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The 1008 Names of Vishnu

2009 was a year for auspicious beginnings and none more impressive than the installation and blessing of the new Patanjali murti at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of Los Angeles. It was an honor to be apart of this ceremony and particularly fun to see the community come together, re-up on some old friendships and eat some very tasy cake. — NC This post is in honor of Sri BKS Iyengar's 91st birthday, December 14, 1918. Patanjali Puja at IYILA The date, Sunday July 12, 2009 and hour, 5:30am had been chosen according to Indian astrology as most auspicious for the sanctification of the Iyengar Yoga Institute of Los Angeles and installation of its new Patanjali statue. Indeed, the stars did align for IYILA on that morning. Not only was … [Read more...]

Getty Museum, Los Angeles

The woefully low resolution of the web just does not do justice to our fine, fine Richard Meier Getty Museum. There are a few nods here as well to the Robert Irwin Getty Garden. But, there is so much more on the gardens to come. Conversations need to take place about "A conditional art". And we need to ponder further Heraclitus and "the unity of opposites", Patanjali's "equanimity" in pairs of opposites and the Zen Buddhism perspective that Samsara and Nirvana are one. For now let's just appreciate the shear visuals of Meier's Aristotelian architecture. Please click to enlarge to get a better idea. © Nancy Cantwell … [Read more...]

The Invocation to Patanjali

I have been a yoga practitioner since 1984. In the beginning, like many, I tried on different styles, but eventually settled into method of B.K.S. Iyengar. There will be many many posts to follow on the practice of yoga. But first things first. Here is the chant and translation that is recited before every class. The sound clip is of BKS Iyengar himself.   yogena cittasya padena vacam Yoga for consciousness, grammar for speech malam sarirasya ca vaidyakena medicine for the ills of the body; yopa karottam pravaram muninam he gave us these things the sage patañjalim pranjalir anato’smi Patañjali to whom I pay my respects. abahu purusakaram His upper body (arms) of human form, sankha chakrasi … [Read more...]