Sri K. Pattabhi Jois talks about his Guru Sri T. Krishnamacharya. I never got to study with or meet Guruji but his parampara is kept alive by his grandson Sharath & all the teachers that continue to share the system & practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. And on Guru Purnima , we will honor & express gratitude to all the teachers who have helped us dispel the darkness of our own ignorance & illusion. Blessings !
A day in the life of bhaktin & yogini Lila Padma Devi Dasi AKA Loren Russo. I am loving the Beatles soundtrack & the portions of the video featuring artik & devotion at New Dwarka Dham Los Angeles.Jaya & Haribol !
I stayed at the Public Chicago last week , a new concept as conceived by hotelier ian Schrager. He has been on my radar for quite a while , from his early days as a nightclub impresario at Studio 54 ( which I was too young to experience ).
However , I have stayed & partied at several of his seminal hotels ; Morgans , the Paramount ,the Royalton , the Mondrian , the list goes on.
So the Public is a new " personalized & service oriented " property. Which suits my present incarnation perfectly. No fuss & hype , just comfort & convenience.
It is most relaxed early in the morning for breakfast at the Library. The party hordes do start descending at 5 PM in order to start drinking at the Library or the transformed iconic Pump Room. These have been isolated to the 2 flanking wings of the lobby , so the disco inferno atmosphere that usually greets you at the lobby of any W Hotel is avoided.
The Pump Room was the place to see & be seen back in the day. And its original , albeit more senior Gold Coast Chicago crowd was quite in evidence early Monday evening when we had dinner there.
I was wondering what was going through their minds as they took in the new sparse look of the Pump Room , devoid of the gold plaster that used to reign there. How they liked Chef Jean-Georges " farm to table " centric menu.
Seeing the smiles on their faces & hearing their polite laughter , it did feel that they were embracing the change.
I won't be able to attend my teacher's retreat next weekend as I am flying out to Chicago on Monday , back to Sta. Monica for the weekend just to change suitcase contents , then it is onwards to Atlanta the following Monday.
It is scheduled from June 22nd to 24th at the Udaya Retreat Sanctuary in Malibu.
The retreat schedule will consist of daily yoga classes, Saturday PM satsang Q & A workshop / conference , chanting / Kirtan , sunset meditation , gourmet vegetarian / vegan cuisine , fresh juices & smoothies.
That's me on the left thanking the Deities the count is almost over , especially in a Prasarita C adjustment.
Ardha Baddha Padma Paschimottanasana is one of the asanas that I am working on refining in my practice. Patrick helped me with it just as he breaks it down here in the standing series version during his evening Mysore class at Miami Life Center. It is very reaffirming when he says that the asana will become accessible to me in time. Patrick is heading to Mysore in July.