Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Srivatsa Ramaswami on podcasts


I came across these two podcasts of interviews with Ramaswami a short while ago, thanks to Madhu. I've been meaning to do a post on them for a while. For those of you who don't know my teacher, I took Ramaswami's Vinyasa Krama teacher training course last summer, and are perhaps new to this blog, Ramaswami studied with Krishnamacharya for over thirty years. Here's a link to an article he wrote for Namarupa magazine entitled My studies with Sri Krishnamacharya


Picture by Barry Wadsworth



These two interviews are with Yoga four peace in Houston where Ramaswami was presenting workshops.

Interview 1

In this interview Ramaswami discusses, in order of how they com up in the interview...

Yoga as one of the 64 arts
Pranayama
Why all the Savasana's in Vinyasa Krama?
The meditation element of Vinyasa Krama
Chanting
Yoga for the 3 stages of life
Thoughts on gym yoga

Interview 2
APRIL 08

This is my favourite of the two, he starts by chanting the ganesha and patanjali prayers then discusses....

Hatha yoga's relation to Raja yoga
Why it's important to study the yoga Sutras
Vinyasa krama, an integral practice
The yoga Sutras
What is a sutra
Mantra
Yoga for the internal organs
Constand practice and constant learning.

If you'd like to attend a workshop similar to those Ramaswami discusses in these interviews Although those were from a few years ago) then this coming workshop might be for you

Week of May 8-13, 2011

Hatha and Raja Yoga Practicum

Asana practice has caught the imagination of a number of enthusiasts—especially vinyasakrama, the sequencing art form of yoga practice. However, yoga has other important ingredients, all of which promote a positive transformation of the individual. A holistic approach would require the yogi to practice not only asana and pranayama (the Hatha yoga aspects), but also chanting, meditation, and contemplation of the philosophical and spiritual aspects (the Raja yoga aspects).

In this program, half of each session will be devoted to different asanas, following the Vinyasakrama method. It will involve doing more than about 300 vinyasas, or variations in classical yoga poses, in the course of the program. The other half of the time will be utilized for detailed and varied yogic breathing exercises and the other Raja yoga practices, like chanting, meditation, and philosophical and spiritual contemplation of the yoga sutras. The objective is that by the end of the program participants have a well-rounded understanding and practice of yoga, as opposed to doing only asanas or meditation. Hatha yoga and Raja yoga are aspects of the integrated system of yogic progression.

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