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LESS IS MORE. IN ASHTANGA YOGA AS WELL?

– scorrere giù per la versione in italiano – Less is more. – Mies van der Rohe In 1947 the famous architech Ludwig Mies van der Rohe adopted this sentence as a precept for minimalist design  and architecture, meaning that … Continue reading

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HOW MANY YOGA POSTURES ARE THERE?

– Scorrere giù per la versione in italiano – Asanani ca tavanti yavantyo jivajatayah Etesamatulan bhedan vijanati mahesvarah – Dhyana bindu upanishad 42 (There are) as many postures as (there are) species of living beings. The distinctions between them all … Continue reading

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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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HAPPY NEW YEAR… OR MAYBE, NOT YET

– Scorrere giù per la versione in italiano – “I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing … Continue reading

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KPJ ASHTANGA YOGA INSTITUTE… 3 YEARS LATER

– Scorrere giù per la versione in italiano – 3 years have gone by, having missed 2 seasons of practice with Sharath in the main shala here in Mysore. Looking at it on a gross level, all seems pretty the … 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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WHO IS A TRUE YOGI?

– Scorrere giù per la versione in italiano – It is the man who performs his duties without dependence on the fruits of his own actions that deserves to be called a Sannyasin (renouncer) and a Yogi, not the one … Continue reading

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BAKASANA: THE 4 SECRETS OF STRAIGHT ARMS CROW POSE

– Scorrere giù per la versione in italiano –   “Your wings already exist, all you have to do is to fly”   While in Ashtanga yoga primary series Bakasana is ‘just‘ a transition pose and to bend the arms … Continue reading

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WHY WE END THE PRACTICE CHANTING OM SHANTI SHANTI SHANTI?

– Scorrere giù per la versione in italiano – Have you ever wondered why you end the practice chanting Om Shanti Shanti Shanti? Though the Ashtanga yoga closing mantra (read the why and what of it here) is not included … Continue reading

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OUR FIRST RESIDENTIAL YOGA RETREAT? HERE HOW IT LOOKS LIKE

“Don’t wait for the perfect moment, take the moment and make it perfect!” – scorrere giù per la versione in italiano Yep, you’re right, the blog here has been a bit unattended lately… with a reason. On top of restarting … Continue reading

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IT’S FULL FOR SHARATH’S CLASS…

– scorrere giù per la versione in italiano –   Its full for Sharath’s class for the month of November 2015! Dear student, We received your online application, but regret to inform that you have not been accepted for your mentioned … 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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THE POWER OF THE GODDESSES TO UNLOCK YOUR POTENTIAL

– Scorrere giù per la versione in italiano – Four days have already gone by since hosting the advanced yoga intensive ‘Unlock your potential – Part 2’ together with Pilates Shanti studio! Thank you to Ross Rayburn and Andrea Boni … Continue reading

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NOTES FROM AN ASHTANGA YOGA WORKSHOP WITH GREG NARDI

– scorrere giù per la versione in italiano – Should I go or shouldn’t I go? That was my question when I learned a few weeks ago that Greg Nardi, which I only knew from his Ashtanga Yoga Worldwide facebook … Continue reading

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HOW TO MEASURE YOUR PROGRESS IN YOGA?

– scorrere giù per la versione in italiano – How do you know you’re getting better and better at yoga? If you’re measuring it based on a smaller distance towards touching your toes, or your increased ability to catch your … Continue reading

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THE MOON AND THE ASHTANGA YOGA PRACTICE

– scorrere giù per la versione in italiano – It’s moon day? Take a rest! If you’ve been practicing Ashtanga yoga for a while, you’ve definitely heard to take rest from practice on full moon and new moon days. This … Continue reading

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3 SECRETS TO ‘UNLOCK YOUR POTENTIAL’

– Scorrere giù per la versione in italiano – Last week-end was a busy one hosting the advanced intensive ‘Unlock your potential’ 1st week-end with Ross Rayburn and Andrea Boni together with Virginia Tucci of Pilates Shanti. While thanking all … Continue reading

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ASHTANGA YOGA AT YOGABONES – A TASTE OF PRACTICE WITH ROLF AND MARCI NAUJOKAT IN GOA

– Scorrere giù per la versione in italiano –   “Rolf is a fantastic teacher and a very charismatic person. I would definitely say that he’s the most inspiring yogi I have met so far. He is extremely humble, down … Continue reading

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BACK TO BASICS: WHAT IS ASHTANGA YOGA?

– scorrere giù per la versione in italiano –   “Whether you do your first downward dog at 14 or 44, it’s not your history but your presence on your mat that counts.” – K. Pattabhi Jois   ‘What is … 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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ASHTANGA YOGA ITALIA NEW SCHEDULE. COME AND ENJOY!

– scorrere giù per la versione in italiano – Ready to get started and move after your summer vacations? Yes? Than come and enjoy an Ashtanga Yoga class with me! 🙂 My collective classes in Milan, Italy, are back starting … Continue reading

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THINGS CHANGE… IN MYSORE AS WELL

Yes, apparently things change everywhere! In a previous post, I reported how ashtanga yoga sequence and the way of teaching it has changed overtime (read here the recount by Nancy Gilgoff about the way she firstly learned ashtanga in 1973) but … Continue reading

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WHEN DO YOU KNOW YOU ARE DOING YOGA? A VIEW BY DAVID SWENSON

– scorrere giù per la versione in italiano – Ashtanga yoga intensive with David Swenson and Shelley Washington in Milano has started on Friday and I couldn’t miss the chance! 🙂 So, though a bit in a hurry, here a … Continue reading

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EXPLORE THE UNKNOWN! JOIN THE LAST YOGA WORKSHOP BEFORE SUMMER

– Scorrere giù per il flyer in italiano –   “DEEPEN YOUR YOGA PRACTICE, EXPLORE THE UNKNOWN!” In Milan, Italy, on June 7th? Last chance before summer to deepen your yoga practice and touch new inner spaces with Virginia Tucci … Continue reading

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THE THOUSAND BENEFITS OF UJJAYI BREATH

– scorrere giù per la versione in italiano – In a previous article I mentioned that what makes yoga so effective – compared to gymnastics and sports in general – is the combination of asanas (postures) with breath and bandhas. … Continue reading

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KEEP CALM AND HOLD UDDIYANA BANDHA

– scorrere giù per la versione in italiano – In a previous blogpost, ‘In search of mula bandha‘, I mentioned that out of 3+1 yogic locks, the most important ones when practicing asanas are Mula Bandha and Uddiyana Bandha. The … Continue reading

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5 TOP REMEDIES FOR BODY PAIN

Ouch! A hand glides on the yoga mat and your wrist goes off, you get off balance in sun salutation and your shoulder undergoes an uneven stretch or you are almost there in full lotus pose when you feel a … Continue reading

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HOW YOGA TRANSFORMS YOUR BODY

  Recall your first yoga class. You were feeling tense, physically stiff, emotionally rigid, lacking coordination and most likely kept gazing in awe to all others around you. Nonetheless, you tried your best and… you must have felt some benefits … Continue reading

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ELEPHANT JOURNAL AND FEARS ON THE YOGA MAT

Waking up on a heavy rain Saturday morning and finding the news one of my latest articles was just published by elephant journal made me happy :- ) Check it out here! Overcome fear on the mat in 5 simple … Continue reading

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