoga Editor, Soumyajeet Chattaraj.


About my poster Krishnamacharya's Yoga Makaranda asana in Ashtanga Primary Series order

Available from Amazon, Lulu and as a free Download from my blog HERE

Available from Amazon, Lulu and as a free Download from my blog HERE

Photo's used in previous flyers but please feel free to use anything from the blog or FB that you deem appropriate.









PREVIOUS WORKSHOPS


SPAIN


Leon
Organised by Yoga Centro Victoria Oscar Montaro
 https://www.facebook.com/YogaCentroVictoria
Thank you to my dear friend Oscar for inviting me to give my first workshop here and Leon.

http://grimmly2007.blogspot.jp/2013/11/my-first-workshop-december-13th-and.html





















Valencia 
Organised by Living Yoga Valencia- Cosmin and Andrea

Blog posts
http://grimmly2007.blogspot.jp/2014/01/still-places-on-my-january-14-26th-next.html
http://grimmly2007.blogspot.jp/2014/01/my-krishnamacharya-workshop-at-living.html
























Valencia 5-day Easter Retreat
Organised by Living Yoga Valencia- Cosmin and Andrea




GERMANY

Ulm
Organised by Janosch Steinhauer www.janoschs-turnstunde.tumblr.com

http://grimmly2007.blogspot.jp/2014/01/still-places-on-my-january-14-26th-next.html

















UNITED KINGDOM


Leamington Spa 
Organised by Digby Platt, Stone Monkey Yoga Studio and cafe http://www.stonemonkey-yoga.co.uk/?page_id=202








London 
Organised by Scott Johnson Stillpoint Yoga,


Photo's by Andy Gill who teaches Ashtanga Mysore Sunday  at Stillpoint Yoga


















TURKEY

Yoga Rainbow festival, Turkey

Organised by http://wildyogi.info/en


























GREECE


Crete
While in Crete for two months practicing with Kristina and manju Jois I gave Vinyasa krama classes once a weekend and a couple of evening introduction to Vinyasa Krama classes in Chania and Heraklion.


Rethymno
Kristina KaritinouYOGA PRACTICE Ashtanga Yoga Greece http://www.yogapractice.gr



Chania
organised by Nektarios and Gloria of Ashtanga yoga Crete http://yogacrete.com












Heraklion
Organised by Areti Karantzikou
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Yoga-Martial-Arts-Esoteric-Studies-in-Heraklion/303464323012067?sk=info












Resources

My Books

My  Vinyasa Yoga Practice book can be previewed on Scribd BELOW


It's available on Kindle with hyperlinks to videos for each subroutine and sequence. To be honest I'm not sure it works so well on the little kindle itself as I don't think you can zoom in and out on the pictures - perhaps on the new one). Yhe Kindle app for iPad is much better.

My Vinyasa yoga practice book on Amazon full preview


AMAZON PREVIEW


There is now a print edition available on Lulu and Amazon (looks much better in print with the A4 pages but you don't get the hyperlink to the videos). 

Videos can be found here

VINYASA KRAMA YOGA, sequences & subroutines.


I'm able to discount it heavily on Lulu but Amazon don't allow me to do so, best you get it here 

http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/grimmly2007atgooglemaildotcom




That's my new book beside it, see details below.

Just published a new book, Krishnamacharya's 'Original' Ashtanga Yoga


LULU PREVIEW

I've just published a book on Krishnamacharya's early work via Lulu.com, mainly because I wanted my own print copy of this material. 

This book is an attempt to make Krishnamacharya's early asana practice more accessible. The books streamlines and strips back the instructions for Primary asana from Yoga Makaranda (1934) and places them into the asana table order of Yogasanagalu (1941), this should make them easier for us to approach from contemporary Ashtanga vinyasa. 

In this way, given a more familiar structure, it's hoped that other aspects of Krishnamacharya's approach to asana might be explored, the longer stays, slower breathing, the circumspect use of Kumbhaka ( retaining the breath in or out after the inhalation and exhalation for 2-5 seconds) as well as the development of a more integrated practice. 

It's comprised of my Yoga Makaranda Primary group poster, the vinyasa count and kumbhaka sheets for individual asana, the striped back asana instruction as well as articles on different aspects of Krishnamacharya's practice, kumbhaka, extended stays, bandhas, chakras, samyama, Yoga Philosophy. 

It is very much a FiRST edition, the hope is to develop it further some time in the future. I've discounted the book by 50% on Lulu but unfortunately Amazon (when it reaches there next month) won't allow me to discount. 

I'm a little traumatised by what I've left out of Krishnamacharya's original Yoga Makaranda but I hope that the book might encourage readers to download and study Krishnamacharya's original works more extensively.
You can see an extensive PREVIEW here








Each has an section has the Vinyasa poster followed by my stripped down instructions based on the English translation of Yoga Makaranda followed by Krishnamacharya presentation of the asana






The second part of the book is up made of articles ( who are we kidding, blog posts) on different aspects of Krishnamacharya practice. It started off around 500 pages but I reduced it down to just those articles/posts most relevant to actually getting on the mat and practicing this K's approach.

Hopefully it's useful, I've found it to be so in my own practice since stripping back the asana instructions as well as in preparing and presenting the recent and up coming Krishnamacharya workshops.

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A Reminder

from Kalama sutra, translation from the Pali by Bhikkhu Bodhi This blog included.

"So, as I said, Kalamas: 'Don't go by reports, by legends, by traditions, by scripture, by logical conjecture, by inference, by analogies, by agreement through pondering views, by probability, or by the thought, "This contemplative is our teacher." When you know for yourselves that, "These qualities are unskillful; these qualities are blameworthy; these qualities are criticized by the wise; these qualities, when adopted & carried out, lead to harm & to suffering" — then you should abandon them.' Thus was it said. And in reference to this was it said.

"Now, Kalamas, don't go by reports, by legends, by traditions, by scripture, by logical conjecture, by inference, by analogies, by agreement through pondering views, by probability, or by the thought, 'This contemplative is our teacher.' When you know for yourselves that, 'These qualities are skillful; these qualities are blameless; these qualities are praised by the wise; these qualities, when adopted & carried out, lead to welfare & to happiness' — then you should enter & remain in them. Buddha - Kalama Sutta
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