Crucial Info for Confluence Attendees!

Words we live by.

The Confluence Countdown is scouting the Catamaran Resort (we’ve got your back!) and has discovered the following key pieces of information:

–Yes, there are coffee makers in the rooms. These are of the pre-packaged filter drip variety. Coffee is of the utmost importance to The Confluence Countdown team, so we will be bringing our own espresso maker.

–All the rooms have balconies and/or patios, so you can roll out your rugs and mats to dry between sessions.

–There is a hot tub. I repeat: There is a hot tub. It’s by the pool. There’s also a hot tub and a sauna in the spa.

–The fridge is the typical mini-bar type, but we’re told once emptied of $5.00 bottles of water, you should be able to squeeze some supplies in: juice, fruit, etc.

–Be aware that the Pacific is a bit chilly this time of year, so bring your wetsuit if you plan on surfing. It rained like the dickens yesterday–great for the wildflowers, bad for the beach. Pack your fuzzy hoodie.

Posted by Bobbie

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If you’re driving to the Confluence, fill up before you go

OK, just a very quick information piece: Gas prices in San Diego are the nation’s highest.

So if you are driving down to the Confluence (as we are), better fill up before you leave or do so on your way. (Last I checked, prices in Orange County — at the Westminster exit off the 405, in fact — were always below the norm.)

Here’s a little bit on this from the U-T San Diego:

SAN DIEGO — San Diego gasoline prices have reached levels never before seen in a February, according to the Utility Consumers’ Action Network, and nationally the numbers aren’t looking much better.

According to UCAN’s Fuel Tracker at www.fueltracker.com San Diego’s average price for regular hit $4.32 per gallon Monday morning, while premium is averaging $4.52 per gallon and diesel has hit the $4.45 mark. Gasbuddy.com’s San Diego site,www.sandiegogasprices.com lists the regular average at $4.31 per gallon for regular in San Diego and at $4.28 per gallon for regular statewide average.

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The survey said San Diego has the most expensive gasoline in the country, listing the average at $4.24 per gallon, and Denver has the cheapest at $3.07 per gallon.

I’m guessing this means the folks from Yoga Worskshop are in for a shock! I think it also means we need to find places to eat that are walking distance from the Catamaran.

Posted by Steve

I know it’s San Diego, but don’t pack for summer

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.

It does appear that it will get marginally better from there. Both Thursday and Friday, as of now, are being forecast to bring partly cloudy conditions and temperatures from a low around 50 to a high in the low 60s.

Saturday and Sunday get better, with the sun coming out but temperatures staying in the same neighborhood.

I thought it was always 70 in San Diego?

It will be a little warmer inland. Keep in mind, the Confluence is right on the beach, so the weather is always a little cooler and a little cloudier. You might find some 70 degree weather if you go a few miles inland on Saturday.

We’ll get a few other “news you can use” updates over the next couple of days. Stay tuned.

Posted by Steve

An update from the Ashtanga Yoga Confluence

You all may — or should — have received this in your inbox, but if not, we’ll pass on some information the Ashtanga Yoga Confluence. You can view it all here — it was sent as an image — but below is what we find most pertinent:

  • First thing you do if you’re staying at the Catamaran is check in to your room. Then you head to the Confluence table to register and pick up your all-important wristband. It’ll get you into the classes and talks, the MC Yogi concert and the opening puja. The table will be open from noon until 9 p.m. on Thursday and beginning at 6 a.m. on Friday.
  • Speaking of that opening Ganesha Puja, it will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday.
  • If you are flying in to San Diego, the cost of a shuttle from the airport to the resort is about $12 and takes 15 minutes or so. They are offering a reduced rate, so check the above link if that’s your plan.
  • Parking at the resort costs $13 for self-parking or $17 for valet each day. Lots near the hotel are $5 or so.
  • Meals aren’t included in the price of admission; the hotel’s restaurants will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and the promise is they will be serving healthy fare. There are plenty of restaurants in the area, too. (I’m assuming that’ll be our way of going, although I’m not sure how much we are sticking to a raw diet or planning to fall off the wagon.)
  • Remember your yoga stuff!

Posted by Steve

Let’s check back in on the Confluence’s hotel

Way back in July — when this whole Ashtanga Yoga Confluence thing was heating up — we checked in on the conference’s hotel. Meaning: We did a quick review of the Yelp reviews.

Today, we’re going to add a little more context, this time via Google’s reviews.

Map of the Catamaran

Admittedly, the Google number — 30 and counting — is a smaller sample than the Yelp back at the time, which was 94. That’s climbed to 107, and the overall Yelp score seems about the same: 3.5 out of 5 stars. The main complaint? That the rooms are a bit outdated. If you like tiki-like atmospheres, though, you might be in for a treat.

Google’s average is the same: 3.5 out of 5. It looks like it is dragged down by a few bad reviews, which I imagine is true of most hotels. (We all know those really bad reviews can be by competitors, too. Of course, you have to suspect the really glowing ones.) People seem put out by the parking fee on top of the room rate. Another 1-star review made the mistake of coming to the area for the Fourth of July — yeah, it’ll be loud then.

Judging from both Yelp and Google, I think can assume your room won’t be the fanciest you’ve ever stayed in, but the location is awesome and it sounds like the staff is pretty nice. (You can figure they’ll be running around trying to handle all of us Ashtangis.) I suspect it will give us a nice “we’ve escaped someplace exotic” feel.

That sounds more than good enough to me. (And I’m still hoping to surf.)

Posted by Steve

Open registration is… well, open

Krishna and his cows, at a confluence

For those who have been waiting to register for the Confluence until after the “hotel package” was done, now’s your chance.

I just saw the announcement that open registration has begun.

You can get there from here, if you want.

Now, personally, as I noted below, I think staying at the hotel will be a great part of the experience. It feels like you will be less at the “confluence” of things if you are not at the confluence, if you get my drift.

But, it could mean a savings of $400 or $500, so I get that. And for all of Tim Miller’s students in and around San Diego, it might be hard to justify staying down at the beach.

Anyway, we’ll try to keep our room open as much as possible for everyone.

Yeah, you should be able to surf

Crystal Pier, courtesy Surfline

I know I’m not the only Ashtangi who comes back from morning practice and heads to the beach for a surf session. (Example: Today, although there isn’t much surf here in LA.)

So it didn’t take me long to look at where the Ashtanga Yoga Confluence is being held and think, “Umm… maybe I can just walk a few blocks and do a little surfing, too.”

Turns out, I — we — can. There are a few different types of breaks to choose from. And given it isn’t going to be summer yet, it might not be totally crowded. (I’m eying Friday as the best day to paddle out.)

Pacific Beach and Mission Beach includes longboard heaven at Tourmaline Surfing Park, which is a little trek from the Catamaran Resort, maybe 1/2 mile. Much closer, but a bit more aggro, is Crystal Pier. North past Tourmaline is Pacific Point.

Or, really, you will be able to walk across Mission Boulevard, a whole beach block — we’re talking 400 feet — and be on the beach, and walk from there until you find a little peak. That’s probably my plan.

Given it will be March, the water temperature will be in the upper 50s; San Diego has a fairly deep water shelf, so although it is south from LA, Orange County, etc, it doesn’t necessarily reflect it in the water. (Much like northern Baja Mexico.) Full suit, in other words.

What board to bring will depend on where you think you’ll go, and maybe any last minute checks of the surf.

At the worst, we can hope that the rumor about San Diego turns out to be true: That’s it’s always 70 degrees and sunny. At least we can go lay on the beach post-two Ashtanga classes and before the afternoon talks.