Deep listening, exercising as you age and where to catch Dena Kingsberg this year

First up, a bittersweet nod toward Tim Miller’s latest blog post:

In sutra III.36, Patanjali says, “Tatah pratibah sravana vedana adarsa asvada vartah jayante”—Then profound intuition, hearing, touch, vision, taste, and smell appear. Patanjali is referencing qualities here that we could call extra sensory perceptions. These heightened perceptions are presented in the order of the most subtle to the grossest and correspond with the six lower chakras: intuition with ajna chakra; hearing with vishuddha chakra; touch with anahata chakra, sight with manipura chakra, taste with svadisthana chakra, and smell with muladhara chakra. All of these extraordinary perceptions are a kind of listening: listening to our intuition, listening with our ears to the inner sound, listening with our skin, eyes, tongue, and nose.

No, it isn’t bittersweet because we’re lacking on the ESP front. It is bittersweet because this weekend Tim heads down to Tulum for his annual week-long teacher training.

And Tulum is awesome. Bobbie and I have both been, albeit separately. (I think she went in 2008 and I went in 2011.)

So I’m going to make a sort of announcement: Unless something really unexpected comes up, we’re going next year. (And if we don’t, we’ll go to Shasta.) There. As an added benefit, I’ll also learn when Bobbie reads this post.

This week also saw Dena Kingsberg send out her teaching/travel schedule for 2014. You can find it here, and we’ll copy it below for the bad/lazy people:

byron bay

  • Feb 2 – 28  2014   FULL
  • March 2 -28  2014  FULL
  • March 30 – April 26  2014   FULL

santa barbara.

MAY 3 – 5

ashtanga yoga confluence san deigo

MAY 8 -11


portugal : lisbon


Casa Vinyasa Yoga

portugal: retreat monte vello

JULY 5 – 11  

italy: tuscany retreat

JULY 20 – 26

germany : hamburg

JULY 27 – August 1 


sweden: stockholm

AUGUST 3 – 8



bali lux

OCTOBER  18 -24


new zealand


byron bay

NOV 16  – DEC 13

Finally, here’s a report on a new study that adds to the growing amount of evidence of how important exercise is, even — or especially — as one ages.

The kicker:

But in this study, the volunteers did not merely live longer; they lived better than those who were not active, making the message inarguable for those of us in mid-life. “Build activity into your daily life,” Dr. Hamer said. Or, in concrete terms, if you don’t already, dance, wash your car and, if your talents allow (mine don’t), combine the two.

This study also gives hope to those who may have slacked off on taking care of their bodies in their 20s and 30s. (And, yes, 40s.)  The study found that starting an exercise program — which could be as little as an hour a week, so, Ashtangis, you’re a bit ahead of the game — in middle age still produced significant benefits.

Of course, this study doesn’t apply today. It’s a Moon Day.

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