Hatha yoga new york

Gurudji – Ashtanga Yoga Workshop

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you know New York is like this big

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magnet we’re all stuck to it but it’s

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giving offices and you know how do you

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maintain like your essential humaneness

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if you’re like just get it all cut up in

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that that zippy life I think you need to

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practice if you live in New York at

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least I do

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I had no yoga background like I really

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didn’t think I was at all interested in

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yoga and so I remember going and

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watching a class and kind of thinking

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like ah this is kind of this looks hard

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I mean it does look pretty acrobatic if

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it looks it looks kind of contortionist

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we’re all these people doing putting

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their legs in that pretzel position and

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up behind their heads what what’s that

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all about

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let’s see I think I thought about yoga

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for about 20 years before I actually

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started doing yoga

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in the beginning there were days where I

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thought I just can’t do this I don’t

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want to it hurts me I am NOT strong I

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hate it this is boring even to sit like

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this for me you know it took it took

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years you know I was one of those guys

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only first started Yogi’s knees are way

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up here you know it’s hardly bending

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over yeah I don’t come from like a

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background badly or gymnastics or you

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know I come from like being all huh you

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know like curled over and a little

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protective ball holding a microphone

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like this so I don’t know I might have

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had a karmic predisposition towards it

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but certainly not a physical one and my

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friends you know sort of move from being

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supportive but like a little been use to

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much more respectable I think it’s

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really kind of the transition and I

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think part of that is that some of them

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have seen me practice and then have a

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better understanding button and yoga

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became so much more popular and

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mainstream basically that it was no

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longer this sort of bizarre thing that

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was kind of cultish

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who is guru ji guru ji is a yoga teacher

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in the south of India

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Goodyear’s Pattabhi Jois he’s the Guru

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he’s the one living guru of a stronger

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yoga he’s very cute

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you

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anybody could attend the workshop either

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if they had done ice tongs a yoga were

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not done ashtanga yoga there were tons

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of people and just kind of waiting and

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there’s this kind of excitement about

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what’s going to happen

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normally there’s never a lead class of

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250 people but it’s just all of us

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trying to squeeze every bit we can out

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of grouchy Wally’s here

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there’s definitely something to be said

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for the satsang for the gathering of all

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these people with uh-huh you know for

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the most part of mutual focus and

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intention it’s hard to describe the

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feeling of practicing with Guruji with

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300 people in the room and you’re all

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like breathing at the same moment but

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there is something incredibly powerful

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about it you know you hear his voice and

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there’s a resonance and a richness it

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seems like living Sanskrit instead of

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learned and it’s he embodies to practice

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in that way as well

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to the shop exam ooh what is a stronger

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well you know technically Ashtanga you

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know it comes from eight eight limbs

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ashtanga yoga eight limbs of yoga yama

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niyama asana pranayama pratyahara

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d’arnot jana samadhi there’s all the

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other eight limbs of ashtanga yoga and

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asana is actually taught first even it’s

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the third limb but it’s taught before

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the first and the second here we often

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refer to yoga as asana practice asana

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practice is the physical discipline

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usually when someone asks me like if you

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know relative asks me they’re not we

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understand you do yoga I say well I do

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this is Tonga practice it’s it’s vinyasa

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it’s a flowing practice it’s a series of

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postures that flow one in the next I

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think that’s what gives it the physical

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rigor because you are really moving and

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breathing so continuously and if you’re

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doing you know a full series that’s

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usually like an hour and a half

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basically of continuous motion

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you

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Wow

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he was kind of the beginning in many

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ways and certainly the force behind the

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Ashtanga Yoga tradition he learned it

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from his teacher krishnamacharya when he

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talks about Krishnamacharya one feels

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the love and respect and enthusiasm that

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he has for his teacher my pitch every

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day because my dad being with twenty

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thirty Levitical scholar

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census fellow and you started teaching

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me I love teaching but I should have

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ordered a 1937 much start

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I think it’s always very funny about

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that place in South India’s called my

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song boiling my sword

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I starting with many student in him I

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utilize a small a very small but not big

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there is one the Fuhrer 15 student is

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possible one batch I start in early

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morning 4:30 class finishing 2 o’clock

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they not eating also he’s not going home

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see when I first went studied with him

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I’d never done any ashtanga yoga

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understand what it was and know what it

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was for anything the first day there

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were only three of us in the room with

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him and he taught us Sun Salutations he

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taught a see he just said what to do

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inhale put your arms up exhale bend

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forward etc etc we did something wrong

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he corrected it and then he would keep

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on teaching new posture every couple

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days he would teach us a new posture so

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that’s the Mysore style thing is that

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the teacher has to teach you from the

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beginning and then has to keep on

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keeping their eye on you to help you

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progress through whatever rate you can

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progress so much of yoga has been

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changed to sort of fit into Western

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culture but googe’s tried to preserve

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Ashtanga Yoga and have us rise to the

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occasion

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isn’t great to see where attended comes

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wrong I feel closer to it then when it’s

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been handed down through other teachers

