Yoga Journal says:

  • "Some blogs are simply fun reads, but if you want to dive deep, check out YogaLila." YogaJournal, August 2009


  • Richard Freeman: Yoga Chants

    Richard Freeman: Yoga Chants
    Richard Freeman Chants - its a 2 cd set. The first CD is instructional, he explains some of the history and technique, and you sing along by repeating first a word, then a line, of each chant. I think there are 3-4 chants he teaches in this way -including the ashtanga invocation, which I've always liked. He explains things very clearly. The second cd is him chanting and playing the harmonium. He has a good voice, not a great voice, but there is something incredibly soothing about listening to him. -Jane

  • Cindy Dollar: Yoga Your Way : Customizing Your Home Practice

    Cindy Dollar: Yoga Your Way : Customizing Your Home Practice
    This is a great book for home practice. It's spiral bound and the pages are split so that on the left the pages are practice sequences and on the right each page is one of 44 asanas. The 31 practice sequences range from 10 to 90 minutes. On the back of each asana page are several modifications with various props. The author is an Iyengar teacher and the instructions are very detailed. What I like most about it is that the variety of sequences will prevent me from doing the same practice all the time which is what usually happens when I do yoga on my own. -Danielle

  • Andrea Olsen: Bodystories: A Guide To Experiential Anatomy

    Andrea Olsen: Bodystories: A Guide To Experiential Anatomy
    This book is the most accesible of all the more touchy-feely anatomy books I have - daily exercises of body exploration. -Lianne

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March 23, 2006



terrific and inspiring report, Ann!

I just thought I'd throw in this link to the open sky site:

Your experience sounds wonderful, on many levels.

Francois Raoult

Your text is well reflecting the spirit of my teaching and I thank you for that. To see layers is a sign of a mature practice and clarity of perception. Just few points I would like to clarify:
1 Sometimes words like guys and folks are too casual in the context of yoga for describing students and teachers. Same when a waitress or a sales rep call you honey !
2 "Regress then progress" is more a concept for going back to a beginning stage of an asana, tracing the dysfunction, re-pattern and then progress again on a new path, free of habits or conditioning. Or going back to Savasana, release the nervous system then rebuild from there. Going back to silence before creating a sound. Natural breath before starting Ujjayi Pranayama, playing. Too many people block themselves by going too far, too soon. They are playing the same movie, just faster or louder! Same in psycho-therapy where regression is often needed to clear up old wounds or past karmas. Then true progress can be made. I didn’t refer to a golden age or that we have to let go of technology (like communicating though the Yogalila website for example!) or civilization. Just saying that we can still witness traditional cultures and learn from them in terms of integrity of posture (Tadasana especially), contentment and ergonomics in a working context (sitting, bending forward, carrying).
3 I don’t think minimal toning is optimal. Strength and stamina are needed. I think a lot of people need to release first by stretching, deep relaxation, restorative practice, then can tone where there is weakness. Toning on tension is not optimal. In fact that is what creates a high level of pathology in sports or dance. Pushing without seeing. Yoga always searches for the best saving energy plan and effortless effort (a paradox you have to resolve!)
4 When B.K.S. Iyengar dies, he will live though his legacy and though us by the seeds he planted in our hearts. look at the legacy of Mozart or Einstein....That is how I see reincarnation. That is why great traditions stay alive. They just adapt to the times and change manifestations or names but the essence is.
Francois Raoult.

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