Yoga in Yaroslavl

Here’s a link to my yoga demonstration at the 3rd International Festival of Movement and Dance, in Yaroslavl, Russia on August 29th, 1998. Music is the Gayatri Mantra, by Deva Premal. This video was shot by a member of the audience on their phone, and I was very fortunate to have received a copy.

1998 was the first year that yoga was introduced at this performance oriented conference.  I was also asked to teach a few classes to some of the participants. Many of the Russian students explained that prior to perestroika, their yoga experience was limited to basement classes. As an instructor, my main challenge was to help them trust their body and their breath, as they were so accustomed to performing and following orders.

Ultimately, it was a deeply satisfying experience.

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