Dr. Madhusuri Prakash’s work explores indigenous cultures, grassroots movements, cultural diversity and Environmental Education. Her books include Grassroots Postmodernism–Remaking the Soil of Cultures and Escaping Education–Living as Learning within Grassroots Cultures.
This video was shot during Navdanya‘s remarkable Gandhi and Globalization course, which explored the economic crisis, the ecological crisis and the political crisis in the context of Gandhian philosophy and politics embodied in Swaraj, Swadeshi, Sarvodaya and Satyagraha.
I ventured into Goddess territory on Mount Meru, ‘er I mean Pyramid Yoga in Ko Phangan Thailand, to worship the sacred feminine with the Yogini Devi Yoga Teacher Training pantheon. Devi was in full bloom deep in ashtanga vinyasa flow, joyous in bhajan with bhakti spirit and dancing mystically in the jungle immersed in the sacred feminine. More to come …
I was blessed to spend a month witnessing the enchanting Vera Futorianski’s transformation during Vikasa Yoga Retreat’s April Yoga Teacher Training in Ko Samui Thailand. Please watch Vera’s sincere and heartfelt response to completing this chapter of her inspiring journey. Connect with Vera on Facebook.
Ashtanga brings out the intensity and dedication in us.
The series takes practitioners deeper into the evolution of asana. Yet, the Ashtanga practice remains illusive to me. Ashtanga has always been on the periphery of my wild, spontaneous Vinyasa practice. I tend to approach my beloved, movement-obsessed asana practice like a light-hearted, joyful child rather than a serious disciplined Ashtanga yogi. Many of my teachers, like superstar yogini Tiffany Cruikshank, were trained in Ashtanga, but teach Vinyasa Flow.
When will Ashtanga come to me? Perhaps a trip to Mysore is in my future, although Kino’s Youtube Channel is just a quick cruise around the internet.
Ashtanga yogis like Kino and Craig Proctor inspire me to see beyond what is ordinarily considered possible. They are limitless, break boundaries and move deeper into their infinite potential.
I share with you Craig Proctors extreme Ashtanga Yoga in this Tiny Yoga Flick, made with love in Ko Samui Thailand. Let Craig inspire you. This flick is an example of how we can go beyond what is ordinarily thought as possible.
Ashtanga shows me that we are so much stronger than we think we are.
George’s transformational journey began in university. In college he awakened to his life-long, yogic path. George dropped out of college and never looked back.
George is a proponent of limitlessness.
Yoga is a spiritual vehicle for transcendence, tool for moving beyond boundaries and a therapy for healing. Healing comes from intelligence, observation and intuitive choice. Through the awareness of being we can consciously choose to make successful habits. We can cease the opportunity to break the vicious cycle of laziness.
“The awareness of “being” is very important to me in my teaching. It’s practice to be able to abide peacefully in yourself and know a more fundamental sort of identity. It’s what you do differently after experiencing it to live more genuinely and go even closer to the soul.” ~ George in Successful Habits – The Opportunity to Break Laziness
The themes in George’s practice are choosing perception, awareness and consciousness, “You can choose to be calm. You can choose to energize yourself. You can choose to love yourself and others unconditionally.”
Bonus Tutorials with George
George is an international yoga teacher based in Bangkok. Yoga has shown him life is about the quality of our present experiences from the beginning, and through the present.
George’s awesome yoga classes open his student’s up to personal discoveries, transformation and evolution. His classes are challenging and fun. George’s classes are uniquely humorous, organic, flowing, meditative and demanding.
Oh yeah, and he is one of the few farang that speaks Thai !
Check out his super yogic blog Yogable …
I have been on an epic journey.
My long anticipated, three month voyage in SE Asia has led me deep inside the world’s largest cave’s in Vietnam, participating in permaculture communities in North Thailand, meditating in timeless temples of poetic Luang Prabang and discovering both profound and disturbing treasure-troves of culture and history in Cambodia.
I have missed my yoga community along my solo journey, but the Buddha has kept me company. I cannot take the solitude any longer and escape from Panya Project in the back of a pickup truck with a ukulele. I ‘bee-line’ due south eager to reunite with spiritual-seekers.
I giggle with glee as I approach stunning Vikasa Yoga Retreat and Cafe for the first time.
The immensity of the deep blue panorama dazzles me. I am struck by the expansive oceanic landscape. This is paradise. I’ve marveled at many spectacular viewpoints in my extensive exploration of 35 countries on five continents. Yet, I am enchanted like no other by Vikasa’s cliff-side perch above the vivid Gulf of Thailand.
I’m in heaven…
The next morning I skip down the steps to my dream-come-true yoga shala on the sea. The sea breeze twirls around eager students settling onto their mats. We arrive. We breathe. We sweat profusely. I am riveted by Vikasa’s challenging, Ashtanga inspired, freestyle flow.
After class we dance (or hobble) up the steep, staircase-to-heaven. Ravenous Yogis, recently arrived for Vikasa’s tri-annual yoga teacher training, swarm around the sustenance like bees to a lotus flower. We devour Vikasa’s raw food organic delicacies with tremendous delight.
The day is in full bloom after the long, decadent brunch. Yogis scramble to cease-the-time before the day slips through their gentle grasp. Carpe Diem! They scatter to worship the sun. Some regroup for a dip in the infinity pool or trot off to one of Samui’s delicious beaches.
The evening hour swiftly approaches. There is more yoga to be had in the evening practice. A vigorous practice slowly winds down. The rhythm of the waves lulls us into a final resting pose as the sunsets. Night blossoms and the island’s decadent nightlife awakens.
I lay in my four-post bed overlooking the sea and am entranced by Vikasa’s stunning serenity. I am ecstatic and grateful to have found this place.
I think I will stay forever…
“The most exciting thing about yoga is the toolbox it gives you for self-observation—to delve into what it is to be human. I think that’s a pretty challenging and profound thing.”
~ Nathan Mills
This tiny flick was created in Portland, Oregon and features long time yogi and marital artist Nathan Mills. Nathan Mills illuminates the power of yoga to transform, evolve and heal. Nathan was born with one leg three inches shorter than the other. His riveting practice inspires us to evolve our practice. The beautiful, welcoming and warm Yoyoyogi Studio set the stage for this dynamic yogi profile.
This tiny flick features the lovely Yogi Nicole Hamic. In this yogi profile Nicole explains how she found healing, compassion and community on her personal yogic journey. Her funfilled Hatha Flow focuses on safety, structure and alignment. The self described ‘anatomy nerd’ encourages her students to honor, open and strengthen the body to inspire personal growth and transformation. Nicole teaches at the beautiful, welcoming and warm Yoyoyogi Studio in NW Portland, OR.
“My yoga community is a really beautiful thing, but it’s not an exclusive thing. Being able to come into a room and practice with this group of people that’s all there to support you is a such an amazing and beautiful thing. That’s why we practice in a room together—to build those relationships and to understand that that person’s struggles are your struggles, that person’s successes are also your successes, and to me, that’s what being part of a yoga community is about.
~ Nicole Hamic