All posts tagged: ashtanga

Intro to Ashtanga Primary Series

As you all know, the Ashtanga sequence has a very special place in my heart. It is where I feel at home. It is familiar, always available to me, and such a complete practice for me. I used it throughout both my pregnancies (with modifications) to stay strong and to also train my breath and mind for the big events. I’ve seen the decline of Ashtanga classes from schedules around town for years and years now. Maybe the numbers weren’t profitable enough to sustain those classes, but I’m always pleasantly surprised when I learn someone else is an Ashtangi. It may not be as trendy as Baby Goat Yoga or Harry Potter Yoga, but Ashtanga is and should honored as the foundational practice that led to vinyasa classes that we’re familiar with today. So we’re bringing Ashtanga to Austin Bouldering Project for Sunday Fundays in September! Phoebe and I will teach each session as an introduction to the Primary Series.  We will practice a modified version of the full 90-minute sequence and offer instruction to …

The wink wink ashtanga secret handshake

Ashtanga has become more of a home practice for me. It’s my default mode. And really, the standing postures are ones you can find in any hatha or flow or vinyasa class. Surya namaskar A is pretty ubiquitous. I will often build off of parts of the ashtanga sequence when I play with my classes since they are so foundational. After the standing postures, the primary series gets pretty pretzel-like. A lot of behind the back binds and revolved postures and twists. Garbha pindasana and pindasana are their own special little cocoons! Aside from janu sirsasana, which looks like a basic stretch with one leg extended and the other bent with foot to inner thigh, I don’t often see the seated or supine poses done in other classes. In an old post, I noted that ashtanga was disappearing off of schedules as more modern and hybrid styles of yoga emerged. But every once in a blue moon, I’ll try a new teacher and experience a very ashtanga pose, and it makes me wonder… Was he or she …

Beginnings: Everyone has to start somewhere

This is a story I haven’t shared even with my husband. Hopefully, he finds it funny. 😉 My college boyfriend at the tail end of senior year talked a lot about how we could be that couple that works out together, like go jogging or go to the gym. I think I gave him a response like, “Uh huh. Sure. That sounds good.” Inside, I was panicking. First, I internally barfed at the idea of being that couple. But also, I was NOT the type of girl to go to the gym. I was scared of workout equipment and the grunting and the mirrors and the smell of stale sweat. I preferred to play sports – volleyball, hockey, basketball, football, you name it. In that time, he also suggested I try yoga. My response was probably the same, “Uh huh. Sure. That sounds good.” Inside, I was rolling my eyes. Yoga (in 2003) sounded BORING. I looked at women’s magazines that suggested poses to tone up triceps or whatnot, and I found holding my arms in Warrior 2 …

What Inside Out taught me about Santosha

My husband and I found ourselves with the opportunity to have a day date, and our first thought was to go watch a movie at the theater. Parents, you know how hard it is to go see a movie, right? We settled on Inside Out, feeling only slightly guilty that we didn’t bring our 3-year-old. Fair warning, this post may spoil parts of the movie, if you haven’t seen it yet. Come back and join the conversation after you’ve seen it. It’s a GREAT movie, by the way, and worth the cost of admission. Besides my mommy hormones making me blubber through the sentimental parent/child moments, I was drawn to the internal struggle of emotions. I’m especially sympathetic to Sadness. I’ve always had a soft spot for emo/Debbie Downer characters, like Homestar Runner’s Strong Sad. I think it’s because there is a depth of emotion that lives within sadness, and it’s such an inward-facing emotion. You face your own demons and insecurities and pain when feeling sadness. Interestingly, more often than not, you always come out stronger afterward …

Inside Yoga Yoga Westgate, Austin Yoga Studio

Yoga Yoga Westgate is where it all began for me in 2007. I had finished graduate school, where I tried an Iyengar class to give my hyperthyroid an opportunity to chill out. By the end of the semester, my Iyengar teacher suggested I do a beginner series for Ashtanga since I enjoyed the more flowing sequences (basically, she had us doing surya namaskar a in a couple classes, and I was hooked). I promptly signed up for the beginner series at Yoga Yoga Westgate, and that laid the foundation for many years of practicing Ashtanga with my teacher Matt. I have a special spot in my heart for this studio and especially for this location. Austin traffic prevented me from making it back south in time to catch the 6 pm weekday Ashtanga classes most weeks, so I got my butt up for an 8:30am class each Sunday. It was a dedicated group of ashtangis who showed up for the Sunday morning class. This usually meant my Saturday nights were less social (this was pre-kids), less …

Two weekends into yoga teacher training

First, let me say that nothing kicks off a regular yoga practice than starting yoga teacher training! We’re practicing at least 4 times a week in addition to “workshopping” postures, lecture and discussion. Starting this week, we’ll also be observing classes. If you ever wondered who the seemingly random person was in the corner of a class, sitting on a bolster and taking notes in a journal, that person is in teacher training. I’m learning a lot about my own practice through being on the mat and being much more mindful and aware of all the little things we’re discussing. Teacher training is very self reflective, much more than I anticipated. Yes, we’re learning how to verbally lead and direct a practice, and we’re learning how to safely adjust and modify poses. However, all of it starts from our personal practice and what we’ve experienced in our bodies. Physically, I feel much more grounded in my hastas (hands) and my padas (feet). This has affected almost all of my standing postures, including one-legged balances like …

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