Looking like nicer weather for the Confluence this time around

Bear with me for a second. Here’s a little from a post from almost a year ago:

If you’re arriving early for the Ashtanga Yoga Confluence — in other words, on Wednesday — you might want to bring an umbrella.

No, no, the Confluence hasn’t moved from San Diego. But, amazingly, there is rain in the forecast for Wednesday. And temps only in the mid-50s.

The title of that post? “I know it’s San Diego, but don’t pack for summer”.

Those who attended the first Confluence might recall it stayed fairly cool during the weekend. It was especially cold during the opening puja — so once again, shout out and props and a tip of the doti to Eddie Stern for braving the cold marina water next to the Confluence hotel.

Happily, this year it is looking like San Diego is going to serve up a more classic SoCal weekend. Friday and Saturday, as of now, should reach about 70. (Keep in mind, as the Confluence is by the ocean, it will be a little cooler than what the San Diego forecast tells you. I’m going with a Pacific Beach forecast as that is a bit more precise, I think.) Sunday, however, it might only get into the low 60s.

Lows will only into the mid-50s. You might want to run from your room to the Mysore practice room.

If I had to be optimistic, I’d say you could sneak some time on the beach on Saturday, although it looks like it may cloud up a bit on Saturday and into Sunday. Still, maybe come prepared.

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Mercury day poetry: The Confluence will sell out soon

A happy rarity today: Both Bobbie and I were away from our computers when the Ashtanga Yoga Confluence sent out word a few hours ago that the 2013 edition’s registration is now open to those not staying at the Catamaran Resort. (Thus, the delay.)

Or, as they said: Registration is open to everyone.

Still waiting? Well then today’s Mercury day poem is just for you. It’s by Robert Herrick, and it may be familiar, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t good — or appropriate:


GATHER ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old time is still a-flying :
And this same flower that smiles to-day
To-morrow will be dying.

The glorious lamp of heaven, the sun,
The higher he’s a-getting,
The sooner will his race be run,
And nearer he’s to setting.

That age is best which is the first,
When youth and blood are warmer ;
But being spent, the worse, and worst
Times still succeed the former.

Then be not coy, but use your time,
And while ye may go marry :
For having lost but once your prime
You may for ever tarry.


In other words, don’t cry when the Confluence sells out while you tarry.

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Get off your asana: Rooms at Confluence hotel going fast

Wavering on whether you want to stay at the Catamaran Hotel during the 2013 Ashtanga Yoga Confluence?

Well, you’re wavering days are coming to an abrupt end. The organizers posted this last night:

If you plan to stay at The Catamaran Resort & Spa for the Ashtanga Yoga Confluence 2013 and have not booked your room yet, the hotel is almost sold out. Book now. We’ll be opening up registration to those not staying at the hotel next week. Namaste

That doesn’t mean you won’t be able to attend the Confluence — just that you’ll have to find off-site accommodations. Which isn’t the worst thing in the world.

Our offer to allow people here and on Facebook to find roommates remains open, as well.

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Confluence 2013 pre-registration opens

Does it feel like we’re a few minutes more behind than normal on this Confluence news?

We are. We’ve been registering. And now we can inform those who missed the announcement from a few minutes ago:

Pre-registration for the 2013 Confluence — i.e. for those who are staying at the Catamaran Resort — is open.

We once again will be staying at the resort; there’s the obvious convenience factor, but we also liked the sort-of-escape it provided the last time around. Mainly, though, it’s the convenience — a few minutes more sleep are precious.

Here’s the link.

Registration for those not staying that the hotel will come in another few weeks, according to Confluence organizers.

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It’s official: Ashtanga Yoga Confluence 2013 schedule is out

It’s official. The 2013 Ashtanga Yoga Confluence schedule is up. Link is right here, but here are the details, too:


Thursday, February 28

4:30-5:30 pm – Ganesh Puja performed by Eddie

In India, the elephant headed god is known as the Remover of Obstacles and the Lord of Beginnings. He is honored at important ceremonies to insure an auspicious beginning and successful completion of the event.

5:30-7:00 pm – Catered Opening Ceremony

Friday, March 1

7:00 -9:00 am – Guided First Series taught by Dena (asana)

7:00-8:30 am – Mysore taught by Nancy, Tim, David and Eddie with certified and authorized teacher assistance (asana)

8:30-10:00 am – Mysore taught by Nancy, Tim, David and Eddie with certified and authorized teacher assistance (asana)

11:30 am-1:30 pm – Panel Discussion: The Legacy of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois with Nancy, Dena, Tim, David and Eddie for the entire group to attend together led by Dominic Corigliano (lecture/discussion)

4:00-6:00 pm – Roots and Wings: The Mysterious and Elusive Bandas taught by Tim

We will explore the application of bandhas to a variety of asanas as a way of enhancing concentration, stability, comfort, alignment and lightness. We will also use a variety of pranayama techniques to explore the connection of breath to bandhas and a refined sense of awareness.

4:00-6:00 pm –  “How I Was Taught” taught by Nancy

In 1973 when Nancy was taught by Pattabhi Jois for the first time, he taught her in a “different” way than ashtanga yoga is generally taught, with fewer vinyasas and often joining groups of poses together. This class will examine the practice as it was taught to her at that time. We will begin with a short explanation then you will be guided through the primary series up to supta vajrasana of the intermediate series. There will be time for questions at the end of the class. Suitable for all levels.

