Friday, January 15, 2010

Eddie Stern on Ashtanga

Loved watching Eddie Stern talk about Ashtanga! (on the Martha Stewart show) 

Why Eddie practices Ashtanga: it helps him answer the questions ‘who am I’ and ‘what am I doing here.’ It’s not just about physical poses -- it’s a lifestyle.

Yogic texts talk about the 6 things necessary for success yoga (*none of which are being flexible*):
  • Enthusiasm 
  • Perseverance 
  • A sense of adventure 
  • Not being afraid
  • Going slowly and carefully
  • Enjoying the physical postures


  1. thanks for sharing the Eddie Stern clip Christina. He has such a relaxed way of explaining the practice. It was very inspiring to see our "mysterious" practice featured in an accessible way to the public. :)
    rob shulman

  2. Hi
    I am a yoga teacher and owner of The Yoga Way. It is terrific that you are combining in your studies and journey the effects of yoga in the medical field. Iyengar was about the only Yoga Master who tried to implement yoga studies to medical doctors. It could really be ground breaking work.

    Heather Morton, Toronto, Canada

  3. Hi Heather! Great to hear from you and so glad to see your site and the work that you do - if I'm ever in Toronto I'll be sure to stop by!

    Yes, I love how Iyengar worked on bringing yoga into medicine... he is someone to learn a lot from. Keep in touch, and thanks for commenting!