A few observations here:

I liked the  Facebook post that Matthew Sweeney wrote on the  strange effects of social media particularly instagram asana  and video, has on the perception of what is yoga sadhana. I am not posting a link to his post because it has been shared by blogs and sites way bigger than this one and my take is that if you have not seen it yet, maybe it is not that interesting to you in particular. I find that this week there is an interesting gathering of topics online about yoga visuals. On one hand there is a petition from Matthew Remski asking for the non glamorous photos of a yoga teacher’s life and I am not clued in enough to figure out if it is ironic or not. On the other hand I finally watched a Periscope feed of Kino’s third series practice and missed most of the asana by being distracted by the disgusting comments on the feed. It was debilitating to read while the  sexually aroused commenters were alerting each other that she was online and to come and join.  It was pretty depressing to see someone’s yoga sadhana misused for that purpose. Do I know what to do about it, or do I know if it is right to stop periscoping because of perverts highjacking your feed? No. I also know that before there was social media and yoga was unknown, the fortunate ones found the yoga. Today in spite of all the distortions of yoga in social media, the fortunate ones will still find the yoga. The most constant detail that I have found during my 9 years of observing my practice and those that join me and those that sometimes times leave it, is noticing that those of us who remain  speak of being found by yoga instead of us “discovering” or finding it. So that’s how I think it works, in spite of all the distractions, and wether your teacher poses for promotional shots, or is instagram/twitter/promotional obsessed, you keep present there are 8 limbs, you are fortunate to know this, you are not cooler than those that don’t care or know, and only one of those limbs thank goodness is instagramable.

Thanks Yogis

Dad is doing better, went home from hospital and I’m going home today. Again, I  am in awe of those of you who practice when they are thrown off their routine. My last practice was a week ago today. 

Cybershala Favor

Hi yogis, could I please ask you to dedicate ( if you do that sort of thing) for my 89 year old dad? He is in hospital because a bunch of things have  suddenly gone wrong at the same time and both he an I are a bit terrified.Thanks everybody.

Monday Update

Today is the first time since August 15th that I did my entire  90 minute practice.

Today a went for a 5 mile walk with my sister in law Pat and we did not mention politics once.

Today I heard Diane Keaton say in an Ellen show clip that Cary Grant recommended pretending you are the person you’d like to be until you become that.

Today I realize I may not have a lot left to say here. But until WordPress starts hitting me for money again I’ll keep it open.


Day 45

So it turns out I can live (not just survive but live)without coffee booze or sugar. I can live with less variety of food in exchange for feeling vitality. Vitality was not a familiar feeling. I can safely say without fear of exaggerating that I had never felt vitality before. Yours truly got her first period when she was 9 years old and started smoking Marlboros at age 12 ( and not just bumming a cigarette here and there, but buying my own pack.) Hormonal disruption and adrenal fatigue have been my companions for a very long time. So in 45 days you drop 27 pounds, stop sweating in a way that gets your hair wet, start sleeping through the night, and feel really alert and ON. It is also enough time to convince you to live on a mono diet (is that a real term?) for most of your month with the occasional thanksgiving, birthday, anniversary and other celebrations interspersed in those 52 weeks. Nothing happens until you’re ready.

Your Mind Will Lie

My  brain/mind always told me that I would not make it through a month of no sugar, no grains, no salt, no fermentation,  veganism but it was wrong. I did last the month and  I have two weeks left to finish my 45 day protocol. I am sure that there will be opportunities to have a bagel, some burgundy, a doughnut, in the future because as the good doctor says, no food is bad. Food aggravates what is already out of whack. 20 lbs. less makes it a lot easier to add back that vinyasa in between sides even though I am still a couple of poses away from not being exhausted for Urdvha Dhanurasana. I chose the title to this post mostly to point out that most of us are so used to having a foggy mind, that we have no idea what it’s like not to have one. To me, that has been the biggest change (along with uninterrupted sleep) brought by this treatment. I really feel that I can think more clearly and am less anxious and indecisive.

Speaking of anxious and indecisive: WTF is this I hear that KPYAJI is canceling already accepted registrations because it overbooked?? What if you already bought your ticket, or are already in Bali and about to continue to Mysore???  Are there other Shalas from authorized teachers nearby? I would just go to one of those instead of staying home. #nextyearsaraswathi2017




Day 24

The inclusion of more fruit into my meals is quite welcome at this point, and am looking forward with illusion and gratitude to vegetables next week. Added also to the protocol: lime diluted in water then mixed with goat milk. Was prepared to gag but there was no need. I am also the owner of a whole new fleet of clay pot cookware, from fancy to rustic, to goodwill finds that I have yet to utilize, since no cooked food yet. I am sharing below a lecture given by Dr. Sumit to a group of his students (Audio only but pretend it’s a podcast). It describes many of the things I am trying to incorporate into my lifestyle.

Day 13

Ray and my buddies say I don’t but, I think I smell bad. Sort of like ripe garbage and it feels gross. Oh, and I have pink eye! Which I never got in 22 years of teaching children. Dr. Sumit and I had a skype chat earlier today (8:30 pm Mumbai) and I was given the okay to start adding more fruits and plants to my regimen. I must also start drinking pickling lime diluted in water. I was told that pranayama was enough for me and ashtanga was optional ( sorry sir but the cult is the cult). and that in three months I will be right as rain. I can also stop taking cold showers and add a bit of warm water. Of course I forgot to tell him about the pink eye. I will wait till our next consult to confess my fondness for wine and ask if it is possible to continue my romance with the fruit of the vine in the not so distant future. I am not happy about passing Portland Maine this weekend without having my food party but there is a first for everything.


Day 9

So I’ve been eating papaya and rice water, with flower and raisin water for snacks for 9 days now and my hormones must be both surprised and happy because I am not hungry. Not even mentally which is unusual because my favorite activity is planning what to cook, where to buy it and keeping up with the foodie scene.  Also nice to have released 13 pounds of who knows what, and to be sleeping well. The down side is that the yoga is not very amenable to this amount of nourishment. I barely make it to Parsvottanasana, am too dizzy to balance the next two, endure Utkatasana, and my arms are like 30 lb. dumbells each on both Virabhadransanas. Long story short, Purvattanasana has been my last pose before closing since last Friday, when I thought that I could do led no problem and had to lay down for a nap. Checked with the good doctor’s assistant while he is up in the Himalayas till mid September, and she firmly said no asana the first two weeks, only pranayama! Okay, you could have wrote that down for me madam when you sent me my pdf protocol..









D Day

That’s tomorrow 8/15/16. I am embarking on a 45 day protocol prescribed by Dr. Sumit  Kesarkar which will help reset my metabolic intelligence at the cellular level. You do it once and that’s it. check out the Marmayog youtube channel if you’re curious. Also I can only  answer questions about what’s going on with me as I do this because I only took a two day workshop and I am having a hard time deciphering my notes from 2 months ago.So google the good Dr. for better answers. I get the feeling that he is not a fan of Ashtanga yoga, but we can work around that. My friend D who is trained in Ayurveda gave me a good tip for perspective: She said look at this protocol as a gift that you have been fortunate to receive, instead of as a challenge that you must overcome. I took that to heart because it switched on a lightbulb.