Mark Whitwell on Kausthub Desikachar

 “I wish to make clear that the sexual scandal around Kausthub has no implication, at all, on Krishnamacharya’s life work and dedication to Hatha Yoga. Although lineage held in family is a historic way of preserving teachings, the lineage is not dependent on this arrangement. Krishnamacharya himself communicated to me, all who represent their teachers…

moving into joy

JOY: ETYMOLOGY: Middle English joie, from Old French, from Latin gaudia, pl. of gaudium, joy, from gaudre, to rejoice… Erich Schiffmann told us that it took him 12 years to write his book, Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving into Stillness.  It took us only 10 hours to move into joy in Yellow Springs,…

yoga miscellaneous: healing

A letter from Sri.K. Pattabhi Jois to Yoga Journal, Nov. 1995 “It is unfortunate that students who have not yet matured in their own practice have changed the method and have cut out teh [sic] essence of an ancient lineage to accommodate their own limitations.” “Spiritual Madness and Compassionate Presence” — healing of mental suffering…

it bears repeating

late July gardens, 2010 Last week on my birthday I listened to Mark Whitwell’s talk on the new website Yoga Teacher Telesummit. I have to admit that I did not finish listening to his talk because my birthday arrived with gorgeous weather and I was compelled to practice my other yoga — gardening. A beautiful…

what is tantra?

“Tantra” is a word that gets thrown around a lot in yoga circles. It’s a word that many American yogis have become familiar with via Sting who claims that he can get it on for hours because of tantric sex (see the comments that follow in YogaDork’s post.) I don’t think there is anyone who…

Mark Whitwell: sex, peace, and all that other stuff

I had stopped attending the Midwest Yoga Conference but I went last year for the first time in a long time just to experience Mark Whitwell. I attended every one of his workshops and I drank the Whitwell kool-aid — if I could only study with one person the rest of my life it would…

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…

mark whitwell, again

It’s been a while again since I’ve written about yoga. the Tibet situation got me rather riled up (and I’m still riled about it) and I felt I had to blog about it over at Ramblings. but I’m back! I’m writing again about Mark Whitwell, a yogi with whom I have never studied, but want…

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…