Live Blogging From the U.S. Open

August 28, 2008

Watching Monfils versus Korolev (who the “f” are they?). It smells like curry here in the Armstrong stadium. I have no idea why.

Watches Venus trounce someone in the Ashe stadium earlier.

I find this boring, and to my delight and consternation, a glass of chardonnay helped take the edge of boredom off.

Unfortunaely, it is wearing off.


A backbend I can not be embarassed about

August 26, 2008

Yesterday, I did a super-disciplined practice from the Sun Salutations through all of Standing. The Good Doc would have been proud (I think), as I initiated every movement with the breath, I never took my heels off the mat once they were planted, I did not do any researchy things like putting my knee down to twist in Parsvakonasana B (the twisted one) and I stayed very very focused.

But when I got to the floor, I realized that I had very little time, and definitely not enough to get to all of the poses I like or am currently “working on”. So, I veered off into a totally non-Ashtanga, but Ashtanga-based personal practice, which is to say that I did Ashtanga poses, but in a highly untraditional way.

I covered all of Primary up through Mari A without any vinyasas in between. Then I skipped to Mari C, then to Bujapidasana, then Tittibhasana, then Kurmasana and Supta Kurmasana, then Yoga Nidrasana, then Supta Kurmasana again. Then Eka Pada Sirsasana, then straight into Kapotasana. Then Urdhva Dhanurasana.

And the funny thing: my UD was my best ever, at least my best ever caught on film. Compare the above with the below, up until yesterday, my gold standard.

I even caught some up-down, up-down, up-down drop backs on film:

Picnic at Hanging Rock

August 24, 2008

I recorded this 1975 Peter Weir-directed film on DVR. Not sure why. And not sure why I felt drawn to watching it late last night. But I did…and…wow. Has anyone else seen it? It was mind-blowing. It is shoving Donnie Darko aside for my most favorite movie ever. I love these mysterious, open-ended stories. I guess I love torturing myself…


Free Ashtanga Classes in Downtown NYC: UPDATED

August 22, 2008


30 Minute Intro Class

*September 28:
* 4:15
* 4:45
* 7:15
* 7:45

*At a location on the Upper East Side convenient to the 6 Train – Preregistration is required; upon registration, location will be disclosed. Email Or call 212.529.9434.

*********FOR ALL LEVELS:
75 to 90 Minutes Classes

***AT THE SHALA (815 Broadway, 2nd Floor, between 11th and 12th Streets):
*Aug 28 (Thurs) 10:30 am
*Aug 29 (Fri) 9 am, 10:30 am. and 6:15 pm
*Aug 31 (Sun) 9 am


***AT YOGA TO THE PEOPLE (12 St. Marks Place, #4F)

*Aug 29 (Fri) 12:15 pm and 4:30 pm
*Aug 31 (Sun) 11:30 am


Teachers are trainees with Ashtanga Yoga Sangha, where I did my 200 Hours in Ashtanga.


Just when I thought I was on my way to becoming an authorized teacher…

August 21, 2008

Well, not really.

I never really gave a crap about that. And I still don’t.

So, apparently, the AYRI wants its authoried teachers to refrain from teaching anything but Primary and to refrain from giving Workshops.


What I look for in a teacher is not whether they are authorized. What I look for in a teacher as a threshhold question, is whether they have been taught by SKPJ. The reason is that while SKPJ is still alive, he is THE SOURCE. And if I cannot go to the source, I want to be taught by someone who has been to the source. Plain and simple.

In time, this will change. People will have been taught by Sharath. And perhaps someday, I will look for a teacher who has been taught by SKPJ or his grandson. Or perhaps in time, I will simply look for a teacher who has been taught by someone who has been taught by SKPJ or his grandson.

What I seek is as close to a “primary source” as possible. The further you get from the primary source, the more distilled is the teaching. I want the purest possible teaching.

After that, I care about a personal connection, trust, safety, a lack of greediness about teaching poses, a joy in teaching, a certain something.

My feeling is that these new restrictions on authorized teachers are going to simply make authorization irrelevant altogether. Talk about shooting themselves in the foot…


Isn’t it ironic, don’t ya think?

August 20, 2008

He won the lottery….and went to prison for two decades.

Don’t drive drunk.


It’s always a good sign when I want to do a photo shoot..

August 20, 2008

So, here is the result of a summer of warm weather, a lot of Kapotasanas and sheer persistence. Maybe you can’t see progress, but it FEELS better to me. I always say that…because it’s always true.

Uh oh…this one was taken in June…is there really much of a difference at all…maybe a teeny bit of arm angle was reduced since June. But, crap. This DOES take a long time. For me at least.