Yoga Journal: Do you see this as the next stage in what technology offers yoga students?
Jake Laub: We are redesigning the experience of using technology to help us practice yoga outside a studio. How can we integrate video, audio, text and photos into one learning experience? We get to explore and possibly even create new forms of study.
Click the image at left to view the full interview.
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Take the knowledge and experience of master yoga teacher Darren Rhodes wherever you go with his new eBook, Yoga Resource Practice Manual.
All rolled into one, the Yoga Resource Practice Manual is a reference work, an instructional guide, a photo library, and a collection of Darren Rhodes’ personal anecdotes from over two decades of practice and more than a decade of teaching. Whether you are a brand new beginner interested in learning step-by-step practice instructions, or a seasoned practitioner looking to take your practice to the next level with advanced tips and techniques, this eBook has something for you.
The ebook features:
– detailed practice instructions for 360 unique yoga poses and 425 photographs
– safety instructions with modifications for special conditions and varying abilities
– poses organized into 10 distinct categories, helpful for sequencing and class preparation
– hyperlinked visual indexes to easily locate poses
– audio pronunciation of each Sanskrit pose name
– a video library featuring Darren Rhodes’ unique teaching style
About the Author
Darren Rhodes has been director and owner of YogaOasis studios in Tucson, Arizona since 1999. He is co-creator of yogahour, an all-levels, flow yoga style that offers precise alignment instructions with succinct delivery. In 2008, Yoga Journal named Darren one of the Top 21 Teachers Under 40 who are “shaping the future of yoga.”
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Answer the question: What’s the most challenging yoga pose for you? in the comments to enter the drawing to receive one of our beautiful engraved wooden flash drives!
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Nikki Vilella will be teaching her class from the Visvamitrasana book at Northshire Bookstore on May 18th!
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Thanks to Roseanne at It’s All About Yoga, Baby for this thoughtful review of Visvamitrasana. Here’s a brief excerpt:
Nothing can replicate the experience of studying with a live teacher. But if you’re at a place in your practice where you’d like to take on a challenge and do so in a safe and supported way, outside of the pressure of the studio, this e-book is a worthwhile investment.
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Thanks to Eugene at Om Shanti for this great review of Visvamitrasana. Here’s a brief excerpt:
In yesterday’s post, “Self Practice vs. Home Practice,” I mentioned some of the helpful tools I use to get myself to practice at home, especially when I don’t feel up to self-directing my own practice. I’ve tried a wide range of yoga DVDs, podcasts, and some guided audio classes. Most are pretty forgettable, so when I run across something that’s of higher quality, I’m happy to recommend it to others. Today, I’d like to review a new hybrid product: Visvamitrasana: Vol. 1 of the Sage Series — it’s part e-book, part audio class, part Sanskrit dictionary, and part philosophy/history book. First and foremost, though, it’s a solid 90-minute guided yoga session. I’ve done it several times now, and overall I’ve been very impressed.
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Thanks to Emma at The Joy of Yoga for her interview with Jake Laub on Visvamitrasana: Vol. 1 of the Sage Series and Inflextion’s upcoming books. Here’s an excerpt:
Inflextion Publishing is coming out with a series of e-books, each book about a single yoga pose. Why did you decide to go with this publishing model? Additionally, how did you go about deciding what poses to begin delving into?
Every yoga pose is so much more than just a shape, and we wanted to translate that concept into a book series. In the world of digital yoga, there is a lot about doing – YouTube clips, class podcasts, etc – but there is less focus on the context and insight that makes what we do in yoga so meaningful and interesting.
This book series aims to bridge that gap. Yes, each volume includes an audio/video class building up to a pose, but it also begins to explore the full body of knowledge around the pose – physically and mentally, on the mat and off. On a practical level: How do I get into this pose? What is the proper alignment? What are variations? On a more spiritual/intellectual level: What life lessons can I learn from the pose? What are the mythological and philosophical
underpinnings of the pose? And then for teachers: How can I sequence for this pose? How do different types of students approach the pose differently?
We began with a more advanced pose like Visvamitrasana because there is so much depth to the pose, yet so little time is dedicated to it in a class setting. You might see it once or twice a year and only spend a few frustrating minutes on it.
And if the pose is a challenge for you, the beauty of this resource is that you can come back to it over and over again as you evolve as a yogi. Trust me, it will put those five minutes of frustration in that arm balance class in perspective! Co-author Emily Stone would say: You don’t need to be able to get into the pose to embody the wisdom of the sage Visvamitra. As with anything in yoga, it’s much more about learning, aspiring and practicing than achieving.
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We are excited to announce the release of another fantastic ebook, Mind Body Bike.
Read the press release below.
New York, NY (January 7, 2013)
New eBook “Mind Body Bike” Helps Cyclists Rider Harder, Feel Better
“Mind Body Bike: Yoga and the Art of Slowing Down to Speed Up” by Andrew Belcher is an interactive, audio/video ebook about how the practice of yoga increases the strength, endurance, balance and flexibility of both the body and mind for cycling.
You are a biker, so you know how to move fast. Fast legs, fast mind, fast forward. Stop a moment. How well do you know yourself relaxed? How balanced can your training program be if you only go fast?
Slowing down will make going faster easier. Yoga teaches calm during exertion and ease during pain. When the world is speeding by and your heart is pounding in your ears, your yoga practice will be there to slow your mind and offer you strong, smooth inhales and exhales.
Mind Body Bike merges text, audio and video in a single volume designed to teach both theory and practice. The book includes:
– Yoga Philosophy for Bikers (text)
– Guided Visualizations (audio & text)
– Pre-Ride Warm Up (audio, video & text / 20min. sequence)
– Post-Ride Cool Down & Stretch (audio, video & text / 30min. sequence)
– Off-Day Yoga Class (audio, video & text / 60min. sequence)
– On-the-Bike Poses (audio, video & text)
The yoga sequences in this book are designed for all levels, including those who are new to yoga. Whether you ride your bike on the road or in the woods, competitively or just for fun, this book will fine tune your body and mind for cycling and help you ride with more enjoyment and ease!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Andrew Belcher chases his dreams atop two wheels, courageously careening around blind corners bustling with life and opportunity. He is a 500-hour registered yoga teacher trained at Yogaworks in New York City and can be found teaching yoga at Yogaworks, Brooklyn Boulders and Shambhala Yoga and Dance. His popular Bike + Yoga workshops feature a creative combination of cycling, yoga, anatomy and philosophy.
ABOUT INFLEXTION™ PUBLISHING
Inflextion™ is a publishing company that develops interactive books for active readers. Our health and wellness publications combine text, graphics, audio and video to effectively tell stories, educate readers and teach technique. Our mission is to help inspiring teachers create engaging books that enable readers to improve their bodies and minds.
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Thanks to all the yogis who came out to Kula Williamsburg on December 8th for the Visvamitrasana launch party. Nikki and Emily taught a fantastic class and the Shanti Shack cooked up a storm. Here’s a few photos:
And there are a few more on facebook here.
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