Diary of Lazy Ashtangi and Why I Do Not Encourage Practicing Yoga with a Video.

Diary of Lazy Ashtangi and Why I Do Not Encourage Practicing Yoga with a Video. Yep, that’s me ↑ in Petri Räisänen’s Led Class in Purple Valley, Goa, India in February 2010. As I sit down and finally have time to write my next blog, I realise a month has passed since my last diary entry. Somehow, I lost track of time, like everybody else >> Read More …

Diary of a Lazy Ashtangi – Week 9, 10 and an Epiphany.

Diary of a Lazy Ashtangi – Week 9, 10 and an Epiphany. “Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water >> Read More …

Diary of a Lazy Ashtangi – Week 7, 8 and some of the Yamas & Niyamas.

Diary of a Lazy Ashtangi – Week 7, 8 and some of the Yamas & Niyamas. “Seeking out people and experiences we would normally avoid provides a fertile place to learn new things about ourselves and about life.”  –  Deborah Adele, The Yamas & Niyamas: Exploring Yoga’s Ethical Practice Sunday 23 October No luck this first day of the Ashtanga week. Stefano has got a >> Read More …

Diary of a Lazy Ashtangi – Week 6.

Diary of a Lazy Ashtangi – Week 6. In many styles of yoga, full and new moon are seen as the perfect time to practice yoga. The planets are impeccably aligned, there is a peak of energy or it is the ideal moment to self-reflect and set new intentions. New beginnings, lunar energy, you name it. Personally, I love to teach a slow flow with >> Read More …

Diary of a Lazy Ashtangi – Week 5 with Timelapse Video.

Diary of a Lazy Ashtangi – Week 5 with Timelapse Video. “The two hardest tests on the spiritual road are the patience to wait for the right moment and the courage not to be disappointed with what we encounter.” – Paulo Coelho. And since we are all so full of patience nowadays, I give you a 54-second timelapse of my 17 minute practice on Tuesday, >> Read More …

Diary of a Lazy Ashtangi – Week 4.

Diary of a Lazy Ashtangi – Week 4. In 1989, the New York Times describes how the protected Bengal Tigers in the Ganges Delta regularly used to kill people. Someone came up with the idea of wearing a human mask on the back of the head. It was explained that many species use a similar technique to fool predators. Butterflies, beetles and caterpillars have patterns >> Read More …

Diary of a Lazy Ashtangi – Week 3.

Diary of a Lazy Ashtangi – Week 3. “These days we spend more time taking selfies than learning about the self.” – Joseph Rain. I took these selfies last week. Just to make a point, which is that yoga selfies REALLY annoy me. One cannot possibly take selfies while practicing yoga. I had to take at least 10 shots of myself before and after my >> Read More …

Diary of a Lazy Ashtangi – Week 2.

Diary of a Lazy Ashtangi – Week 2. “I swing between procrastination and being really thorough so either way things aren’t getting done quickly.” – Freema Agyeman. Sunday 18 September – 9.00 am Unsure of how my practice is going to unfold after three days of rest, I procrastinate a little by cleaning up the living room first. Stefano observes me in wonder and asks >> Read More …

Diary of a Lazy Ashtangi – Week 1.

Diary of a Lazy Ashtangi – Week 1. Sunday 11 September 2016 – 10.00 am After three months of practically no alcohol, meat nor dairy and lots of local, fresh Asian food, I am back home and have some catching up to do. After a Saturday with meat and cheese galore, a few glasses of wine (more than I had during my entire stay in >> Read More …

Diary of a Lazy Ashtangi – Intro.

Diary of a Lazy Ashtangi – Intro. As I am flowing through the Primary Series in my living room, I suddenly have a brainwave: I need to keep a yoga practice diary and blog it. Recently, I have been worrying about how to keep my daily Ashtanga self-practice going. After a year long struggle with a frozen shoulder (not yoga related!) and hence a long >> Read More …