A few months ago I read a post online from Dewey Nielson, someone at the forefront of the new generation of movement specialists in North America. Nielson’s article addressed the common misconception that in order to become more proficient at a specific movement, like a squat, we just need to practice squatting more. Continue Reading…
One month ago today, I started teaching morning Mysore classes at Downward Dog Yoga Centre, my home studio for the past five years. I remember walking to the studio that first morning, in the dark, feeling excited, a little nervous, and hopeful—hopeful that this was the first day of a new beginning.
I can’t believe how fast the last 3 months have gone by. At the time of my last entry, I was looking forward to summer on Lake of Bays, toying with the idea of moving out of my parents’ place where I’d been living since arriving home from India, and enjoying a regular smattering of classes and private clients in the city.
My sore? You sore? Eye-sore? No sore…
The term “Mysore”, when used to reference a type of yoga, comes from the name of an actual place – Mysore, India, where Sri K. Pattabhi Jois began teaching Ashtanga yoga to Westerners over 30 years ago. Today, devoted Ashtangis consider Mysore, India to be their “Mecca”, coming in droves from all corners of the world to practice at the source.
I’ve fallen off the blogging wagon the last little while, as things came to a close at Purple Valley and I relocated to Candolim to practice with Rolf and Marci at Yoga Bones. But I’m back now, and while my Goa brain is lying in the sun, refusing to think – let alone type – my fingers are going to do their best to get things up to speed on what’s been going on lately.
Since I began practicing Ashtanga yoga, I’ve often heard that one gains great benefit from adopting a “beginner’s mind”. That is, looking at yoga through the eyes of someone who is encountering this ancient practice for the first time, who has no agenda when it comes to adding on poses and learning new series, who sees each pose as only a new shape to make with the body, who is confronting new sensations of discomfort and thriving on new feelings of growth and improvement, and who – most importantly – remembers it’s just yoga, and nothing more than that.