21-Day (plus the Rest of Your Life) Challenge

by Jo Arganaraz   Read More..

New Moon & Full Moon Dates in 2014

by Joumana Saber
 
Many of you are probably wondering why we do not have a Mysore class at the Yoga Room on new and full moon days. Instead, we tell you to "take rest" (from your asana practice). Simple - Ashtanga yoga is a traditional system, and resting on moon days is an observance that is part of the traditional approach. Moreover, the Indian astrological belief is that it is not auspicious to do certain things on moon days. We are a community of Ashtanga yoga practitioners. Our intention is to honour tradition. Observing moon days is one way to do so, and there are various explanations as to why practicing on a moon day is not recommended.   Read More..

Dec. 8 Conference Notes

by Joumana Saber Sharath, and many many many students, have been sick for the last few days. It is getting chilly in Mysore, we're all walking around with sweaters and wrapping scarves around our necks. Sharath always starts conference with a mantra, which he recites so quickly that I can never make up what he's saying (not that I speak Sanskrit fluently, but I could recognize mantras). This time, I was lucky enough to sit so close to him that the recording was super clear. I googled the mantra and so here it is. Please note that two different links spelt some of the words (in english) differently.   Read More..

Dec. 1 Conference Notes

by Joumana Saber  The shala was so packed yesterday during conference and there were so many people stranding in line to register. Most of them were visiting Mysore for the first time! How exciting... except, this means the shala is going to be very busy during practice and some people will be starting at 9:00am and 9:15am! Yesterday's conference was wonderful - I enjoyed every bit of it and was so happy to sit in the front row. I got to record the whole conference and the audio file was very clear, so I didn't struggle to listen to it and type down most (if not all) of what Sharath-ji said. The reason I want to write down what was said in conference as was said is so that I can give you, beautiful readers, the same beautiful experience I had when attending conference. I definitely will miss this Sunday routine. I hope you enjoy what you're about to read. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comment box below!  Read More..

November 2013 Conference Notes, part 1

by Joumana SaberGreetings from Mysore! I have been here for already 3 weeks, and just 3 more to go before I return to Dubai! My time here has been so great that it's kept me away from posting this sooner ;). Also, poor internet connection and regular power cuts are great reasons for taking some time to update everyone on how this trip has been so far. Many people travel to countries, like India, to disconnect. Well, there you go! No internet = disconnect. This, unfortunately, is not going to be a post about what my days are like here in the birthplace of Ashtanga yoga. Instead, and fortunately, this is a very special post. I'd like to share with you notes from my first conference this season. This post is even more special because Nov. 10th was the only conference held during this month. Nov. 3rd and 17th were moon days, and the Himalaya Foundation honored Sharath with the award of Vidyaranya on Nov. 25.  Read More..

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