Daily Archives: February 10, 2009

The Tuesday Exercise in Thinking: The Quantum Apocalypse Video

posted by ebean

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We ♥ Anne Nuotio: Ashtanga Yoga Practice Videos (Primary Series)

When you aren’t lucky enough to practice near a teacher, with other students, in need of some inspiration, or just like to watch, here is a list of Ashtanga yoga practice videos listed in alphabetical order.  By all means, if you know of a video that you think should be mentioned, let us know.

  • ANNE NUOTIO
    Title: Anne Nuotio Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga

    Thoughts
    This video is amazing!  Anne demonstrates the evolution of her practice with commentary.  You can watch her practice 1st, 2nd, or 3rd.  This is perhaps more for observation than for practice.  What is amazing is that you watch a body move through the different series and also that it is *gasp* a woman!  Her commentary is thoughtful and inspiring.  Check out Anne’s article over at Living Mysore
    PS- Anne is currently authorized by the KPJAYI.

    Buy
    You can purchase the video at Anne’s website.

    Preview

  • DAVID SWENSON
    Title: First Series

    Thoughts:
    This is a bit of a cult classic.  That said, there are many things in this video that differ from how ashtanga is currently being taught in Mysore by the KPJAYI.  It is definitely instructional.
    PS- David is authorized and listed on ashtanga.com, but is not listed at KPJAYI.

    Buy:
    Click here to purchase at our Amazon store

    Preview:

  • JOHN SCOTT
    Title: Ashtanga Yoga the Primary Series

    Thoughts:
    People really enjoy this dvd.  It is instructional and inspirational and his accent is adorable.
    PS-  John is certified to teach by the KPJAYI.

    Buy:
    At our Amazon store

    Preview:

  • KINO MACGREGOR
    Title: Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series with Kino MacGregor

    Thoughts:
    We haven’t seen it, but the fact that it features a woman, and a fierce one at that, is enough to convince us.  It is our understanding that the video is instructional.  Be sure not to confuse this with her “A Journey, A Workshop”.
    PS-  Kino is currently listed as a certified teacher with the KPJAYI.

    Buy:
    You can purchase both DVD’s at Kino’s website

    Preview:

  • LINO MIELE
    Title: Primary Series with Lino Miele

    Thoughts: From the trailer, it looks good…  This is probably great for guys who are intimidated by taking instructions from men who look like they have a lifetime of dance experience.  Not sure if this is more instructional or demonstration as we haven’t seen it.  But we agree that this is probably a good choice as Lino is the “correct vinyasa” man.
    PS-  Lino is certified by the KPJAYI

    Buy:
    Check Lino’s site under “resources” or purchase at ashtanga.com

    Preview:

  • MARK DARBY
    Title:
    Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series

    Thoughts:
    We’ve heard nothing but good things.  Mostly instructional.
    PS- KPJAYI certified

    Buy:
    At the Elephantbeans store

    Preview:
    None available

  • MELANIE FAWER
    Title: Mysore Style Ashtanga Yoga:  Primary Series with Melanie Fawer Certified by Sri K.  Pattabhi Jois

    Thoughts:
    …Tumbleweeds…  Maybe you can help us out with this one?
    PS- KPJAYI Certified

    Buy:
    In our store

    Preview:
    None available

  • NICKI DOANE
    Title: There are 2 videos available “Beginners class” and “Introductory poses”

    Thoughts:
    Great for yoga newbies.  Can’t remember the difference between the two.
    PS-  Nick is authorized and listed on ashtanga.com but not KPJAYI

    Buy:
    You can purchase either video here

    Preview:

  • PATTABHI JOIS
    Title: Ashtanga Yoga with K.  Pattabhi Jois – First Series from Yoga Works Productions

    Thoughts:
    Whether you plan on practicing with the video or simply watching, it doesn’t get much more authentic than this.  Guruji counts a full led primary for a class of “big name” yoga teachers  My how yoga clothes have changed!
    PS- Guruji is Guruji

    Buy:
    In our Amazon store

    Preview:

  • RICHARD FREEMAN
    Title: Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series & Introduction

    Thoughts:
    He kind of sounds like a robot but that aside, tons of useful information.  Rumor has it that when asked which western student “gets it”, Guruji repled, “Richard Freeman”.  It is hard to argue with that kind of endorsement!  Mostly instructional.
    PS-  Richard is KPJAYI certified

    Buy:
    Both videos by clicking here

    Preview:

  • SHARATH RANGASWAMY
    Title: Primary Series
    Thoughts:
    If Sharath had a fan club on facebook, we’d join. Oh wait, he does.  And for good reason!  Sharath is the grandson of Guruji and has taken over KPJAYI.  If you can’t study with the source in India, this is the next best thing.  Sharath leads himself through a led primary class.  Read more at Ashtanganews
    PS- Totally certified and come on, it is Sharath!

    Buy:
    Purchase the DVD at the Ashtanga Productions website.

    Preview:

    Do you practice with any of these videos? Which do you like the best?


Dharmadownloads: an opensource facility for the yoga community

posted by wherehaveyoubean

I found through this blog an excellent open source initiative called Dharmadownloads. It is a resource for all interested in free and easy access to Yoga resources to support your Yoga study and practice, either as a complement to existing work with a teacher or, accepting that this is not always possible, as another route meanwhile. You can also contribute.

“If you have learned something really well then the way you express it will not be the same way you learned it.”

- T Krishnamacharya

As they describe it, “The aim of dharmadownloads is to honour this commitment and dedication to the continuing interest in the teachings of T Krishnamacharya as received from his students, especially his longest serving students TKV Desikachar and S Ramaswami.”