Tag Archives: ashtanga yoga

Is Yoga a Religion? Kiki says “No way!”

The Catholic church thinks it leads to Hinduism, the Hindu American Foundation wants to take it back, but Miss Kiki says leave my yoga alone – it ain’t a religion…

Yoga TV: Beyond Youtube

Kino Macgregor’s newest project:  The Yoga Girls of Miami

From the Dakrasheta Productions Website:

The Yoga Girls of Miami takes us inside the day-to-day drama of a world-class yoga studio run by five dynamic women with a passion to transform lives through empowerment, self-discovery and peace.

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Richard Freeman + Pure Yoga

Richard Freeman’s holding a random workshop (Monday morning?) at Pure Yoga.  From Pure’s website:

Richard Freeman – An Introduction to Ashtanga Yoga
April 19, 2010
9:30am – 12:30pm

A step by step exploration of the basic thread of form, breathing, and movement upon which the classical series of postures is strung. The bio-mechanical principles of alignment and the meditative principle of awakening core breathing will be studied in context of the Ashtanga system to give participants a new degree of freedom, technical skill and compassion.

This event is open to both Pure members and nonmembers alike.

Tuition:
Members: $50
Nonmembers:$60 nonmembers

Click here to register

Richard Freeman Bio:
Richard Freeman has been a student of yoga since 1968. He has spent nearly nine years in Asia studying various traditions which he incorporates into the Ashtanga yoga practice as taught by his principal teacher, K. Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, India. Richard’s background also includes studying Sufism in Iran, Zen and Vipassana Buddhist practice, and an in-depth study of Iyengar yoga, which eventually led him to Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga. Richard is an avid student of both Western and Eastern philosophy, as well as Sanskrit. His ability to juxtapose various viewpoints, without losing the depth and integrity of each, has helped him develop a unique, metaphorical teaching style. He is the owner of The Yoga Workshop in Boulder, Colorado and the author of the forthcoming book, “The Mirror of Yoga” (Shambhala Publications).

Student sues over injury causing adjustment

Yoga Workshop Handed Lawsuit for Improper Adjustment Injury, Are All Studios Doomed for Sue-dom?

by YogaDork on November 3, 2009

More lawsuits! Improper adjustments! This time not as naughty as you’re thinking. Can we just be happy for a moment this is not about sexual assault? OK.. moving on.

knee-meniscus-big-moneyIt’s suddenly a rocky road for Boulder, CO studio Yoga Workshop, Richard Freeman’s joint (he and his wife relinquished ownership and management earlier this year update: they took back ownership 9/09). News hit late yesterday that the studio is being sued by a former student due to instructor Luke Iwabuchi’s “unsolicited physical manipulation” resulting in injuries causing “permanent disability.” yowch! Basically an unwanted adjustment gone terribly wrong, says the CA man, Robert Heit, who’s filing the suit. OK here go…we don’t know the Yoga Workshop, we’ve never experienced an Iwabuchi class, but we’ve certainly experienced plenty of adjustments in our time as yoga students, some not always what we thought as the safest maneuvering for the human body. Seriously ouch! There have also been several occasions where we wish the instructor would pleease come over and give us that extra nudge, but what are we supposed to do? snap our fingers? shout at the teach? *sigh* We digress…

So let’s break this down…

Date of Incident: approx. 4:30 p.m. Dec. 6, 2008.

The Accuser: Robert Heit, former Boulder resident now residing in Santa Rosa, CA. Other info we don’t know? Age, physical condition prior to the incident, yoga experience, etc.

luke-iwabuchiThe Accused: Yoga Workshop, by way of Luke Iwabuchi, a well-respected yoga instructor, at the presently well-respected Richard Freeman-blessed studio in Boulder, CO.

The Claim: “unsolicited physical manipulation” resulting in a torn medial meniscus (that precious soft band under the kneecap – the victim of outrageously frequent sports injuries) that required surgery.

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Man sues teacher at Yoga Studio for “unwanted adjustment.”

by elephantjournal.com on Nov 3, 2009

daily camera yoga

Will the venerable Yoga Workshop be forced to cease adjustments? Will your favorite studio?

This blog is based on the report of The Daily Camera, Boulder’s paper of record. Link to article and excerpt below. It is intended solely to be a support for our yoga community friends.

Not if the great yoga teacher in question has a lawyer worth anything, and community support. This lawsuit is ridiculous—and, if successful, would represent a stultifying, dangerous precedent for yoga studios throughout the US.

We could write a lengthy explanation about how adjustments are key to yoga practice, that’s why you have a teacher, and how if you don’t get them serious injuries will result much more often, and about how we’ve known Luke since the mid-90s and know he knows his stuff, he’s gentle, and about how Luke probably doesn’t have any money, so this is just ridiculous, and about how this is the seventh sign of hell…a man is suing a yoga studio for an injury that, he claims, is the result of an unwanted adjustment.

But, that’d all be reallllly obvious. Really. It’s like suing a swimming pool for getting water in your mouth, or a park for offering you a mountain bike trail that you fell on, or suing the sky for snowing on a tree that then fell on your car.

