Atha Yoga Anusasanam – Now, the teachings of Yoga – Yoga Sutras 1.1 These words ring in my ears. I can hear David chanting them clearly. Possibly, because he recites them to my 7 month old daughter whenever he sees her, which is fairly often these days. But what I originally, and naively interpreted as a mere introduction to a deeper text, turns out to be in fact, one of the most profound sutra’s in the entire text.
Something that’s come up a lot around our Shala lately is the theme of meditation. Many practitioners have shared their desire to learn how to meditate, but have no idea where to start, or feel that it’s way too difficult.
This week we’re bringing you three simple tips on how to begin a meditation practice in addition to your asana practice. It’s way simpler than you might think!
If you’ve ever practiced at AYCT, chances are you’ve seen the bright and smiling face of Elyse Mason. She is David’s right hand assistant in the morning, and the main teacher when he travels. She’s the small one with the blonde hair and friendly smile. But don’t let her petite frame fool you – she’ll pretzel you into Marichyasana D or Supta Kurmasana with the strength and technique that only skilled teachers possess. Elyse has been assisting and teaching Ashtanga for over 5 years, and I don’t want to brag or anything but… she’s pretty great! So when I wanted to get an idea about what Teaching and Assisting Mysore is like, I knew exactly who I wanted to ask!
For anyone who is interested in assisting and teaching Ashtanga Yoga, this article is an incredible resource!
Sandra Pribanic is a seasoned practitioner here at AYCT and a Registered Psychotherapist here in Toronto. This week she is sharing her wisdom an experience with the practice, the importance of breathing, and how to cultivate and sustain a yoga practice.
I get asked a lot what the best nutrition practice is for yogis, and what type of diet a yogi should adopt. What might seem like a pretty straightforward question is actually more complex than you might think. In this article, we deep dive into the question – to eat meat, or not to eat meat.