Ty Landrum: Illuminating the Practice and Philosophies of Yoga: Lineage & Connection to Others
Namaste, Yoga Revealed Community! Thanks for reading in on this week’s BlogPost, with information and wisdom shared with Ty Landrum, Director of the Yoga Workshop in Boulder, Colorado. Ty is someone who I feel strongly connected to as a genuine example of what it means to be a Yoga Teacher in 2016. He is dedicated to the path of observing his tendencies and committed to sharing yoga with his community, and anyone that walks through the doors at the Yoga Workshop. You can hear his passion when you speaks. Check this episode out and feel inspired to take your Yoga Practice to the next level!
I first found myself in a Mysore (self-guided primary series practice) after about 2 years of daily practice at CorePower Yoga. Truly, thank god for the Guru’s who brought yoga to West! They made it accessible for our western minds to breathe into a spiritual practice by introducing a form of body movement. As many began practicing this Asana based practice, sometimes they became curious about more of the tradition. Which I believe leads them to Ashtanga Vinyasa or another practice rooted in lineage. I walked into the doors of the Yoga Workshop and was humbled immediately. I left a studio where I was able to ‘nail’ postures and tackle them effortlessly. Moving through the primary series took incredible patience as my body was not yet ready for majority of the poses, which at the time, was foreign to me. and So…...I practiced. And more come to me. My body opened up.
This was under the guidance of Ty Landrum and Richard Freeman’s Wife, Mary Taylor, whom will be on the podcast, check back soon! Ty teaches from an intuitive place, where he feels what is best for the student to be practicing, whether it is simple Surya Namaskar A’s or segments of the standing series, or advancing into the 2nd or 3rd series. It is all relative to the individual, which Ty pays an undivided amount of attention to.
Ty is an authentic being. He speaks with eloquence and charisma. Having been a philosopher professor, his words leave you in wonder. We dive into the lineage of Ashtanga Vinyasa. I believe it is important for our modern day practitioners to simply have an understanding of this practice, as most asana based studios in the West derive from Ashtanga, or Hatha yoga, from one teacher to student and so on.
RESISTANCE TO YOGA!
Over long periods of times, this tendency to react to any form of resistance slowly is diminished. I feel a resistance to practicing quite often. And this is when things get exciting….Listen to the podcast to hear more about this intriguing topic.
CRYiNG iN YOGA
To preface….. We are friends of crying. Tears are an amazing form of releasing emotion built up in the body, without lashing out. To feel….is amazingly Human.
Ty and I discuss why we should practice not crying in yoga. Redirecting the energy to experience them more Raw and more complete, perhaps more multi-dimensional. we do this by decontextualizing the experience. Various emotions produce tears. Sadness is the first. Yet Happiness, inspiration, and naturally mourning calls in tears to the eyes.
This is a powerful and perhaps controversial topic for many. Listen in on Ty’s beautiful perspective on how to mindfully respond to the tears on the podcast. We can evolve past our old ingrained traumas, which is what the Yoga is trying to teach us. We can experience old memories through the course of breathing and stretching our tissues; bringing up old scars. When we are ready to move on and let this go….. we undertake this practice of release without tensing around it.
Check this and more from Ty out in this week's episode of the Yoga Revealed Podcast! Thank you for listening!
3 of Ty’s Book recommendations:
- Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism - Chogyam Trungpa
- Aparokshanubhuti - Shankaracharya
- Tripura Rahasya - Unknown Author
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