Saturday, March 2

7:00 -9:00 am – Guided First Series taught by Eddie (asana)

7:00-8:30 am – Mysore taught by Nancy, Dena, Tim and David with certified and authorized teacher assistance (asana)

8:30-10:00 am – Mysore taught by Nancy, Dena, Tim and David with certified and authorized teacher assistance (asana)

11:30 am-1:30 pm – The Eight Limbs of Yoga with Nancy, Dena, Tim, David and Eddie for the entire group to attend together (lecture/discussion)

The first five limbs of Ashtanga Yoga are known as the external limbs. Pattabhi Jois said, “The first five limbs of yoga are very difficult-the last three are easy!” Each teacher will illuminate a yama and a niyama, as well as discuss the lager context of the first five limbs, or even all eight if time permits.

4:00-6:00 pm – Spirit of the Breath taught by Dena

This class will revise the basics for both the fresh and the seasoned practitioner. Exploring principals of posture (asana), breath development (pranayama), internalization (pratyahara) concentration (dharana) and elevation through sound. (chanting)

4:00-6:00 pm – Flying, Floating and Handstanding taught by David (asana with partner)

Flying, Floating and Handstanding: In this fun-filled exploration of vinyasa and arm balances, we’ll break down the vinyasa into its components and explore handstands and arm balances through the avenue of partner work. All levels can attend – even if you’ve never done a handstand.

8:00-9:30 pm – Kirtan with Naren

Naren K. Schreiner, Director of Sangita, brings more than 20 years of dedicated sadhana in an ancient yoga tradition, including 11 years as a bramachari. He is considered by many to be a bridge between yogis and musicians of India and the West. Naren is a representative of India’s premier school of music, ITC-Sangeet Research Academy, and is a lifelong music student of maestro Pt. Ajoy Chakrabarty.

Sunday, March 3

7:00 -9:00 amam – Guided First Series taught by David (asana)

7:00-8:30 am – Mysore taught by Nancy, Dena, Tim and Eddie with certified and authorized teacher assistance (asana)

8:30-10:00 am – Mysore taught by Nancy, Dena, Tim and Eddie with certified and authorized teacher assistance (asana)

11:30 am-1:30 pm – The Jungle Physicians taught by Nancy, Dena, Tim, David and Eddie for the entire group to attend together (lecture/discussion)

This class offers an opportunity for students to ask questions of the teachers regarding the application of asana as a healing modality.

4:00-6:00 pm –  Ashtanga Yoga and Daily Life with Nancy, Dena, Tim, David and Eddie for the entire group to attend together (lecture/discussion/Q&A)

All of the teachers will reflect on what it means to be a yogi in the modern world, as a westerner and a householder and how one’s practice changes over time in relation to the aging process. Questions submitted in advance will be answered.

Price: $495

Classes fill on a first-come, first-served basis. Payment in full must accompany registration. Registration will open early October 2012. We’ll send out an email with registration instruction once available


A few things I’ll note:

  • We’ve promised Eddie we would walk with him to the Pacific Ocean (not just the bay). We’ll keep that promise!
  • Last time, Eddie didn’t lead any of the asana classes.
  • Interesting addition of another senior teacher: Dominic Corigliano.
  • With zero offense meant to David, I’m guessing that Dena’s Friday class is going to be a big hit.
  • The “How I was Taught” by Nancy, I bet, will be another big hit. It probably will be like this.
  • A taste of the Saturday night kirtan. (As fun as MC Yogi was, I did hear quite a few people who talked about wanting something more … mello, is that fair to say?)

Bottom line? Bring. It. On!

Finally, I’ll explicitly ask for some comments: Are you going? If so, what are you most looking forward to? I think for me it’s the guides classes by Eddie and Dena; in fact, I may go all guided all weekend, even though I’ve done David’s led in the past.

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Confluence 2013 — we’re almost there

Hey all. Quick programming note. It appears the schedule for the 2013 Ashtanga Yoga Confluence isn’t quite ready; I think it remains online, and you can find what’s effectively a draft version if you check the Confluence’s site.

The ex-journalist in me, of course, wants to just get the news out to you all as soon and as accurately as possible. But this isn’t exactly a news site, so we’ll hold off on “publishing” the info (or re-publishing it, if you saw our earlier post) until all the Ts are crossed and the Is dotted. (It’s easy for yogis to cross their Ts and dot their Is, I assume, with all the flexibility they have.)

Having had a sneak peak, I think we can say that the 2013 Confluence looks like it will be every bit as good as the 2012 edition. Stay tuned for the final, final schedule soon.

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Weather update, and how we are all — all — connected

OK, Confluencers. I know a few of you already are in San Diego — and the ones I know, at least, are dropping into Tim Miller’s today and even tomorrow — so feel free to let me know if our latest weather report is right:

Maybe a bit nicer than what was being predicted earlier in the week. Sort of.

There now is a chance of rain today and tomorrow, with temperatures topping out in the mid-50s, and lows dipping toward 50. But as we head into the weekend, it looks to be nicer: sunny, temps into the upper 60s with lows venturing into the low 50s.

Keep in mind, it’ll be warmer inland. I talked to someone in San Diego yesterday who was hearing it would be in the 70s. But by the beach, it will be cooler and likely cloudier. So toss your stylish Prana jacket in your bag.

And, on the eve of our getting together, I thought it apt to pass on the following video. In it, physicist Brian Cox explains how everything is connected to everything.

If that’s true, why am I killing myself with all this yoga? Oh, right: Because learning quantum physics is even harder.

Enjoy. Ruminate. And we can discuss over drinks tomorrow night:


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