Saturday XXXXVI: Easy • 22 March 2008

Jenna walked in to my life on Wednesday in the form of a strong tiny manduka-bearing woman in the 5:45 am dark below my balcony. Wow that was easy. Practice was relatively internal for us both, but we both noticed a few times that our vinyasas tended to sync and our pacing was more or less the same. Not such a surprise. She is graceful and awesome even on a lactose hangover.

Nice when you don’t have to build context or set stages in order to see each other. I’m not sure if it’s her openness; or having shared the same corner of the blogosphere for a year; or just the sense that things that we both have learned in the recent years of practice show up in parallel tracks.  

Specifically: the crazy shit and the joy that comes from doing the ashtanga practice, going through the period when you’re coming to terms with the strength of what it does to you, and learning not to identify with that or with “being a yogi.” So nice to talk with someone who has dealt with the transformation and decided that gratitude, relationships, and letting life please you still matter. And that these things are easy!

Same kind of weekend as usual here, which means really good, though in addition to the SS/ ashtanga/ dissertation frame, RE is taking me for my first-ever manicure—something she’s been scheming for months.  

Anna, who knows nailpolish shades like she knows California contract law, suggests “East Hampton Cottage” or “Dune Road.” Ok.

Also, the neighborhood rental shop—the Video Store Named Desire—finally ordered for us the new Criterion Collection re-release of Alex Cox’ badass political film, Walker. It’s sitting on the DVD player right now, waiting. He filmed it in Nicaragua during the Reagan-funded civil war, loaded it with anachronisms, and cast Ed Harris as the grey-eyed man of destiny. Exciting.

No links today, but the levitating man is the dancer Sascha Radetsky. No strings or photoshop there: he is just falling nonchalantly.

SR in Time


  • Posted 22 March 2008 at 12:53 am | #

    Ooooh, I love Ed Harris! And, as I’ve just discovered, I also love Sascha Radetsky. What a great picture!

  • Posted 22 March 2008 at 3:18 am | #

    hi (0v0), yes, amazing picture. how nice that you practiced with jenna.
    cheers, arturo

  • Posted 22 March 2008 at 4:19 am | #

    Who you callin’ tiny? I’m at least 3 inches taller than you! With much bigger feet. 🙂

    It takes two to tango, and quite honestly Owl, your energy put me at ease immediately.

    Oh and speaking of strong and graceful, I was incredibly impressed with your held pike handstand! (not to mention the previous practice leading up to that point…) Today I made Taylor hold my feet up so I could get the hang of what’s required… heavy stuff. Maybe it’s because my feet are so much bigger than yours. Hahaha.

  • boodiba
    Posted 22 March 2008 at 2:54 pm | #

    I LOVE the Synchronized Swim!! That’s what Laura (Yoga Addict) and I call our wonder twins practices. We started doing it in Intermediate on Sundays… One day we were both feeling low energy, so I waited for her to arrive before starting, and we naturally & effortlessly were in sync the whole practice. Batman took notice and kept us together with timed assists – Kapo for me, Karanda for her. She is more dancer and I am more gymnast. But we just work so WELL together.

    This past week, we introduced the synced 2nd/3rd. She cut out the extra poses in the Prasaritas. I added in the Mayurasna. I practice further into 3rd right now, but she works on her last poses extra. OMG the tapas that we generate between the two of us!!! Amazing.

    I really felt the transformative effects this week. I love me my yoga buddies.

  • Posted 22 March 2008 at 8:59 pm | #

    Ooooh, Alex Cox has a political film? Dialing up Netflix as we speak….

  • R
    Posted 22 March 2008 at 10:33 pm | #

    Patrick—It’s really surreal. Be sure to check out the special features. Not sure if it’s as crazy good if you’re not already a sucker for Sandinista-era shit, but it’s definitely a singular film.

  • Posted 23 March 2008 at 2:00 am | #

    Yeah, loved Walker, but not sure how much of that is my strange obsession with Nicaraguan history. Ed Harris is great, and there are some prescient elements there that the audience at the time did not understand.

    Jenna, so cool what you said. I’m glad. As for the wacky handstands, well if I could learn to hold a real handstand without constantly falling over backwards maybe I wouldn’t just hang there all day in a pike. I do like it in that it brings home the special work of 3S—one way to begin to find it is by hollowing the belly and really allowing the lumbar to curve to counterbalance the, um, feet. 🙂

    I think I heard you ever-so-lightly tocking at one point, which is SO exciting. I still cannot even begin to do such a thing and next time would love to watch you and begin to learn your secrets.

  • Posted 23 March 2008 at 8:06 pm | #

    hi (0v0)
    i love Boodi’s observations, both here and in her blog, about sharing the energy with another practitioner, particularly one with whom you might be sharing a similar level of practice. but if the other person is not at the same level of practice, it doesn’t matter, you can draw from things such as intent, focus, dristhe, breathing, etc.

  • Posted 24 March 2008 at 2:29 pm | #

    Hi, OVO:

    Thank you for sharing the story about Sascha. The picture is amazing!

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