Category Archives: Books, DVDs & Film

Now Available: New Ashtanga Calendar, Morning Mysore

I just got hold of a copy of the new Morning Mysore calendar to review. Antonia, Dave and Wendy, Ashtangis at Yoga is Youthfulness, emphasized taking photos of real yogis practicing Ashtanga yoga in Morning Mysore as opposed to picture-perfect Yoga Journal-type “models”.

UPDATE 12/22/06: All 110 Calendars are sold out – thanks!

I am amazed at the quality of the production – the calendar could have been made by professionals, you cannot tell the difference. With the use of modern printing technology, the talent behind the photos and the care taken to produce it, this calendar is truly superb.

Apart from the quality of the photos, each picture has a caption taken from the students’ answers to the question, “What does this practice mean to you?“. These quotes are inspiring, an important and unique feature in a calendar! Here’s a sample:

What’s amazing to me is that as I enter the studio I instantly feel surrounded by this caring energy. I barely know my fellow yogis at the studio and yet feel that I do know them, and they know me. They understand my struggles on the mat, share the humor in it, know why I’m here. They are my friends.

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August 2007 – SSR in parsvottasana

From what I hear, as of today more than 100 calendars have already been pre-ordered.

Go to Divine Eye Productions to get a copy (you’ll also be able to see all the months in more detail there).

We are taking preorders only for this calendar. Deadlines for ordering are 11/17/06 Friday noon and 12/1/06 Friday noon. The price is $25 with shipping ($20 if you live near Mountain View, California).

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The cover of the calendar – a class in full swing

The first step of the project was to take lots of photos of students practicing Ashtanga Vinyasa in the Mysore-Style classes at Yoga is Youthfulness in Mountain View, California. The best 500 (!) were published in an online photo gallery. Back in August I wrote a post about the calendar/photo project , which included many photos from the project.

The second step was to choose the best 12, and produce a real life calendar.

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The back cover and overview of all the photos

What a great gift for Ashtangis everywhere! Thank you Antonia, Dave and Wendy.

Sri K. Pattabhi Jois Videos on YouTube

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How old is Guruji in this photo?

Yoga Means Your Self-Knowledge.
- Sri K. Pattabhi Jois

Regular commenter, t-om, alerted us to a bunch of videos of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois teaching and speaking that were uploaded to YouTube about a month ago by user, frikaloopa, including one of Pattabhi Jois explaining Ashtanga yoga. Simple, brilliant and check out those glasses.

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“Tight it!” – Pattabhi Jois
(I think that’s what he’s saying here.)

Frikaloopa has seven videos of Ashtanga yoga – the one above plus six practice videos. Some of these appear to cut from professional video productions and others seem to be class demonstrations. In addition to Sharath, Frikaloopa identified Chuck Miller and Mazy Ezraty, Tim Miller, Gary Lapodata, Clifford Sweate, Ray Rosenthal, Richard, Eddie and Kate in the videos. (I can’t tell from the videos whether these names are accurate; if you can, please let us know in the Comments section.)

Three of the videos show demonstrations of the Intermediate Series. Here is a full list (with time in minutes in parentheses):

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Sharath “rests” between backbends

Sri K. Pattabhi Jois Explains It All

Last time we featured YouTube videos of Krishnamacharya and B.K.S.

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Who are we?
Vatayanasana

Iyengar on AshtangaNews, a whole storm of discussion on copyright and Asteya ensued. You can check all that out in the posts, See Krishnamacharya (and Iyengar) on Video and Asteya Redux: A Grumpy Post. For this post, let’s try to focus on the practice and senior teachers and students in these videos!