Ever have that moment when you are in some crazy pose and you think to yourself as that guy in Enlighten Up! most aptly stated “what’s the connection between this and enlightenment?” This has been a prevelant topic for Ashtanga practitioner/critic, Yoga Chickie, as of late. In her post entitled “Existential Questions” she relays a conversation with her MD about practice. Why read it? Because it is interesting to reflect on how the “outside world” perceives yoga practice in general and Ashtanga in particular. Sure one can critique YC as a practitioner, but I believe she asks some interesting questions about maintaining a lifetime practice. Additionaly, I think we all would like to know more about the method behind the practice. For primary series, we have Lino’s book which discusses the indications for postures. But to my knowledge, there isn’t any information past primary…
We have all seen the Inappropriate Yoga Guy on youtube. We sent it to friends, received it from friends, kind of laughed, kind of didn’t. Picking up on the community’s grasping for something–anything to relate to–they upgraded the series and featured more sponsored episodes on their site. …though really, the majority of each episode was opening credits. But we watched it, kind of laughed, kind of didn’t. Now there is a new yoga web series out of NYC–Days of Joy with Gene Moonfeather.
Matthew takes Manhattan this weekend with an intensive program of back to back workshops at Lori Brunghard’s Ashtanga Sadhana. Certainly a chance to reignite your practice, meet fellow practitioners, and of course, learn something new. click for more information
Matthew Sweeney Ashtanga Workshops/Mysore
Sat and Sun, June 27-28, 10:30am-1pm & 2:30-5pm
Mon, June 29, 9am
Mysore style class: $25
yoga, meaning ‘union’, is truly emerging as a viable industry offering countless schools of asana & now innovative props to help yogis everywhere make that connection with mind, body, soul – & now design. just as asana has evolved from the two original poses, tadasana (mountain) & svasana (corpse), so too have the props. after attending the yoga journal conference in nyc, i stumbled upon two of the most practical & perhaps most effective new asana helpers, where form & function have joined for their own sort of yoga, including the evolved block (aka egg) created by a ‘recovering’ furniture maker with a bad back & anall-in-one eco-mat which began as an f.i.t. professor’s vision.
“Results of repeated measures analysis of variance showed that the odor of donors when on the nonmeat diet was judged as significantly more attractive, more pleasant, and less intense.”
So let’s celebrate the veggie mojo with the Smiths! Here’s this amazing document, the Smiths from their “Meat is Murder” era interviewed by Tony Wilson (remember our previous post on celebs “trying” ayahuasca??)