Spending time listening to John Scott talk can be a life changing experience. I know it has been for me, and continues to be every time it happens. John’s perspective on a yoga practice always brings some new attitude, some new context to my practice. In the Ashtanga Dispatch podcast released today, John is in conversation with Peg Mulqueen, talking about the practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and the teachings of Pattabhi Jois. This is just part one, with part two next week.

There is so much in what John says, so many layers. But the root of a meditative, counted, breath-body-movement practice is clear. Transcending time and space, transcending what is up and what is down.

When we sit for meditation, we realise how slippery the mind is and so some of us need more support, more structure, more solid things to focus on to steady the mind. […] So there are many techniques of let’s say ‘static’ meditation. We could call our Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga a ‘dynamic’ meditation. And so if we just talk about them both being mediations then we can draw some parallels. That if we sit to meditate and we can accept that the mind is slippery. Let’s then also accept if we stand on our mat and be dynamic, through a flowing sequence of postures, our mind can also be slippery. -John Scott

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(Photograph of John Scott © D Manomas 2015)