Asana Kitchen with David Garrigues

In this lively, informative podcast I discuss the connection between fitness and yoga.

Topics include:
1)The idea that doing physical exercise is detrimental to or has nothing to do with yoga
2) The idea that pure movement or pure sport or pure physicality of any kind can reach up the spiritual.
3) The idea from the Hatha Yoga Pradipika that Hatha yoga (ie doing poses, breathing exercises, and bandhas) is designed to be a support for those who are constantly engaged in the practice of yoga–and how this theme relates to the practice of hatha yoga and fitness
4) The relationship between these 3 things:
A) The deepest consciousness that yoga is all about
B) Hatha yoga (practice of postures etc)
C) Physical Fitness
5) The possibility that there is a necessity to engage in supplemental fitness practices in order to support an intense practice of asanas.

I also discuss the following quotes from the sacred texts in terms of their relevant to the subject of the connections between yoga, hatha yoga, and physical fitness:

"Self is… “the breathing behind breathing, the sight behind sight, the hearing behind hearing, the thinking behind thinking
--the first
– the ancient.”
Brhadaranyaka Upanishad 4.4. 23

“With the mind alone one must behold it—
Here, there is nothing diverse at all!
from death to death he goes, who sees
here any kind of diversity.

As just singular must one behold it—
immeasurable and immovable.

The Self is spotless and beyond space,
unborn, immense, and immovable.
By knowing that Cosmic Person, a wise Yogi
should obtain insight for himself.
But, let him not ponder over a lot of words;
it just tires the voice!”
Svetasvatara Upanishad ch 2, verse 5

“When she keeps her body straight, with the three sections erect, and draws the senses together with the mind into her heart, a wise woman shall cross all the frightful rivers with the boat consisting of the fully realized vision of Self.”
Yoga Vashista Ch 6

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Asana Kitchen with David Garrigues

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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…


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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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