We support your Ashtanga yoga as a lifestyle with the Keen on Yoga blog. Adam and our network of colleagues, peers and friends provide content to help with challenges and struggles you may encounter along the way. All branches of practice are covered, including asana, yoga philosophy and healthy eating.

Our aim is that by sharing this journey of practice from many angles and perspectives and combined years of experience, we can lend a hand in not only guiding but inspiring, enriching and supporting your process.

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Graduation From The Original Jois Academy And Amping It Up

Ashtanga Certified Teacher David Williams was the first Western student to be an Ashtanga certified teacher from Jois yoga academy. He recalls a great ceremony...
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Ashtanga oil bath

The Ashtanga Oil Bath - by Marika Ohtani After Adam's last led class discussion there was a question about oil baths at the end of...
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David Williams And the Export of Ashtanga Out Of India

David Williams and the export of Ashtanga out of India The first Western student to learn from Pattabhi Jois was a Belgian named Andre Van...
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Pattabhi Jois – The Last Man Standing

Pattabhi Jois, The Last Man Standing Indra Devi was probably the first foreigner as well as the first woman to be taught by Krishnamacharya, at...
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Introduction to The History of Ashtanga Yoga in The West

Introduction to the History of Ashtanga Yoga in The West This is a preliminary sketch of the history of Ashtanga Yoga as it evolved over...
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Nancy Gilgoff Ashtanga Yoga As It Was

Nancy Gilgoff Ashtanga Yoga As It Was This is a direct repost of Nancy's article. I have already covered a lot of this in blog...
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Yoga and Ayurveda

Yoga and Ayurveda There's always been an intermingling of ideas between yoga and Ayurveda. So much so that Ayurveda has often been called the 'sister...
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The Meaning of Tristana

The Meaning of Tristana Tristana translates to three places. The term was first coined by Pattabhi Jois to describe the techniques involved in his method...
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The 5 Kleshas – Obstacles to Yoga

The 5 Kleshas It's good to know well our enemy. Or, put another way, along the spiritual path it's extremely helpful to have some understanding...
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The Purusharthas  

The purusharthas are Artha, Dharma, Karma, and Moksa. These are the four pillars of Vedic life. In other words, the useful objects of our aims...
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Recommended yoga books

Adam is often asked for his recommended yoga books. The list below will help to give you a broader perspective of yoga, including the Ashtanga...
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Glossary of yoga terms

This is a list of yoga terms that come up in yoga philosophy texts and discussions that you may not be familiar with. If you...
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