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2006: The Year in Ashtanga Yoga

With the close of 2006 this is a good opportunity to review what happened last year in Ashtanga Yoga.

2006 for Sri K. Pattabhi Jois

This was a very active year, especially for Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and his family. At 91, he is not appearing to slow down!


Guruji by Govinda Kai
Thank you, Govinda,
for your many contributions to AN

2006 in Ashtanga Products

A new book about Ashtanga used to appear every few years. This year we had two, plus two DVDs.


Mysore practice at YiY from the Morning Mysore 2007 Calendar
by Antonia

2006 for Ashtanga teaching

The teaching and practice of Ashtanga yoga continued to flourish, as evidenced by:


Shanghai from dinoo

2006 for Ashtanga on the web

As the growth in traffic and new technologies on the internet continues, so do Ashtanga cyber-resources. Here’s a selection:


The #1 Interestingness result for Ashtanga on Flickr
This photo features Lisa Hill and was taken by milopeng from Chicago, Illinois.

Throughout the year, old regulars continued their excellent work: providing official information, with its ever expanding collection of Ashtanga blogs, getting a new look, and Sharath’s tres cool site.


We’re looking forward to sharing more great photos
like this one from MasTaPiannis

And let’s not forget the new kid on the block,… If we’ve missed anything, please let us know.

Thank you to everyone who’s contributed to AshtangaNews – especially our writers – Govinda Kai, Lori, KJS, Jinn, Tara, Lisa and Wendy – and everyone who’s shared story ideas with us – particularly Bala, commented on and read AshtangaNews!

What’s Your Sweet Little Nugget of (Ashtanga) Grace?

In observance of Thanksgiving here in the U.S., what is your own personal sweet little nugget of grace?

As in this, from Ashtangi, Yoga Gumbo:

Later, in Sirsasana, I managed to lift enough with my arms and shoulders so that there was absolutely no weight on my head. I would say my skull was about ½ inch off the ground. I had the weirdest sensation of gravity being reversed, as if I were hanging by my arms from the ceiling rather than pressing with my arms into the floor. I felt like I had superhero gravity-defying powers! I was Levitating Headstand Woman! I know that this is the “correct” way to do headstand in ashtanga, but I have had a love/hate relationship with this pose for the past few months – lots of fear surrounding Sirsasana for me – so this was truly a sweet little nugget of grace for me to savor.


Souls Skyward from Govinda Kai
taken at the San Francisco stop of the Ashtanga World Tour 2006