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Comment by Tonya Ogino on September 11, 2013 at 1:45pm

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!

Comment by Tonya Ogino on September 11, 2013 at 12:05am

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!

Comment by Paul on September 10, 2013 at 4:36am

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. 

Comment by Paul on September 10, 2013 at 4:35am

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. 

Comment by Tonya Ogino on September 10, 2013 at 1:15am

Thank you, Paul!
I will buy these books and DVD. What can you tell me about Ashtanga Yoga: The Practice - First Series with David Swenson? I heard its very nice too.
Yes, I love Japan, very beautiful nature, kind people and very safe place. Japanese love yoga, so many studios in Tokyo, all japanese, I tried and feel not very comfortable there, I want to know more about yoga, not just poses.
All the best & Namaste.

Comment by Paul on September 10, 2013 at 12:52am

Hi Tonya,  My sister recently visited Japan.  I hope you're enjoying it.  Yes I'd recommend anything by Godfrey.  I haven't seen the DVD but it will give you a good idea of his approach.  What I think is so valuable is that he is incorporating non dual principles into every aspect of practice.  Though many styles of yoga are talking a non dual line they're not expressing it.  It becomes more about carrot and stick grasping for something in the future.  His books Dynamic Yoga and The Elements of Yoga are very good.  Consider applying the bandhas with sensitivity throughout the body as an invitation to experiencing and expressing unity.  And I think it is great you're going to do your own practice.  Even if you had access to English speaking teachers I think doing your own and supplementing with an occasional superior teacher is the best route.  All the best & Namaste.

Comment by Tonya Ogino on September 9, 2013 at 2:37pm

Dear Paul, I am also a new in yoga and I live in japan, almost classes are in japanese, so I decided to train at home, what about DVD Godfrey Devereux's Dynamic Yoga? is is your recommendation? Thank you!

Comment by brina on August 21, 2013 at 6:39am

hey Raw Yogis and yoginis :O) 

I'm looking for a raw yoga teacher training course to take soon. Please let me know if you know of one! Thx!!!

Comment by Paul on August 18, 2013 at 6:13am

Godfrey Devereux's Dynamic Yoga is an excellent book.  Anything by David Godman on Ramana Maharshi is worth your while.  Have fun and do stuff you enjoy or you'll burn out. 

Comment by JadeSparX on August 17, 2013 at 10:16pm
I really love yoga but haven't done it for aaaages!! Going to start up again and go 100% raw ((been about 70% lately..)). Any tips or advice?? Thank you :), I look forward to being a part of this group.
 

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