Correct knowledge and Kobe Bryant’s ruptured Achilles tendon

Here are a couple of items worth a bit of your time.

First up, Tim Miller’s latest blog post. He writes from one of his regular, annual workshop sites in Columbus, Ohio. It offers a glimpse of the “fierce love” we’ve described before:

Tomorrow will be my sixth and last day of teaching here. I have been gradually preparing the students for the most difficult practice of the week, a full second series class. Fortunately their will be a highly energizing Sun and Mars conjunction on Wednesday to help us get through it. Some of the local students have returned year after year for a decade or more, and I can always count on seeing a contingent of students from Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh.

More importantly, perhaps, he also talks about the season-long battle with mediocrity that has been the Los Angeles Lakers:

As a Laker fan for the past 50 years I can say without hesitation that this has been the most challenging season yet. After acquiring Dwight Howard and Steve Nash in the off-season–two future hall of famers–people were predicting that the Lakers would be a shoo-in to play the Miami Heat in the Finals. It hasn’t exactly worked out that way, with the Lakers struggling just to stay above .500 and make the eighth and final spot in the western division playoffs. With their season on the line and finding themselves shorthanded by injuries, their best player, Kobe Bryant, was playing heavy minutes and ruptured his achilles tendon with just two games left in the regular season, both against very good teams.

Sadly for Tim, he won’t have cable TV tonight.

Tim finishes by noting two events at the Ashtanga Yoga Center we’ve mentioned before: the celebration of Hanuman Jayanti and a fundraising workshop to benefit the Sean O’Shea Foundation.

On a different front, read what Kate O’Donnell has to say about teacher knowledge. Here’s a taste:

There is nothing about the wisdom traditions of India that suggests a quick fix, a next-best-thing, or a marketing gimmick.  I’m not stating anything you don’t already know, even with some small amount of knowledge of these traditions.  The touting out of American style sound bites, from individuals who feel their several years of experience of one tradition or another merits the next workshop, is cheap.

Small amounts of information and experience are just the beginning.  Offering practices up to the public before they live inside us does a great disservice to the art of yoga, and even more so, to the self.

If you think she doesn’t mention teacher trainings, you’re wrong. Check it out.

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Two Ashtangis write about their practice and their teachers.

One thought on “Correct knowledge and Kobe Bryant’s ruptured Achilles tendon”

  1. That’s a great post by Kate! The amazing John Kenneth Galbraith wrote a wonderful treatise on this subject in his book The Affluent Society and coined the term “Conventional Wisdom.” The West has a way of making everything conventional and in the box.

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