Ashtanga Yoga Podcasts from Miami Life Center

I stayed up way too late last night listening to Ashtanga yoga podcasts with Kino MacGregor on the Miami Life Center website. Very entertaining, motivating, and insightful.

Here’s a few podcasts that I downloaded (you can right-click on the links to save the files to your computer):

Yoga as a Spiritual Path Miami Friday Night Workshop Talk 2010 Part 1.

Guided Full Primary Series Richmond.

Miami Old Shala Q&A with Kino & Tim – The Ashtanga Yoga Method and Teaching Beginners.

In addition to the podcast page, the rest of the Miami Life Center website is chock-full of  yogic wisdom for those seeking deeper insight into yoga practice.  I plan on spending quite a bit of time there.  Too bad I’m not closer to Miami so I could actually take some classes there.  Not much Ashtanga yoga going on in my neck of the Florida panhandle…as far as I know…

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Video Review: Yoga Foundations with Hillary Rubin

If you’re into yoga podcasts, then there’s a very good chance you know Hillary Rubin.  She has a great blog full of yoga wisdom and routines that are perfect when your home practice needs some motivation.   A certified Anusara Yoga teacher, Hillary has a great story that illustrates the power yoga has to improve lives.  Taking her teaching to the next level, Hillary recently released a DVD, Yoga Foundations with Hillary Rubin.

For the last couple weeks, both myself and my four year old daughter, Kennedy, have enjoyed lining up our yoga mats and practicing to the DVD.  It’s not too long and it’s not too short.  Kennedy is a great yoga buddy and it makes me laugh every time she calls downward facing dog “hot dog.”

One of the interesting things about Hillary’s new DVD is that I didn’t really pay attention to the title of the practice, “Yoga Foundations,” until after I was partway through it the first time and started thinking to myself how grounded my body felt as I implemented the various corrections Hillary suggested.  I was surprised at how some of the subtle adjustments Hillary recommended entirely changed the way certain poses felt.  While the main practice is not too complex or physically demanding, it effectively does what it sets out to do:  create and cultivate a strong foundation.  Highly recommended for those looking for an easy-to-follow introducation to yoga.  Kennedy gives it two thumbs up.

Yoga Journal Podcasts

It looks like Yoga Journal has just started a new yoga podcast series. The first episode is a 20-minute practice segment taught by Yoga Basics columnist Jason Crandell. It looks like a promising start to a nice feature.

If you’re into practicing with podcasts, also be sure to check out Elsie’s Yoga Kula. There are many other podcasts out there, but I’m mostly wondering what you all think of yoga podcasts and which ones are your favorite. Maybe you like podcasts, maybe you don’t. I’m just curious.

(By the way, it’s nice to be blogging again…at least for the time being.)

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Weekend Yoga Video: Y Yoga Movie

Found this clip over at Elsie’s Yoga Kula, where by the way you can find weekly yoga class podcasts to practice with. Elsie’s website also has pictures of the asanas corresponding with her great instruction. So head on over there and take a class or two. Enjoy!

Final Primary Series Segment on Yoga Today

Just thought I’d let you know that Part 3 of the Ashtanga Primary Series on Yoga Today is ready for download. Right-click and save this link to begin downloading now, or click here to watch it on-line. I’ve enjoyed these practices, but out of curiosity, does anyone have a favorite Ashtanga yoga DVD to recommend? Leave a comment if you have a recommendation for our readers!


Ashtanga Primary Series Part 2 on Yoga Today

Om SunIf you enjoyed the first Ashtanga Primary Series segment on Yoga Today, here’s the link for Part 2. You can either click on the links to play them now or right-click and save to download and use for a later home practice. I haven’t actually done the Part 2 practice yet, but I enjoyed the first class, so I imagine this will be about the same.  Have fun!

More Ashtanga Primary Series on Yoga Today

As a follow-up to yesterday’s post on Yoga Today’s free on-line yoga classes, here’s a link to another Ashtanga Primary Series class from a few weeks ago. I’ve noticed that Yoga Today’s video archive only has about four classes to choose from at a time, but if you want an easy way to find previous classes just subscribe to the archive feed (here’s the feed link) and then it’s pretty easy to scroll through and find a class that sounds interesting to you. With 271 classes to choose from as of March 2, 2007, it should be pretty easy to find something that suits your style.

