We were inspired to start this blog in the summer of 2011 by the first Ashtanga Yoga Confluence, which took place in March 2012. As we engaged people we’ve met through this blog, the meaning of “Confluence” has expanded to include: of people, of practice, of ideas. Our intent is to draw together various threads — sutras — relating to Ashtanga and yoga and, perhaps, make a little sense of them. We are trying to balance what’s going on out there with what’s going on within our own practices, although not at any 99% vs. 1% balance. We are not in any way affiliated with the Confluence. In the end, the goal is to honor our teachers and the practice.
WHO WE ARE
Bobbie and Steve. Photo courtesy Henry Gomez.
Bobbie and Steve are students of Tim Miller. We’ve come to the practice through injuries and stiffness, seen advances and set-backs, found the power of the practice to impart mindfulness both on and off the mat. We’re professional writers and teachers who took the announcement of the Confluence as a path to deepen that 1% of Ashtanga that can be addressed via words and a blog. Bobbie has taught introduction to Ashtanga classes and also teaches writing at the University of California, Irvine (her poetry can be found at BobbieAllen.com). Steve is a public policy consultant in LA and a former journalist. We are, most likely, a lot like you.
You can follow us on Twitter individually @bobbieallen and @stevencahn or, for the blog, @ConfluCntdwn. Email to theconfluencecountdown at gmail dot com.