Love this article by Kino McGregor on the third series. I just ordered that dvd. I have Swenson’s and am wondering if hers is the full thing or if she just does the standing series in the first series. I am obviously nowhere near ready for it but I can do a lot of the poses. My intermediate series is not even close to six days a week for five years. I am at about two times a week now and the first series once. My focus this week was mostly Forrest to stay in my arms the way I need to. My biggest hurdle in Ashtanga is jump through to sitting and back, some of the hip openers, and I get frustrated easily.
Here is a good video of jump throughs by Lucas:
I still use blocks but whatever. I practice a lot of Lol and Tol asanas every day and am working towards longer holds.
I haven’t taught much this week which has been a nice break. I have no clue what I am doing with my Intermediates and Advanced folks. I am trying to focus on my own practice so I can do my workshops with Richard Freeman later this year and next year so focus will be on Ashtanga. I also started doing a pranayama practice every day. I am up to about 20 minutes. I have one word to say about that. Abs.
No one does them like that. Usually the students I see are just moving from the neck and straining a lot. Whatever. I give up on that argument. Pump and crunch away folks.
Burning through ego and pride. Really is the lesson of asana practice. Tejas.
Or stepping down from your own organization when everyone jumps ship. I am still reading a lot of comments on different blogs and articles. It seems as though a lot of people feel they are over it already. I know in my community, where there isn’t a lot of Anusara, it probably isn’t even noticed. The reason I have followed this is because of the lesson for all of us in the community of worshipping a teacher for one thing. Or being too attached to our practice. Leaving for them will perhaps one point become liberating and that IS what yoga is about. Freedom and liberation. Even being bound totally to a good thing is inhibiting. Enjoy the message but don’t get attached to the messenger and you will be open and free for continued growth.