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What is the Difference Between Vinyasa and Ashtanga Yoga?

Both Vinyasa and Ashtanga are terms derived from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the bible of yoga. However, I have a feeling that when this question is asked in Internet forums, as I have found to be the case twice in the past week, it seems to relate more about what can one expect in an American class offering either of them.

In this light I have divided the answer in three layers, listing the differences (or similarities) according to (a) the Yoga Sutras, (b) according to today’s lineage holders, and (c) according to how it is taught in America these days, to the level of my understanding.

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Honestly! Chose Between 1M Dollars or the Self?

James  and I are in a deep exploration of books by all the sages that propose leaping into the goal of yoga rather than going through steps (like we do in Ashtanga Yoga (ashto=eight, anga=limbs)).  These masters are those I call the “chapter one guys”, the ones that are already enlightened, the ones that can see the picture in 3D as they get close to it and cannot believe you don’t see it already, while I look at them in full frustration.
No matter how close or cross-eyed I get I just don’t see it

I tell you why I call them “chapter one guys”, I do that because the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (the sort-of Bible of Yoga) attempts the same thing in chapter one.

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Krishnamacharya’s Yoga – Weekend With Ramaswami

This was a yoga week for me, that is certain, a full workweek of led classes with Sharath/Sarawati and Saturday with Ramaswami. What a blessing. If you have an opportunity to take a workshop with him (and he is travelling all over the world) I would highly recommend it.  It is not so easy to get two degrees of separation to Krishnamacharya in the West, and He is IT.
Ramaswami –  Direct student of Master
Krishnamacharya for 35+ years

The workshop held at the CT Yoga Shala, lovely space, was four hours long both on Saturday and Sunday (with an intro on Friday night).

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The Uggly, Bad, Good and Great of 2011, And What They Taught Me About Yoga

The UGGLY was Being Sick

Definitely unexpected, and with a malady that is so mischievous in its workings as Lyme disease is. I was lucky to meet a Chinese Doctor that helped me with the most important thing of all which was  knowing, trusting that I could heal.  Hearing him go “don’t tell me about bacteria, there is bacteria everywhere!” was  just what I needed to hear at that moment of despair.

He healed me by restoring all organs to health, and taught me a very important lesson that applies to yoga, a strong immune system will be resistant to any bacteria.  We must keep our bodies in balance and treat them well!

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Happy Birthday Krishnamacharya: 5 Things I Learned From Him!

Krishnamacharya (the grandfather of ALL yoga you see out there these days) was born November 18, 1888. Should he be living today he would turn 123!

As an expression of gratitude here are five things I’ve learned from him, without ever knowing him, and that inspire me daily:



Low Profile but Fierce Propagation of the Message of Yoga

As a teacher he kept a low profile but that did not mean he stopped propagating the message of yoga, he just did it wisely.  Matter of fact, when A.G. Mohan was to go onto a yoga  conference in the 70’s that was the direct advise that Krishnamacharya gave him: “Propagate Yoga Wisely”.

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