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A.P.P Goes To Mysore: Parampara

The 411

Sharath says my feet are wide enough now when I touch my heels in back bending. I now need to work on straightening my legs more.

Mysore Musings

Bits of information filtered through my citta.

Parampara refers to lineage. The way Yoga is passed down from teacher to student.  There are many different commentaries on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and The Hatha Yoga Pradipika.  When I write Yoga Sutras for Modern Life, I first look at the words translated verbatim ( I sometimes compare them against Sanskrit dictionaries), filter them through my mind and what I have studied, then compare my understanding against different commentary.  I am not in any way an expert on the Sutras, however, as an aspiring Yogi, I study them and share what I learn.

What makes the Yoga Sutra and Pradipika classes at KPJAYI so fantastic is that I finally get to hear commentary based on Ashtanga parampara. Sharath says that book knowledge, for a Yogi, should come with practical knowledge. Our practical knowledge comes from our practice.

Shanna Small has been practicing Ashtanga Yoga and studying the Yoga Sutras since 2001. She has studied in Mysore with Sharath Jois and is the Director of AYS Charlotte, a school for traditional Ashtanga in Charlotte NC. She has written for Yoga International and the Ashtanga Dispatch. Go here for more information on AYS Charlotte. For information on workshops, please e-mail shanna@ashtangayogaproject.com.

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