A view of Mysore from seven years ago

I seriously doubt I’ll ever get to Mysore. I’m sure, if I do, it will be a short, pass-through visit at most.

India holds many allures. But Mysore, after Guruji’s passing, doesn’t. The Guru is gone, and while there is a lineage being carried on there, for me, that lineage lives at least as much in Tim Miller, the other Confluence teachers and — thankfully for those of us in Los Angeles — Jörgen Christiansson.

That’s not to say I wouldn’t welcome the opportunity to halt life for a month or two and follow Guruji’s advice: “Practice, practice, practice.” And I get why doing that in Mysore calls to people.  (And it isn’t just because, once you get there, life becomes cheaper than, say, trying to spend a month living in Encinitas.)

I get it especially after reading back through the tales from Mysore by Jason, at Leaping Lanka. These are back in 2004, when he dropped everything and went from Encinitas and Tim’s shala to Mysore.

It’s pretty great stuff, if you have never come across it. (Ashtanga-Yoga-Gainsville reminded me of them.) This link will drop you right in the middle.

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Balancing out all those imbalances

Jason over at Leaping Lanka is one of Tim Miller’s students; Bobbie laid out the rough “shat degrees of separation” among us.

He’s got a really nice post up on imbalances and all the different types he’s seen while teaching Ashtanga.

I suggest you check it out. Here’s a taste:

In that time I’ve come to observe a couple common tendencies, whether in people off the street/couch, athletes, dancers or performers, or long-time yoginis.

These are broad generalizations, of course, and don’t apply to all equally.

[snip]

Generally when a person tells me they have shoulder pain, I watch them lower into chaturanga and, nine times out of 10, the top of their arm bone rolls forward in their shoulder — the muscles that support the wing-bone and the backs of the shoulder are unable to keep the arm centered in its socket.

This imbalance is also why, for example, your hands slide together in pinche mayurasana, or you have a hard time keeping the elbows in when pushing up into urdvha dhanurasana.

[snip]

Generally, we sit a lot, so the front of our hips shorten and the backs of our legs get weak.

We do no hip extension in the Primary Series until backbends, so this one’s harder to untangle, though tiraing mukkha eka pada paschimattanasana is sometimes a good clue.

You’ll have to go to his site to find out the answers, I’m afraid.

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