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Home Retreat

Taking home retreat is a very good thing. It’s also pretty radical. I do a lot of 4-6 hour home retreats, and see this practice as the foundation of my equanimity in the teaching practice. If this is your first home retreat, start with a half day. If that goes well, you might get in to […]

Rest.

You taught yourself to wake up for yoga. And how to wake up for yoga again. Maybe the nervous system needed a month or so to repattern. And maybe, by now, your body has forgotten what it felt like when that was really hard. Now that you can be wired in the morning, is it […]

Jungle Doctors

Greetings from the ayurveda ashram in Tamil Nadu. It’s a jungle out there, as expected, but I haven’t seen it. What is visible is the rise of a massive half-dome formation in the haze – a rock-mountain of captivating severity – and the outbuildings of the Happy Valley Business School beyond the ashram’s gardens. Feline […]

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 […]