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Sweetness

I’ve missed blogging so damn much. (My last post was, sigh, back in August. I have a couple posts from October and November that I basically finished but thought better than to post. And I had about half a dozen others I wanted to write that had to remain in my head space.

It’s been quite a ride and all I want to say on this last day of 2014 is thank you. Thank you, sweet Ashtanga Yoga: Ann Arbor spirits I have the honor to practice with. Thank you, sweet students in Lansing (at Hilltop Yoga and the Michigan Athletic Club) whom I used to teach, before I had to gave up those classes due to my schedule. Thank you to the sweet spirits I met in Mysore in January. I could have illustrated this sweetness in countless ways. Here are three that happen to be on my phone — because the holidays are a a poignant reminder that it’s not about the gifts per se, but the gifts of friendship and gratitude that keep on giving.

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  1. #thestruggle Leave a reply
  2. Himalayan goose 5 Replies
  3. La mujer de viaje, el mat de yoga y El Arco 1 Reply
  4. My swift-footed, pranic summer Leave a reply
  5. In Rebelle Society: Does your calendar rule your life? Leave a reply
  6. Are we all just Messi on the mat? 1 Reply
  7. Location scouting 1 Reply
  8. Retreat of the mind-monkeys, protests from Catholic peacocks: My first meditation retreat 3 Replies
  9. Vishvavajra as a talisman of stability and ‘grounded, lightning-clear awareness’ Leave a reply
  10. Out of the frying pan into the . . . void? Leave a reply
  11. Don’t stir the kitchari. And oh, bring flowers to work! 6 Replies
  12. Moons, paper, words, dreams 2 Replies
  13. What is the role of led ashtanga classes? 7 Replies
  14. Mercury retrograde — or a bumpy post-India reintegration? 1 Reply
  15. [Mysore dispatch] Etched Leave a reply
  16. [Mysore dispatch] Lingua franca 1 Reply
  17. [Mysore dispatch] In due time 2 Replies
  18. [Mysore dispatch] Profiles of ashtangis telecommuting from Mysore 1 Reply
  19. [Mysore dispatch] So you helped get an ashtangi to Mysore? Thank you, truly. Leave a reply
  20. [Mysore dispatch] Temple tour to Belur, Halebid, Shravanabelagola 1 Reply
  21. [Mysore dispatch] Happy Sankranti 3 Replies
  22. [Mysore dispatch] Thank you, interwebs and wifi 2 Replies
  23. [Mysore dispatch] Castor oil baths and not (particularly) getting things done Leave a reply
  24. [Mysore dispatch] And then there were four — led classes, that is 1 Reply
  25. [Mysore dispatch] First breakfast, second shower, next electric practice 2 Replies
  26. [Mysore dispatch] How does Sharath know? And btw, where did my feet walk off to? 6 Replies
  27. [Mysore dispatch] Start of the work week and no time to practice? 3 Replies
  28. [Mysore dispatch] Pink kurta Leave a reply
  29. [Mysore dispatch] So familiar and yet . . . so familiar Leave a reply
  30. [Mysore dispatch] Rain down on me 11 Replies
  31. [Mysore dispatch] Plugging my 120V self into this 220V space Leave a reply
  32. [Mysore dispatch] #gratitude #possibilities 7 Replies
  33. [Mysore dispatch] Emptying the cup Leave a reply
  34. [Mysore dispatch] #235, 8th Cross, an eternity and a blink of eye from my first ashtanga practice 2 Replies
  35. Checked baggage for DTW –> CDG –> BLR Leave a reply
  36. ‘Surrender to the count’ 2 Replies
  37. The art and science of surrender (car accident edition) 15 Replies
  38. Before enlightenment, check email, share link. After enlightenment, check email, share link. 3 Replies
  39. Don’t worry, ghee happy 2 Replies
  40. Submit and surrender 2 Replies
  41. Sleepylicious: Meditation and insomnia 2 Replies
  42. Guru Purnima Leave a reply
  43. AY:A2 ashtanga session ‘bootlegs’ 1 Reply
  44. Goodnight, Way-Before-Breakfast Club for morning-challenged ashtangis 2 Replies
  45. From halahala to challah . . . and more challah! 7 Replies
  46. ‘Sahana Vavatu’ shanti mantra, assisted dropbacks — and trust 2 Replies
  47. A time to digest 7 Replies
