Asana Kitchen with David Garrigues

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From Dandasana establish your foundation by bringing the right leg back to Ardha Virasana (Half Hero), Keep the right lower leg bone in as close to the right thigh bone as possible. Sit tall and forward, center you weight directly over the sitting bones as opposed to sitting back and thus behind the foundation. Separate the knees a bit and make the thighs parallel to each other. Bring your left leg up in front of you straighten the leg as much as possible with the knee cap facing towards you. Catch your right wrist with the left hand across the ball of the foot. Reach in an upward direction through your left leg from the hip through the foot. And pull downwards with your interlocked hands to create a mudra (seal) between your hands and left foot.

Bring the left leg as close to vertical as possible while keeping your weight centered forward and performing Uddhyana Bandha. Endeavor to keep the hips and shoulders square throughout your work in the posture-a feat easier said than done. Be satisfied with any tiny bit of success that you achieve in sparring with this formidable Yantra shape.

To exit the position maintain your interlocked hands lift up the chest and take the head back breathe in, exhale release and make ready for the jump back transition. Go through the vinyasa and sit down in preparation for the second side.

Take Ardha Virasana (Half Hero) on the left side. Separate the knees, make the thighs parallel, snug the left lower leg to left thigh. Center your weight forward over the pelvic floor, perform Uddhyana Bandha and lift up the right leg, straighten the leg keeping the kneecap facing you. Catch your left wrist with your right hand across the ball of the foot. Push your foot into the interlock and resist this action by pulling downward on your foot with the interlocked hands. Use the hand and foot connection to bring the right leg as close to vertical as possible while remaining properly centered over your pelvic floor foundation. Work to weight the left sitting bone and to square the right hip forward.

Cast a steady, upward gaze past your right toes, remain in position enjoying steady, smooth breathing. You will spend many a day trying and failing and trying again to skillfully combine the demanding set of actions that will bring about mastery of this worthy adversary. Make ready to exit by inhaling and lifting up the head, chest and right leg, exhaling release and prepare for the jump back transition. Enjoy!

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 youtube.com/user/davidgar...) 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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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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