Ashtanga Yoga Asana Kitchen with David Garrigues

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This video helps you understand the foundation of Vashistasana, the first posture in the third series of ashtanga yoga.
Vasisthasaana is a challenging combination of a standing pose and an arm balance, and learning to perform Side Plank is great way to begin working on it—foundation first. Begin to clarify your foundation in Basic Plank before going to the side. Make sure your hands are rooted into the ground, the arms are fully extended. and that your body is positioned forward so that you are centered directly over your arms. Maintain the same powerful foundation when you turn to the side, and note the new, extra challenge as your foundation is now reduced to one hand/arm instead of two.

Next you might remember my saying “Perfect Your Plank”, as the best means of learning the formidable Caturanga Dandasana. Well here’s a new saying: “Perfect Your Side Plank”, as the best means to learning Vasisthasana. The way to think about it is to literally perform Plank Posture to the side. The most important image for Plank is make the body as straight, firm, and stable as a board from head to feet and feet to head-even when you are facing to the side. To do this imagine that your central axis is a magnet, your major body masses, torso, hips, thighs are irresistibly drawn inwards towards the magnetic middle. To help with balance, treat the posture as ride and enjoy the uncertainty, in the way a surfer lovingly plays with imbalance as she rides along the face of a wave. Lastly create stability by bracing, strengthening and grounding your foundation arm. Firm your entire body along the central axis, reach up through the top arm and turn the gaze skyward, up past the thumb. This accessible and difficult preparation posture strengthens the upper body, improves balance, and gives you the mental power of concentrated awareness.

David Garrigues is one of the few teachers in the US certified to teach Ashtanga Yoga by the late world renowned yoga master Sri K Pattahbi Jois. As an Ashtanga Ambassador, he bases his teachings on the idea that 'Anyone can take practice,' a core idea in the teachings of Sri K Pattahbi Jois.

David's mission is to help others flourish within the contemporary lineage of Ashtanga Yoga. While staying true to the traditional teachings of Ashtanga, David is adept at adapting the practice to suit all levels of practitioner and make it accessible to everyone.
David is the creator of the Asana Kitchen Series (SUBSCRIBE for up-to-date videos at youtube.com/user/davidgarrigues) as well as additional resources for Ashtanga practitioners including led DVDs and his pranayama book, Vayu Siddhi, available for purchase on his website davidgarrigues.com.

This Asana Kitchen was filmed at David's home studio in Philadelphia, the Ashtanga Yoga School of Philadelphia aysphiladelphia.com. David teaches a Primary Series and Second Series intensive there each year during the spring and fall.

The Asana Kitchen series is created to answer common questions or address concerns about the practice. To submit questions for the Asana Kitchen series, you can attend David's workshops OR email him at the asanakitchen@gmail.com

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Ashtanga Yoga Asana Kitchen with David Garrigues

David Garrigues Ashtanga Yoga PRO

David Garrigues is the director of the Ashtanga Yoga School of Philadelphia. He is one of a few teachers in the US certified to teach Ashtanga Yoga by the late world renown yoga master Sri K Pattabhi Jois. As an Ashtanga Ambassador he bases his teachings


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David Garrigues is the director of the Ashtanga Yoga School of Philadelphia. He is one of a few teachers in the US certified to teach Ashtanga Yoga by the late world renown yoga master Sri K Pattabhi Jois. As an Ashtanga Ambassador he bases his teachings on the idea that 'Anyone can take practice', a core idea in the teachings of Sri K Pattabhi Jois.

David's mission is to help others flourish within the living, contemporary lineage of Ashtanga Yoga. He aims to be part of an ever wider circle of people who are committed to applying the teachings of ashtanga yoga in ways that promote physical, psychological, and spiritual growth in themselves and others.

He teaches workshops around the world featuring Mysore intensives and in-depth studies. David is also the author of following video instructional materials:
1) Ashtanga Yoga: Primary Series Guide
2) Ashtanga Yoga: Intermediate Series Guide
3) Ashtanga Yoga: Ujjayi Breathing Guide
4) Ashtanga Yoga: Pranayama Sequence Guide

He is also the author of the book called Vayu Siddhi: A Guide to Pranayama, Ashtanga Yoga's Fourth Limb. He has written and recorded two high energy Kirtan CD's entitled: Jaya Sat Guru and Bad Man Bhakti. David's website and highly popular youtube video channel each have a wealth of free, expert video and written yoga instructional materials to inspire progress in beginner through advanced practitioners.

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