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Talking Shop with Edward Clark

The founder of Tripsichore Yoga Theatre says that though people wonder whether they hurt themselves doing what they do, "You never hurt yourself doing the hard stuff."

By Colleen Morton

YJ: But you do a lot that isn't "standard" asana.

EC: I think I can justify it all in terms of standard asana—although whether to anyone other than myself I don't know! We've done interesting combinations. There are 84,000 or some such number of asanas and you're lucky if you encounter 36.

But if you do a Headstand and forward bend at the same time as a spinal twist, none of those are wrong yogically; it's just a question of how you put them together. I'm astounded that there's this brilliant idea of the Sun Salutes, and every school has its own approach, but it's so timid, as if, if we do something radically different, the sun's going to rise in the West.

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