News of Note

The Prescriptionyoga Retreat:

October 10-12, 2013 at the Sleeping Lady Resort in Leavenworth, WA

A smorgasbord of different yoga styles:

1.    Hatha, Restorative, Iyengar, and Vinyasa flow classes, some outdoors, weather permitting

2.    Discussions centering around Indian natural medicine (Ayurveda), to include healthy lifestyle changes

  1. 3.   Zumba classes (taught by Mary Mitchell, certified Levels I & II )

  2. 4.  Aquafit classes, weather permitting (Mary and I are both certified)

Space is limited to 15 students/class so reserve your room now at the Sleeping Lady, identifying yourself as part of the Weber Yoga retreat. Room costs around $400 for two nights, breakfast and dinner included. Class fees around $150 (possibly less, if enough students participate). Spouses, dogs, and significant others welcome, and they only pay the class fee if they attend classes!

Ramayana Information:

from The Stranger: ambitious—a world premiere of the ancient epic poem Ramayana. A quick, stupidly inadequate plot summary of the poem: A god-woman named Sita, the wife of a god-man named Rama, is kidnapped by a bad dude named Ravana. Rama goes on a long rescue mission that involves making friends with an army of monkey-men—who have their own internal troubles—and several epic battles happen plus long philosophical reflections about the nature of the cosmos and how people should live their lives...

Ramayana is enormously deep in its cultural and geographical reach—in some countries, it's like the Bible plus the Iliad plus the Odyssey plus Mother Goose bedtime stories wrapped up in one.

from Wikipedia: The Ramayana is one of the two great epics of India and Nepal, the other being the Mahabharata.[2] It depicts the duties of relationships, portraying ideal characters like the ideal father, ideal servant, the ideal brother, the ideal wife and the ideal king.Traditionally, the Ramayana is attribute to Valmiki, regarded as India's first poet.[5] The Indian tradition is unanimous in its agreement that the poem is the work of a single poet, the sage Valmiki, a contemporary of Rama and a peripheral actor in the drama.[6]The story's original version in Sanskrit is known as Valmiki Ramayana, dating to approximately the 5th to 4th century B.C.[7][8]The name Ramayana is a tatpurusha compound of Rāma and ayana ("going, advancing"), translating to "Rama's Journey". The Ramayana consists of 24,000 verses in seven books (kāṇḍas) and 500 cantos (sargas),[3] epic poem of some 50,000 lines. The text survives in several thousand partial and complete manuscripts, the oldest of which appears to date from the 11th century A.D.[11]As in many oral epics, multiple versions of the Ramayana survive. In particular, the Ramayana related in North India differs in important respects from that preserved in South India and the rest of South-East Asia. There is an extensive tradition of oral storytelling based on the Ramayana in Indonesia, Cambodia, Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Laos, Vietnam, and Maldives.[citation needed] Father Kamil Bulke, author of Ramakatha, has identified over 300 variants of Ramayana.[56]

from Seattle Magazine, a preview of the show: ramayana007.pdf.

from SAM’s Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park: Here's the link to an exhibit that ties into the ACT production . It's called, "Many Arrows from Rama's Bow: Paintings of the Ramayana."

...and coolest of all, use this link to watch “Sita Sings the Blues”, a wonderful animated version of the Ramayana by Nina Paley, made in 2009. This movie really clarifies the story, and in a most delightful way. You definitely need to watch this!


There are three yoga-related articles in the Sunday NY Times of July 25, 2010! The one on yoga-related injuries, I deal with in “Musings from My Mat”, blog #8, which I have modified accordingly. A nice article in the Book Review section deals with two recent books on the coming of yoga to the West, a subject I have dealt with in blog #2. There is a great picture of Marilyn Monroe in a reasonable facsimile of Bow pose at the start of the article, which I link here. I intend to read at least one of these books, and I will comment on it when I have finished reading.The last article, a long one on John Friend and his Anusara Yoga movement, is of interest from many angles and at many levels. I link it here, and likely I will blog on this matter next. Stay tuned!

Even though the Summer Solstice has past, I still want to share with all of you a prayer for the health of the planet It was written by a Sioux leader and sent to me by a fellow yoga teacher from Ojai, CA, one of the most spiritual places on the planet:

Gulf Coast Oil Spill - Sioux Prayer Request

A Great Urgency To All Nations!

My Relatives,


Time has come to speak to the hearts of our Nations and their Leaders. I ask you this from the bottom of my heart, to come together from the Spirit of your Nations in prayer.

We, from the heart of Turtle Island, have a great message for the World; we are guided to speak from all the White Animals showing their sacred color, which have been signs for us to pray for the sacred life of all things. As I am sending this message to you, many Animal Nations are being threatened, those that swim, those that crawl, those that fly, and the plant Nations, eventually all will be affected from the oil disaster in the Gulf.

The dangers we are faced with at this time are not of spirit. The catastrophe that has happened with the oil spill which looks like the bleeding of Grandmother Earth, is made by human mistakes, mistakes that we cannot afford to continue to make.

I asked, as Spiritual Leaders, that we join together, united in prayer with the whole of our Global Communities. My concern is these serious issues will continue to worsen, as a domino effect that our Ancestors have warned us of in their Prophecies.

I know in my heart there are millions of people that feel our united prayers for the sake of our Grandmother Earth are long overdue. I believe we as Spiritual people must gather ourselves and focus our thoughts and prayers to allow the healing of the many wounds that have been inflicted on the Earth. As we honor the Cycle of Life, let us call for Prayer circles globally to assist in healing Grandmother Earth (our Unc'I Maka).

We ask for prayers that the oil spill, this bleeding, will stop. That the winds stay calm to assist in the work. Pray for the people to be guided in repairing this mistake, and that we may also seek to live in harmony, as we make the choice to change the destructive path we are on.

As we pray, we will fully understand that we are all connected. And that what we create can have lasting effects on all life.

So let us unite spiritually, All Nations, All Faiths, One Prayer. Along with this immediate effort, I also ask to please remember June 21st, World Peace and Prayer Day/Honoring Sacred Sites day. Whether it is a natural site, a temple, a church, a synagogue or just your own sacred space, let us make a prayer for all life, for good decision making by our Nations, for our children's future and well-being, and the generations to come.

Onipikte (that we shall live),

Chief Arvol Looking Horse
19th generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe of the Lakota, Dakota, Nakota Nation of the Sioux

The PI online 1/12/10 ran a very nice article from their Redbook feed called “22 live-long tricks”. I recommend that you read it: and follow the guidelines.

An article in The NY Times on 12/23/09 cited a correlation between inflexibility of joints and hardening of arteries. A 2nd study showed 20% improvement in arterial pliability with improved ability to stretch. The full article:NY Times 12/23/09

I had the honor and privilege to teach yoga to HS students at the SPU distance runners’ camp at Camp Casey, on Whidbey Island. About 120 kids in three classes! This occurred the afternoon after a 10-mile run. While I haven’t seen any photos from this event, I believe that some were taken, which I might yet get to see and then post. Two days later, I worked with Campfire, and taught yoga at Woodland Park to 130 kids, ranging from 5 to 12 years old. we took some pix and are putting together a rather hilarious video, which will soon be posted. This you wouldn’t want to miss! Thanks to Penny LeGate, Mary Mitchell, and Kelly Scott, who were my “models”, and to Brad Shuel for videography, and to Joey Weber for photography.