Practicing Yoga with a Frozen Shoulder.

Practicing Yoga with a Frozen Shoulder. During any respectable teacher training, the topic “yoga & injuries” is an important subject, from the angle of injury prevention as well as from the perspective of practicing with existing injuries. Whilst I studied this during my 200-hour teacher training and additional yoga anatomy courses over the years, my single best lesson was the frozen shoulder I sustained in >> Read More …

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 …

Review of Ashtanga Yoga Led Primary Series with Petri Räisänen.

Review of Ashtanga Yoga Led Primary Series with Petri Räisänen. By far my favourite recording so far, because Petri, another amazing Ashtanga teacher, actually leads a class. It’s not a manicured, staged demonstration with a voice-over and edits. No, this is a real life led class, filled with Ashtangis of all levels and Petri guides the class through the Primary Series adjusting his pace and >> Read More …

Review of Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series with Jessica Kass and Fightmaster Yoga.

Review of Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series with Jessica Kass and Fightmaster Yoga. If you thought the David Swenson’s and John Scott’s videos were fast paced, than this one will have you hyperventilating. In less than one and a half hour, Lesley Fightmaster has you running through the entire Primary Series. Somewhere halfway, you can hear her sucking on a candy which I found distracting, although >> Read More …

Review of David Swenson First Series.

Review of David Swenson First Series. David Swenson is another teacher from the old lineage and although the video must be at least three decades old judging by his clothes, his teachings are still invaluable. The video starts with a thorough introduction on what Ashtanga yoga is, what the important elements of the practice are and how to do the Surya Namaskaras and Vinyasas. Very >> Read More …

Review of John Scott’s Ashtanga Yoga The Primary Series.

Review of John Scott’s Ashtanga Yoga The Primary Series. John Scott guides you through the Primary Series with full vinyasas, meaning that after almost each seated asana, he returns to standing and goes through a vinyasa before getting into the next. Considering that he does all that in just over one and a half hour, you will find that it is rather fast-paced. He does >> 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 …