Happy 2014!

Just off a week-long meditation retreat. I snuck out to teach on my birthday and New Year’s Eve, and practiced yoga before the 9a start time. Priorities.

Having just read Emerson & Hopper’s book, Overcoming Trauma through Yoga, which recommends pretty much the opposite of the (formless) forms of the retreat (my 7th, so I was willing to play with those forms a little bit), I’m very interested in reading Prisoners of Shangri-La. For different reasons, none of which I’ll go into yet.

Over the holidays, I watched Food, Inc., and a few dozen Rémi Gaillard videos with friends (thanks, Shirl). Tears of laughter! I promise you. One of slight relevance posted above. Go to his channel and watch ten more. I seldom watch or recommend moving image, so grain of salt.

Happy New Year! Much love and success in 2014. ~Anastasia

4 Responses to “Happy 2014!”

  1. Molly says:

    I thought you said you shouldn’t change up forms back in that bit on ashtanga?

  2. anastasia says:

    Hi Molly, thanks for the Q. I just finished migrating this site from bluehost (dreadful since taken over by EIG) to dreamhost (pretty great, no naked ladies or cheap-now-gouge-you-on-renewal-prices-when-you’re-too-tired-to-move) which I’ve been meaning to do for half a year so pretty delighted it happened. However, I’m in mapping mode not question mode so will get to this by the weekend. I look forward to it! xoxo

  3. Molly says:

    congratultions! and take your time!

  4. anastasia says:

    Post turned into something else. So, here.

    Forms are important. But as was my point in the ashtanga post, it very much matters who’s applying them. You probably don’t want a twenty-two year old yoga teacher with a weekend training or a freshly minted meditation instructor drunk on spiritual platitudes guiding your practice. In fact, you probably don’t want someone who doesn’t know you and your practice jamming you into a form. It’s not helpful. It takes a fairly seasoned teacher to understand when the form fits, and when it doesn’t. Further, the teacher needs to know you in order to make these assessments. I don’t mean that she needs to know your birthday or your kids’ names, but she does need to know your practice and have a feel for you.

    The Ashtanga method has precautions built in (not fail-safe, but nothing is). Because you learn the series progressively, the teacher gets to know you along the way. The forms aren’t potentially problematic until you’ve progressed to a point that the teacher knows you quite well. In something like a week-long meditation retreat, where teachers and assistants are brought in from afar, and some practitioners entirely new to the forms, well, that’s a different situation entirely. Do you get what I’m saying?

    As it happens Dreamhost is also shady with it’s offerings, but still, I think a better option than others. It’s still owned by the same few guys who started it, which is rare. And they don’t seem to go about shooting elephants.

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