My Page on Ashtanga Yoga

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Discussing shoulder mechanics with Richard during a Mysore class at the advanced teacher’s intensive at Upaya Zen Center in 2013. Photo by Laura Yasuda

Several months ago I removed my page on Ashtanga Yoga  due to the sexual and spiritual abuse history associated with K. Pattabhi Jois, which I denounce.  2/1/19 I discovered that the page still existed via a link though I had removed it from the menu.  I apologize for the oversight and any harm this may have caused the victims or anybody else.  I no longer find the use of honorifics like “Sri” or “Guruji” appropriate given what I now understand about his behavior.

John Cage on Sound Discrimination

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IMG_2764“If you develop an ear for sounds that are musical it is like developing an ego. You begin to refuse sounds that are not musical and that way cut yourself off from a good deal of experience… The most recent change in my attitude toward sound has been in relation to loud sustained sounds such as car alarms or burglar alarms, which used to annoy me, but which I now accept and even enjoy. I think the transformation came through a statement of Marcel Duchamp who said that sounds which stay in one location and don’t change can produce a sonorous sculpture that lasts in time. Isn’t that beautiful?” —  John Cage via Mark Epstein in Thoughts Without a Thinker