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Dear Yogis, I am currently in Mysore, India (practicing with Sheshadri) and I wonder if anyone of you is here also? :)
Hey Raw Yogis, I've just set up a new youtube channel and web site rawandcookedvegan.com and I want to interview as many vegans as I can. I want to go into your bio and your transition and what you're doing now. Contact me via 30Bad or via firstname.lastname@example.org it doesn't matter how long you've been raw or vegan, I just want to get the info up there and your experience will help others. We'll do skype videos. Let me know and thank you all for this revolution, Paul
Beautiful stuff. That's great she learned on her own, just listen to your body. What you want to explore is muscular activation while you are stretching. It is often thought that yoga is passive stretching but over time this approach can screw up ligaments. Learn to have the muscles gently activated while you are stretching them.
Paul, thank you, I will try Rodney Yee, thank you for your recommendation! On of my friend went to India and he took a video of one girl in the beach. She was practicing a yoga, and didnt mind somebody make a movie. He uploaded this video to youtube and many people found her. She is russian girl. I contacted her and found that she learn yoga at home, she practiced alone at home with different kind of videos. This is very inspired me, I thought its not possible without a teacher to do yoga ;) This is a video of her in the beach: http://youtu.be/YOkt9tQVvWQ
Tonya, Try Rodney Yee. He has some AM and PM yoga dvds that are very accessible. He comes from an Iyengar background but works the poses into a nice flow. He used to be a Ballet dancer and I think that influences his approach. He's gone a bit crazy on the marketing but he does put out some good stuff. Another excellent book which doesn't go into poses so much but gives a brilliant view of how to approach yoga is, Awakening the Spine by Vanda Scaravelli. Have fun in Japan and don't worry about doing your own practice. Just get on the mat and start exploring.
Fen, thank you for your reply, yes, I can find some english classes in Tokyo, but all of them are far away from me (Tokyo is very big city), and I am very busy with my raw food classes and family (kindergarten here is until 2pm). Almost classes are in the evening, and I have free time only until afternoon. So my situation is not easy, I tried to find something close and nice. Also visited and tried many japanese studios in Tokyo, yes, I can understand and follow, but they never speak about yoga, its like exercises, almost teachers are not even vegetarians, so yoga is good business here. I am looking for "real" teacher, so maybe DVD is the best for me now. :) Thank you very much!
I was recently in Tokyo and one of the bikram studios did one or two classes per week in english. As the class is the same routine every time once you learnt the postures you would be fine to take the classes that were in Japanese!
Thank you very much, Paul! I am really a beginner, maybe Ashtanga is too had for me ;) I want to buy a dvd first, so really have to think what to buy better. Thanks for your advices!
Funny story about David and Doug Swenson. They were doing yoga in Texas back in the 60's in the park and some of the locals would throw rocks at them because they were perceived to be so strange. We've come a long way.
I've heard great things about David Swenson. I hosted his brother Doug for wrkshp. They have totally different styles. If you are athletic and like a challenge, Ashtanga may be for you. I followed Richard Freeman's Primary Series Video for a long time. But stay objective. The different styles emphasize different aspects of yoga. You could say Iyengar is a very earth oriented style, Ashtanga is a fire oriented style and Vini is a water oriented style. Try to get your head around the principles of these various styles and create your own that has elements of them all. If you get into Ashtanga be careful with your wrists. It is imperative to understand how to ground the hands properly. Jump throughs and variations on crow screw up a lot of people's wrists. Watch the knees too, don't rush lotus. The Ashtanga Primary series is amazing but be advised that it heavily emphasizes forward bending. If you can throw in a little gentle backbending throughout the series it will help to balance that out. Good luck and have fun.
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