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Truth and Method. AY:A2 Summer Retreat.

  What is honest practice? What is the relationship of strong method and insight that goes beyond technique? Is it even possible to stay devoted to a practice for many years without a break? These questions have been floating around. We will take the mental conditions they create (like curiosity, and doubt, and faith) and […]

The Unknown

When you do your pilgrimage it’s not easy. Nothing will disturb you. Your aim is to see God. If it becomes easy it is not a pilgrimage. -Sharath Jois, January 2014   There are structures of experience so deep that it’s sort of wrong to talk about them. Wrong or ridiculous. Taboo either way. Let’s see […]

How to practice by yourself.

This post is a response to questions from AY:A2 practitioners who are leaving Ann Arbor for the holidays in 2013. Anyone else is welcome to make use of it, with the caveat that the content is inspired by students I work with directly in this particular place and time. 1. Boundaries help. Create a tight […]

It’s Not About the Content: A Retreat on Listening

  WHEN.  July 21, 2013. 10-4. (Mysore practice from 8-9:30.) WHERE. Stone Arch, a decommissioned church in downtown Saline. (Pictured above.) Carpool available. WHO. Open now to all regular Mysore practitioners at AY:A2. Retreat opens June 21 to anyone who has taken class with me and has a daily practice in the yoga tradition: drop […]

AY:A2 Apprenticeship

Thank you, AY:A2 students, for your support of the apprentices I’m training. Your generosity of spirit affects them in very good ways. Because several of you have said you’d like to hear about what I’m up to with this apprenticeship stuff, and because I want you to feel that you’re part of this, I’m going […]

How to practice when hell’s freezing over

Yesterday, a wave of sadness crushed me to the rocky ocean floor and held me under for an hour. You can read my personal thoughts about that, or just jump to the numbered list below for the practical stuff. I came in from an appointment, closed the curtains, sat on the sofa and cried. When […]

Yoga 3.0. A retreat for an accelerated culture.

WHEN.  January 13, 2013. 10-4. (Mysore practice 8-9:30.) WHERE. The Stone Arch, a decommissioned church in downtown Saline. (Pictured above.) WHO. Open now to all regular Mysore practitioners at AY:A2. Please join us! Retreat opens Dec 15 to anyone I know with a daily practice in the yoga tradition: drop a line now if you’re […]

How to get up for yoga, again.

I’m unconsciously competent. The longer I practice, the less I can articulate how to begin. So I must keep learning from those who are new to ashtanga. Thank you for being open about what’s hard, brave in dropping old habits, and enthusiastic in your own practice. I love this phase of the learning. At the […]

Guest Teacher, Dominic Corigliano

Dominic Corigliano is my teaching mentor. He will guest teach Sunday, October 21 – Thursday, October 25, during the waxing moon. Dominic is coming because he mentioned offhand that he could swing through Ann Arbor, and I took that seriously. I’d like him to see the house that he helped build here. And I’d like […]

House Recommendations

Here are a few more out-takes from the House Recommendations. The full document is available to regular Mysore students here upon request. The House Recommendations are just some suggestions for mental hygiene, efficient learning, and honest practice. They are crafted for ashtangis in their first five years on the mat. If your mind feels closed […]