I led class again this morning. I followed the general shape and progression of the Intermediate and Advanced classes, interspersing therapeutic exercises that we have learned in the past few weeks and postures from Buddha Bose’s book. It felt like the beginning of a unique, authentic and therapeutic style of yoga, combining the asanas that are familiar to Bikram and Tony’s students with the less familiar but equally valuable Bose asanas and the uniquely Ghosh exercises. Marrying the many forms of Ghosh yoga into a cohesive whole. This excites me.
Relatedly, we picked up copies of Dr. Prem Sundar Das’ book Yoga Panacea. Das was one of the last students of Bishnu Ghosh, and his pictures are all over the studio here. His book details many of the postures that we have learned, including therapeutic benefits and contraindications. It is clearly from the same teacher as Muktamala’s. It also reminds me strongly of Buddha Bose’s book and also of Gouri Shankar Mukerji’s. (The discovery of Mukerji’s is a recent development, one that I’m sure I will write more about in the future.)
This journal honors my ongoing experience with the practice, study and teaching of yoga.
1) Sridaiva Yoga: Good Intention But Imbalanced
2) Understanding Chair Posture
2) Why I Don't Use Sanskrit or Say Namaste
3) The Meaningless Drudgery of Physical Yoga
5) Beyond Bikram: Why This Is a Great Time For Ghosh Yoga