So, we’ll just offer this one, simple, direct assessment: “Ridiculous.” This is serious stuff. This could put one of America’s truly great, original yoga studios out of business. This could ruin a great young teacher’s life, and career. Adjustments are part of what yoga class is about. You want them. Injuries happen. Adjustments are suggestions, at most. Optional. As I’ve been told a thousand times—in the Yoga Workshop, where I practice—yoga is not about pain. If you feel pain, stop.

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Man sues Boulder yoga studio over unwanted adjustment

Lawsuit: ‘Unsolicited physical manipulation’ caused permanent disability

By Vanessa Miller Camera Staff Writer

Posted: 11/02/2009 06:52:35 PM MSTAccording to a lawsuit that Robert Heit, now of Santa Rosa, Calif., recently filed against the Boulder-based Yoga Workshop, instructor Luke Iwabuchi’s “unsolicited physical manipulation” caused injuries that resulted in a permanent disability.

Among Heit’s injuries, according to the lawsuit, a torn medial meniscus — a fibrocartilage band spanning the knee joint — that required surgery.

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Yoga: The True Path To Awesome Poops

Posted by Neal Pollack on Alternadad/October 15, 2009
Yoga: The True Path To Awesome Poops

Yoga does many wonderful things. It clarifies the mind and provides a solid ethical foundation for a productive, happy life. For physical fitness and a way to make loving friendships that last, it can hardly be topped. It can be a path to spiritual ecstasy. But for me, one of yoga’s most profound benefits is also one of its most simple:

If you practice regularly, you take awesome poops.

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Ashtanga Yoga Classes in NYC (Led primary series)

[updated 6/6/12 Usha Veda added, Ashtanga Yoga Brooklyn reduced, Sangha Yoga Shala reduced, Ashtanga Yoga New York expanded, Ashtanga Yoga UWS added, Good Yoga removed, Land Yoga expanded, Om Factory added, Peridance removed, Pure Yoga West modified ]

Because not all classes or teachers are listed on kpjayi.com or ashtanga.com or even ashtangayoga.com, here is a list of current led primary series in the city.  If you know of something that isn’t listed or have a review, please share!

How to get listed:  send us a note on the contact page or comment below.
How to get unlisted:  word gets out that it ain’t a proper led class.  We don’t list classes that are “inspired” by Ashtanga, intro classes, or anything like that.

(All classes are assumed to be full primary unless otherwise noted.)
(We can’t account for teachers who aren’t following the KPJAYI method.  Your best bet is to go to an Authorized or Certified teacher listed at KPJAYI.)

MONDAY
12:30 Half Primary Om Factory (Union Square)
1 Half Primary Om Factory (Garment)
7:45pm Land Yoga (Harlem)

TUESDAY
7:00
Half Primary Yoga Works (SoHo)
10:30 Greenhouse Holistic (Williamsburg)
12 Land Yoga (Harlem)
12:30 Beginner Ashtanga Yoga New York (Soho)
12:30 Half Primary Om Factory (Union Square)
6:30 Ashtanga Yoga New York (Soho)
7:15 Sangha Yoga Shala (Williamsburg, Brooklyn)
7:45pm Land Yoga (Harlem)

WEDNESDAY
12:30 Half Primary Om Factory (Union Square)
12:30 Half Primary Om Factory (Garment)
7:45pm Land Yoga (Harlem)

THURSDAY
7:00 Half Primary Yoga Works (SoHo)
8:30 Half Primary Usha Veda (Greenpoint, Brooklyn)
10:30 Greenhouse Holistic (Williamsburg)
12 Land Yoga (Harlem)
12:30 Beginner Ashtanga Yoga New York (Soho)
12:30 Half Primary Om Factory (Union Square)
6:30 Ashtanga Yoga New York (Soho)
7:45pm Land Yoga (Harlem)

FRIDAY
6:30 Pure Yoga (Westside)
6:30 Ashtanga Yoga New York (Soho)
8 Pure Yoga (Westside) (1st and 3rd Friday)
8:15 Beginners Ashtanga Yoga New York (Soho)
9:30 Pure Yoga (Westside)
9:30 Pure Yoga (Upper East)
12 Land Yoga (Harlem)
12:30 Half Primary Om Factory (Union Square)
5 Pure Yoga (Westside)

SATURDAY
9 Yoga Works (Westside)
9 Ashtanga Yoga Upper West Side (Upper West Side)
9 Land Yoga (Harlem)
9:30 Pure Yoga (Upper West)
10 Ashtanga Yoga New York (SOHO)
12
The Shala (Union Square)
12 The Shala (Fort Greene, Brooklyn)
12:30 Beginners Land Yoga (Harlem)

SUNDAY
8 Ashtanga Yoga Brooklyn (Williamsburg, Brooklyn)
10:30 Greenhouse Holistic (Williamsburg, Brooklyn)
10:30 Sangha Yoga Shala (Williamsburg, Brooklyn)
12 The Shala (Union Square)
12:30 Usha Veda Half Primary (Greenpoint, Brooklyn)
4 Yoga Works (Westside)


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