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Yoga as Strength

July 14, 2010

Some lazy mornings, you will find me in bed, cup o’ joe in hand, watching endless clips of yoga videos. Some are informative, some are foreign, and some are completely awe-inspiring. Here is one that will amaze you. Anursara Instructor Darren Rhodes intended to recreate this famous poster of Dharma Mittra’s guide to yoga poses:

For comparison:

Mittra: 908 postures, taken over who-knows-how-many-days. All of these pics were taken by Mittra by himself, using a tripod and a film camera, with hand-held remote (connected by wire) to take the picture. He also used a camcorder and television. He would get into the posture, check the image in the television, and take the picture. It sounds easy enough, until you start to think about it: one-handed handstands, feet-to-head, arm balances – many times the picture was snapped using the teeth, as the hands were full.

Rhodes: 345 postures over two days. Each type of posture was performed in quick succession – all of the backbends in a row, all of the arm balances in a row, etc. As you watch the video below, you can see this and hear the photographer and assistants calling the next posture, even as he’s coming out of the current one.

Tanutara: Making of the Anusara Syllabus Poster from Ross Evans on Vimeo.

While Rhodes didn’t have to snap his own pics, he performed the poses in such rapid succession–sometimes only staying in them for a few seconds–that he was stuck in an endless vinyasa-style nightmare.

Inspiring videos, and the idea of recreating that poster is incredible. Anyone looking for a model for savasana?


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