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you’ve got to meet him you have to see

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and you have to experience it you know

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of course I’d love to put my sore for a

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while I’d love to hang out there I’d

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love to you know take that year off and

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really work on the practice but perhaps

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next year

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yeah the mini cheddar are you tired

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little bear after taking a rest or have

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enough I couldn’t possibly

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hello my name is Sarah city than this

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Wahby

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my father Pattabhi Jois great yoga

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teacher my name is Arshad I’m 30 years

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old and I’m Sri capita BJ’s granson my

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grandfather started when I was very

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young

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we’re really young when I was seven or

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eight years old he used to ask me to do

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this asana I used to do that Tyson with

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that flexible when we were kids always

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working working working teaching yoga

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yoga I’m very lucky

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yeah I’m also 60s war actually the

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September 11th is my birthday yeah 5060

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years I think my father is the only

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teacher who is teaching us tango and a

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proper way you know the way it has been

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taught from his guru so he is delivering

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the same thing and then that’s right you

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know it is getting popular my family

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whole family I’m teaching yoga practice

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they also know it will

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you know there’s six Series in the

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practice now obviously you start with

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primary series and you know sort of the

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overall experience of primaries much

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more forward bending and seated asanas

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and second series there’s a lot more

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back bending there’s some more balancing

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and kind of getting you off the floor in

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some different ways

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I’ve been practicing second series

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probably for two years but I still have

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like five poses left

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as far as I know no one is doing six and

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shruts getting very close to be doing

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six series I think he will be perhaps

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the only living person who’s doing six

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series

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me

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I was brought up together with Guruji I

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was born in his house so my mother used

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to call him Appa

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so I and my sister we also started

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calling him Appa Appa means father

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instead of grandfather we started

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calling him and what is guru means his

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teacher ji is giving respect that so

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it’s called guru ji

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in Ashtanga your teacher really directs

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your progress through the series so you

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can’t just decide well I’ve been doing

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primary for a few months I’m ready for

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second series you know that it’s it’s

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much more based on a teacher’s

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understanding of what you’re capable of

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and what you’re ready for the practice

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is like kind of surrendering to that

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teacher-student relationship it’s

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humbling in that way you know you work

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towards mastery and refinement of your

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practice and also of your concentration

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what you’re always coming up against if

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not failure at least the humbling aspect

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of not being able to really do it late

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request great Lincoln takes a big leap I

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just find when he puts his hands on you

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you can’t you know ya give up and let go

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and say okay here we go

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when he assists you which he may once or

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twice you know when they’re that many

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people there you feel like a kid and

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he’s your father and you better do it

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right and you want his approval which of

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course you won’t get he’s at the same

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time fierce and compassionate I like

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that sort of combination of strict and

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loving and I think it’s a very good

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quality and a teacher

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afterwards everybody kind of does this

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thing where you finish your practice and

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then before you go you wait at the door

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some people bow and touch his feet and

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then touch their hands to their forehead

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three times said then feed the

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repository of a shop dear divine energy

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with teacher it’s kind of nice not to

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give respect to your teacher that way

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other people don’t want to do that just

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go up and say hi

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how can a kiss that kind of thing that’s

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mostly for girls I saw people doing that

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and it made me very uncomfortable I

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thought you know I don’t I don’t do that

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you know when you see everybody in there

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and there he is up there you know I

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don’t even need to be an outsider and it

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seems cult-like and I know he’s a master

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of this practice but he’s nothing more

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than that to me I felt this moment of

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hesitation like you know I don’t know if

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I wanted but I just did it and there was

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something that happened in that moment

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that I really think that was just as

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surrendering to the whole experience and

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then I actually just like wait for his

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feet are so amazing they’re like the

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earth

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if we choose to have Indian teachers and

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have a good relationship with them

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that’s personal and it can be with

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someone who comes from that tradition

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guru ji can be a guru because he is an

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Indian and that’s an Indian standing

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time-honored tradition and it’s very

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natural for their culture in America we

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don’t have that because it’s not part of

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our culture some us to be giga man big

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dream now I’m heads up display friend

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I’m John they’re supposed to me they

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you go into class and you see people

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every day when you’re really on a roll

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and you’re there and you practice in six

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days and I they just by sheer habit

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maybe they insinuate themselves in your

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consciousness and you feel such

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incredible intimacy with them but you

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don’t know their name you don’t know

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what they do you’ve never even heard

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their voice it’s pretty wild there’s

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some people you know their names some

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people you don’t even know their names

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but how you doing and other people but

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we’re all like it’s a tribe or something

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and there’s a mutual respect that is a

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beautiful thing everybody can do it at

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home but no why do we all come together

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we’re like these like little fishies

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that all you know come in to the school

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together and everybody’s in there doing

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the same movements all together and then

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you know do the pit and then scatter but

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without that togetherness maybe we’d all

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be a little more lost

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it’s a lifelong practice and you can

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take it as far and as deep as you want

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to as you’re ready to as you’re able to

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I also think of shank it’s a kind of

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practice that you you can’t really flirt

