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Ducks!

Hi all! I had taken about a month or so off writing when my dear friend Sonia encouraged me to start posting again in a kind email. The nice thing about not writing for a living is you can take a hiatus when your inspiration is lowered, or you simply have ran out of ideas to post about. In the past month we had unusually hot weather and low rainfall in Hawaii. I am finding a symbiotic relationship with my garden and my writing habits. In short, when my garden isn’t producing, I get writer’s block. Happily, a cold weather front came through the islands bringing lots of rain. So here are my fingers flailing on my keyboard again 🙂

As far as my yoga practice, I bit the bullet and signed up to take my Junior Intermediate I assessment this year. It is a bit scary to be going up for assessment this year. Compared to how I have been normally practicing for the past several years, this year would definitely land more on the mrdu end of the meter. I will let those who study the sutra-s figure out what that means.

That doesn’t mean that I haven’t practiced though. I still teach all my classes and take some time when I can to get through a sequence or so. And I just got finished with a workshop with Laurie Blakeney who is now the IYNAUS assessment chair. In addition, I still do my mantra practices in the morning and evening. I honestly don’t see how I can get through the day without them.

My mentoring teachers are gracious and wrote me recommendations which are needed for the applications. They have been understanding of my family and personal needs this past year which has drastically changed my ability to regularly practice evening classes at the studio with them. I will post updates about my progress towards this goal. Just don’t be too hard on me if things don’t go the way they should. The J-one syllabus is tough!

As far as my garden, it continues to enrich my life in ways I never realized. I remember reading one of Masanobu Fukuoka’s books and he said that he would regularly get visits on his farm/garden from ducks who would graciously poop on his plants providing wonderful fertilizer. I felt kind of sad when he said they built a big highway by his property and the ducks could no longer cross safely, so he was subjected to spread his own pelleted chicken manure in their abscence.

Yesterday I went outside in my garden and found these two hooligans (see picture above) waddling about in my garden. They are ducks from the nearby marsh. My wife ran and grabbed some bread and fed them heartily. Don’t worry Home Yoga Practice fans, I won’t
“duck” out on another month without posting 🙂

Home Yoga Practice makes three years

Hard to believe my little blog has crossed the three year mark. After this week, I have low motivation to write as I am still trying to make sense of world events. We do indeed live in interesting times. So therefore, I will convey a message of hope.

One thing I tell my clients who have severe depression is that nothing is permanent. Quoting David Reynolds’ theory: moods are very much like the weather: there are storms, there is snow, and there are also long sunny days. When the weather is bad, do we mope around, or do we carry on? Most carry on and do what needs to be done regardless of what is going on outside. So my message to is to continue carrying on regardless of whats going on inside.

To me that is the essence of yoga. Not allowing your mind to get away from you so you can see the true value of who you are on a continual basis. You may not realize it, but you make a huge impact on the world. If your a parent, look at how your kids need you. If you are younger, look at how your actions impact your future.

If you cannot figure out what to do with yourself during these times, just do yoga for a while on your own. Yoga will provide you with all the answers you need to get through this moment.

Home Yoga Practice celebrates one year!

 

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I just got the one year badge from the folks at WordPress. It is hard to believe I started blogging 12 short months ago. What started out as an educational supplement for my Saturday students mushroomed into a blog that has been viewed by over 30,000 readers in 116 countries worldwide and translated into many different languages.

It has been a fun adventure to see the trajectory of my posts and where they ended up. A few memorable examples were to see my blog translated into Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, and Hebrew. It shows that Yoga is truly universal no matter which culture you come from. This is thanks to B.K.S. Iyengar and the method in which he taught.

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My blog translated in Arabic

Another fun experience was watching one of my posts go “viral” as it resonated deeply in the Iyengar community. It was reblogged on Facebook so many times, I had over 3,000 views in one day when I was used to only getting 50 hits. It showed me that I never know how many people will read a post that I intend for just a small group of people.

For new bloggers, I would take the approach that blogging is more of a journey than a destination. That sounds a bit cliche, but every post will have it’s own set of triumphs and tribulations as you are putting your ideas out to the world. And believe me, the world responds!

I have made many fellow blogger friends through this experience. Some have even threatened to attend my classes when they visit Hawai’i 🙂 Anyone who reads this blog is always welcome in my classes.

I feel I have become a much better Yoga teacher through blogging. Teaching Yoga is so demanding mentally and physically, that it is hard to find ways to shoehorn all the teachings to your students in a 75 minute class. Blogging gives me the opportunity to share what I have observed in a non class format. I also get great feedback from other Yoga practitioners.

As I blog on to the next year, I would like to further illustrate that Iyengar Yoga is a serious practice, but one that can be accessed by anyone. And I will strive for this blog to be a resource to attract more to this style of Yoga. I would also like to share more of my experiences as a teacher and as a student, as well as passing on relevant news in the Iyengar community.

Thanks for making this a great year of blogging!