giveaway! david robson ashtanga yoga DVD

Jump back and through – it almost sounds like something that will take you back to the future. But it’s another way of describing vinyasa, the transitional jumping actions between the poses in the Ashtanga system.

It’s also the name of the second DVD in Toronto-based Ashtanga yoga teacher David Robson’s Learn to Float series. In this DVD, Robson breaks down the “jump-back” and the “jump-through” into five steps to help develop strength, flexibility and skill.

I have three copies of Learn to Float: Jump Back and Through for three lucky IAYB readers. All you have to do is answer the skill testing question in the comment section: If you could jump back to any time period in the history of the world, what would it be?

Leave your comments before 9am EST, Tuesday, July 31. Three names will be drawn at random.

David Robson is the co-owner and director of the Ashtanga Yoga Centre of Toronto, where he leads one of the world’s largest Mysore programs. He made his first trip to Mysore, India in 2002, where he initiated studies with his teacher, Sharath Jois. Since then he has returned annually to deepen and enrich his practice and teaching. He is Level-2 Authorized by the Sri K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute.

  1. Pre-Columbus North America, or height of Pagan/Celtic Ireland

  2. Early 1970’s Mysore, India…And have the amazing experience of being part of the first group of westerners to study with Guruji

  3. Late 60s, be able to see some of the greatest musicians that ever lived before studying in Mysore 🙂

  4. Let me jump to 814 and see how the dark ages really were (and whether 300 years were actually invented or real:

  5. I would jump back to 1927 to attend the lecture at Jubilee Hall, I would try to avoid my excitement and def not tell Guruji about the amount of love, respect and following he would experience…I would not leave his site…which might be considered “stalker” behavior, but hey, I just went back in time and the jet lag combined with the awe of meeting Guruji would not let me think straight anyway…do I get back to come to the present again and share my amazing story? Om Shanti.

  6. Because I am Black, I wouldn’t jump back to any other period. I couldn’t survive in Africa when my people were Kings and Queens and I don’t want to be a slave or persecuted in America. Not a happy sounding answer, but it is true. I will stay right here in the 2000’s.

  7. Late 1950s, so I could experience the Civil Rights movement and the 1960s in their entirety.

  8. 60’s – definitely the 60’s

  9. 200 million years ago. Would love to see a baby TRex!

  10. So challenging a question since we romanticize many time periods (e.g., living in a castle would not have been that fun probably! So drafty ;D and women were treated not so well.)

    I’d probably choose a time period where I could meet people like Susan B Anthony or Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Or, Rachel Carson and the beginning of the early environmentalist movement.

  11. Definitely back to the Mayan Pre-Classic period (c. 2000 BC to AD 250). This is when the cities reached their highest state of development.

  12. I would jump back to when I was 14 and heartbroken. I would try to comfort myself.

  13. I would love to go back to the 60’s! The decade of stylish fashion, The Beatles, Transcendental Meditation, the emergence of Ashtanga Yoga in the West and godawful cuisine!

  14. Hmmm. I think I would like to jump back to 1960, Mysore.

  15. I’d jump back to the 1920s and go to a speakeasy!

  16. Well, either the 1960s–or maybe visit ancient Rome. You know, before the inbred emporers started getting really weird.

  17. Well, if I could be rich, white, man in the past- I’d probably love to try out any of the other periods, but I’m pretty spoiled by today’s comforts & conveniences- we live in a pretty darn awesome time.

  18. With the dinosaurs!!!

  19. Cuba in the 1940’s-1950’s. Maybe I could meet some of my long-lost relatives.

  20. I would jump back to when I met my hubby. It was a great time getting to know each other. 22 years of ups and downs and always being there for each other.

    Thanks for the chance! =)

  21. i would go back to the 80’s so that i could hang out with my grandparents

  22. Paris in the 1920s!!

  23. I’d like to jump back to the time of Atlantis (if it was real). Failing that, I’d like to jump back to the time when the Egyptian Sphinx and pyramids were first built to see how they were constructed.

  24. i’d jump back to the 1920 in berlin. “die goldene zwanziger” (golden twenties). must have been an exciting time

  25. I would jump back to experience the 1920s – it seems like such an exciting time, with so much cultural change, especially for women!

  26. 600 BC on the island of Lesbos, baby! I’d court Sappho’s merry band of lezbion brigands and grow spartan yams in the countryside.

  27. Shouldn´t we always live in the moment as yogis and yoginis?!?! ;o)


    But what I would like to relive is the day of my birth.
    My birth of this life, of course. Not the other ones… ;o)


  28. I would jump back to my 19 year old self when I could still see truth, end the relationship that lasted 12 more years, and do the exploring and adventuring and loving that I missed during my 20’s .

    Luckily truth surfaced when I was 31 (coincidentally when I started yoga) and I got to do that exploring and adventuring and loving in my 30’s (and still am in my 40’s!)

  29. Hawaii, before Cpt. Cook got there

  30. As a child I always wished I’d been born in Anne of Green Gable’s time… things seemed simpler.
    I’d like to go and see and probably prove myself wrong!

  31. I would jump back to when yoga started…more than 2000 years ago…just to live it to the fullest how they lived it…to feel it !

  32. I would jump back to the 60s, when big social change was happening! I would love to see that.