Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Sabbatical life and the joys of Home ownership

So  our refrigerator (which is only 5 years old) stopped cooling over the  past two days.  Jeff  worked really hard cleaning the coils  and we hoped that would be the solution, but even after cleaning five years of  Golden retriever fur off the coils, still cooling was not happening,  so  we called the repair person who is  here now.  Luckily, it is not the whole compressor  which  would basically be like buying a new I think for  around 300 we are going to be able to get it repaired. 

My  rather  leisurely morning planned for writing and  yoga doing has been interrupted, but as  these sorts of things go,  the situation  is  not so  bad.

I managed to work on some  minor edits for  the paper that will be in the Proceedings of the Boston 

Anyway,  here's the sutra for  today

3.30 / 3.29
nābhi-cakre kāya-vyūha-jñanam

By samyama on the navel, the yogi acquires perfect knowledge of the disposition of the human body. (I)
By samyama on the navel plexus of the body, comes knowledge of the arrangement of the body.  (B)

and word  study

nābhi- navel
cakre - wheel
kāya- body

Off to Pilates.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Approaching Padmasana

 Yves taught a great class  yesterday.  He always does. I really enjoy taking classes with him. He's very well trained,  mostly studies with Gabriella  so there's a lot of direct transmission from her in his teaching. He models what it means to  teach from his own practice and experience as a student.  

This class was no exception.  He shared some insights and teaching approaches from a teacher in Zurich who had studied in Pune  for three years at some point.  We started off in Supta Baddha Konasana  and then AMS  on some brick  and some lunges from AMS and a version of Parrivritta Parsvakonasana right off the bat.   I found that after those  opening  poses  everything went remarkably well.  I had my best AMVirasana classic pose ever. (that may not seems so super exicting, but the classic form of that pose is super hard for me) and I was so so close to making the clasp in M3 on my left side.  Still  a ways from doing it on the right but   Everything went well.  even  Parivritta Parsvakonasana.

I felt wonderfully sattvic after  class, a much needed feeling of inner calmness after my busy afternoon.  

Here's  the Sutra  for today

3.29/ 3.28
dhruve tad-gati-jñānam

By samyama on the Pole Star, the yogi knows the course of destiny. (I)
By samayama on the polestar comes knowledge of the movement of the stars. (B)

word study

druve  on the polestar
tat  their
gati -movement

Here's the sequence 

Calf Mashing
BK  (With brick, blanket roll, and bolster)
UVK   (Upright and folding forward)

Parsva Utthita Hasta Pad
Ardha Baddha Padmottansana

Padmasana  Prep and full pose

Parsva Sirsasana


Eka Pada
Parsva Eka Pada


Seated Ujjayi

Monday, October 27, 2014

Back in the swing of things

I really like Monday mornings because I have no obligations outside of the house until  Pilates at  12:00.  Then it is a really busy day    Pilates,  teaching Cue and Dorothy,  home for a light lunch and a bit of computer work,  taking  or teaching the  Peggy/Yves Advanced Class,  procuring dinner, dinner with Mom and Dad.

I almost have time to do everything I want to do  in the morning.

pranayama, meditate, write philosophy,  hangout with Jeff, make coffee,  make Smoothies, walk Milo,  do blog,  do asana,  clean the house a bit, ride bike. 

Almost anyway.

I  had a fabulous time teaching the teacher training yesterday.  It is a really great group of interested teachers and students.  I like having the opportunity to share some of what I've learned over the years from so many senior teachers  in a systematic way.  Yesterday, we focused on  teaching inversions and preparations and alternatives for  inversions.

Then  Jeff, Milo and I had a fabulous  Austin  afternoon. 

Here's the  Sutra  for the day. 


candre tārā-vyūha- jñānam

By samyama on the moon, the yogi will know the position and system of the stars. (I)
By samyama on the moon,  knowledge of  the solar  systems. (B)

here is  the word study

candre-  moon
tārā- stars
vyūha- arrangement
jñānam -knowledge

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Post SPEP Post

I'm enjoying a leisurely morning in the Intercontinental Hotel,  packing, writing, and doing a bit of  pre-flight yoga.   I've  had a good time at SPEP.  lots of  yummy food,  good conversation,  some thought provoking philosophy and  the weather has been just fabulous!  I wish Jeff had come along but other than missing him,  the trip has been really fun.

Here's a not very philosophical description of  the philosophical and gastronomical highlights of the weekend.

