The Sanskrit word परम्परा (paramparā) is often literally translated as ‘tradition’, ‘lineage’ or ‘an uninterrupted row or series’. In the practice of Ashtanga Yoga, paramparā encompasses the relationship from teacher to student, the transmission of knowledge based on direct and practical experience, the teacher and student forming the links in the chain of instruction that has been passed down for thousands of years.
Lu Duong is an Ashtanga practitioner living in Arlington, Virginia, USA. He was inspired by Guy Donahaye and Eddie Stern’s book, Guruji, and the personal stories in that book from many Ashtanga practitioners who had studied with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Not wanting the stories to end, Lu started the Ashtanga Parampara project, to simply record our teachers’ voices and their experiences with this practice. There are hundreds of Ashtanga Yoga teachers across the world and Lu’s goal is to provide an archive of their voice.
You can read these interviews online at http://www.ashtangaparampara.org/. Seven of the interviews have also been collected into a beautiful printed version. I’ve left a copy in the reception at Whitespace Yoga & Wellbeing Studio. Please feel free to read.