Yoga Journal interviews Maty Ezraty

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Maybe you’ve seen this one, posted at some point on Wednesday: Kathryn Budig interviews Maty Ezraty for Yoga Journal:

Kathryn Budig: What is your personal practice like these days?
Maty Ezraty: I’m still practicing Ashtanga and modify as needed. I have always been a slow Ashtanga practitioner. I take my time getting through the series and enjoy spending extra time in the Sun Salutations and standing poses, although these days it can be even slower! I do less of the jumps and spend more time in poses adding preps and variations. I’ll often addrestorative poses at the end of my practice using props as needed. Occasionally, I change the practice completely and do more of an Iyengar style practice. It’s a good practice for me to do things differently, to let go of the habit, but truth be told, I mainly stick with the general outline of Ashtanga. I like it. It works for me.


KB: I was your devoted student…

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Patanjali (Ashtanga Opening Mantra)

I bow to the lotus feet of the Supreme Guru, who awakens the happiness of one’s true Self revealed. Beyond better.

Like a Shaman in the jungle, he can even eliminate the most awful poison — the delusion of our conditioned existence.

Taking the upper body shape of a man, carrying a conch (signifying the divine sound), a discus (infinity) and a sword (power of discrimination), and with a thousand white heads.

To Patanjali, I salute.


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Thoughts on the New Rule for Study in Mysore

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So as you may have heard, there is a new rule in Mysore, India for those who wish to practice with Sharath Jois:

Students who are applying for Sharath’s class must have studied at least 2 months with any of our Certified/Authorized teachers (mentioned in our teachers list) before coming to study with Sharath in Mysore Shala.

The other day I was visiting YogaWorks to practice with Maria Zavala, who was substituting for the Mysore class that day. Because it was YogaWorks, there were two students in the room who had never done Ashtanga before. One of them was even trying yoga for the first time. Maria patiently explained the Ashtanga method, and guided them through how to do a sun salute while also trying to juggle somewhere around ten or twelve other students in a wide spectrum of skills (and even series).

Maria was having to do it…

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Old yogis? Young fitness age

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We’ve noted quite a few times that if one maintains a regular Ashtanga practice — five, six days a week, an hour plus each day — it’s fair to consider that person an amateur athlete.

And we’ve written about the uncharted territory that is Ashtanga and aging.

So it seems worthwhile to pass this on as another bit of motivation to keep on keeping on — especially here in the U.S., the day after a holiday that may have compelled some extra indulgence. (Because a country’s birthday is a great reason for too much beer and hot dogs!)

Older athletes are surprisingly young. From the New York Times online piece:

Older athletes can be much younger, physically, than they are in real life, according to a new study of participants in the coming Senior Olympics. The study found that the athletes’ fitness age is typically 20 years…

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The Cult Could Become a Church: On David Foster Wallace


I once dated a David Foster Wallace fanboy. You know who I mean: He’s white. He’s straight. He went to a small liberal arts college. He interrogates you on which DFW books you’ve read—the novels, or just the essays? He’s read Infinite Jest probably more than once. He thinks he has a unique take on the author’s work and the man’s life (and death).

My ex isn’t alone; DFW fanaticism swept the literary States in the early to mid-aughts. Prepare for the fans to be flamed (or the flames to be fanned): The End of the Tour (based on an account of Wallace’s Infinite Jest book tour) stars Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segel and hits theaters on July 31. If you’ve never heard of this acclaimed author, treasure your last moments of innocence; then, read this primer at Vulture on DFW’s contested legacy.

David Foster Wallace has always been an unstable commodity…

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Can We Sustain Our Coffee Habit?


[Dr. Stephen] Gliessman argues that these resilient coffee forests will be able to survive climate change. “It is the low elevation robusta variety of coffee and the coffee that is grown in large monoculture, full sun plantations (the bulk of the coffee traded on the open commodity market) that will not be resilient.” Single species plantations are more susceptible to disease and pests linked to climate change from lack of genetic diversity, and rising temperatures will make it impossible to grow even low-quality robusta at lower elevations.

In effort to reduce their carbon footprint, companies like Peet’s and Starbucks have LEED-certified facilities. In fact, Starbucks has more LEED certified retail stores than any other company in the world— over 500. A representative for Peet’s explains that the chain recycles all pallets, burlap bags, and plastic packaging. Meanwhile, Starbucks claims to have reduced energy use in stores by 25 percent since…

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‘They Ask for Equal Dignity in the Eyes of the Law. The Constitution Grants Them that Right’


The nature of injustice is that we may not always see it in our own times. The generations that wrote and ratified the Bill of Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment did not presume to know the extent of freedom in all of its dimensions, and so they entrusted to future generations a charter protecting the right of all persons to enjoy liberty as we learn its meaning. When new insight reveals discord between the Constitution’s central protections and a received legal stricture, a claim to liberty must be addressed. ?

The States have contributed to the fundamental character of the marriage right by placing that institution at the center of so many facets of the legal and social order.

There is no difference between same- and opposite-sex couples with respect to this principle. Yet by virtue of their exclusion from that institution, same-sex couples are denied the constellation of benefits…

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Isn’t there more to yoga? (NOMAD Newsletter June 2015)

Peace, freedom, and happiness are free. Anyone who tells you otherwise has an agenda.” ~LazyYogi

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As you probably know, we’re not interested in “Asana Contests” or a meticulously produced yoga-selfie gallery. Sure, it’s beautiful and even inspiring for some people. But we’re interested in learning more about your experience in life, your wisdom gained from the mat, and how you have learned what you’ve learned. The goal of our new Q&A platform is to elevate the conversation around the noble science of yoga, and promote yoga teachers based on their insight.

Our mission is to bring people together so they can find what they’re looking for, making it easier for yoga teachers to find students, and easier for students to find high quality teachers to deepen their practice, while avoiding the fluff that permeates this industry.

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On Being Freed in Ashtanga

Excellent post

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I’ve written elsewhere on the politics of holding Ashtanga students at certain postures until they “master” them. In the years since I wrote that piece, I’ve been approached by a lot of students frustrated in their practice, with their teachers, with themselves, or all of the above.

There’s a whole teacher/student power dynamic out there that I don’t agree with—as a teacher myself, I try to be as transparent as possible with my students, and let them see the benefits and reasoning behind my teaching. I’m not saying that opaque teaching is a deliberate practice in Ashtanga; more often than not, I think it’s more like neglect that happens when a teacher has too many students. But whatever the cause, the result is the same for the student: The pose they’re “stopped” at gets fetishized, that pose is nearly personified as a thing to fear and hate, and the rest…

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K.I.S.S. Ashtanga

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Lately, for whatever reason — an actual increase or my coincidental checking of Instagram, Facebook etc. — I’ve seen a lot of posts, from teachers and others, breaking down this asana and that one.

Maybe you have, too. It typically is a picture followed by a huge block of text going into specifics about the pose, and maybe some more esoteric thoughts associated with the asana.

In the interest of balance (or of yoga), I’m going to push back on this a bit. (And I know this runs counter to the spirit of our Friday asana aid not to mention a website/blog in general. I also know I’ve dug into the K.I.S.S. well before. Not that one.)

I know it’s helpful — often imperative — to have a pose broken down in detail to understand what you’re trying to do. My push back is this: Keep it in perspective…

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