Jake Howland and Sara Brill both gave excellent talks in our  Ancient Philosophy session.  We had a fabulous lunch afterwards at Peche.  I really liked the Social Media session with Chris Long and others, more on that  later.   I went to a lovely yoga class with Becky Lloyd at Audubon Yoga.  We had an oppulent meal afterwards at Dominique's.

Friday,  I did morning hotel yoga and  then  I  had lunch at Red Fish Grill with Shannon and Silva, two friends from grad school.  It has been quite some time since all three of us were together.  That was really delightful.  I went to an  session  titled, "Sex, Drugs, and Plato."  Then I went  to check out the Roosevelt Hotel Sazerac bar,  before meeting   Rob Metcalf and his wife, Lucy for our APS executive committee meeting at Sylvain.  Turns out Lucy and I are exactly the same age and she  went to UNC for college and PSU for grad school  so we  talked about Chapel Hill and the south for a while.

And now  I get to go back to my home that I love!  Lots of yoga tomorrow,  Can't wait!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Getting ready for SPEP (and a sutra)

 Jeff, Milo, and I went down to San Marcos  yesterday afternoon to practice kapotasana and things related to it.   I woke up this morning still feeling a bit of backbend energy coursing through my body.   We had a fun time and  Christina and Kelly made a yummy mac and cheese for dinner. 

I'm leaving for  SPEP this  afternoon.  SPEP is the  Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy. It is a huge conference for all sorts of groups who do philosophy  in ways other than analytical, let's say.   Ancient Philosophy Society has a satellite session there and so I'm going in conjunction with my duties as  co-director of that organization , more than for  SPEP itself, though  I really enjoyed  SPEP in and of itself last year and it is part of my renewed effort to make sure I get to conferences and conversations with colleagues about philosophy done outside the dominant analytic tradition.

Also, it is in New Orleans as  an added bonus.   I"ll be back Saturday evening. Sunday I'm teaching in the teacher training for AYI.  (I'm really looking forward to that). 

Anyway, I've got the morning to practice, pack, and  write a bit.

Here's the morning sutra  study. 

3.27/ 3.26
bhuvana-jñānam sūrye saṁyamāt

By samyama on the sun the yogi will have knowledge of the seven worlds, and of the seven cosmic centers in the body.  (I)
By performing samyama on the  sun arises knowledge of the different realms in the universe.  (B)

here's the  word  study

bhuvana -  regions
jñānam- knowledge
sūrye  -on the sun
saṁyamāt -by samyama

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Today's Sutra and a Backbend Sequence

3.26/ 3.25
pravṛttyāloka-nyāsāt sūkṣma-vyvahita-viprakṛṣṭa- jñānam

Concealed things, near or far, are revealed to a yogi.  (I)
By directing the light of cognition, one obtains knowledge of subtle, concealed, and remote things.  (B)

pravṛttyā - cognition
āloka- light
nyāsāt -by directing
sūkṣma subtle
vyvahita- concealed
jñānam- knowledge 

More  backbends today  

Calf mashing
Padmasana prep  sitting,  padmasana
Parsva parvo
Parivritta  Trik
Chair Parivritta Parsva Konasana
Parivritta  AC (Leann Teaching )
PM chair Prep
Sirsasana  prep  
Parsva  Sirsasana
Chair  Dwi  pada   Junior 1  and  2 
Chair twists  of  various sorts
 chair Halasana
Chairless  Chair Halasana
Chair savasana with strap

Monday, October 20, 2014

Backbends at AYI this afternoon

Sutra and Sequence for today.

Here's the sutra 

3.25/ 3.24
baleṣu hasti-balādīni

By samyama on strength, the yogi will develop the physical strength, grace and endurance of an elephant. (I)
By practicing samyama on strengths,  the yogi attains the strength of an elephant, etc.  (B)

baleṣu -  power  strength
hasti  -elephant
bala -strength
ādīni -etc

Here's the sequence   not sure we'll get through it all, but  we've got two hours.

Calf mashing
LOY Virasana cycle
Low rope  AMS
High rope AMS
Rope  static
Rope  1   alternative with  Chair  UMS and AMS
Gomukasana  Prep  with strap
Full Gomukasana
Chair Parivritta Parsva Konasana
PM chair Prep
Sirsasana  prep  
Parsva  Sirsasana
Paryankasana  with brick
 Of dreams
Full pose
Chair  Dwi  pada   Junior 1  and  2 
Sarvangasana dropping to floor
Chair twists  of  various sorts
Chairless  chair Halasana
Chair savasana of  various sorts