  48. What’s an ashtangi stuck on an island pulsing with the energy of inebriated schmoozing to do? 2 Replies
  49. Moment-to-moment practices Leave a reply
  50. Equanimity is like . . . 2 Replies
  51. Meditation as the ‘vaccination against future horrific suffering’ Leave a reply
  52. Road to redemption 2 Replies
  53. [VIDEO] Three Questions with Angela Jamison 4 Replies
  54. [Retreat dispatch] Xinalani means ‘seeds’ Leave a reply
  55. [Retreat dispatch] PVR –> DTW, without leaving the magic behind Leave a reply
  56. [Retreat dispatch] Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Repeat. 2 Replies
  57. [Retreat dispatch] Flames, tapas and bandhas Leave a reply
  58. [Retreat dispatch] The eyes (well, dristi) have it Leave a reply
  59. [Retreat dispatch] Waves, vrittis and meditations 3 Replies
  60. Put those potato chips down! + Launch of nation’s first comprehensive healthy food access portal Leave a reply
  61. Why I’m addicted to ‘The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food’ Leave a reply
  62. How to draw yoga stick figures + Twitter’s new Vine app Leave a reply
  63. Community + practice = glowing (or, how to practice in a Michigan winter when the furnace has blown) 4 Replies
  64. ‘All that you learn you may need to unlearn once you enter a Mysore room.’ 10 Replies
  65. Kino MacGregor making news in the Ashtanga world — why is this not surprising? 14 Replies
  66. Neti pot fail 8 Replies
  67. Plow, baby, plow (or, how to create new patterns) 2 Replies
  68. Chai and LCD Soundsystem 4 Replies
  69. Snowmanasana 1 Reply
  70. Eating your way through the holidays, with a little help from Ayurveda Leave a reply
  71. Showing up (for backbends, Capitol lawn protests, etc.) Leave a reply
  72. [VIDEO] Three questions for Jayashree and Narasimhan / The sutras as ‘a single string that gives a single meaning’ Leave a reply
  73. Workshop dispatch: Richard Freeman resources Leave a reply
  74. [VIDEO] Three Questions with Richard Freeman 2 Replies
  75. The practice of the yoga of politics (whatever that means), post-Election 2012 Leave a reply
  76. I rolled out my mat, and then I voted. #Election2012 Leave a reply
  77. Tuesday morning to-do list: Ekam, practice. Dve, vote! 5 Replies
  78. Radiant sources, power lunches and the influence of all those wordy words 2 Replies
  79. “Why is there a tongue scraper in our bathroom?” — and other adventures in trying my first Ayurvedic cleanse 2 Replies
  80. Visualizing our journeys — on and with — our yoga mats Leave a reply
  81. 21 tips for dragging your sleepy butt out of bed to practice yoga in the mornings 9 Replies
  82. Got injuries? Reimagining the Ashtanga practice to help injuries heal 3 Replies
  83. Enlightenment 2.0? 21st Century Yoga: Culture, Politics & Practice is now out 2 Replies
  84. Flushing away bad eating habits (my TMI post on acid reflux) 8 Replies
  85. Good day, moon 1 Reply
  86. Lost yoga ring found! (Insert your own symbolism.) Leave a reply
  87. Mysore Magic: A DVD for Ashtanga practitioners with desires and doubts 10 Replies
  88. [Version 2.0] Updated Ashtanga Yoga + Social Media Grid 1 Reply
  89. An elevator pitch for a steady, consistent yoga practice? (Or, thank neuroplasticity for what happens when your brain is on yoga.) Leave a reply
  90. Resources for Ashtanga yoga and pregnancy 7 Replies
  91. Cleaning out closets — physical and mental (in which opinions and judgments count as ‘stuff’) 8 Replies
  92. More on the Ashtanga breath: What the Haṭha Yoga Pradīpikā tells us 2 Replies
  93. The long and the short of it: On the Ashtanga breath (which, for the record, is not ujjayi!) 12 Replies
  94. 52 weeks x 6 days a week* = !!! 1 Reply
  95. Daydreaming about Mt. Shasta, Mexico and milestones 2 Replies
  96. A yoga room of one’s own 10 Replies
  97. About this blog’s new header 3 Replies
  98. Retreat dispatch: A simple (though maybe not easy) way to ratchet down reactivity Leave a reply
  99. Power to the pitta, plus a recipe for a delicious fig and date almond drink Leave a reply