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October Glory

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Apparently, posting photos on a blog is not a skill I have yet. Nor is following posts that have photos with text. Second try this is, and I’m grumbling a bit but determined to press on.

This last stretch of 2012 seems very unique and potent to me. We have a big saturn shift as well as the last part of the year of the water dragon. Already 2012 has seemed like a huge transition. Checking through this blog, I’m realizing that I have not been very faithful to writing in it. Last spring, my book “Physical Poetry: Uniting Yoga and Ayurveda” was published. Lots of the existing entries on the blog are directly from the book, which took more than ten years to finish (embarassing but true). I presented a copy to Geeta when I was in India in July and gave one to Guruji Iyengar for the RIMYI library. The book is dedicated to Geeta, for she was its original inspiration; her teaching inspires me still. She has an incredible eye for how to reach yoga students on a profound level as she instructs even a big class (just like her father!), and her niece, Abhijata, is fast developing the same skill. Iyengar’s support, financial and philosophical, for the opening of the first Patanjali temple in India in his natal village, Bellur, is slated for next month. With luck, I will be making a pilgrimage there next spring with a colleague from Rishikesh and another from Germany.

If you are interested in trying the cleanse described in the blog, please let me know and I’ll help you with the herbs and any questions you may have. I just finished a cleanse myself, always amazed by the clarity and lightness the process brings. It seems more and more apparent to me that I don’t have time to waste in confusion and darkness. I want the practice of Yoga and Ayurveda to bring me focus, and I’m happy to report that they do!

The glory of the Iyengar method was shining in classes at RIMYI in July when I was there. It is more and more apparent how our global Iyengar community continues to grow, as does our local community. B.K.S. Iyengar himself still takes his practice most seriously (I mentioned to many classes when I returned how he announced that he “doesn’t play”–but I HAVE seen a twinkle in his eye from time to time), as evidenced by his daily presence in the yoga hall.

However, after attending my friend and colleague George Purvis’ classes in San Marcos over the weekend, I am again struck by the way we are required as yogis to apply both ahimsa (nonviolence) and tapas (burning zeal) in our practice. BKS himself  has an interesting commentary on the interplay of the two qualities in Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. George described the filigree balance as a play between the yogi as sadist and the yogi as masochist. I’m not sure I would use such extreme words, but knowing that yogis love words (Iyengar himself is a poet, and most of my colleagues, myself included love and/or write poetry), George’s use of the word filigree delighted me. And it chimes in well with the glorious beauty of October. The fleeting way beauty comes and goes, the way we can sense her, be her, touch her when we find that razor’s edge between too much and too little, too harsh and too soft, too slow and too fast. 

I’ve made a recommitment to the writing process, reinspired by some great writing I’ve been reading and by travels. Good, “tapasic/ahimsic” practice to you all in the meantime. 



Written by algarita

October 1, 2012 at 3:41 pm

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