Ashtanga Primary Series on Yoga Today

I’m sure you’ve already seen the ads in your favorite yoga magazine for Yoga Today and thought to yourself, “Yeah right, free yoga, whatever. There’s got to be a catch.” Well, if you haven’t taken the opportunity to get some free yoga instruction from Adi, Neesha and Sarah, filmed on location in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, it might be time you took a look at what Yoga Today has to offer and download an episode or two. Other than a few advertisements at the beginning of each session, there really is no catch. You have the option of either streaming the session you’re interested in or downloading it for later viewing. It’s also an added bonus that the visual quality of the videos is pretty dang good. If you don’t mind waiting for a 1 GB download, you can even watch the lessons on your computer in high-definition (although they also have smaller size downloads of lesser, but still great quality). For anyone who doesn’t have ready access to a yoga class or is just too cheap to actually pay for yoga instruction, Yoga Today totally rocks.

The classes vary in their ability levels, although from what I can tell it seems like most of the classes are either for beginner or all levels. Yesterday’s session (number 269) was the first of three sessions focusing on the Primary Series of Ashtanga. [Click here to view it now or here to download it in Quicktime to view whenever you have time – update – no longer available – sorry]. Other than the four interruptions I had from my daughter (who was watching Curious George at 6 o’clock in the morning) I felt like I got a pretty good workout. While video yoga will never replace good old-fashioned personal instruction, if you’re looking for a way to spice up your home practice Yoga Today just might be the ticket.

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Two NPR Audio Segments on the Business of Yoga

Inside OmThe Booming Business of Yoga

Talk of the Nation, December 26, 2006 · Guests explore yoga’s path from the margins to the mainstream, and its transformation along the way from spiritual meditation to a mass-marketed workout.

Yoga Industry Booms Across U.S.

Morning Edition, August 4, 2003 · About 15 million Americans practice yoga, up nearly 30 percent in the last year, a new survey from Yoga Journal finds. Business booms for yoga-related studios and retail stores, including those selling sportswear, videotapes and accessories. Hear Rebecca Roberts.


Yoga Journal Conferences Audio Archives

rodney_multimedia.jpgIf you’ve never had the chance to attend a Yoga Journal Conference, you may feel like me that you’re out of the loop and missing out on all the fun. Luckily, Yoga Journal maintains an Audio Archive of some of the great talks, panels, and keynote addresses from the conferences dating back to 2005. If nothing else, at least you can download a talk, pop on your headphones, close your eyes, and pretend that you were there. The archive also provides a good listening option if you’re looking for something interesting to listen to on a long drive. One of my favorite panel discussions (the panel consisted of Gary Kraftsow, Judith Hanson Lasater, David Life, and Desiree Rumbaugh) was on Living the Yamas and Niyamas in Daily Life (click the link to directly download). The panelists provided some great insight on how yoga ought to influence our actions and daily life even when we are away from the mat. So, if you have the time and are looking for some inspiration, head on over to the archive and find something you’re interested in.

B.K.S. Iyengar NPR Interview

It’s hard to believe that it’s been over a year since Light on Life by B.K.S. Iyengar was released. In 2005, NPR interviewed Iyengar to discuss the physical and mental benefits of yoga. If you haven’t heard the interview, take a minute to listen to the words of one of yoga’s foremost pioneers. In the article that accompanies the interview, Iyengar discusses how yoga is more than just physical motions (the quote is actually from the book):

The practice of yogasana for the sake of health, to keep fit, or to maintain flexibility is the external practice of yoga….While this is a legitimate place to begin, it is not the end… Even in simple asanas, one is experiencing the three levels of quest: the external quest, which brings firmness of the body; the internal quest, which brings steadiness of intelligence; and the innermost quest, which brings benevolence of spirit…Often, we hear people saying they remain active and light when they do just a little bit of asana practice. When a raw beginner experiences this state of well-being, it is not merely the external or anatomical effects of yoga. It is also about the internal physiological and psychological effects of the practice.