Ashtanga Dispatch is a global and inclusive community, bringing together teachers and students devoted to the practice of Ashtanga yoga, all eight of those limbs. Ashtanga Dispatch shares that love of the practice through an audio podcast, in a print magazine, through many articles and offering events and workshop… all available from the website www.ashtangadispatch.com. And there are even t-shirts! Ashtanga Dispatch is dedicated to spreading the message that this yoga is for every body and everyone is welcome.
I’ve mentioned the podcast in class, especially the interviews below with my teachers. All the episodes are well worth listening to and cover a wide range of topics with many of the most respected Ashtanga Yoga teachers.
Ashtanga Dispatch has also published two beautiful magazine editions, collecting amazing photography with great articles. I’ve left a copy of both editions in the reception at Whitespace Yoga & Wellbeing Studio. Please feel free to take a look. If you would like your own copy, you can order from www.ashtangadispatch.com.
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.
Mission: Ashtanga Parampara is a collection of interviews with authorized/certified practitioners and teachers of Ashtanga yoga as taught by Shri K. Pattabhi Jois (KPJAYI). This platform seeks to archive the background and history of teachers that have been blessed by Pattabhi Jois or his grandson, R. Sharath Jois, to teach and spread the Ashtanga method. This effort is born out of sincere gratitude and devotion to the practice and seeks to illustrate and highlight the wide diversity of dedicated teachers across the world.
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.
On 4 January 2014, Stillpoint Yoga London joined with John Scott, Lucy Crawford and 101 practitioners, friends and family to remember Ozge Karabiyik, co-founder of Stillpoint Yoga London, who died in January 2012. The day raised over £3,000 for The Chartwell Cancer Trust.
You can read more about the day in the SYL website posting ‘Beginning By Remembering – The SYL Charity Class 2014‘.
The day was doubly special for me as someone from the self-practice group at Whitespace Studio was also able to make it to the practice. Four generations of paramparā.