The Case for Functional Range Conditioning and Ashtanga Yoga

The Case for Functional Range Conditioning and Ashtanga Yoga

Unlock the Full Potential of Your Yoga Practice: Discover the Synergy of Ashtanga and Functional Range Conditioning (FRC)! Dive into our enlightening article where Michael Joel Hall reveals how the fusion of traditional Ashtanga Yoga with the groundbreaking principles of FRC can transform your practice. Experience enhanced flexibility, strength, and joint health like never before. Get ready to challenge your perceptions and elevate your yoga routine to new heights. Click to explore how this innovative integration can revolutionize your approach to wellness and movement. 🧘‍♂️

Echoes from the Forest: Insights for a Thriving Mysore Community

Echoes from the Forest: Insights for a Thriving Mysore Community

Today’s post intertwines the wisdom of my mentor, Kristen Krash, with my work as a mysore style Ashtanga Yoga teacher. Kristen, an inspiring figure in both my life and in her groundbreaking work regenerating a cloud forest in Ecuador, offers profound insights into the interconnectedness of all things.  Kristen’s article “Why those big-tree planting projects fail. And why ours is succeeding”  is a story of resilience, regeneration, and the intricate tapestry of community building— all in a forest environ. The gist of it is that it takes more than a bunch…

Embracing the Chaos Muppet Within: The Art of Teaching Ashtanga Yoga

Embracing the Chaos Muppet Within: The Art of Teaching Ashtanga Yoga

Are you a Chaos Muppet or an Order Muppet? Explore the challenges and joys of being a ‘chaos Muppet’ Ashtanga Yoga teacher. I discuss finding a balance between the structured discipline of Ashtanga and a spontaneous, adaptable teaching style. The piece highlights the importance of being true to oneself in teaching and the advantages of blending structured methods with creative freedom. This approach fosters an inclusive and dynamic learning environment.

Dismantling Dogma in Ashtanga Yoga By Examining Tradition:  Embracing Evolution and Individual Paths

Dismantling Dogma in Ashtanga Yoga By Examining Tradition: Embracing Evolution and Individual Paths

This article explores the nuanced meanings of “traditional” in Ashtanga Yoga. It critically examines how this term, often associated with rigidity, contradicts the dynamic nature of Ashtanga as a living tradition. The article addresses the balance between traditional and modern approaches in practice rooms and how rigid interpretations can stifle the evolution of the practice. It emphasizes the importance of recognizing Ashtanga Yoga as adaptable and inclusive, advocating for a practice that respects lineage while acknowledging its continual evolution.

The Dharma Talk I Couldn’t Give: Conscious Consumerism

The Dharma Talk I Couldn’t Give: Conscious Consumerism

Confronting the farce of conscious consumerism, this week’s dharma talk became a journey into stark reality. As an Ashtanga Yoga teacher, I grappled with the hypocrisy of our consumption patterns. From the Washington Post’s strike to Kristen Krash’s radical shift in Ecuador, these contrasting scenarios reveal the deep chasm between minor lifestyle changes and true liberation from consumerism. Acknowledging Carl Jung’s wisdom, we explore the unavoidable pain inherent in our societal system. This article delves into making conscious, albeit limited, choices while fostering compassion for our constraints. It’s a candid exploration of the struggle to find balance in an imperfect world

Unboxing Autonomy: Evolving Educational Perspectives

Unboxing Autonomy: Evolving Educational Perspectives

How can we break free from authoritarian educational constraints while fostering a learning environment that values autonomy, embraces diverse knowledge sources, and turns doubt into curiosity? That’s what I attempt to explore. Join me as I offer innovative solutions for overcoming dependency on leaders, welcoming unexpected wisdom, and transforming skepticism into a journey of discovery.

The Paradox of the Yoga Flame

The Paradox of the Yoga Flame

In this piece, I dive into the heart of yoga’s transformative journey, examining the balance between the intensity of practice and the tranquility it nurtures. I challenge you to rethink what we truly seek from our yoga journey – is it the relentless pursuit of physical intensity or the quest for inner peace and harmony? Whether you’re a long-time yogi or just starting out, this article offers a fresh perspective that resonates with practitioners at all stages. Discover insights that might just change the way you view your yoga practice.”

From Fervent Flames to Steady Glow: A Yoga Odyssey Over Time

From Fervent Flames to Steady Glow: A Yoga Odyssey Over Time

Inspired by a conversation with Caroline Weaver, this piece delves into the evolving nature of yoga — from reflections on intensity to age. It questions our relentless pursuit of intensity in practice and invites us to savor its current state and the internal transformation it ignites. Join Caroline and I as we explore the shift from seeking external intensity to finding internal fulfillment and wisdom. If you’re intrigued by the deeper aspects of yoga beyond physicality, this article offers insightful reflections on balancing vigor with inner peace. Read now and discover how true transformation in yoga lies within us.

Pranayama for Balanced Energy

Pranayama for Balanced Energy

Unlock a wellspring of energy and calm with the harmonious rhythm of Ujjayi pranayama and this easy to follow video. Its a 6-second inhale, 12-second breath retention, 6-second exhale, and 6-second breath hold– nothin fancy. This controlled breathwork not only enhances breath control but also sharpens your mental focus and reduces stress. Dive into this transformative practice and experience the serenity that lies within your breath, revitalizing your daily life with lasting vitality and mindfulness.