Archive for April, 2006

The Making of Sharath’s Primary Series DVD

I asked Dominic Corigliano if he could give us more details on how the Sharath Primary Series DVD was made (buy it here or see my review), and he kindly obliged:


The DVD’s back cover

Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series with R Sharath was created with the intention of showing an actual Yoga Practice, not a staged or edited event. When Sharath and I originally discussed the concept of an Ashtanga Yoga Video our intention was to convey the essence of Pattabhi Jois’s Ashtanga Yoga, continuous movement and the breath driving a ‘no-nonsense’ practice. We wanted to show the strengths of the practice rather than the individual.

Ashtanga Yoga primary series with R. Sharath is a continuously filmed, three camera, practice DVD. Mary Wigmore and Caroline Laskow (Set Direction), and Ku-Ling (Cinematography), all of whom also made Ashtanga NY (see the AshtangaNews review), did an incredible job with camera setup and lighting. I love the colors, rich and beautiful. I brought along my Sony 900 Series for the side sequences and a Canon for the stills. You can see all three cameras in the three scene sequences. I edited the video and created the DVD menu in Mysore with graphic art assistance from Saskia Vidler. Saisha (my partner) and I rented a top floor, four story, light-filled condo in Gokulam. There are a few extra shots, like an overhead and a few close ups, to flesh out the content. I also designed the DVD menu so you can view each asana individually. This DVD took four years of effort. Sharath was patient through it all.


Sharath could have easily done handstands throughout this DVD. He also has an extremely flexible lower back (great backbends). Yet he chose to simply, elegantly, and honestly do the Primary Series. It is a refreshing video that truly represents the practice of Pattabhi Jois’s Ashtanga Yoga. Here there is no ‘glorification’ based on an individual’s physical strengths.

Yoga videos are often formulaic, outside sets like a travel video, Yogis showing their best “take” at each Asana, makeup, often times a coach standing nearby correcting out of camera, on set. That is one style, yet it deviates from Ashtanga Yoga’s most important strengths. Breaking down Ashtanga, detailing it, takes away from the continuity of movement that is Ashtanga. Pattabhi Jois doesn’t talk much in his practice room in Mysore. Ashtanga is not talking, it is doing!

Sharath insisted on a minimum of edits throughout the editing process…”

Copyright 2006 by R. Sharath and Dominic Corigliano

Comments (3)


  1. sudhir said,

    April 21, 2008 at 1:11 am

    i am sudhir, i am in need of this sharaths first series DVD…

    please let me know how can i get , at present i am in shanghai


  2. steve (yoga DVD / video) said,

    January 21, 2009 at 10:08 am


    If you guys need help marketing / distributing your DVD please contact me.



  3. We ? Anne Nuotio: Ashtanga Yoga Practice Videos (Primary Series) « Elephantbeans said,

    February 12, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    [...] in India, this is the next best thing.  Sharath leads himself through a led primary class.  Read more at Ashtanganews… PS- Totally certified and come on, it is [...]

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MORE Beautiful Yoga Photos on Flickr

In a prior post, we highlighted Flickr user, milopeng’s beautiful photos of Ashtanga yoga. Using super useful RSS feeds, we’ve discovered that another user has posted more photos by milopeng.



Lightness of Being




The room where it all takes place
a Mysore-style class at Moksha Yoga Center in Chicago

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  1. Jen Cole said,

    April 27, 2006 at 6:52 pm

    These photos were taken at Moksha Yoga Center in Chicago. – it’s a great space to practice in, although I only did a workshop with Mark Whitwell there, not a Mysore style practice.

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