Category Lifestyle

Can the Yucatán Peninsula Save a Marriage?

Barcelona, Cuba, Bolivia. Those were among the list of locations I texted to my boyfriend. “They’re easy to access and relatively cheap flights. Choose one.” He chose the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico. Mike and I haven’t traveled together in almost two years and my job as a petsitter keeps us sleeping separately about five nights […]

7 Days of Silence and Some Absurd Text Messages

During my week of the flu/laryngitis I’d text my comments to my husband even if he was just on the other side of our L-shaped couch, and he’d reply verbally like a normal person. What remains is a one-sided text conversation proving most/all of my comments unnecessary and excessive. For the whole week everything revolved […]

No, you privileged Americans, it’s not 1938

By SETH J. FRANTZMAN Source: No, you privileged Americans, it’s not 1938 In 2005 I visited the Wießensee cemetery in Berlin and the Neue Synagogue located on Oranienburger street. Constructed in the 1860s the building was grand, with Moorish style dooms and faux-minarets. Despite the Holocaust this building and the extensive, lush cemetery that is […]

Too Much Ego Can Stunt Your Growth

Ashtanga yoga deserves its reputation for being physically demanding. “Intro to Ashtanga” classes that cover about 40-60% of the Primary Series are the most difficult Level One classes out there. The first major hurdle (oft dreaded poses that take years to master) is Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana (see pic.) If students can’t fully extend their top leg, they […]

“If You Wanna Pay Me and Be Lazy, You’re a Crazy Person”: Old-School Teaching Needs to Make a Comeback

A woman in our African dance class last week stopped dancing for 10 minutes at a clip to standby and watch. Finally I said to her, “If you can’t do the step, just walk to the beat. That way you can practice hearing the different drums and following the rhythm.” The live drums were loud […]

She Asked the Guru, “Can Atheists Do Yoga?”

  Recently a student asked our Ashtanga yoga teacher, “Can people do yoga if they don’t believe in god?” I stopped what I was doing to listen to his answer. See, the thing is, I’m not a Believer. I’m a New Yorker who learned that gurus/pastors/rabbis were just guys with enough charisma to charm their way into […]

IS YOUR ASHTANGA TEACHER A CONTROL FREAK?

Originally posted on Ashtanga Yoga Italia:
Sitting on the floor in the rented apartment here in South California on this sunny Saturday afternoon, my heart is so full of joy for these last 2 weeks of Second Series Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training with Tim Miller which I completed yesterday. The days were intense, often longer…