November 16, 2011

Yoga DVD Review: Learn to Float.

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:

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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