Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?

2015 saw me teaching in Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and North America. It also saw my worldly goods put into storage in Harlem. With all that travel, I've given up a schedule of regular classes, but I continue to teach trainings and workshops all over the place. The 2016 schedule is in the works, so stay tuned for updates!

Upcoming Workshops

Let the Good Times Roll!
Head-to-Toe Self-Massage with Yoga Tune Up Therapy Balls

Roll on over to Bhava Yoga in Brattleboro, VT, November 6, 5:30-7:30 to release stress and aches and pains.

Need to release some pre-holiday stress? Join me at The Yoga Place in Bennington, VT, December 11, 6:00-8:00 to unstick your body's tissues before you start sticking together the edges of tissue paper and to unpack physical and mental tension before you start packing the presents.

Upcoming Trainings

YogaWorks 200-hour Teacher Training
August 2016

YogaWorks 300-hour Teacher Training
Fall 2016

More details coming soon...

Watch this video for more insight on YW Teacher Training: http://www.yogaworks.com/teacher_training/video/

Teacher Training Video--Beijing Intensive

Here's a video compilation of footage shot during the May 2013 200-hour teacher training in Beijing: http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XNTYyMzMxODI0.html

Teacher Training Slideshow


Video: How To Recruit the Legs in Plank Pose

Check out this video filmed at Dance New Amsterdam. Many of my students there have an abundance of mobility, but they struggle to support poses that require upper body strength. This video shows how flexible bodies can recruit the power of the legs to make plank pose more accessible.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Listen to Your Sole

Even the sacred requires the levity of a profane pun. And, no, I can’t claim credit for this one.

I found this statue in a park across from the studio where I taught in Beijing. I don’t know the statue’s story—the Chinese likely wouldn’t identify the subject’s posture as a yoga pose—but the shape was, to me, instantly recognizable as akarna dhanurasana.

Akarna dhanurasana means “bow to the ear”; it’s a shape where one foot is pulled back by the ear as one would draw a bow. Since the physical objective involves connecting the sole of the foot with the aural orifice, the listen to your sole/soul pun becomes just irresistible.

And the play on words raises a question: How do we shift from contorting the body into odd physical shapes to yoga’s deeper project, the examination of the self or soul? Edwin Bryant, in his commentary on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, allows that asana can be a suitable channel to self-awareness, provided it is performed with the objective of using it to fix the mind on a single point and thereby quiet the incessant mental chatter that obscures one’s ability to see the self or soul. In other words, it’s the intention behind the action that makes yoga more than mere physical pursuit. If we’re concerned only to make sole meet ear, the undertaking remains an exercise in corporeal flexibility. If, on the other hand, we actively observe our reactions to the attempt—Are our efforts driven or lackadaisical? Do we respond to the results with smug satisfaction or with frustration?—building the shape becomes a vehicle for acutely tuning into the machinations of the deeper self. It becomes, in essence, an exercise in listening to the soul.

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