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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.


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).


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.


The back cover and overview of all the photos

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

Comments (5)


  1. tracy said,

    November 15, 2006 at 5:27 pm

    I really enjoyed checking out the “before” and “after” pictures.

    “Before” are here:

    “After” are in this post and here:

    I really got a sense of how much hard work went into the calendar and how important layout and design are! It’s kinda fun.

  2. Jesseca Logan said,

    July 11, 2007 at 1:43 pm

    Is there a 2008 Mysore Calendar in progress? and if so, when can we order it?

  3. tracy said,

    July 22, 2007 at 7:11 pm

    Hi Jessica,

    I suggest you contact Antonia and team at Divine Eye.

    If enough people express interest, maybe there will be a 2008 calendar!


  4. kevin mcgetrick said,

    November 13, 2007 at 2:27 pm

    Can I order a 2008 calendar?

  5. kevin mcgetrick said,

    November 13, 2007 at 2:27 pm

    Can I order a 2008 calendar?

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Sri K. Pattabhi Jois Videos on YouTube


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.


“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):


Sharath “rests” between backbends

Sri K. Pattabhi Jois Explains It All

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


Who are we?

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!

Comments (8)


  1. Dave Hamilton said,

    September 14, 2006 at 9:48 pm

    Did you see the one of our very own Wendy Spies doing a backbend while 9 months pregnant?

  2. philippe said,

    September 15, 2006 at 5:19 am

    I find it interesting that all the ashtanga video mentioned above have had from 1000 to 3000 views so far on YouTube. Wendy’s video first published here which Dave mentioned in his comment (
    has had almost 10,000 views up to now.

  3. gene said,

    September 15, 2006 at 9:25 am

    The primary and intermediate series one with the white set is Eddie, Karen Habermann, Tim, Richard, Chuck and Maty. The yogaWorks people claim they’re remastering it for DVD (course they told me that in early 2004, too) but it’s avail on VHS in their studio

  4. Lou said,

    September 20, 2006 at 8:15 am

    “Who are we?” Picture is Richard Freeman and Tim Miller.

    Gene – Who’s Eddie?

  5. Terry Garratt said,

    September 27, 2006 at 10:31 am

    The video ,along witha 176 page booklet, with Ray Rosenthal etc was made in 1987 in Santa Cruz and was available from Hart Productions in Hawaii. It says on the box that PJ was 74 years old and that this was the first video he made.

  6. t-om said,

    October 10, 2006 at 6:00 am

    Lou, perhaps Eddie Stern?

  7. melissa anderson said,

    June 14, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    how old is guru ji in this photo?
    He gave that lecture when he and Amma stayed at Dr Ray’s in Capitola in 1986. It was an off year. Normally he made his American tours every two years, but made an exception and came only one year later. That was the first time as far as I know the only time he went to Santa Cruz, CA. Dr. Ray documented his tours for 2-3 years, and had a library of them. I have 3 of them as well.

  8. melissa said,

    August 7, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    i have a few of these videos from 1985

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