Yoga DVD Review: Learn to Float.

Via on Nov 16, 2011

Perhaps you have heard that in yoga, we ground to become light, we use our muscles to become effortless, and according to David Robson, a level-2 authorized Ashtanga yoga teacher, we can learn to float in vinyasa by creating a perfect union between breath and movement.

In this DVD, Learn to Float, David provides clearly guided instructions and detailed techniques geared toward helping us experience grace and weightlessness. He focuses primarily on Surya Namaskara A and B and covers them in three parts: Teaching, Technique and Practice.

Within these parts, David’s demonstration is calm, focused and powerfully encouraging. In doing so, he motivates us to recognize some of the inner dimensions of our practice. For example, he helps us to gain an understanding of what movements require extra attention, what to do when encountering habits that aren’t part of the practice, how to place the hands flat on the floor, and how to fully integrate Tristana. Although David’s movements in this DVD can look quite advanced, strong and perfectly graceful, it is not meant to intimidate, but to allow any level of practitioner to observe and to learn the movements.

“Whenever you encounter a habit of movement that isn’t a part of the vinyasa, continue to breathe and stay on the straight line. By maintaining your calm, steady focus, you can dissolve unconscious habits and patterns.”

I have watched his DVD at least six times, rewinding it at least a ten times in each session. At the surface, there is a lot to gain, but as you go deeper, watch and listen again and again, even more is revealed. The third and last part of the DVD, the Practice session, ties it all together and is uniquely guided with the serene tone of David’s voice combined with the drum beat of percussionist Mathew Stephens.

The depth of David’s experience, compassion, humility and wisdom is obvious through his teaching. I highly recommend this DVD to any practitioner interested in bringing a deeper level of understanding and awareness into their practice. In my opinion, David is sincere, genuine and all heart.

Watch the trailer:

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Learn to Float is available here via online, DVD or audio download.

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David Robson leads one of the world’s largest Mysore programs at Ashtanga Yoga Center of Toronto (AYCT). For more information, please visit the AYCT website

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About Tanya Lee Markul

Yoga Editor, Elephant Journal. I yoga, write, take photos and I investigate existentially. I got a thing for those who have found expression through some form of mastery or artistic fashion, and sincerity. (You set me free I set you). I adore anything that is equally cute and creepy. The most special ingredient you can find, be and put into anything is: yourself. Remember, everything you want, you already have and are. Look within. The more you use it, the more it will grow. For more randomness and love, visit me at Rebelle Lotus and, you don't want to miss the creative rebellion at Rebelle Society. Join us.

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15 Responses to “Yoga DVD Review: Learn to Float.”

  1. Rose says:

    I'm glad to see Elephant Journal review this DVD. I agree that as you go deeper into this instructional video, even more is revealed. For what it's worth, I did a blog post on how Learn to Float helped me connect even more to the steady internal beat of the Ashtanga practice: http://yogarose.net/2011/10/02/whose-drumbeat-do-

    • Tanya Lee Markul Tanya Lee Markul says:

      Great blog, rose! The drum beat is definitely an amazing and powerful addition, in my opinion. I really love what you have written. Thanks for being here. Do you submit your blogs to Elephant for publishing?

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  3. Oooh I've been looking for new DVD's to support my Ashtanga practice at home – thanks Tanya!!

  4. Amelia says:

    Awesome! I'm not an ashtangi but am definitely interested in this instruction. And I'm also a self-proclaimed existential detective. Always nice to encounter a colleague :-)

    • Tanya Lee Markul Tanya Lee Markul says:

      Nice to meet you, Amelia! :-) Glad you are here! I think if you are any practitioner of yoga, you can benefit from this instruction. It focuses on the sun salutations, which everyone pretty much does at one point or another in some way. :-) From one existential detective to another. :-)

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  6. Valerie Carruthers Valerie Carruthers says:

    The floating aspect of Ashtanga has always fascinated me, especially when performed by guys with heavier bones and muscles to hoist and balance versus lithe females and loose-limbed Indian yogis. That trailer really hooked me. Now I want to see it all.

    Btw, always a treat to see your posts, Tanya.

  7. Thank you Tanya for sharing this!! I am buying a copy :)

  8. [...] In this DVD, David reminds us of two key alignment principles from the first Learn to Float DVD: [...]

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