Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Download, download, all is coming

The great guru Sri K. Pattabhi Jois is known for saying "Practice, practice all is coming". Sounds logical. So how come it doesn't always work?

We've all come up against that particular pose - our Waterloo, our Achilles Heel, our Death Star. And how many times have we practiced, studied and dissected that asana until our limbs felt like jelly?

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After battling my personal Death Stars, I have come up my own version of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois'  iconic statement:
"Practice, read, download and all is coming"

There are many yoga books around and the sheer volume of it can make choosing what to read a pain. Here are some books on my bookshelf, recommended to me by teachers and friends

Ashtanga Yoga: Practice and Philosophy, by Gregor Maehle
Ashtanga Yoga - The Internediate Series: Mythology, Anatomy and Practice, by Gregor Maehle
Ashtange Yoga: The Practice Manual, by David Swenson

All these, and others, can be ordered through National Bookstore. Go get 'em.

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Many nights have I spent youtubing and googling my "favorite" poses. I've also tried downloading Podcasts and torrents. Some are free, some aren't. I like seeing how other people do the pose in slow motion. It helps me visualize my own limbs when I finally try the pose the next morning. 

Corollary to downloading is buying a yoga DVD. Seane Corn, Shiva Rea and Baron Baptiste  are just some of the yoga stars who have increased their net worth by reaching into the Home DVD market. Sorry Rodney Yee, I am not a fan! 

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