This was a pretty easy project given my time restrictions. In Indian and in Hinduism, “yoga” refers to an entire way of life, such as “yoga of knowledge” or “yoga of wisdom.” In the West we’ve appropriated yoga to mean poses, which is why I refer to it as Asana.
I’m just a rookie and beginner at Asana myself. My friend Lorraine studies Iyengar Yoga and I decided that it would be best to record someone who is more advanced and competent than myself.
I also aimed to use the original sanskrit names of the poses despite the fact that calling certain poses by English names is easier for Westerners. I wanted to kind of challenge my viewer to learn new terms.
I would never show this instructional video to any advanced yoga teacher because I am sure that I simplified a LOT of directions in attempting to make the poses seem “easy.” Lorraine on the other hand was GREAT and very cooperative. I basically just allowed her to be herself and take me through whatever sequences that she felt inspired to demonstrate.
In the interest of saving time I only showed the left or right side of each pose.