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Helpful information for those planning to travel to Ubud for yoga practice.

If you are travelling to Ubud to practice yoga with me, you may find the following information helpful. Please email me requests for other information that is not listed here.

Arrival in Ubud

Orientation

Transportation

Accommodation

Eating

My favorite yoga schools and resource websites

KPJAYI

The Ashtanga headquarters in Mysore, India.

Ashtanga Yukon Collective

The Ashtanga Tradition in Whitehorse, YT being carried on by my former students and assistants.

Ashtanga Yoga Victoria

High quality Ashtanga instruction in Victoria, BC by my good friends Harmony and Jeff

Ashtanga Yoga Canada

Central resource for Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga in Canada.

Ashtanga.com

Worldwide resource for Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga

AshtangaYoga.info

Another very good Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga resource.

Resources for developing a sitting practice

Vipassana Meditation

Vipassana in the tradition of S.N. Goenka

Resources and products to aid and integrate the transformative process of yoga

Brendan Brazier

I highly recommend Brendan Brazier’s books and products for an authentic tried and true approach to plant based nutrition.

Vega Sport

Vega products are the cleanest burning fuel out there. Vegan and gluten free, their potent formulas are easily assimilated into the body. I find them to be extremely beneficial in the life of a serious Ashtanga practitioner and teacher. In particular I recommend the “recovery accelerator” and “performance protein” to anyone who does a 6 day per week Ashtanga practice.

The Seeds of Life

Raw Food experts Sayuri and Ben provide a variety of high quality services, including the cafe and tonic bar that will be the new home of Spacious Yoga!

Susan Su

Susan Su writes and advises on personal leadership and reinvention for anyone who’s ready to change for the better.

Joel Kramer and Diana Alstad

Joel and Diana are revolutionary thinkers in every sense of the term. I feel that exposure to their ideas are absolutely essential to anyone engaged in any form of spiritual or religious practice and is not afraid to have their beliefs and worldviews challenged in a healthy and productive way. The future of a healthy humanity requires more of this kind of forward thinking. In particular, I recommend “The Guru Papers: Masks of Authoritarian Power”.

Lois A. Leonhardi

Lois is a wellness coach and the author of “Eat Well, Be Well – Ayurveda Cooking for Healthy Living”. She has worked successfully as a private yoga instructor and ayurveda personal chef in Los Angeles and the east coast, helping clients reach their wellness goals.

Excellent products which I personally use because they are consistent with my yoga refined discernment

Trav-L-Pure Water Filter

For travellers to places with questionable water quality, this is the most reliable and user friendly filter I have found. I use it for all my drinking water on long trips to India.

Black Diamond Backpacks

For those who use a backpack regularly – whether for shopping around town, day hikes, back country trekking or travel – the chronic tensions that build up in the body from carrying your possessions on your back can make your yoga practice much harder! Black Diamond packs have many innovative features which make them the most conducive packs available for keeping the body aligned and minimizing tension while carrying a load on your back. I recommend the “Octane” for day use and shopping and the “Mercury” Series for trekking and travel (available in gender specific and different sized models). I have not tried their other packs, but I am sure most of them are great. Find the right pack for your body size and gender before purchasing. Their customer service is extremely reliable and helpful in this process.

My favorite books

Joel Kramer and Diana Alstad – “The Guru Papers: Masks of Authoritarian Power”; “The Passionate Mind Revisited”

Perhaps the most important and worldview altering books I have ever read. Essential reading for any earnest seeker of truth and peace within and without. The Passionate Mind Revisited is their latest book and good to read after The Guru Papers has been fully digested.

Mathew Sweeney – “Ashtanga Yoga As It Is”

Excellent reference book for the first four Ashtanga series.

Gregor Maehle – “Ashtanga Yoga Practice and Philosophy”“Ashtanga Yoga – The Intermediate Series

Detailed posture by posture analysis of the primary and intermediate series

Jeffrey Maitland – “Spacious Body”

The name “Spacious Yoga” was inspired by this important book.

Will Johnson – “Breathing Through the Whole Body”“Aligned, Relaxed, Resilient”“The Posture of Meditation”

These short books are real gems in the field of posture and awareness. The author is a Rolfer, meditator and yoga practitioner, among other things.

Guy Donahaye and Eddie Stern – “Guruji: A Portrait of Sri K Pattabhi Jois Through The Eyes of his Students”

A number of SKPJ’s students recount their experiences with him. Wonderful reading.

Richard Freeman – “The Mirror of Yoga”

Richard’s eloquent interpretation of Yoga.

Michael Stone – “The Inner Tradition of Yoga”“Yoga for a World out of Balance”

Michael distills the essence of personal transformation out of yoga and meditation without the authoritarian dogma.

Simon Borg-Olivier & Bianca Machliss – “Applied Anatomy and Physiology of Yoga”

A little expensive and difficult to find, but by far my favorite yoga anatomy book. Excellent and unique explanation of bandhas. You can find it on the author’s website and sometimes on amazon.com

Ray Long – “The Key Muscles of Yoga: Scientific Keys, Volume 1”

Very nice visual depiction of static anatomy for yoga.