Asana Kitchen with David Garrigues

Certified Ashtanga Yoga teacher David Garrigues discusses the concept of infinity and how it plays out in the asana practice, nirodha, and creates yogic powers (siddhis) in the practitioner.

The 8 famous Siddhis
Siddhi (special) power: peculiar skill, mastery, perfection

Ability to become small, size of an atom

In your pose: ability to perceive the minutest detail; subtle, fine discernment; isolating the actions of different parts of your body; supra sensory perception

In your life: attention to details; sensitive; perceive subtleties

Ability to become large like the monkey God, Hanuman, who grew to colossal size when he leaped across the water to Lanka from the tip of India.

In your pose: ability to perceive your entire body all at once; seeing many layers of context for activating your body; harmonizing the different parts of your body, causing Life Force to flow freely throughout all the channels.

In your life: see the big picture: more all encompassing perspective

Power to increase in weight infinitely

In your asana: power to connect to your body (feet, hands, legs, and arms) with the ground beneath you and strike the Immovable Spot; ability to send weight into specific parts of the body: ability to wield your weight skillfully; able to sustain your attention where you choose.

In your life: grounded; able to place weight on what is important, meaningful, and prioritize what is valuable; supportive, steady, constant, reliable like a rock

Power to become lighter than the lightest

In your pose: power to make your body light, buoyant, float, leap, float, and fly; buoyant light spine; nimble, swift, cheerful, ebullient

In your life: lightness, able to let go of or avoid heavy states depression, despair, lethargy or pessimism; forgiving not holding grudges swift minded sharp, light on your feet responsive.

Ability to acquire anything anywhere

In your pose: knowing how to get the best from your body and mind; able to work with your weaknesses and limits instead of against them; thinking creatively; able to utilize whatever is at hand—props or modifications-- to attain your objectives for doing a pose.

In your life: knowing what you want and then making the best of whatever you have in all circumstance to succeed. Knowing how to compromise, make concessions, and set priorities; knowing how to sacrifice the things that are least important to you and retain what is most important to you; faith that the universe somehow provides whatever you need.

Willfulness, freedom of will, power of will

Lordship over all creation

Ability to control the entire creation, especially the 5 elements

Extra Siddhis Relevant to your Pose and your Life

Hearing far; masterful listener both external and internal; ability to quiet and still and hear communications from the creative, higher source within

Seeing far; visionary; penetrative outward and inward gaze; living your life according to dharma; in touch with what represents the ‘Ultimate You’; seeing the pith of your life and life.

Swiftness of mind and body

Ability to attain the desired form—power to strike the asana as you envision it.

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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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