Friday, March 8, 2013

A little practice non-report, and my upcoming presence in the City of Angels

Ah... it's Friday again (TGIF?). The end of another week. What do I have to say here? Well, my practice is... going on. I'm still working on getting that inner rotation of the thighs in backbends (for more details, see this post). It seems to be working well thus far; if nothing else, I am definitely feeling a lot less compression in the lumbar spine and more of that sweet delicious burning sensation in the thighs. Other than that, the practice is as it is; there are ups, there are downs, but the journey continues. Nothing really worth rhapsodizing too much about on this blog.

But here's something that might be worth blogging about: I'm going to get to see Kino again soon. Yesterday evening, I signed up for Kino's upcoming LA workshop at Omkar 108 on March 23rd and 24th. I spoke on the phone with J├Ârgen Christiansson, who was most kind and helpful in getting me registered and paid for the workshop.

So, God willing (I don't actually believe in God, but "the universe willing" just doesn't sound right), I will be in SoCal exactly two weeks from now. I plan on making this a big road trip, as this will be during my spring break, and I have a little more time to play around with. The plan (again, God willing) is to set out from Pocatello, Idaho (where I am right now) sometime around mid-day on Thursday March 21st, drive down to Salt Lake City, Utah, to meet with a friend and fellow academic who also does research in procrastination, and talk about procrastination for a couple of hours. And then stay the night in Salt Lake, get up on Friday morning and drive about 10 hours till I get to LA. God willing, I should get into LA sometime on Friday evening. And get up fresh and bright for Kino's workshop the following morning. After the workshop, I'll be in SoCal for a couple more days, visiting a couple of friends in Orange County.

Kino has also very kindly agreed to another video interview with me (if you haven't seen the previous interview which I did with her a couple of years ago, check it out here). This one will probably be on the niyamas, in continuation from the previous one, which was on the yamas. Gosh, I just estimated that if I do an interview with her on each of the eight limbs every couple of years, I will probably cover all eight limbs in about... twenty years! What a thought.

Oh, and of course, if you are also going to be at the workshop, and would like to notify me of your existence, please look out for this Asian guy with black horn-rimmed glasses (for more details on his appearance, see the interview video above). If you go over and say hi to him, he will not bite (he is not a zombie).

Anyway, I got to go play some chess now. More later.  

19 comments:

  1. If you are in Orange County and have time, consider driving down to practice with Tim Miller @ Ashtanga Yoga Center. there are many from Orange County that make the drive down on Tuesdays/Thursdays since mysore practice is at 9am. About 45 minutes or so, depending on traffic. If you can come on a Tuesday, between classes at 845am we sing the Hanuman Chalisa.

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    1. Thanks for reminding me that Encinitas is just around the corner, Lilli. I was just going to spend those couple of days with my friends and practice on my own, but now I'll really try to make that Tuesday morning mysore class. Will Tim be there?

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  2. Yes, he'll be in town on the 26th! Hope you can make it down. i've lurked your blog for many years ;) I think you would really enjoy practicing at the shala!

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    1. Wow, I'm so pumped up now, I really have to find a way to excuse myself from my friends for those couple of hours! I've never met Tim once, back in 2008 at his workshop at Miami Life Center (Kino's studio). This is very exciting indeed...

      "i've lurked your blog for many years ;)"

      Couldn't have been for too many years... this blog has only been around for about two and a half years. But thanks for lurking :-)

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    2. Oh, I meant to say I've ONLY met Tim once, at Miami Life Center in 2008. Typed too quickly :-)

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  3. Lurker since 2010! ;). Not really many years ;)

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  4. Great news! Loved your last interview with Kino, looking forward to the new one :-)

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    1. Thanks! I'm looking forward to it too :-)

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  5. You can also visit jois yoga in Encinitas. From their website Manju is teaching Mysore this month. If you stay till next month, Sharath is coming to town.

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    1. I'll try to see if I can catch Manju. Unfortunately, I won't be able to stay long enough to see Sharath :-(

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  6. Wonderful news! I love those interviews. We also get such good workshop descriptions when you travel. You and everybody else wins.

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    1. Thank you, thank you. I am so excited to be able to hit the road again after the last year of relative seclusion, and to be able to see Kino again.

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  7. Hi Nobel, I'm going to be in Kino's classes, too! I'm beyond excited and look forward to maybe meeting you in person. Safe travels. :)

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    1. Thanks Savannah. I hope to meet you in person too :-)

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  8. Hey!! If you're going to be driving, perhaps consider a pit stop in the Bay Area? We have a couple of nice Mysore programs here you know ;)

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    1. I have thought about going up to the Bay Area, going to Mysore classes there, and (possibly) meeting you. But isn't it another 8 or 10 hours from SoCal to the Bay Area? I know for a fact that it's about 12 hours from the Bay Area back to where I am in Idaho. Not sure how much driving this body can take... but we'll see. Will keep you posted.

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    2. I just checked out Google Maps and I think coming to the Bay Area would be a huge detour on your route, so perhaps we'll have to save meeting up for another time. We're about 5-6 hours away from SoCal but it can go up to 8 hours with LA's infamous traffic. I'm not a big fan of long-distance driving so I wouldn't want to wish that on you!

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    3. Yeah, it does look like we'll have to meet up another time :-(

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