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Registration for Third Series Teacher Training Opens at AYC

October 22, 2014

In the name of due diligence, we got word this morning that registration for Tim Miller’s Third Series TT is now open, link here.

Have I registered? Yes I have. Steve will join me next summer for two weeks in Encinitas, practicing with Tim in the mornings and, no doubt, surfing in the afternoon while I’m in class. We had a wonderful week together during Tim’s Second Series, so this time he’s going to stay the whole duration.

The intrepid Maria Zavala is already hot on my heels, offering her help to get me Tim-ready. What is the saying? When the student is ready, the teacher appears? Well, I’m not ready, and the teacher appeared anyway. I’m approaching my 50th birthday (next month), and I’d been thinking maybe I’d start to take it easy, slow down a bit. I guess, on second thought, maybe I was ready…for a kick in the butt.

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David Swenson on using humor to teach Ashtanga

October 22, 2014

Our highlighting Ashtanga Yoga Centre of Melbourne’s first video of David Swenson a week ago was pretty popular, so you all will be happy to hear that there are more to come.

I found that good news via their blog, which I didn’t see when I discovered the first video of David. Link to it is here. It also notes that the videos were shot by Darius Devas of Being Films. I’ll be taking a look since there’s plenty of surf videos there.

Here’s the latest from David on using humor to teach Ashtanga:

Here’s a great quote from it: “The yoga is difficult but he brought a joy into the room and we were inspired to try and do more.”

We’ve touched on humor and the practice a bit. Here’s an old one focused on irony.

Posted by Steve

Tim Miller Announces Third Series Teacher Training

October 21, 2014

Those of us who have studied with Tim Miller have been anticipating this announcement for some time. So without further ado, here’s Tim, from an email he sent out this morning:

I’m very excited to announce that I’ll be teaching a third series training for the first (and possibly the only time) in August of 2015. Of all the different series that I learned from Gurugi (1 thru 4), the third series has always been my favorite and I practiced it with some regularity for over 30 years.

Much anticipated, and very exciting news. Earth-shattering in this household, really, since it was Tim who encouraged Steve to come to his First Series teacher training in Tulum, Mexico, and nudged me into his Second Series training in Encinitas (which he does every two years). Now what? I ask myself. Should you go? Here’s Tim again:

During this two-week immersion, we will examine each asana of the third series in detail, exploring the intricacies of the biomechanics as well as strategies for adjustments. This course is appropriate for those who have completed second series are beginning to practice third and those who are currently practicing third and seeking some refinement in their practice.

Does this description fit you? Yes? Then YOU GO. Doubt that it’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance? Tim notes that he’s been wanting to teach a Third Teach Training “once before I die.” Maybe I want to take it once before I die, too!

No sign-up details yet on the website, but we’ll let you know when they appear.

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5,000 students do yoga to promote world peace

October 21, 2014

This one’s all about the pictures; unfortunately, all the photos are from Getty Images, which is extremely protective of its copyright, so we won’t risk re-posting here. But check them out at the link above. A little write up from the Daily Mail:

Now that’s what you call a yoga class. 

Almost 5,000 teachers and students started this morning with a massive stretching and flexing session in the south Indian city of Hyderabad.

The group from Delhi Public school, which has branches in Hyderabad and Secunderabad, performed seven classic yoga postures while reciting prayers for world harmony and peace. 

Yoga was developed in India between 600 and 500BC and is used in schools across the county to prepare students for a day of lessons by helping them relax and focus their minds. 

I believe it took place early Monday.

Posted by Steve


Put down that cup of coffee! We’re kidding. Drink up, as much as you want

October 20, 2014

The Atlantic is vying to be our favorite magazine. (Namarupa is still in the lead.)

Here’s why:

Officially, the American Medical Association recommends conservatively that “moderate tea or coffee drinking likely has no negative effect on health, as long as you live an otherwise healthy lifestyle.” That is a lackluster endorsement in light of so much recent glowing research. Not only have most of coffee’s purported ill effects been disproven — the most recent review fails to link it the development of hypertension — but we have so, so much information about its benefits. We believe they extend from preventing Alzheimer’s disease to protecting the liver. What we know goes beyond small-scale studies or limited observations. The past couple of years have seen findings, that, taken together, suggest that we should embrace coffee for reasons beyond the benefits of caffeine, and that we might go so far as to consider it a nutrient.


