Sunday Conference with Diana…
June 1, 2014
Guruji’s words: Asana, asana, asana, asana – you doing; practice, practice, practice - 10% theory, 90% practice – you doing … all is coming …if your breath is incorrect, your asana is incorrect … some problem!
Refinement – 100% commitment to our practice – growth and awareness – being present
1. Tapas – the alchemy of transformation; internal heat;
2. Small tweaks – subtle changes in our physical practice as well as the mental practice;
3. Grace and Strength – “Sthira Bhaga”
The “Triangle” – hands, feet (alive!) and bandhas – root down, extend up and out, engage. In Ashtanga, there are specific entrances and exits in vinyasa.
John Scott’s definition of Tristhana: the 3-point (pillars) method: breath, dristhi and bandhas; a “state” of achievement; covers the 3 levels of purification (the body, nervous system and mind); fluidity/grace.
Discussion of the methodology of the Iyengar and Ashtanga disciplines and practices. The Yoga Korunta is the text on which the Ashtanga vinyasa is based. Although each had the same teacher, Krishnamacharya, their approaches were quite different. Iyengar emphasized asana to attain healthfulness; Guruji focused on maintaining vibrant health through yoga chikitsa.
Train your mind and body by being present, more mindful, feel the magic of your practice, set your attention inward, explore every corner of your practice. Use your body to hold your mind.
A joyful day: when your yoga “class” becomes your own personal “practice.”