“There are roughly three New Yorks. There is, first, the New York of the man or woman who was born here, who takes the city for granted and accepts its size and its turbulence as natural and inevitable. Second, there is the New York of the commuter — the city that is devoured by locusts each day and spat out each night. Third, there is the New York of the person who was born somewhere else and came to New York in quest of something. […] Commuters give the city its tidal restlessness; natives give it solidity and continuity; but the settlers give it passion.”—E.B. White, Here is New York
Today was my first yoga class in more than half a year. I used to go to the ones they had in my old gym, NYSC. I did that for like two years and so I felt it was time to take my yoga experience to the next level. That meant looking and joining a real yoga studio. After trying about half a dozen around New York I decided on the New York Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center. Their yoga style, Hatha is “a traditional form of yoga practice, as handed down over thousands of years from student to teacher.” I’m used to doing Vinyasa a term that covers a broad range of yoga classes. The word Vinyasa means “breath-synchronized movement.” In other words, the teacher will instruct you to move from one pose to the next on an inhale or an exhale. This technique is sometimes also called Vinyasa Flow, or just Flow because of the smooth way that the poses run together and become like a dance.
The center offers a whole range of workshops to aid the yogi experience, ie. meditation, philosophy, vegetarian cooking, etc. These were all aspect I wanted to explore more of already. Here I have them all in one place.
After my class I participated on what they call a Satsang which is a group meditation followed by devotional chanting (in Sanskrit). Then we received a very interesting talk on “The Sin that is Fear” by Rabbi Joseph H. Gelberman, Ph.D., a modern Hassidic Rabbi in “the Way of Martin Buber.” The 96 year old man is a psycotherapist and a master of the teachings of the Kabbalah. He is the author of seven books, including “The Kabbalah As I See It” and “Spiritual Truths.” Very enlightening. They ended it all with a delicious vegetarian soup.
Today I didn’t even have to use my A.K., I got to say it was a good day.
I’m not sure what took me so long, but I just started a del.icio.us page to keep track of internet articles I have read or, better, of what I am saving to read. From my Firefox window, I can create a link and tag the article after I’ve navigated to it. I’m so glad this exists.