On the 8 limbs, the kleshas and (always a fav) yoga and aging

Just found a trio of videos by Maria Boox, who teaches Ashtanga in Sweden and — for those focused on such things — is authorized Level 2 out of Mysore. I’ll be honest. The Ashtanga world (and the yoga world, more generally) seems to have settled in for a long winter’s nap. The usual run … Continue reading On the 8 limbs, the kleshas and (always a fav) yoga and aging

The neverending story: More on Ashtanga and aging

The topic of Ashtanga or yoga and aging has been a popular one here. We’ve talked about the practice as a woman ages, yoga as an old people’s sport, on peaking and finally the very popular can you be too old to start Ashtanga. It is the neverending story. Until it all ends. And then begins … Continue reading The neverending story: More on Ashtanga and aging

And now, back to aging and yoga

We’re done with the Encinitas yoga trial. For now. As a few commenters have noted, interesting issues are at the center of the case, some Ashtanga-specific and others more broadly related to yoga here in America. I suspect we’ll touch on them between now and when the trial resume in a month or so. For … Continue reading And now, back to aging and yoga

Ashtanga, Poetry, and Ganesha’s Eyebrow

On our home altar we have a murti of Ganesha that I got a number of years ago. This is the Ganesha who received Vyasa’s dictation of the Mahabharata. He is standing contrapposto with his notebook in one hand and his broken tusk in the other. If you don’t know the story, it’s Ganesha who wrote down … Continue reading Ashtanga, Poetry, and Ganesha’s Eyebrow

In time for Guruji’s 100th birthday, here’s Ashtanga Yoga Confluence 2016 schedule

This may have landed in your inbox, but if not — or if, anyway — the 2016 Ashtanga Yoga Confluence’s schedule is out today. Link here and the schedule: THURSDAY, MARCH 3RD 4:30-5:30 pm – Ganesh Puja performed by Eddie Stern In India, the elephant headed god is known as the Remover of Obstacles and the Lord of Beginnings. … Continue reading In time for Guruji’s 100th birthday, here’s Ashtanga Yoga Confluence 2016 schedule

Dr. Pam’s study of Ashtanga and the Visually Impaired Concludes

I met my friend, Dr. Pamela Jeter, back when she was working on her Ph.D. at the University of California, Irvine where I teach. But I didn’t meet Pam on the UCI campus; I met her at Pacific Ashtanga, Diana Christinson’s shala. She was looking for volunteers for brain MRIs! Turns out we were both … Continue reading Dr. Pam’s study of Ashtanga and the Visually Impaired Concludes

Getting your Headspace right

Another in the growing line of stories covering meditation’s migration into mindfulness pops up this month in the New Yorker. I’m trying to decide if meditation’s becoming mindfulness is akin to asana’s becoming (all of) yoga. I don’t think that quite works, but surely there are parallels between how both are being embraced anew in … Continue reading Getting your Headspace right

Old yogis? Young fitness age

We’ve noted quite a few times that if one maintains a regular Ashtanga practice — five, six days a week, an hour plus each day — it’s fair to consider that person an amateur athlete. And we’ve written about the uncharted territory that is Ashtanga and aging. So it seems worthwhile to pass this on … Continue reading Old yogis? Young fitness age

The two main things I’ve learned from my Ashtanga practice

At least, as of today. Because these lessons seem to love to leapfrog each other, so one is suddenly the top, another falls down three or four places. How to be calm in a trying moment The lucky thing about being stiff is that almost every pose offers you a quick opportunity to get into … Continue reading The two main things I’ve learned from my Ashtanga practice

Another mindful CEO atop a Fortune 500 company

These story of mindful or, dare I say, enlightened CEOs are becoming less rare. But still, as you can see by the way PBS handles this story, it still feels strange to people: JUDY WOODRUFF: Now to a story about a high-profile and unusual CEO, whose own philosophy and unique life experience has influenced the … Continue reading Another mindful CEO atop a Fortune 500 company