Wednesday, March 1st, 2006
1. We will be hosting Kristin Laak from Ashland, Oregon for a two day weekend workshop.
Do you remember Kristin? Back in the early 90′s, the Santa Barbara Yoga Center had a fairly happening scene and Kristin was in the middle of it. This was when yoga was just beginning to happen in a big way, with classes, people coming, the first glimmers of that. During this time, Kristin went to Mysore, India, to study with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, and she brought back a very clear stable channel to that lineage. A few of us followed the path to Mysore shortly thereafter, myself included. Kristin inspired many during that period with a dignified commitment to the practice and a sophisticated aesthetic sensibility. Before long she was gone, to work alongside Richard Freeman in Boulder, and then to have a family in Oregon.
She’ll begin both days with a talk, followed by her presentation of the Ashtanga practice. All are welcome, it should be good.
2. Sri K. Pattabhi Jois himself and family will be in San Francisco March 12-23. (Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute)
Expect a large room full of yogis, and the great guru, age 90, wandering around, calling through the primary series ( there will be Intermediate series also, on the second week, for those who qualify.) Get him while he’s still on the planet. The presentation will be simple, but within this simplicity is somatic information of an incredibly evolved form. He offers a subtle physiology which has been altered through a relatively simple lifetime of sincere and intense yoga practice informed by a living Hatha Yoga lineage. Students can learn it by practicing in his presence. And in his advanced years, he still delivers it with a wallop, and intimately, just to make sure it gets through.
See you at the Shala, Steve