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‘medium’ and ‘breathable’

Partly it’s going to be based on your mood, or your feeling at the time. It’s going to be based on what the posture is demanding. The point is, the breath is breathable. It’s varying. Guruji, he said that the breath is a medium breath. Which meant that it’s not too long and it’s not too short. It’s not like your best pranayama each vinyasa position — if that was the case, it would take too long; it would become forced, unnatural.

asana practice and nadi cleansing

Certified Ashtanga teacher David Garrigues discusses the nadi’s and how vital it is to understand the places where the nadis are closed in the body. As a practitioner discovering the most glorious nadi (Sushumna) in the Ashtanga practice is vital to inhabiting and lighting up the body.

janu sirsana a,b,c

mula bandha on physical and energetic levels with david garrigues

jump back with david garrigues

In David Garrigues Asana Kitchen he explores the set up to the jump back and gives detailed instruction how to begin working on the famous transition.

rhythm of vinyasa

“The sequence of the vinyasa should unfold like a Vedic mantra or chanting practice. So that the rhythm, the cadence, has a way of calming your mind or centering you. And that the rhythm and pace of the practice, synchronized with the breath, unfolds mantra-like.”

David Garrigues on Sharath’s Conference January 23, 2011 (4:24 into interview)


Devotion is when you are deeply present with what is happening…When you are absent in one way or another…that inability to see things accurately is, in a certain way, a lack of devotion.

David Garrigues (5:48 into interview)


Pratyahara is situated directly in the middle of the eight limbs, its central position indicates that it is the point where the outer can become inner (and also the reverse). Pratyahara is the bridge limb that shows you how to use asana and pranayama to find dhyana and samadhi, how to use your postures for concentrating your mind, for accurately tuning in, for reading, and responding to your mental states.

Thus you can cultivate a more intimate relationship to your experience of sensation as a way inward towards concentration, towards buddhi, mental clarity, and thus towards self or individuation. Using your body and your breathing to change your relationship to the sensory information you receive helps you bring more mind, more psychology, more honesty and authenticity to your awareness and your self-reflection. You use these new dimensions, this new inner directed consciousness to find more accurate physical alignment that brings deeper significance, more beauty and more grounded weight to your postures and movement.

Lastly, one final unexpected gift from the fifth limb emerges from another less common translation of the word pratyahara: to recover the senses. To recover the senses as opposed to withdrawing them conveys a different flavor to pratyahara by suggesting that the senses are “lost” or somehow need to be re-found or reclaimed…

Sensual could then be an integral part of pratyahara, to cultivate your sensuality could mean to thoroughly apprehend and appreciate what you, your whole body, your nose, eyes, ears, heart, loins, and viscera takes in from the world as means of accurately reflecting soul in your depths and spirit in your aspirations. In fact purusa or spirit, the highest conception of samkhya yoga is also known as The Enjoyer. Who better than purusa to be essentially sensual, to consummately know and appreciate the myriad forms of creation by adopting the ultimate asana, the seat or the perspective of the supreme enjoyer, the one who takes it all in pure, bold, unashamed and unblemished enjoyment.

Excerpt From Elephant Journal Article, Pratyahara: Withdrawing The Senses And Truly Enjoying Your Yoga, By David Garrigues

pain in yoga practice with david garrigues

And what I am talking about includes but is not at all limited to physical pain. There are physical, emotional, and spiritual layers to the pain that arises by necessity within anyone who treads a spiritual path.

With the passage of time and through repetition practice shows you that facing and experiencing pain is one of the main sources of wisdom. It is essential to acknowledge, respect and know pain as a principal source of spiritual nourishment that leads to growth and wisdom. As James Hillman said “the wound is the eye”, meaning that your pain is the means by which you see inside your self and thus win soul knowledge.

-David Garrigues from July 17,1013 blog post What Pains Me Even More