Ashtanga Intermediate Series

Acroyoga… with a dog…

Another Ashtanga Series

Ashtanga 4th Series

YouTube Yoga

YouTube happens to be an excellent source of some quality yoga videos and the best part of all is it’s completely free.  Here are a few of my favorites:

Kathryn Budig is a yoga teacher based in YogaWorks here in Los Angeles. She has a lot of useful short videos on specific advanced poses with an emphasis on arm balances and inversions. These are great if you’re looking to take your practice to the next level.

Tara Stiles is a yoga teacher whom I consider more for the casual Yoga student. She is fun, easy on the eyes and offers a varied range of videos from short yoga classes to health and nutrition.

Sadie Nardini is a wonderful teacher based in New York. What I’ve learned from her the most is how to use my core in transitions and inversions. The video below was a real eye opener for me in how the core can carry your whole body from one pose to the next.

5 Types of Yoga Teachers

1. The Drill Sergeant
Gonna make you sweat till you bleed.

Defining characteristics:

  • Ripped body
  • Never smiles
  • Barks orders to you like a junkyard dog

How to Handle
Do exactly what they say.  And never, ever look them in the eye.

2. The Mom
“Don’t do anything you don’t want to do or that requires any effort at all.”

Defining characteristics:

  • Sweet, soft voice
  • Gentle touch
  • Always “sugests” poses for you to do

How to Handle
Be self-motivated otherwise you could spend the whole class in child’s pose.

3. The Space Cadet
You have no idea what they are talking about.

Defining characteristics:

  • Has flowers in hair
  • One or more scarves
  • Can be distracted by shaking a key chain or a piece of dust floating in the air

How to Handle
Ignore whatever comes out of their mouth.  Gently remind them they are teaching a yoga class if they inexplicably lie down in the middle of room and start napping.

4. The Robot
They have been teaching forever and are on complete autopilot.  Probably compiling their grocery list in their head during class.

Defining characteristics:

  • Far away look in their eye
  • Monotone voice
  • Conducts class like they are reading off a script

How to Handle
Watch a Yoga DVD instead.

5. The Guru
This teacher has mastered everything except levitation.

Defining characteristics:

  • Only uses the sanskrit names for poses
  • Often talks about their trips to India
  • Extensive use of chants, mantras, weird smelling oils etc.

How to Handle
Sit back and relax.  Try not to freak out, you might learn something.

5 Types of Yoga Students

1. The Noob
This is their first yoga class and it’s painfully obvious.

Defining characteristics:

  • Borrowed yoga mat
  • Socks
  • Setting up in the back of the room

How to Handle
Handle with care.  Everyone was a noob once.  Don’t judge.  Don’t laugh.  At least , during class.

2. The Veteran
They’ve done this a thousand times and they want you to know it.

Defining characteristics:

  • Manduka Pro Mat with Yogitoes towel
  • Full Lululemon gear from head to toe
  • Setting up in the front of the room

How to Handle
Stay out of their way and let them do their thing.  If you wind up next to one, expect to get a sweaty foot in your face a few times.

3. The Mayor of Yogaville
They know everyone and I mean EVERYONE in the class.

Defining characteristics:

  • Working the room like a politician; shaking hands, kissing babies etc.
  • Makes it a point to mention something personal about the teacher, to show he really knows them
  • Very little actual yoga

How to Handle
Just sit back and wait for him to introduce himself to you.

4. The Town Crier
This yogi is loud, like really loud.

Defining characteristics:

  • Groaning and moaning in every single pose, even child’s and mountain pose – borderline sexual
  • Loudest lion’s breath you will ever hear
  • Will scream out in agony when they feel the slightest bit of discomfort

How to Handle
Practice as far away as possible or wear ear plugs.

5. The Athlete
Does yoga purely as a workout.

Defining characteristics:

  • Reebok yoga mat
  • Giant jug of water
  • Looks of fear and horror when doing anything remote spiritual like saying “ohm”

How to Handle
Try not to look them in the eye.  They might see this as aggression and bolt for the door.

Featured Asana – Urdvha Danurasana