I am reblogging Rosa’s post about our Second Series Ashtanga teacher training with Tim Miller. Tim spent a good deal of time addressing the unnecessary “strictness” of Ashtanga. To add a few quotes to Rosa’s:
Tim believes in freedom to explore poses and room for personal style. For Parivritta Parsvakonasana he said, “People have a whole dance they do. Hey, whatever gets you there.”
Kapotasana is challenging for most of us and we all develop little tricks and techniques to get us closer to our heels. One girl said that her teacher prohibits her from doing it in way she finds comfortable. She dreads the pose. Tim said, “Guruji didn’t have any strict rules. Do whatever works for you. And as teachers, remember that people feel bad enough about their kapotasana without you making them feel worse.”
Ashtanga teachers count the positions in sanskrit to keep the pace of the class. There are a few different methods used. Tim’s opinion is, “The main thing about counting is to be confident.”
Tim shows us that we can transcend the malarkey, have a sense of humor during practice and get to the meat of yoga.
Sitting on the floor in the rented apartment here in South California on this sunny Saturday afternoon, my heart is so full of joy for these last 2 weeks of Second Series Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training with Tim Miller which I completed yesterday.
The days were intense, often longer than 12h per day: we had pranayama and chanting sessions, led and improvisation classes, Mysore practices, we had to observe or assist in classes on top to spend the afternoons in reviewing every single pose of second series from an anatomical, alignment and adjustment standpoint. We had Timji reading us stories from Mahabharata and Ramayama or telling us about the old Mysore days when Guruji – Pattabhi Jois – was alive. He was there when ashtanga as we know it today was being born, and now I have a better understanding of the why and because of the changes there have…
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