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Ashtanga Yoga with James Fritz Freire at Holiday Gym and Spa Oct 1, 2016

Ashtanga Yoga with James Fritz Freire at Holiday Gym and Spa

Location: Holiday Gym & Spa, Davao City, Philippines
GPS waypoint: 7°04'54.0"N 125°36'32.8"E

Body Reboot
Even though I've moved on and developed a yoga practice that is more consistent with my genetics and life experience, I always default back to Ashtanga for restoration. Whenever I eat unhealthy foods or had been remiss in my healthy habits, I take refuge in Ashtanga to reboot my system.

Ashtanga Yoga with James Fritz Freire at Holiday Gym and Spa
post Ashtanga Yoga class picture with (left to right) Yogini 1, Nancy, Fritz, Jin, TheLoneRider, Orwie and Jen

Ashtanga is widely accepted as the most athletic of all forms of yoga. It generates heat through a Vinyasa flow that is both graceful and challenging. The story has it that when K. Pattabhi Jois, the Ashtanga guru who popularized the discipline, was introduced to Tirumalai Krishnamacharya for yoga tutelage, Pattabhi was a motivated and very strong 12-year old. The great teacher then developed a sequence suited for Pattabhi's strength and resolve. But Krishnamacharya wasn't just a yoga teacher. During his time, he was more known as an Ayurvedic healer. His yoga (Ashtanga Primary Series) is therapeutic - thus my go-to for body reboot.

Fritz's Ashtanga
Here in Davao, Fritz delivers Ashtanga on a sweated mat. Ashtanga is consistently taught by tradition (no poetic words, set sequence, ujjayi breathing, drishti, etc.) but every teacher's personality still manifests...some more than others. Fritz has an affectionate lean on his sequences. He gently persuades. Thanks to him, I was able to do 2 asanas I had great difficulty doing - the bound lotus and Marichyasana D. At the end of the practice, I was a well-tuned and well-lubed yogi...and drenched!

Thank you Fritz!

--- TheLoneRider

ps - If you want me to participate and write about your yoga studio or your yoga practice, email me. For my complete yoga profile, you can visit this page: YOGA by Gigit

James Fritz Freire

James Fritz Freire, RYT-200

  • 1999 - started his yoga practice

Holiday Spa and Gym Holiday Spa and Gym 7°04'54.0"N 125°36'32.8"E
F. Torres St., 8000 Davao City | (082) 222 3041

  • Monday and Wednesday - 2:10-3:10pm
  • Tuesday - 8:10-9:10am
  • Saturday - 9:10-10:10am

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  • Tuesday - 6:00pm
  • Wednesday - 8:00am

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