Mysore Conference Notes with Dana Blonde:

Yoga Shala Calgary, November 30, 2018

The following is just a small summary of the conference with Dana, Ryan, Pat & Jan at the Yoga Shala Calgary given on the 30th of November 2018.

Thank you to all that attended our Led Primary and Conference, we look forward to the next one! (January 2019 - TBA)


Panel Discussion: Questions from students...

How does the practice change / how should we see our practice as we get older?

"The form and esstential elements of the practice and of where you are in your life is what you will learn to adapt through the practice. The importance part of the practice and how one sees their practice throughout the years are - No violence to yourself, No comparing to others, Be safe." - Pat

Remembering the sutra:

yogaś-citta-vr̥tti-nirodhaḥ ॥2॥

When you are in a state of yoga, all misconceptions (vrittis) that can exist in the mutable aspect of human beings (chitta) disappear. ||2||

तदा द्रष्टुः स्वरूपेऽवस्थानम् ॥३॥

"Fiona Stang (Ashtanga Yoga Vancouver) had told me that her practice has deepened throughout the years, not in asanas but in a deeper meditation way. Your practice deepens in a more personal inward way, there can be less asana but a deeper meaning of the practice internally." - Dana

Ashtanga Yoga & Getting Older: An Opportunity:


do not regret

growing older.

It is a privilege denied to many.



Practicing through Injuries -

"I believe, through my personal injuries as frustrating as they can be, I have been able to learn from them and instill these teachings to the students. Injuries can be a learning tool for us, be it our own or the students we are working with. The body is constantly changing, so through modifications and investigations with the practice we can learn how to work with the injury in order to heal. We can look at working with an injury more as a reset." - Ryan

A great article to read on practicing with an injury:

Techniques for Practicing Yoga with Back Pain - with Sharath Jois

Transitions -

"Transitions are very important. You need to be aware of the breath and not let the mind become distracted, ie: fidgeting with your feet, adding extra body movements or breath (if not needed), fixing clothes/hair, etc. I think you get the idea" ;0) - Dana

"Transitions are very important and not to be rushed. We tend to look at what asanas might have hurt us but honestly if we really look at our practice and how we move through our practice it is the transitions that can be sometimes lost and rushed therefore making room for an injury to happen even before moving into the asana." - Jan

"Try to make your practice 'Friday' even more of a moving meditation, without having to 'workshop' asanas. Move freely through the transitions/asanas, connect with every movement, every breath and every drishti." - Jan

Should I be jumping back and forth?-

"I usually watch each student and see where they are in their practice. I will help them move towards jumping back and forth if this is something they are wanting to work towards in their practice and haven't got there yet." - Ryan

"Pending on the student and where they are in their practice, I do believe it is good to practice enabling progress through the practice, especially if a student is moving through Primary and into Intermediate." - Dana

"Yes, depending on the student and their personal practice (injuries, etc.) we cannot say a hard YES. Jumping is actually more than just so called advancing your practice. I remember when Nancy Gilgoff was here she said, "Jump backs are necessary and should be doing" reasons being: jarring releases blockages, moves stuck energy and opens ida/pingala (Running alongside the sushumna nadi, on either side of the spine, are the ida and pingala nadis. Ida refers to the chandra (yin) energies of the moon while pingala refers to the surya (yang) energies of the sun.)" - Jan

See this Instagram video by @ashtangadispatch: Is it really necessary to 'jump' into postures in Ashtanga Yoga?

Mats -

As the room fills be aware of the space around you. If you need to tighten up the space around your mat in order for other students to lay their mats down please do so.

We do ask though that where you place your mat when you come in you remain in that spot until you are taking rest, unless of course certain circumstances require you to move (taller students in front row, pregnant/health reasons, asked by a teacher, etc.)

Remember if you have any feedback, comments, thoughts or suggestions please pass it along by emailing Dana and let us know... #community!

We look forward to a Great New Year with You All!

FYI - Did You Know....

The word Shanti is recited three times for removing obstacles and calming the three reals:

1) Physical - Adhibhautika (originated in the physical, material beings)

2) Divine - Adhidaivika (of divine origin)

3) Internal - Adhyatmika (created by ourselves)


The word ‘bhautika’ is derived from ‘bhuta’ which means all beings. It can also mean any entity, living or non-living. For example, even a stone can be termed a bhuta. So Adhibhautika refers to suffering caused by other beings. In the Samkhya system, these are classified as – other human, domestic animals, wild animals, reptiles etc., insects, mosquitoes, bugs, cockroaches etc. For example, suffering can be caused by someone physically hitting you or hurting you through verbal abuse. Similarly, suffering can be caused by a snake or a scorpion bite, you may have sleepless nights due to mosquito bites, you could be attacked by a domestic or a wild animal etc.


The word "daivika" means "of divine origin". Adhidaivika refers to the suffering due to divine causes, causes that we have no control over. These include natural disasters like floods, tornados, tsunamis, earthquakes, plagues, fires and the like. A recent example is the massive destruction of life and property by the typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.


The word ‘atmika’ means ‘self-inflicted’. Adhyatmika suffering is the most damaging and long-lasting suffering as we inflict it on ourselves. This could be physical, mental, or emotional suffering. We cause physical suffering on ourselves by, for example, overeating, not taking care of our health etc. Most of the suffering is caused by mental reasons. We suffer when we carry negative emotions – anger, hatred, jealousy, greed etc.

Patanjali, in the Yoga Sutras, provides an excellent explanation of the suffering, its causes and the remedy. He describes five kinds of kleshas (sufferings) which are all caused by our ignorance of not knowing our true identity. We suffer because we allow our negative ego (ahamkara) to take over our intellectual capabilities.

Patanjali also tells us that suffering that has not yet come can and must be avoided – हेयंदुःखंअनागतम्– heyam duhkham anagatam (sutra 2.16). Patanjali, in subsequent sutras, goes on to explain that the suffering is caused by ignorance and it is up to us to eliminate this ignorance through the practice of the eight limbs of yoga.


Thank You again for making us the Amazing Community we are!

It was a Great Morning!

*Please note: Above are highlights of what was shared at the conference on Friday, November 30, 2018. The wording above does not represent the exact wording of the teachers and is meant as highlights of what was shared.


See You All In December!

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