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with for very long like you’re either

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going to be in or out and that’s process

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that’s going to happen for me quickly

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because does demand too much and to kind

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of dabble it’s very difficult and I

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don’t think very productive actually I

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was really sick and I had to heal myself

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as like a you know life-threatening

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incurable disease it’s kind of like my

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life ended as it was and I had and I

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went through this whole medical Odyssey

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for about a year and came out the other

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end with you know all the drugs I was

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supposed to take the rest of my life and

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you know basically the doctor saying

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you’re all set and we’ll up the dosage

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when you need it and we’ll you know if

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the drugs don’t work anymore we’ll cut

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out the part of your colon that’s you

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know that’s affected but you know that’s

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okay you can live a normal life which

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will cost me a bag and you know sent me

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on my way and I basically just took up

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my own hands and I researched holistic

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healing modalities and at the same time

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that I was you know I started doing yoga

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every day so I’ve been in two major car

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accidents in my life in both times I

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almost died my right hip has been broken

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twice the left hip once all of my

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fingers have been broken and I’ve had

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three knee operations and that’s just

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part of the stuff this happened to me

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and so I figured if I can do if I can do

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a stronger anyone who do a start

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Wow anybody who wants to do it can do it

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not everybody wants to do it anyone can

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practice young man can practice old man

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can practice very old men can practice

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man who is sick he can practice and man

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who doesn’t have strength he can

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practice except lazy people lazy people

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can’t practice yoga I never thought that

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I was a disciplined person and

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when I started the practice and started

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doing it every day I realized that I I

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did have discipline and I sort of got

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control of myself and I think that the

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mental sort of obstacle and hurdle of

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doing it every day that’s sort of to me

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I think what’s changed my life the most

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about doing Stanga in terms of health I

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mean I think it just makes you

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incredibly strong I think in general it

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has a calming effect but I’m so hyper by

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nature that I’m not sure that’s like

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would be apparent anyone else I just

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know that if I don’t practice I’m much

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more agitated for those people that know

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me they know that I tend to be kind of a

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short temper grouchy sort of guy and I

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always tell them they should have met me

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before I started practicing it’s calmed

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me down and

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I pulled me out and I think it also

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informs my performing because it’s a

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good way to practice some of the ideas

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of equanimity and

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some ideas about concentration and

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directing your mind so many students are

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not like that when they practice they

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have lots of changes in their life and

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their body they mind everything they

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come and talk to me about this they tell

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after starting after practicing

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astanga-yoga their life has been changed

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lifestyle has been changed it’s good to

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hear that

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well first of all physically it

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completely changed me and I had strength

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that I never thought that I had and

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mentally I mean it’s taught me just

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patience and letting go and it’s really

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changed my whole psychological outlook I

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think I think that the more you practice

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the more you realize that the physical

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practice is just a very small part of

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what Yoga is about I think most people

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who start practicing Ashtanga also start

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to have an interest in the other and the

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other limbs of the practice so people

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you know often start studying yogic

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texts and Sanskrit and chanting

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you know people think of it as an

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exercise form or something and the

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spiritual side of it can still sometimes

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be weird to people Yoga is a practice

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and it’s a philosophy but it is not a

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religion but it can be it can go hand in

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hand with religion to increase or

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heighten or deepen whatever your

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religious beliefs have already are

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you’re there just because you’re trying

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to tell it to have a beautiful body you

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can get a beautiful body from gonna

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struggle we all know who had and if

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that’s what you’re there for that’s what

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you come and get you know but when

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you’re there to do to really do the work

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to go to the next level you practice

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deepens each time

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can you class without

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some people are good practitioners some

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people are good practitioners and good

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teachers and I think Sharad falls into

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the second category he is a very good

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practitioner and he has the temperament

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to transmit what he knows as it applies

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to the person that he’s teaching

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sherrod has this amazing ability of

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getting you to be able to do things you

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don’t think you can do and in his very

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kind of quiet manner he kind of makes

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certain assumptions about you to end up

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being true that you have not made about

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yourself

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he’s so beautiful I think all the girls

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have crushes on him

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usually I get up at 1:45 in the morning

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I have my bath everything and I start my

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practice around 210 I practice till 4:00

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10:00 in the morning

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whoo Guruji gets up at 2:30 in the

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morning every day and he prepare coffee

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every day in one so both of us will have

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coffee and class starts at 5 o’clock in

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the morning

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I don’t know how many years you could

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karma have done to to assist guru D its

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many things to learn from him he’s so

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experienced when he helps me in the

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practice it’s that I think energy flows

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from him to me he is totally devoted to

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guru ji you really have the living

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example of the disciple teacher

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relationship

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so I think when guru ji stops teaching I

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think Sharad will really be firmly

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grounded in a good space for teaching

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and for carrying everything off

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happy birthday to you happy birthday

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dear fans only happy birthday

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we must have left Chelsea Piers by 8:30

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because we got to Breen Street with guru

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ji right when the first plane hit we

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were stepping out of the car he saw the

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whole thing

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