Here’s your latest reason to drink coffee, and it involves your colon

Ashtanga practitioners, from my experience, can give just about any subset of people — emergency room doctors, workers in the morgue or new parents — a run for their money when it comes to a willingness, even pleasure, in discussing things that really ought not be talked about among polite society. So putting the word … Continue reading Here’s your latest reason to drink coffee, and it involves your colon

New book offers a new approach to Sanskrit

Here’s a quick break from coverage of Tim Miller’s Third Series Teacher Training and — I know this will break your hearts — my recapping my surfing. (Low tide on Wednesday after pranayama, so walled and closed out, but it did not deter me. If Ashtanga has helped me in no other way, it’s enabled … Continue reading New book offers a new approach to Sanskrit

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

Thoughts on Samadhi, crazy Russian yoga bans and Big Wednesday

Back from our first blog Moon Day, and not that we found Samadhi there, but maybe this can help you get there: The very opposite of that, I think, is this story, which as these stories always do is getting a ton of coverage because… crazy: Officials in the central Russian city of Nizhnevartovsk have … Continue reading Thoughts on Samadhi, crazy Russian yoga bans and Big Wednesday

What are you doing for International Day of Yoga?

It’s here, finally: International Day of Yoga. The build up has been pretty build-uppy. And so the question is an easy one to ask: What are you planning to do? Most likely, we’ll be doing a Mala today — 108 asanas of some sort, likely to be negotiated Saturday night. Maybe the uber traditional 108 … Continue reading What are you doing for International Day of Yoga?

Did you start practicing Ashtanga for one reason, and keep doing it for another?

I’ve admitted here before that a main reason I started Ashtanga — and probably, really, yoga (as in asana) more generally — was as a means to improve the quality of my surfing. And then time passed. Seven or so years later, I’m still doing Ashtanga (and, happily enough, still surfing — though more of … Continue reading Did you start practicing Ashtanga for one reason, and keep doing it for another?

When did you know you’d stick with a yoga practice — or do you yet?

One thing about yoga practice — and specifically Ashtanga, and in both senses with a heavy emphasis on asana — that struck me early was the idea of its being a lifelong practice. I don’t remember hearing that in a gym. (Except maybe for one absolutely terrific trainer I worked with for a while.) You … Continue reading When did you know you’d stick with a yoga practice — or do you yet?

Talk about balance: Being a Hindu priest and a surfer

The story of Mega Semadhi is featured in the latest issue of The Surfer’s Journal. Semadhi not only has won on the pro surfing tour, but he’s also a Hindu priest in Indonesia. More from TSJ: Mega is a member of the Pecatu community, one of the largest and oldest on the Bukit. His grandparents … Continue reading Talk about balance: Being a Hindu priest and a surfer

A good Ashtanga practice, or, a benefit of practicing at night

Bobbie and I have both written about practicing Ashtanga at night. Yesterday, just by change, I happened upon what might be the best reason for my sticking with an evening practice schedule. It all started before sunrise. That’s when I’d gotten my butt out of bed, into a car (after two cups of coffee, don’t … Continue reading A good Ashtanga practice, or, a benefit of practicing at night