I will be in Hawaii this coming week , so it is apropos that I post this video from Pineapple Yoga . "Where Prana Meets Mana THE TEMPLE" is a look at the practice of traditional 'Mysore Style' Ashtanga Yoga and the next stage for Pineapple Yoga KAUAI.
Filmed on location in Mysore, India and on the North Shore of Kauai. The Inter-Nation Cultural Foundation (INCF) supports the Pineapple Yoga Temple vision. The temple will be a replication of the teaching environment in Mysore, India. This project is dedicated to Sri K. Pattabhi Jois & R. Sharath of the Sri K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, India.
Cheb Khaled ," le roi de rai ." I had been playing this cut in the car all this week and it was serendipity to find out yesterday that he had performed live at the opening ceremonies of World Cup 2010.
Certified Ashtanga teacher David Garrigues breaks down the jump back between seated postures for us. I try to keep a playful attitude towards this as I endeavor to find a version that works for me ; "Stiram sukham asanam", as my teacher was saying this week. ( A steady & comfortable posture ). I will also be keeping "stiram sukham" in mind when I am in a very hot Texas all of next week. Just breathe -
This post is for my teacher who is conducting a vastu puja at his new home tomorrow morning.Vastu puja is considered a very important & auspicious ceremony as it eliminates all negative energies and promotes peace in the house.
Via adailtonjunior is this "maravilhoso" vdo showing us what "Joga Bonito" is all about. World Cup Fever was at a fever pitch this Friday at the Miami International Aiport. Football is THE the game & main event for globalists with a world view . Vai vai vai Brasil ! And you've got to love a team with a coach whose nickname is "Dunga " for Dopey of the Seven Dwarfs -
The Setai is probably my favorite hotel now in South Beach. It is located on 20th & Collins , situated among other notable destinations such as the Delano , the Shore Club & the Townhouse Hotel.
Adrian Zecha of the Aman Resorts has created a calm & tranquil spot in the midst of what sometimes can be a frenetic scene. It reminded me of being inside a temple in Java or Bali with its soaring interiors ; dark and textural .
The exterior spaces open up to the sky and the sea , so the analogy to a temple complex is appropriate.
As mentioned in the previous post, this current reincarnation of Miami as a more sophisticated & serene place to chill out & relax , is in my opinion , a symbol of a reaction to the "bling" culture that once overtook this city several years back.
The other components I have always liked about Miami Beach are its ever present Latin vibe & excellent music. Every cafe , lounge or hotel has its own distinct soundtrack , whether it be Blondie or Cesaria Evoria.
I attended Patrick Nolan's Ashtanga Elements class last Tuesday PM @ Miami Life Center in South Beach.
Ashtanga Elements is described as a series of flowing postures based on traditional Ashtanga Yoga . The class develops a relationship of meditative awareness between the body & mind in order to help one develop a deeper sense & level of self.
In 2009 ,Patrick Nolan made his first of what would be several trips to Mysore , Indian in order to study with Saraswathi & Sharath Rangaswamy . His class had most of the elements of a led primary series along with some influences from Sivananda Yoga. Being the traditionalist that I am now , I appreciated his use of Sanskrit chants , counting & asana.
Greg Nardi was also at class ; and it was wonderful to see & feel him practice. He was authorized to teach Ashtanga in 2004 by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois.
Miami Life Center truly lives up to its mission statement of being a supportive community based on yogic ideals of living. The energy of the teachers & students that I met that afternoon was so positive & cool. The space is very chill & unpretentious; just right for this incarnation of South Beach.