Want the most bang for your buck? Try out these bundles of films, they will delight you.
This is a 7-day course, each day is 20-25 minutes long and contains 4 sections:
1: Upward Bow
2: Drop Back
3: Tic Tac
4: Final Backbend
By utilizing Ashtanga Yoga’s Finishing Backbend sequence, this course will teach you:
1) How to use opposing forces in your postures and create dynamism.
2) How to turn fear into positive action.
The 8 day course titled Foundation First serves to remind you of the single greatest principle for doing a yoga pose: begin your pose by building a relationship between the ground beneath you and your skeleton.
The exercises for this course are designed to help you learn how to make your foundation the first priority in building your poses. Over the 8 days of the course you will use 6 foundational postures plus transitions to understand how to make a sound foundation for all poses. You’ll also learn how to work with a progression of steps to maintain a strong foundation as you go deeper into each posture. By doing this course you take a single clear and substantial step towards attaining Asana Vidya--Knowledge of the 3rd yogic limb--and you’ll also get the bonus of feeling empowered and inspired.
I made this course partly because I know from experience that devoting yourself to getting stronger in your practice is extremely difficult to do-especially when you attempt to develop strength over an extended period of time. Extracting strength is a matter of learning to sleuth out, contemplate, detect and extract strengthening possibilities from your efforts in practice.
I will take you through 15 intensive sessions (of approximately 20-35 minutes each) of rigorous, fun and original exercises that are not only designed to help you build strength and stamina but also to help you THINK more effectively and creatively about how to use the foundations of your practice to get stronger.
King of Asanas includes seven challenging and fun instructional videos, each 15 to 30 minutes in length. The practices and teachings in the videos represent what I see as the most critical elements to extracting the essence of inversion positions in general, and specifically, the King of Asanas, Sirsasana, the Head Balance posture. There is a companion book, available on www.davidgarrigues.com, that can be used to further develop your study.
In the past I have had many students express fear, sometimes dread, towards inversions, especially Sirsasana the most challenging upside-down posture. So it may seem like an unlikely choice that I use Head Balance as a foundational posture, as well as a gateway through which something magical and potent can happen in your yoga practice. Studying and practicing The King of Asanas master series will take you on a journey—a journey where you acquire a many skills and strength needed to properly learn and execute Sirsasana. And, what is truly amazing, this work not only offers instruction and demonstration on proper Head Balance—it helps us to uncover the essential asana principles upon which all yoga postures are based.
Working with this material, in the videos and the book, will improve, possibly even transform, your entire approach to yoga practice. I have taught this material to students for over two decades. I consider these instructions to be essential for a daily yoga practice. My aim is for you to place more value on the inversion portion of your practice. In doing so, you will become more skilled at extracting the nectar of yoga knowledge from all your postures, whether you are upside down or right side up.
Ashtanga Yoga is a complete Yoga method based on Bhakti (devotion) to a breathing and movement system called Vinyasa. Through Ashtanga yoga you come to realize your Self and your purpose by learning to systematically combine several internal and external techniques including:
breathing, internal locks, meditation, posture, conscious movement and gazing.
Part 1) In-depth Instructions on Fundamentals:
Introduction to the set of practices that form the basis of Ashtanga yoga including:
Ujjayi (sound) breathing
Surya Namaskara A & B includes detailed instruction on
Chaturanga Dandasana (Four Limb Staff Pose)
Urdva Mukha Svanasana (Upward Facing Dog Pose)
Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose)
Vinyasa (learn how to synchronize movement with breath)
Dynamic Transitions (Jump between standing postures, Jump Back and Jump Through
Part 2) 1-Hour 35-Minute Instructed Primary Series
An inspiring and challenging home practice that centers around the 6-core aspects of the practice: asana (posture), pranayama (free breathing), vinyasa (movement with breath), bandhas (internal locks), dristi (gazing), dhyana (meditation).
Part 3) 1-Hour 30-Minute Traditional Led Primary Series
Helps the student develop a proper understanding of the rhythm and flow of the Primary Series vinyasa sequence cleansing internal heat that stokes the fire of awareness
Part 4) Asana Modifications
This section takes you step by step through many postures of first series and will teach you how to troubleshoot difficult postures, think creatively to find variations that are right for you, use props without sacrificing flow.
Ashtanga Yoga: A Guide to Intermediate Series (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)
Ashtanga Yoga's Second Series, called Nadi Shodana, purifies the pranic channels of the body. The practice is intended to extend your breathing capacity and effect an energetic awakening that helps you access buddhi, the reflective, discerning, higher intelligence faculty of your mind. Become fit for dhyana, meditation; develop contemplative poise that yields dynamism, radiant health and Self knowledge. May we all continue to grow in Bhakti and Jnana.
Part 1: A traditional 1 hour and 30 minute counted vinyasa method live class that includes:
-Work on back bends such as Dhanurasana, Ustrasana and Kapotasana
-Work on deep hip-opening postures such as Eka Pada Sirsasana and Yoga Nidrasana
-Work on strength-building asanas such as Bakasana, Mayurasana, Nakrasana
-Work on inverted postures such as Pincha Mayurasana and Karandavasana
-Supplemental instruction highlighting the actions of the postures, bandhas and breathing
Part 2: Over 20 video installments giving detailed instruction for beginners through advanced practitioners in the following asanas:
-Eka Pada Sirsasana
In presenting this material I aim to transform your ideas about the role that your breath can play in your daily practice, to see how the consciousness that you develop through breath awareness leads you into the greater spiritual context of your life. I aim to set your imagination ablaze on the vital subject of breathing as your principal source of Self knowledge.
Part 1: A Guide to Ujjayi Breathing
The first 9 videos are a set of breathing practices that will help you better understand how to breath in your asana practice, give you a strong foundation for learning pranayama and form the beginning steps to working with the Sri K Pattabhi Jois’s Ashtanga Pranayama sequence.
Part 2: A Guide to the Ashtanga Pranayama Sequence
The first 6 videos in part 2 introduce you to the Ashtanga Pranayama sequence by giving you step by step, detailed instruction in each of the five pranayama’s that make up the sequence. You can study each pranayama separately or all at the same time with the Full Instructed Pranayama Sequence.
The last 6 videos in part 2 is where you can practice each pranayama separately without instruction or you can practice the entire thirty plus minute Ashtanga Pranayama Sequence without instruction.