Sri K Pattabhi Jois said, "Yoga is 99 percent practice, one percent theory." This blog is a resource to explore the one percent theory and to inspire you on the mat.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Indepth Study Day Four: Alan Watts Creative Meditation

Here is an excerpt from the book Om Creative Meditations by Alan Watts. This passage explains one of the major themes I am playing with during the Indepth Study.

"What is actually going on in the world is far, far different. Every view that we take of the world and every selection we make of what is important to notice is simply one way of looking at things, and there are infinite ways of looking. Considering such things makes us aware of how much our knowledge of the world is conventional knowledge. We tend to a selection of particular things which we have been brainwashed to notice, and we disregard the rest. It is as if the world were a Rorschach blot and there is one offical interpretation of the blot. Everybody agrees that is the way it is. Along will come some great genius who points out that we can look at the world an entirely different way, and at first everyone will say it is crazy. But if the genius persists long enough, we come to accept the new vision. Now we can look back at Cezanne's paintings and see that it does look like that. We can look at Van Gogh and see that he really did understand how it feels. They have taught us to see.

The moral is that each one of us has a certain veiw of the world which both horrifies and delights us. We have a program for cradle to grave of which we believe society approves, and we get very put out if we do not get to follow it exactly. This social interpretation of the cosmic Rorschach blot is expressed in words and conventions and we think it is what life is all about. Well, it is nothing of the kind. In trying to escape convention and the barriers that words create between you and reality, you may choose to renounce your identity, in effect saying "Now the game is over. Let's find out what lay behind it. What is really going on?" Be very careful that the next passing swami does not sell you on still another institutionalized version of the real world. For instance, the notion that when you are awakened all differentiations will vanish is a conventiaonal view of the universe.

Now obviously there is a way in which you can see the world for yourself; it may very well agree with what other people see and you will be able to communicate that way of seeing to others. It may be by no more than a glint in the eye that you will know someone else sees it just as you do.

All our meditation practices are simply to open our consciousness to what is going on, as distinct from what is said to be going on. To do that, we must suspend our words, suspend our descriptions, and be alert to the actual happening.

It is as simple as that.

-Allan Watts (Om Creative Meditations)

Indepth Study Day Three: How to work with a resistant student

Here is an excerpt from day three of my Indepth Study!! This was filmed during the Apprenticeship session when I discussed how to work with a student who is resistant to instruction.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Indepth Study Day Two

I have started a new track in this year's indepth study, an apprenticeship program. I have 6 apprentices and each day we meet for an hour and discuss a wide range of topics from specific adjustments, to the students own individual practices and much, much, more.

Here is a clip from today's apprenticeship session.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Indepth Study Day One

Its about 8pm and I'm in Spokane, WA (almost directly across the country from Philadelphia!) and I'm reviewing and prepping for day two of my annual In-depth Study program. Today was the first of the ten day program. I'm very pleased with the students, their intelligence, kinesthetic awareness, and overall enthusiasm. I have decided to post an excerpt each evening from the day's events. This is from the afternoon session where I discussed and walked the students through the vinyasa.

I hope you enjoy and come back tomorrow where I will have some more goodies for you and your practice.


Thursday, July 14, 2011

Guru Purnima 2011

Happy Moon Day and Happy Guru Purnima!!

In honor of Sri K Pattabhi Jois, my teacher.

Hari Om,

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Ashtanga Discussion Room: Ashtanga is Bhakti (Pt 1-3)

Welcome back to my discussion on Ashtanga is Bhakti. I have posted part three below and have also included part one and two if you missed the first two parts. I would also like to mention that I will be teaching a Mysore intensive in Kovalam, India this Feb 2012 for the entire month. Please spread the word. Its going to be a small group of students and an excellent way to go deep into your practice. If you would like more info or to apply you can visit my website or the Yoga in India page on this blog.

Hari Om!

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Ashtanga Discussion Room: Ashtanga is Bhakti Parts 1 and 2

Joy and I have been running around like crazy this week trying to get Ashtanga Yoga School of Philadelphia opened by July 3rd and on top of it all Joy had a screening of her short film The Medicine Wheel in the big Apple this past Wednesday so we made a mad dash to the city!! In between all of the craziness we managed to film a three part Ashtanga Discussion Room title Ashtanga is Bhakti. I have posted the first two parts below and will post the final part on Wednesday.

One extra note: please watch, ponder, and absorb the themes in these video’s! Personally I feel that the content of these discussions is of vital importance for us continuing to mature and really enjoy the fruits of practice. The play of the universe that we are all part of has reached such critical proportions that there is an urgency to bring forth what is sacred within of each us. Even our tiny contribution is vital and essential. What we choose to focus our energies on makes a huge difference in giving ourselves and the coming generations a fair chance to play the beautiful game at a higher, highere levels. I’m calling out to all of us to bring more intentional Bhakti into our practices, more devotion that goes to to the root of us, to the heart of us, where we know what is really important and sacred. Enjoy! Om Namah Shivaya! David