ashtanga literature

22nd January 2012

DVD: John Scott: Ashtanga Yoga

i got myself a new dvd last week. yippiiieee! ashtanga yoga by john scott.

i needed something that i could practice along and use as my ‘friday led’ class. i read, of course, about john scott. so many ashtangis find him so inspiring and always list him as one of the best teachers out there.

dvd includes introduction about ashtanga – all the basics about it: breath (ujjaji), vinyasa, bandha, drishti.

practice is split in 5 levels – complete beginners, beginners 1 and 2 and then half and full practice.

i believe his dvd is not the best for total beginners. even though the practice is split in few levels you still have to have basic knowledge from the class to participate. otherwise you will find it too fast to work with it. or have a great amount of time rewinding it in order to work out the asana. even the cover says – it is meant to be a tool for your home practice to complement your practice with the certified teacher. so, if you are just starting out, you might be better off taking a course. if this is not possible, as a beginner, i would suggest going for another dvd that brakes it down asana-by-asana like the one by nicki doane – see below.

i am, however, enjoying this dvd. now that my practice has been built up to nearly half way, i like the slow count and the reminders that give me the feel of a led class. so, if you need it for this purpose than i wholeheartedly recommend it.

good news for all of us in uk that john and his wife lucy have recently moved to cornwall, uk, so i am hoping i get to do a workshop with them at some point.

 

 

15th May 2011

DVD: Nicki Doane: Ashtanga yoga for beginners by Gaiam

scouring the web for the most appealing beginners ashtanga yoga dvd, i found nicki doane. her moves were so gracious, it felt like she was in so much peace with herself and the world around and i wanted it.

the actual video is good for a complete beginner as it covers sun salutations and the standing sequence. not to be discouraged with her flexibility, you are of course invited to do as much as you can but be with your practice fully awake and engaging.

i was actually listening to her interview on the dvd and there were certain things she talked about that i did not quite register first time around watching it but now they made sense.

the dvd is good – by all means. it is a teaser and it will set you off on your journey. you will, however, want more very soon. i guess it’s that beginners hunger i read so much about.

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