reposted from 2012 Jim cleaned up pretty good. After I parked my truck on the dirt alongside his building, and climbed the stairs to the second floor to his apartment, I saw he’d put on a clean rugby shirt, and … Continue reading My Yoga Before It Was Yoga: Art, Motorcycles, and the Metal Shop
(reposted from 2011) When I was a ten year old girl, I auditioned for he talent show at Jefferson Elementary. Back in those days, there wasn’t the ‘every kid is a winner’, ‘everyone gets a spot’ mentality. As I … Continue reading Failed Tap Dancer Now Teaches Yoga: the danger of delusion and value of experience.
(re-posted from November 2011) At this Thanksgiving time of year, I often think of BKS Iyengar. Mr. Iyengar, now a world-renowned teacher, was born into the influenza pandemic of 1918, and was a weak and sickly child. He began to … Continue reading Gratitude and Perseverance
(repost from 2010, but this is a good one!) It’s April, the trees are blossoming, and this can lead to love and all sorts of complications. I think it’s time to revisit Sutra 1.33: the four brahmaviharas. Although one’s yoga … Continue reading There is nothing more exhausting than having an enemy.
(re-posted from 2010.) I am sometimes asked by teachers whether they can integrate some of the movements from the Shadow Yoga practice into their classes. The short answer is: it’s not a good idea. Here is a longer answer: Yoga … Continue reading On Teaching Shadow Yoga
This blog post is from early 2009, reposting. The Preludes are set standing sequences that a beginner is given as a preparation for yoga practice, in the Hatha Yoga school of Shadow Yoga. This note was part of a newsletter … Continue reading Why The Preludes?
note as I re-post this in 2015: Robert Svoboda is in my experience and unfailingly engaging speaker and conversationalist. I am so grateful for the brief times I’ve spent in his company; most notably, on a rooftop in India, in early … Continue reading Robert Svoboda: Seattle 2009