Asana Kitchen with David Garrigues

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This video offers you instructions for finding an optimal position in Upward Facing Bow Pose. You’ll learn a checklist of actions that reminds you what to focus on when you come up and stay in this classic back bend shape. The checklist includes centering your body weight equally between your arms and legs, expanding your chest, lifting up your sacrum, keeping your thighs parallel and drawing them towards each other. I give you instructions for making a distinction between the actions of the upper body (chest/arms) and the lower body (pelvis/legs). Lastly I show you how the name of this pose gives you an important clue as to what constitutes its main focus--using the leverage of your foundation to bow your spine into a great arcing curve. I call this action ‘sucking the spine into the body’. Having success in constellating the action of bowing your spine in this position is difficult to achieve, and many of you will need to repeatedly contemplate this image over the course of many months in order to fully explore and develop this theme. Keep in mind that your arms and legs form 4 pillars and rooting down into the ground through these pillars stabilizes your position and gives you a splendid opportunity to work to draw your spine into a dynamic bow like curve—like the drawing back of the bowstring of a bow you are looking for a certain threshold of tension to come to life throughout your body. Just like the threshold of tension that is needed throughout a bow in order to shoot an arrow and cause it to soar through the air towards the target traveling with speed, accuracy and power.

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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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