On a whim, a bought a music CD from the recently concluded yoga conference. I normally don't buy "world music" but I thought, what the heck. I had already bought a ton of stuff at the conference and was probably over my luggage weight limit. One CD wouldn't hurt.
Stuck the CD in, turned up the volume and waited for the kitschy sitar music to start. Instead, some pretty chill lounge music started coming out. Tracks like "Govinda Jaya Jaya" and " "He Ma Durga" were not folksy at all. (If you can call Sanskrit chanting folksy)
I highly recommend this CD to anyone who wants to spice up their practice with some cool sounds. It's also a great dinner party accompaniment :)
The set is composed of 2 discs, with 12 songs each. Artists such as Donna de Lory, Oman Chali and Jami Seiber comprise the list.
Waaahhh!!! This week is the start of the Asia Yoga Conference in Hong Kong. I've signed up for 4 days of Led classes with Sharath. This is the closest I am ever going to get to Mysore. It's hard to describe what I feel. Anticipation. Dread. Nausea. Gah!
Will try to keep track of all the interesting things I see and hear.
Just spent a wonderful month of daily (oops, with a couple of days off!) practice with Damien and Andrea. They are a wonderful couple and great teachers. This week was the first without them and their absence is keenly felt.
I have been blessed to have had the guidance of many awesome teachers. Each brings with him or her a special brand of teaching. Probably how each home smells different, depending on what food is cooked or what kind of detergent is used on the clothes. (Note: I do not mean to imply that any of my teachers smell :P)
Authorized, certified or not, a good teacher is not the easiest thing to come by. For one thing, yoga teachers always seem to be travelling. Or surfing. Or backpacking. And not all of us can get to Mysore, India. It's important to find someone who can help you grow your practice. Who will challenge your edge. On the flip side, there is also the need to step back from or avoid teachers who (unintentionally) hurt us, who do not or cannot listen to us, or who just simply have no connection with us.
Guru is a special connection. We may follow this person for an entire lifetime or we may outgrow him or her. But we all at one point need a light to follow. We all need a strong tree to cling to during a storm. How lucky for us to find a our guru. Have you met yours?
Considering the amount of time I spend in front of the computer, this crazy chair could be a worthwhile investment.
What sets this chair apart from any old office chair are the knee supports. You can adjust these lifts so that your knees come to a comfortable and appropriate height. The chair also features an adjustable pelvic tilt. Good news for those with lumbar issues.
But with a hefty Canadian $1600 price tag, maybe I should just hack into an old computer chair and try to back-engineer this little sucker.