Mercury day poetry: The Selfish Giant (plus Eddie Stern and Mark Singleton)

Bobbie’s going to kick my asana, because today I’m stretching the definition of poetry a bit … too … far. This is absolutely a short story. But it’s still got a poet’s touch, that poet (and playwright) being Oscar Wilde. The story is called, “The Selfish Giant.” Every afternoon, as they were coming from school, … Continue reading Mercury day poetry: The Selfish Giant (plus Eddie Stern and Mark Singleton)

Iyengar and the dawn of modern yoga

OK, so this will, I hope, be the last link to a piece on Iyengar we post. Bobbie told me today — while, I suppose I can “boast” we climbed Runyon Canyon in LA after our regular Ashtanga practice, a thoroughly LA experience that only could be made more so had we definitely seen a … Continue reading Iyengar and the dawn of modern yoga

Richard Freeman on the origins of Ashtanga Vinyasa

For you yoga history buffs, Richard Freeman has put a little something on line about the origins of Ashtanga Vinyasa and that he agrees largely with Mark Singleton’s tracing of asana’s development. You’ll have to click this here link to get the whole thing, but to whet your appetite: Yes. I agree with Mark Singleton that … Continue reading Richard Freeman on the origins of Ashtanga Vinyasa

Encinitas yoga trial: Asana as religious expression

As the trial over the Encinitas Union School District yoga program continues today — it should wrap up Wednesday or Thursday — here’s more highlights from a range of coverage. First, the various stories: The full U-T San Diego story The Coast News City News Service Then, some specific highlights: The trial judge, the one … Continue reading Encinitas yoga trial: Asana as religious expression

There’s an Ashtanga-specific kickstarter project seeking $3,750

Since we jumped aboard the Mark Singleton-led kickstarter campaign for his Roots of Yoga project, it seems only fair that we highlight a live kickstarter campaign focused specifically on Ashtanga. Here’s the link to the photo book project, which is trying to raise $3,750 to cover the final layout and first printing of the book. … Continue reading There’s an Ashtanga-specific kickstarter project seeking $3,750

The Roots of Yoga project ‘starts in earnest’

As we noted yesterday, the Roots of Yoga project — to translate yoga source books, including some never before translated into English — made its $50,000 kickstarter campaign goal. Today, one of the two translators, Mark Singleton, sent out the following update to those who pledged. I asked him if it would be OK to … Continue reading The Roots of Yoga project ‘starts in earnest’

Big yoga day: Confluence schedule; Roots of Yoga project makes goal; and a paddleboard built for you

It feels like a big day in the yoga world. The 2013 Ashtanga Yoga Confluence schedule is up, and it is just one highlight after the next. A led class by Dena Kingsberg? Check. A led class of how Guruji first taught Ashtanga to Nancy Gilgoff by Nancy? Check check. The list goes on. And … Continue reading Big yoga day: Confluence schedule; Roots of Yoga project makes goal; and a paddleboard built for you

Roots of Yoga project almost to its goal — now’s your time to act

As of a little after midnight GMT — 5 p.m. here in Los Angeles — the Roots of Yoga kickstarter project we talked about is very, very close to its $50,000 goal. With 40 hours to go — as of this moment — the project is at $48,218. That’s less than two days to raise … Continue reading Roots of Yoga project almost to its goal — now’s your time to act

How ‘The Science of Yoga’ book might be hurting yogis

Like most yoga-related media, when “The Science of Yoga” came out earlier this year, we felt obligated to talk about it. Of course, as with a ton of the yoga media, we approached the book with a certain amount of animosity given its big pre-release was via a New York Times magazine article that focused … Continue reading How ‘The Science of Yoga’ book might be hurting yogis