I started this blog to talk about my Ashtanga yoga practice. In it you will find my reflections and queries, rants and raves, and thoughts in general about my “yoga life.” It is a way for me to collect my thoughts and track my progress. It is also a way for me to dialogue with other practitioners, so I welcome your comments.
I began taking yoga classes in 1999, and my practice over the years has included Bikram method, Baptiste-style power yoga, Shiva Rea-influenced vinyasa yoga, and a smattering of other styles. Looking for a more complete system that could take me deeper into yoga, I finally stumbled upon traditional Ashtanga yoga as taught by Sri K. Patthabi Jois in 2005. Hallelujah. The experience has been transformative. In the same effort to deepen my practice, I completed the foundation level teachers’ training course at Yoga Thailand, which I would highly recommend to anyone interested in expanding his or her knowledge of yoga or in learning how to share the Primary series with others. So now I am a beginner again, albeit a devoted one, within the system of Ashtanga yoga.
A bit about me aside from yoga: I am a feminist, queer, anti-racist, kinda nerdy, nature-loving, city-dwelling young woman who tries to create her life with intention. I split my time between wide-eyed idealism and hardened cynicism and I’m currently trying to reconcile the two. I like nice wine and eat too many avocados. In the Meyers-Briggs type system, I’m dead tied between INFP and INTP, but I like to think I’m an INTP because it sounds smarter, even though deep in my heart, I know I’m a touchy-feely INFP. I love trains, bike touring, backpacking and traveling in general.