To My Future Wife/Husband
tomyfuturespouse: I promise to always make you happy when you are sad, angry or annoyed. Because when you aren’t happy, that is the only thing on my mind and I cannot eat, work, talk, sleep or do anything else until I know that your happy again. Get your ass to Al-Anon.
Heard on the Subway: Talking about your gay son.
rafi-dangelo: I was on my way to work, zoned out listening to some old school Shania Twain to get my life right, when two construction worker types got on the train at Penn Station. They were both middle-aged white guys with Long Island accents, mustaches, dirty jeans — the type of guys you’d expect to see on a building site. I caught a piece of their conversation when the music died before...
The Search for Transformational Space
fuckyeahyoga: I am reading Yoga and the Quest for the True Self. Im not sure if I’m completely in love with this book yet. But he is starting to make some great points. Here are a list of 8 things you want to look for in terms of “transformational environments”. Might be helpful to keep in mind when seeking therapy paths, ashrams, teacher trainings. and things of the like. Read More
Why I Left Yoga →
1. First of all, I’m of Indian heritage. I’m brown. You look at me and you know I’m ethnic. I speak the language and still have many extended family members in India and I go back to visit often. By and large (and I’m generalizing since it’s not always the case) but yoga in the West is increasingly becoming a trendy diversion for the affluent and bored—or those who are obsessed with the body...
It’s Restorative week at my yoga school. The regular teacher is in Pune taking classes, so we have subs. Today’s sub said: “This is basically a savasana class. Not that the whole class is savasana for 90 minutes, but each posture leading up to savasana will be about getting ready for savasana, so that when you get there you are quiet and prepared.” Restorative yoga is...
Iyengar teachers are tested on their ability to instruct, but they are also observed performing a demonstration of their personal practice of various poses on the syllabus for the level at which they are testing. Here is the scale on which this personal practice is evaluated: 1. Pose is wrong and dangerous 2. Pose is wrong 3. Pose is acceptably performed for this level 4. Pose shows vitality ...
Murdered by Catholicism →
hardcorefornerds: I follow mostly Irish people on Twitter, and among them this is the only issue on my feed today and overnight: “Savita Halappanavar, who was 17 weeks pregnant, died of septicaemia a week after presenting with back pain on 21 October at University hospital in Galway, where she was found to be miscarrying. After the 31-year-old dentist was told that she was miscarrying, her...
From "Think Christian: No Such Thing as Secular" →
“I’ve come to the conclusion that the average yoga class is as stripped of religious practice as possible. As an adult, fully grounded in my faith, I have the knowledge and experience to ignore the religious aspects, or adapt them to my own relationship with Jesus, and avoid classes that are too overt. The children of Encinitas Union School District do not have those luxuries.” From...
How Was Your Teacher's Teacher Taught?
From the Iyengar Yoga Association’s Pune Constitution, on the assessment of teaching candidates: “b) The candidate requires two recommendation letters, one from their teacher trainer and one from a senior assessor of the association who can see if their confidence is at the level for the examination.” “f) Where the candidates of a teacher trainer consistently...
Two days into Manouso’s three-day event at the local YMCA, we’re using the hell out of our upper outer buttocks (yesterday in downward-facing dog, today in janu sirsasana and trikonasana) and we have been introduced to three new points to pay attention to on the soles of the feet in tadasana. We are advised that these sole-of-the-feet points were key to Mr. Iyengar’s teaching in...
Yoga for Obama →
Ashtanga teacher, Iyengar student & fellow traveler Angela Jamison teaches a mean yoga nidra and tells it just exactly like it is: “There is a lot of sentimentalism about democracy and expressing one’s personal voice through the act of voting. There is a time for sentimentalism, but this ain’t it. Because just as much as these ideas make us feel part of something meaningful, they also...
If you do not meditate, do not consolidate, do not bring yourself to pratyahaar,...– –© The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan, July 29, 1996 The Master’s Touch: Quotation of the Day (via yoginiyoda)
SADvent Calendar 2012: A Call for Submissions →
areasofmyexpertise: Jason, keeper of the Xmas SADNESS TREE, as per our now legendary verdict TO TREE OR NOT TO TREE, is now making “Sadvent” an annual tradition. sadventcal: WANTED, in preparation for observance of SAdvent (like Advent, but sadder): cute, yet sad, original art to be featured as part of our SAdvent Calendar (like an Advent Calendar, but sadder) to promote charities who are...
The savagery of schizophrenia (20 October 2012 -...
gossipcom: The savagery of schizophrenia; ‘I have two people in my life with schizophrenia – one paranoid, one undiagnosed’ Caitlin Moran 21 October 2012 thetimes.co.uk © 2012 Times Newspapers Ltd. All rights reserved Read More Unbelievably smart final sentences for anyone who has ever been in the story of someone with severe symptoms.
barackobama: WALTER: Hello, my name is Walter and I’m making calls for the Obama campaign. I’m a 91-year-old World War II veteran, and I’m going to be voting for him. VOTER: I am too. WALTER: You are too? VOTER: Yeah! WALTER: Very good. The story of Walter and the call tool, from OFA Virginia.
Knickers in a Twist Over Yoga →
“Kudos to all the parents trying to stop this infiltration of yoga into the hearts and minds of our innocent children! Enough is enough! It’s gotta stop somewhere, and it’s up to everyone to stand up and speak the truth for what yoga always has been and always will be (Hinduism). There’s no getting around it folks! God Bless.”
5 organs of sense, 5 organs of action
All of which must be pacified for meditation. The latter: 1. Arms 2. Legs 3. Organs of digestion 4. Organs of reproduction 5. Talking organs. Stifle yourself, Edith!