More from Kino in Mysore: Does a yogi need certification?

I know there are a lot of Mysore bloggers out there, but for my money you have to follow Kino MacGregor while she’s there. I haven’t found an as learned and authoritative perspective anywhere. She’s got another piece up on Sharath’s latest conference right here. A few excerpts: Last weekend’s conference was a wonderful way … Continue reading More from Kino in Mysore: Does a yogi need certification?

Maturing, Healing, Ashtanga: An Inspiring Story of Recovery

Last summer, on our pilgrimage with Namarupa, Steve and I were pleased to meet our fellow yatri (“pilgrim”), Karen Cairns. Karen was a true pleasure to travel with, always laughing in spite of the fact that she was clearly struggling with a lot of pain. Karen told us that she needed hip surgery, and although it … Continue reading Maturing, Healing, Ashtanga: An Inspiring Story of Recovery

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

A long weekend at Ashtanga Yoga New York? Yes, please.

There’s been a lot of deep and heavy discussion here at The Confluence Countdown household about one thing: Are we going to the next Ashtanga Yoga Confluence in San Diego? Since we started this blog, our purposes and inspirations have changed. Steve’s tapped into his natural inclinations (and serious training) as a journalist, and focused … Continue reading A long weekend at Ashtanga Yoga New York? Yes, please.

Nancy Gilgoff releases her 2014 teaching schedule

If you aren’t on Nancy Gilgoff’s email list, do yourself a favor and get to her contact page and sign up. (I think you will want to shoot her an email to the address listed.) In the meantime, on Monday she sent out her 2014 teaching schedule. It is below, for those who may want … Continue reading Nancy Gilgoff releases her 2014 teaching schedule

When stoking the internal fires, it helps if it’s hot outside

Ah, summertime. There aren’t very many professional advantages to being a teacher in the humanities, but the main one is a biggie: Summers off. So, I take advantage of my advantage. After bemoaning early morning practice, I’ve switched to afternoons, studying with Lila Russo and Maria Zavala (a good friend and student of Tim Miller’s, and an … Continue reading When stoking the internal fires, it helps if it’s hot outside

Another great reason to practice at Ashtanga Yoga New York

You already know the first good reason to practice at Ashtanga Yoga New York: Eddie Stern. (The italics signify the hushed tones we yogis supposedly apply to his name.) From what I know of Stern, he might recoil at the straight-forward statement, but from what I know of him, it is absolutely true. Much like … Continue reading Another great reason to practice at Ashtanga Yoga New York