+++LED PRIMARY SERIES — DONATE TO TRINI FOUNDATION
The next Led Primary Series class is this Friday, February 23! Class time is 6:00–7:30 a.m. It's also an opportunity to donate to the Trini Foundation. The suggested donation is $10. If, like me, you are so wealthy you have trouble finding a $10 bill (they’re sort of like a paper penny), you may instead bring $20.
Through the Trini Foundation's scholarship program, we offer monthly tuition assistance to individuals in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.
The class is open to all levels, free to members as part of monthly tuition, or $20 drop-in. If you are a scholarship candidate, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.trinifoundation.org/programs to apply.
+++THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE POSE AND THE YOGA
It is challenging and somewhat paradoxical to talk in terms of physiology and anatomy, and to give alignment cues, yet to also insist yoga is about more than those things. Maybe more accurately, those directives are the means to the end, which is the absorption in the process and the sensations that arise. I tend toward concrete, rational, and logical phrasing. Those always worked for me personally, so I tend to use them in class. Though I do appreciate the occasional sound effect to convey direction, energy, and intent: Whoosh! It also occurs to me that the other great teacher is simply repetition. Dozens, hundreds, or thousands of repetitions makes so many physical and even psychological directives very clear. (However repetition should never be the only teacher.) Sometimes the pose is not the yoga. But sometimes the pose is the yoga.
Andrey Moraru is considered by many to be the world's greatest living hand-balancer. A focused Ashtanga practice really deepened my appreciation for a whole host of other physical pursuits, including handstands and hand-balancing. If you've spent even a little bit of time on your hands (say, trying to jump back or jump through) you might enjoy this video of Andrey on YouTube.
Well — that's it for February. Look for the next missive in March. And why not leave on a positive note — did you know that child labor rates have declined by half since 2000?
We're all going to make it,
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Jason owns and directs Portland Ashtanga Yoga.