Monday, May 18, 2009


Sat for 10 minutes this morning, instead of straightening my hair.  Timed myself with Neko Case's recording of chirping crickets.  When it ended, I stopped.  Just thought I would share.   

Sunday, May 17, 2009

home practice

I worked overtime this week and didn't have the time or energy for yoga.  One morning I did a brief child's pose before getting out of bed but other than that the last time I practiced was probably over a week ago when my neighbor and I did one of Kira's online classes together.  

I had a little bit of time alone today.  I took advantage and did a practice that included:

thread the needle twist
child's pose
down dog
bikram style ardha chandrasana (half/moon) series
bikram style natarajasana (lord of the dance)
regular style, straight-legged trikonasana (triangle)
low lunge with prayer twist
wide-legged forward fold
low lunge with prayer twist other side
trikonasana other side
prasarita padottanasana (wide-legged forward fold)
drop to frog
yin saddle
happy baby
supine twist

Margaret Atwood, 'Guest Blogger' on the Yogery

Essay called "Faster" from the book The Tent by Margaret Atwood:

Walking was not fast enough, so we ran.  Running was not fast enough, so we galloped.  Galloping was not fast enough, so we sailed.  Sailing was not fast enough, so we rolled merrily along on long metal tracks.  Long metal tracks were not fast enough, so we drove.  Driving was not fast enough, so we flew.

Flying isn't fast enough, not fast enough for us.  We want to get there faster.  Get where?  Wherever we are not.  But a human soul can only go as fast as a man can walk, they used to say.  In that case, where are all the souls?  Left behind.  They wander here and there, slowly, dim lights flickering in the marshes at night, looking for us.  But they're not nearly fast enough, not for us, we're way ahead of them, they'll never catch up.  That's why we can go so fast: our souls don't weigh us down.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

French Toast Eating French Toast, and Thai Yoga Massage

Homemade by manfriend Benjamin.

Headed to Chiang Mai, Thailand this weekend in pursuit of a long term visa for China and research of Thai massage schools. Any one out there have any recommendations? I've heard good things about Sunshine, Loh Kroi and Pulse..

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Live Your Life on the Tightrope

If you haven't already, watch the movie Man on Wire.  As a yoga practitioner, I felt inspired by watching someone follow a force he could not resist onto the tightrope.  There, concentration, passion, and awareness make simple motions meaningful again.  Philippe Petit kneels, lays down, salutes, simply lifts a foot, and we are breathless watching.  

The movie offered an answer to a question I sometimes ask myself about yoga- WHY?  Why obsess over these strange positions that have questionable practical function in everyday life?  All you have to do is sit there and you can become enlightened.  Or if you're in it to get in shape, why don't you just go for a hike or hit the treadmill?

But I realized watching this movie that yoga is about learning to live on the tightrope.  The phrase yoga teachers so often repeat, "find your edge," sort of means step out on the tightrope! Follow the pull of that force telling you to shift your weight from the edge of the World Trade Center's roof to the rope (resistance is futile...haha sorry).  Find the place in you where you feel alive and let that rule you and nothing else.  Maybe you're just sitting there in zazen, maybe you're in urdhva dhanurasana, but Why has nothing to do with it; you do it just Because.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Share Your Practice!

Making a yoga video is the least scary way I've found to practice being a yoga teacher.  I get to teach AND I get to edit out my mistakes!  Kira asked those of us teacher training grads who've already made videos to help inspire the others to do the same.  In case you haven't seen them, here are links to Casey's and Lisa's really awesome videos:

Ok, everyone else, it's your turn! 

P.S. For some reason blogger cuts off the edge of the screen.  You don't miss out on much but you can see the whole screen if you click on the video and watch it from the YouTube site.