thank you, tim miller!

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We are very happy and grateful to have hosted Tim Miller this past weekend. We learned so much from his 35+ years of work as a devoted practitioner and teacher of Ashtanga Yoga. See below for some of our favorite workshop takeaways. 

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Primary Series: Yoga Chikitsa

  • Restores body to health
  • Detoxifies 
  • Purifies organs and digestive system
  • Reduces ama and tamas
  • Opens hip joints
  • Fertilizer for lotus 

 

Intermediate Series: Nadi Shodhana

  • Purification of the little rivers 
  • Works on pranayama kosha (subtle)
  • Oriented toward spine (extension and flexion)
  • Increased prana
  • Stimulating
  • Untangling knotted up prana
  • Lightness of body

 

Follow the natural the intelligence of the body; the body is always communicating—it is important that we are attentive. 

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The physical practice can only do so much. If we perfect asana but we are unkind and dishonest, we are missing the point. 

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Pranayama develops dispassionate attention, the looking bird rather than the eating bird. The eating bird is always hungry, always wanting, never satisfied. The looking bird is fulfilled, at peace, not wanting. 

Retention is important—in that pause, everything comes into sharp focus. 

Pranayama removes the veil to reveal the sattvic quality of the buddhi (the faculty of discrimination).

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Shree Guru charana saroja raja nijamanu mukuru sudhaari

From the dust of the lotus feet of the Guru, I polish the mirror of manas (mind).

photos thanks to francisco de la cruz