March 7, 2012

Grounding Anusara 3: intimacy, methods, therapy, and making it open-source

1. In yoga it is obvious that economies of scale obstruct relationship. Go big or go home? I’ll go home, thank you very much. Let’s think smaller. 2. Transglobal corporations need definable and saleable products. A Yoga Method with “Universal Principles” works well for its marketing, as we have seen. But a product is not therapy.
March 2, 2012

Grounding Anusara 2: a brief ayurvedic follow-up consultation

The homeless, hyper-mobile, light, fast-paced, and breathless quality of the Anusara collapse can be pacified through various expressions of warmth, weight, stillness, moisture, regular stool production, oiliness, and familial cuddling. Ayurvedic therapy begins here: identifying a central imbalance, and applying balancing/opposing forces to existing vulnerabilities. The most precious thing I learned from my teachers was 'There's nothing good or bad. A thing is always good-for, or bad-for." The technique uses any tool available to correct qualitative imbalances in diet, asana and other physical pursuits, career path, relationships, meditation experience, and even spiritual path.
February 24, 2012

Grounding Anusara

The Anusara situation reminds me of some of the greatest insights of Baudrillard and Foucault. 1. The spectacle of power always conceals a lack. 2. The clothes of the emperor amplify his nakedness.
January 15, 2012

Elemental Rest: an Ayurvedic Approach to Restorative Yoga

Regardless of training or lineage, teachers of Restorative yoga share a common language of ecology and mothering. We naturally gravitate towards the grounding and support of a restorative pose, buoyed up by props. We are sensitive to the flow of circulation, the glow of internal resolution, the rippling oscillation of breath, and the expansiveness of mind and heart. These common terms express the elemental powers of earth, water, fire, air, and space. They allow the bodymind, in rest and quietude, to understand and enjoy its coherence with the living world. Perhaps without knowing it, we’re using the language of Ayurveda.