Donna Farhi on yoga

My blogging time here is growing shorter. Thirty-three more days and I step on the plane for a yoga adventure of a lifetime (and yes, this woman of a certain age still feels blessed to be able to do this.) I’m starting out in Chennai, my second home, at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram. Taught by…

random musings: life, connections, India

I read Why India? this morning and left a comment for Braja. I told her that she was preaching to the choir (and thank you, Braja, for posting that awesome pic that I liberated — that little pic says it all for me!) Why India indeed? Braja wrote about it — I listened to a…

Mark Whitwell…again and again

I’ve written about Mark Whitwell before in these two posts and I’ve now finally had the chance to experience his teaching over the weekend at the Midwest Yoga Conference. All I will say is that I was blown away. I wish I would have met him 8 years ago when I started teaching but better…

Ma India, take me home

As I’ve mentioned time and again on this blog, ever since I returned from my first trip to India in 2005 there has never been a day that I do not think of India. it can be a child’s face that flashes through my mind, or something I learned in my yoga classes there, or…

dana, gratitude, and love offerings accepted

As a practicing Buddhist, I’m all about dana (pronounced “donna”) — “unattached and unconditional generosity, giving and letting go.” that is how I make payment at Spirit Rock Meditation Center for my Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation training. in my last post, bindifry made some very pithy comments about students showing gratitude to their teachers, and…

the price we pay, part 2: how much is a yoga teacher worth?

This is another topic that Yoga Journal won’t touch: how much is a yoga teacher worth in this American consumerist society? forget for a minute what our emotional or spiritual value is to our students (actually priceless), but what is our monetary value? in a culture where fitness instructors never have to step foot inside…

interview with Desikachar

(photo original Chennai Online upload) Chennai Online Interview with Desikachar “Intro: Where is the delusion when truth is known? Where is the disease when the mind is clear? Where is death when the Breath is controlled? Therefore surrender to Yoga – T Krishnamacharya in Yoganjalisaram. Yoga was in the family. Krishnamacharya was born in Karnataka…

getting back to yoga, part 2: sraddha

Yoga Sutra-s I.20: sraddhaviryasmrtisamadhiprajnapurvaka itaresam “Through faith, which will give sufficient energy to achieve success against all odds, direction will be maintained. The realization of the goal of Yoga is a matter of time.” (Reflections on Yoga Sutra-s of Patanajali, TKV Desikachar) Some of you might be incredulous at Dr. NC’s statement that my spine…

getting back to yoga

(Dr. NC @ KYM, The Power of Yoga, March 2006) I guess maybe it’s about time that I start writing about yoga again. but then again, maybe not, as I’m beginning to think that my yoga thoughts are too radical to be accepted calmly by some people. I told my students this morning that I’ve…

yoga with a capital Y

I have never studied with Mark Whitwell, but I would like to because from what I have read about him, for me, he embodies pure yoga. He teaches from the lineage of Krishnamacharya, the grandfather of modern hatha yoga, and he studied with Krishnamacharya’s son, Desikachar. He edited Desikachar’s book, The Heart of Yoga. In…