Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Life is so Short (Celebrating Sr K. Pattabhi Jois)

Ahhhhh Where have I been? In mommie mode. My daughter has 3 new specialists in a high-tech neurocenter 2 hours from our house. The results were grim. I went into survival mode. I have been researching, reading and testing her. She is of course fabulous, but I am just now being able to breath again. I have been working out regularly and pushing myself in that area. I have been eating raw and incorporating some cooked quinoa and a few steamed veggies every now and then. I'm off nuts again (had another bad experience) and am making sure to get my green juice and smoothies often.

I decided to spend a little time posting about K. Pattabhi Jois and his contribution to the world of yoga. I cried when I found out that he passed. Ashtanga has changed my life. Although I currently practice more of Jivamukti yoga (by DVD) than anything else, my background is Ashantga...forevermore. And I am eternally grateful to this being of light for bringing it down into this realm of being. He was 93 and lived an amazingly long, healthy and happy life. His devotion to Ashtanga was so inspiring and I was privileged enough to be taught by one of his DIRECT students Melanie Fawer. She had (not sure if it came back after Katrina) a studio in New Orleans. I own her DVD and find it wonderfully specific to Jois's style. Her studio offered Mysore classes and the DVD felt like my own personal Mysore style class (minus the instruction's manipulations of course).

If you want to read what others are writing about him. Check it out on Yoga Journal's Discussion Board HERE . So today, remember that life is short and in the grand scheme of things if you are wondering about or stressing about eating raw or working out or making time for family/friends...remember this: wherever your intention lies, you heart and life will follow. If you design a life that supports health and happiness, then health and happiness will be your rewards. It's inevitable...law of attraction.

To learn more about Ashtanga or K. Pattabhi Jois, please check out the following link and enjoy the following videos:

Ashtanga's Main Site







After my mourning, I will post something upbeat and motivating!

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