It seems fitting to me that this, my first real blog ever, should appear on Guruji’s Anniversary. All the good things that have unfolded in my life, of which there are many, since I first heard the name, Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois, I attribute to him and I offer my sincere thanks to him for the great gift that he has given me and so many others through his life’s work of teaching Ashtanga Yoga. veroxybd.com

I guess I should introduce myself! I am David Collins, and together with my wife, Paula Herbert, I run Ashtanga Yoga Dublin. I began to practice Yoga 28 years ago and began to teach 21 years ago. In 1999 I discovered Ashtanga Yoga, or more specifically, the system of Vinyasa Krama, taught by Sri. K. Pattabhji Jois, which is commonly known as Ashtanga Yoga.

I began to practice daily and this lead me on a path that resulted in my opening Ashtanga Yoga Dublin in 2002. Here we teach daily to all levels of practitioner and our purpose is simple: To help people use Yoga to find the way to a balanced, healthy, happy life. The prerequisite is, of course, that we develop a balanced, healthy, happy practice! Guruji tells us in Yoga Mala that if we want to understand how to practice we should look to the Shastra for instruction. The Bhagavad Gita and Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra give clear guidance as to what makes for an appropriate Yoga Practice. My aim in the blog will be to draw on the guidance in these texts, as well as to share my own experience of practice over the years, to explore what is a balanced practice and what are its results. In addition I hope to provide small technical tips to help with specific postures and particularly to try and help avoid hurting ourselves.

For today, suffice it to say that what we (Paula and I) have come to understand, is that a combination of Asana, Pranayama, Chanting and Meditation has been key in finding the practice that for us has lead to that happy place where, as Guruji says, ‘All is Coming’. Until each of these elements were in place, the practice was not fully balanced. We have found, and we will try to explore this through the blogs to come, that the real joy that is to be found through yoga practice, requires all eight limbs of Ashtanga Yoga to bring it to fruition. We are looking forward to sharing our experiences with you as we continue on the journey.

For all we have discovered through Yoga, we are indebted to many wonderful teachers over the years, each of whom has contributed in different ways to our development. They are Guruji, Manju Pattabhi Jois, Dr. M. A. Jayashree, Prof. M. A. Narasimhan, Sri O. P. Tiwari, Paul Dallaghan, Peter Sanson, Lino Miele and Gwendoline Hunt. Much love and thanks to them all. Sri Gurubhyoh Namah. Hari Om Tat Sat. David.