That there were no major differences in risk reduction between regular and decaf coffee suggests there’s something in it, aside from its caffeine content, that could be contributing to these observed benefits. It also demonstrates that caffeine was in no way mitigating coffee’s therapeutic effects. Of course, what we choose to add to coffee can just as easily negate the benefits — various sugar-sweetened beverages were all significantly associated with an increased risk of diabetes. A learned taste for cream and sugar (made all the more enticing when they’re designed to smell like seasonal celebrations) is likely one of the reasons why we associate coffee more with decadence than prudence.


But that caffeine is only mechanism behind coffee’s health effects is supported by a small study of 554 Japanese adults from October that looked at coffee and green tea drinking habits in relation to the bundle of risk factors for coronary artery disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes known together as metabolic syndrome. Only coffee — not tea — was associated with reduced risk, mostly because of dramatic reductions observed in serum triglyceride levels.

So aside from caffeine, just what are you getting in a cup, or two, or six? Thousands of mostly understudied chemicals that contribute to flavor and aroma, including plant phenols, chlorogenic acids, and quinides, all of which function as antioxidants. Diterpenoids in unfiltered coffee may raise good cholesterol and lower bad cholesterol. And, okay, there’s also ash which, to be fair, is no more healthful than you would think — though it certainly isn’t bad for you.


And the more they drank, the longer they lived. If you’re into that sort of thing.

We’ll let you check out just what that last sentence is referring to — but how can it not be good?

If it weren’t almost 8 p.m., I’d fire the coffee maker up now.

Posted by Steve


An issue for Ashtanga practitioners: Namarupa remembers Jois and Iyengar

October 19, 2014

A new Namarupa magazine is out, and it looks like one that all Ashtanga Yoga practitioners will want to get.

It’s all about the lives and legacies of Pattabhi Jois and BKS Iyengar. Click here to get to the page and how to download/order it. Here’s what is inside:

  • FRONT Sri B.K.S. Iyengar and Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
    ©Mike Hill.
  • Legends & Legacies Translation of conversation by Sunaad Rhaguram and photographs by Mike Hill
  • 3 Gurus 48 Questions Matching interviews with Sri T.K.V. Desikachar, Sri B.K.S. Iyengar and Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Interviews by R. Alexander Medin
  • Sketches Sri B.K.S. Iyengar and Sri K. Pattabhi Jois by Keshav
  • Traditional Yoga An informal talk by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
  • Next Generation Interviews by R. Alexander Medin: Prashant Iyengar & R. Sharath Jois
  • Hoysala Brahmin Sri K. Pattabhi Jois by Eddie Stern
  • Sri B.K.S. Iyengar Photographs by Martin Brading
  • Surya Namaskar Sri K. Pattabhi Jois interviewed by Sunaad Raghuram assisted by John Campbell
  • Aditya Hridayam from the Srimad Valmiki Ramayana
  • The Yoga of Krishnamacarya Eddie Stern
  • Masters in Focus Sri B.K.S. Iyengar by Kofi Busia
  • BACK Sri B.K.S. Iyengar, R. Sharath Jois and Sri K. Pattabhi Jois ©Mike Hill.

Some of that sounds familiar (the three questions piece), so my guess is it is a mix of previously published material , but all bound up into one convenient package.

One convenient package that sure looks worth having.

Posted by Steve

A Krishna Das-Tim Miller workshop is happening

October 18, 2014

We asked for it, we got it. We also guess we should have specified: In California.

But kirtan-yoigi-bhaktis can’t be choosers.

Next year, Tim Miller and Krishna Das will be joining forces for a workshop at the Garrison Institute in New York. Some details (and the place to register) is right here:

Join Krishna Das for a weekend retreat of yoga, chanting and devotional heart-opening practices. This is a wonderful opportunity to spend time with a group of dedicated seekers and immerse yourself in practices, teachings and discussions. The retreat program consist of two evening kirtans and two afternoon workshops led by Krishna Das; two morning yoga classes appropriate for all level by Tim Miller; group chanting of Hanuman Chalisas with Nina Rao. Special guest teachings and chanting will be offered by Lama Gyurme.

It’s happening March 13- 15 (which means we can guess which weekend won’t have the Confluence).

So, we sort of joke about the location. But we realize if it were to happen out here — specifically in the San Diego area — it would probably be attended by Ashtanga Yoga Center regulars. This will be an opportunity for Tim to bring a taste of Ashtanga to a new audience. So, as if they need it, we approve.

It doesn’t mean we aren’t jealous.

If anyone decides to go and wants to provide a little write-up, you know where to find us.

Posted by Steve