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Downtown hubbub gives cause for pause

Posted by Julie Andres on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 Under: yoga
I'm taking a break. Well, sort of. I am working at an editing job from a downtown Vancouver office for a while, so am not teaching any regular yoga classes for the next couple of months or so. However, I am preparing to offer a workshop late winter or early spring, and will sub on the Sunshine Coast on the occasional Saturday or Sunday.

With exceptionally quiet mornings and evenings at my tiny East Van studio apartment, my habits have taken a new direction that has allowed me to expand my sitting meditation practice. I do get up at 5 am to allow for this, but it feels like a gift nonetheless.

Asana practice also involves morning and evening sessions on weekdays. I've been alternating the standing and sitting series, back bends and inversions, balancing and forward bends among these separate practice times. I have also been experimenting with holding asana for long periods - often several minutes. This is quite a switch from my usual, very yang, ashtanga primary series practice. (I do still relish the full round of 10 sun salutations with each practice, though.)
I've been reading a lot, including the Dalai Lama's In My Own Words and works by Paramahansa Yogananada (of Autobiography of a Yogi renown). I keep one version or another of the Bhagavad Gita close at hand, and have just started another journey through the eyes of author John Vaillant with his 2005 GG winner The Golden Spruce. I also enormously enjoyed the last issue of Vanity Fair, featuring comedy greats like Martin Short, Elaine May and Mike Nichols, and many others. Oh yeah, I'm knitting and crocheting, too (nothing fancy). No home computer or television to distract me feels quite detoxifying. Busing to work, packing a lunch, living kinda makes me feel young again. Without the anxiety. Okay, and with lots of grey hair.

January, 2013

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Tags: yoga  bhagavad gita  asana  practice  meditation 

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