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NO PAIN, NO GAIN?

– Scorrere giù per la versione in italiano –   Pain, pain, pain. A favorite topics in many conversations amongst ashtanga yoga students, and not only. Here in Mysore, and not only. And it’s definitely one of the recurrent subjects … Continue reading

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WHAT’S THE BEST TIME FOR YOUR YOGA PRACTICE?

– Scorrere giù per la versione in italiano – “It is important to establish a regular, fixed time for meditation, so that your mind and body becomes accustomed to it. Once you have established a time and place, be consistent. … Continue reading

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IS ASHTANGA FOR BEGINNERS?

– scorrere giù per la versione in italiano –   ‘Oh, you know, I’m pretty new with yoga, I only practice since 1 year… I don’t believe I’m ready for Ashtanga…’ ‘Ashtanga is for advanced yogis’ ‘Ashtanga is tough!’ – … Continue reading

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SUMMER HOLIDAYS? HOW TO KEEP UP YOUR ASHTANGA YOGA PRACTICE

– scorrere giù per la versione in italiano –   Vacations? So much waited for, dreamed of, longed for… While you’re packing, don’t leave your ashtanga yoga practice behind! Or you’ll be in town but your studio has shut down … Continue reading

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A WRAP UP OF 10 DAYS ASHTANGA YOGA PRACTICE AT YOGABONES… WITH A LITTLE IYENGAR

– Scorrere giù per la versione in italiano –   Intense! Very intense! So the first 10 days of Ashtanga yoga practice with Rolf and Marci here in Goa! Have you ever been wondering why you only practice 5 days … Continue reading

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WHY AND WHAT OF ASHTANGA YOGA OPENING AND CLOSING MANTRAS

– scorrere giù per la versione in italiano – Ashtanga Yoga asana practice traditionally starts with an opening chant and ends with a closing one.  The chants (also known as mantras or invocations) are offered in Sanskrit, as this is … Continue reading

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KINO MACGREGOR ABOUT YOGA AND DETERMINATION

– scorrere giù per la versione in italiano – “If you have a dream in life, noone else can realize it for you. You have to work for it everyday.” ~ Kino MacGregor Just back from Bologna where I spent … Continue reading

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MYSORE STYLE: BENEFITS OF ASHTANGA YOGA SELF-PRACTICE

Ashtanga Yoga Mysore style (aka self-practice) or led class? I still remember the evening when I first did an attempt of moving from an Ashtanga Yoga led class to a Mysore class: I was feeling tense, nervous about the idea … Continue reading

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ARE YOU A PURE ASHTANGI?

Is your pedigree of unmixed origin? Is your ashtanga yoga practice free of any contamination? If the answer is yes, you’re highly likely a very traditional ashtangi. Nonetheless, is that useful for you? I know, I know, another controversial theme … Continue reading

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YOGA PRACTICE AT HOME? 3 WAYS THAT WORK TO KEEP IT UP

I’ve previously written about how to build a home yoga practice, giving the hints and tips that helped me in setting it up (read it here: 7 ways to make your yoga practice at home easier). Nonetheless, there are times … Continue reading

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WHAT’S THE POINT OF CHANTING OM?

Whenever you are starting or ending your yoga session, most likely you will chant at least one Om. And if you are a traditional ashtangi, than you will definitely chant Om to open and close mantras both at the beginning … Continue reading

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BACK TO THE PATH OF ACTION

“To attain the purpose of life, it is necessary to do one’s duty, whether one lives in the world or outside it. The path of renunciation and the path of action, though 2 diverse ways, are equally helpful for attaining … Continue reading

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PRANAYAMA YES OR PRANAYAMA NOT?

In the Ashtanga Yoga world the discussion about Pranayama is almost as big as the one on Adjustments: pranayama yes or pranayama not? And if yes, when? On the path of yoga you may have encountered 2 different approaches: “do … Continue reading

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FEARS IN YOGA – HOW TO OVERCOME THEM

Have you ever been on the yoga mat and felt fear? Fear of falling down, of injuring yourself in a specific posture, of dropping back? Well, I have… And as you progress in your asana practice, you will probably face … Continue reading

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A MARTIAL INTRODUCTION TO ASHTANGA YOGA SECOND SERIES

It’s 5 o’clock on a Sunday morning and it’s my day off. I’m lying in bed, the night is still pitch dark outside and inside my room. The wind is howling, a cold breeze seeps trough the windows and reaches … Continue reading

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VISUALIZE THE PRIMARY SERIES ASHTANGA YOGA TEACHER TRAINING AT TATTVAA YOGASHALA

I’ve been writing quite a lot about my Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training at Tattvaa Yogashala in Rishikesh, India, so I have decided to give you a visual idea of it, including a couple of moments of ‘relax’ we had this … Continue reading

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WHY YOGA IS ALL ABOUT LETTING GO

This week has been my worst as well as my best week since I started the Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training at Tattva Yogashala. Why? On Wednesday, as the afternoon was passing by, I started feeling weird, small things getting on … Continue reading

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ALL YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE TAKING AN ASHTANGA YOGA TEACHER TRAINING AT TATTVAA YOGASHALA

October 13, 2013 – Sunday, such a welcomed day! This is my very first day off from the Ashtanga Yoga Teaching Training Course since started on Friday, October 4th. After 7 days of asana practices in a row, the alarm … Continue reading

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RICHARD FREEMAN ON AN ABBREVIATED PRACTICE

Earlier this week I wrote about ‘what to do on those days when practicing yoga seems the hardest thing‘. And today I run into an ‘ask the expert’ question answered by the well-well-known ashtanga yoga teacher Richard Freeman. Question is: … Continue reading

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WHAT TO DO ON THOSE DAYS WHEN PRACTISING YOGA SEEMS THE HARDEST THING?

Do you have those days when, just waking up, the only idea of doing your asana yoga practice seems like a huge effort? Is it because you’re been working a lot, partying a lot or for reasons you even don’t … Continue reading

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MYSTERIOUS ARE THE WAYS OF KARMA

The Gita says: ‘Mysterious are the ways of Karma. Man plans one thing out of pride, egoism and conceit, but God wills something completely different… the Divine will is bound to prevail.’ ‘Since I rely absolutely on my Guru, on … Continue reading

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A BIG YOGIC DILEMMA: GURUJI OR KAMAL?

Friday, May 10th:  Since I arrived at Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh I noticed an old man who lives in the ashram and used to take part to the Ganga Aarti, the fire ceremony in honour of Mother Ganga, every … Continue reading

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YOGA PRACTICE AND THE RISK OF OVERDOING

Wednesday, May 8: a month in Rishikesh, India, is almost over!   The intensity of my ashtanga yoga practice with Kamal Singh has been on a crescendo for 3 weeks, with a taste of new postures – such as yoganidrasana … Continue reading

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MIRACLES A CASTOR OIL BATH CAN MAKE TO YOU

If you knew that a castor oil bath releases all sorts of tensions in your body, relaxes the muscles and mind, works in disgregating scar tissue, helps in recovering from body pains, cools you down, makes you more flexible and … Continue reading

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‘OH GOSH, PRACTICE WILL BE TOUGH TODAY!’

Have you ever waken up one morning and thought ‘Gosh, practice will be tough today!’ as first thing? Well, it happened to me this morning! 8am, Sunday, previous 2 nights out and unusually late in bed, the realization the very … Continue reading

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