Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Fall 2015 Yoga News


Bija Yoga:  11 am Saturdays, Mixed Level, starts up again this Saturday, August 15

IYISF: 6 pm Fridays, Props and Modifications.  This class runs through September 11.  After that Cynthia Bates will be teaching Restorative Yoga in that time slot.

Two new East Bay classes!!!

Adeline YogaStarting Wednesday, September 2:  10 am - 11:45 am: Level III (for seasoned students)

Starting Monday, September 14: 5:45 pm - 7:15 pm: Level I-II (for new and continuing students)


Saturday, September 19, one-day workshop at Iyengar Yoga South Bay:  “Attention, Awareness, and Attentive Awareness.” 10 am-1 pm and 2:30 pm-4:30 pm.

Three Saturday afternoon workshops at the Yoga Room in Berkeley on “Moving into More Advanced Poses”: September 26October 24, and December 12. All three from 2-5 pm.

Three weekend afternoon workshops at IYISF"The Laboratory of Practice: Inspiration from Prashant Iyengar:  Saturday, October 3, Sunday, November 8, and Saturday, December 5. All three from 2-5 p.m.

Latest article just published

Here's some info on the first installment of my new book project, just published in 
Novel: A Forum on Fiction, Vol. 48, No. 2.

Proust and Language-in-Use


This article is in part an attempt to demonstrate Proust's interest in the sociological functioning of talk, where talk is viewed not solely as a medium for communication but also as one in which social work of various kinds is accomplished via nonsemantic features of language. The article also poses the question of what it would mean to approach literary artifacts as forms of language-in-use similar to talk, finding inspiration in Proust's Recherche for elaborating an answer to that question. Attention to nonsemantic, pragmatic, indexical features of talk (habits of pronunciation, rhythms of speech, accent and intonation, word choice, etc.) reveals the occurrence through the use of those features of key forms of sociocultural activity (the production and maintenance of social identities, the reproduction of aspects of a social order, attempts to modify some part of that order). Proust's Recherche demonstrates a keen interest in this kind of language use. Thinking of literary artifacts themselves as examples of language-in-use involves a shift of attention from “the work itself” to the web of social-indexical relations in which any given literary artifact comes to participate throughout its existence (and to the signs, the indexes, within the work and outside it, that signal those relations). Proust's novel, along with the work of M. M. Bakhtin, Pierre Bourdieu, Michael Silverstein, and others, suggests ways of thinking about how meaning unfolds, develops, happens in time around literary artifacts—how different kinds of value accrue to them—thanks to the social-indexical relations established through their use.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Conference at Columbia University and Spring in Oxford.

I'm really excited to be spending a couple months this spring (mid-April until the end of June) as a visiting fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. While in Oxford I'll be working on my new book project, "Proust, Sociology, Talk, Novels: The Novel Form and Language-in-Use."  The first installment from this new project will be an article called "Proust and Language-in-Use" in an upcoming issue of Novel.

I'll be returning to San Francisco on July 5, and will pick up my yoga teaching schedule again at that point.  The class at Bija Yoga (11 am Saturdays) is suspended during my absence. The class at IYISF (6 pm Fridays) will be meeting.  John Hayden will be teaching it while I am away.

I'll be stopping in NYC on my way to England for a conference at Columbia University devoted to Simone de Beauvoir, Violette Leduc and Monique Witting. Program information here.

The Feminist Press is reissuing Leduc's Thérèse and Isabelle  in June with an afterword by yours truly.  Keep your eyes out for it!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

January/February 2015 Yoga News

1.  NEW CLASS at Bija Yoga:  Saturdays 11 - 12:30. Mixed level.

2.   Fridays, 6:00-7-:30 p.m. as usual at IYISF.

3.  Workshop this weekend (January 10 and 11) at IYISF: The Laboratory of Practice.

4.  Also, I'll be teaching Sundays from noon to 1:30 at IYISF on the following dates:   January 11 and 18, and February 1 and 8.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


Inspiration from Geeta Iyengar/Benefit for Bellur 

with Michael Lucey  at Bija Yoga
Registration details here.
Saturday and Sunday December 20-21, 2-4 pm 

This workshop offers two good reasons to take a break from your frenzied holiday activities: Michael will just have returned from India, where he will have studied in the ten-day intensive course Geeta Iyengar is offering on the occasion of her 70th birthday, and he will share some of her teaching with us. Also, the proceeds of this benefit will be donated to the Bellur Fund. It was B.K.S. Iyengar’s hope that his students across the world help support his charitable endeavor to improve conditions in and around his birthplace in Bellur, a village in south India. On and around his birthday this year (December 14) many yoga centers across the country will be offering benefits in support of Guruji’s Bellur project. Come join us for one or both sessions of this special holiday workshop at Bija Yoga.

Cost: $60.00


The Laboratory of Practice: Inspiration from Prashant Iyengar

with Michael Lucey at IYISF
Registration details here
Saturday and Sunday January 10-11, 2015, 2-5 pm

A class with Prashant Iyengar, son of B.K.S. Iyengar, can be an eye-opening experience, unlike any other class you've taken before. This weekend will be a chance to explore what Prashant calls the "why, what, and how" of a yoga practice. Students will be encouraged to do a little preparatory reading from a recent book by Prashant, Yogasanas: the 18 Maha Kriyas of Yogasana. Prashant often asks in class: If you give someone some tea leaves, some water, some milk, and some sugar, have you given them a cup of tea? The answer is, of course, no. Tea needs to be brewed. So how do we brew together the body, the breath, and the mind to produce an experience of yoga? Come to this weekend workshop and experience some of the sequences, schemas, and processes Prashant offers us in his teaching to lead us toward yoga.

COST: Early Bird price by December 31st: $120/After $180

Drop-in Saturday or Sunday $90

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Reviews of Returning to Reims and more...

Long time, no post! Life has been busy. September 2013 saw the publication by Semiotext(e) of my translation of Didier Eribon's Returning to Reims. The book was reviewed in ARTFORUM in November 2013, and there's also a nice on-line review at The New Inquiry. I've recently written a chapter on Proust for a forthcoming History of Modern French Literature being edited by Christopher Prendergast for Princeton University Press, and I've begun writing the first section of a new book tentatively titled Proust, Sociology, Talk, Novels. The first piece of that book will be an article called "Proust and language-in-use" that I should finish up in the next few days. But between now and summer my main goal (along with teaching, of course) is to complete the book I've been working on for the past few years, Someone: The Pragmatics of Misfit Sexualities in French Literature from Colette to Hervé Guibert. I have a bit more writing to do on Violette Leduc, Hervé Guibert, and Robert Pinget before it's done, but my aim is to wrap up that manuscript by the end of May. I have a sabbatical year coming up for 2014-2015 to work on my new project on Proust and friends. During my sabbatical year, I'll fit in another month of study at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute, in Pune, India, and I'll also be spending a few months in spring 2015 as a visiting fellow at All Souls College, Oxford. I'm really looking forward to a productive year of lots of reading, thinking, and writing.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Blogging about Pune for IYISF

I've recently done a bit of blogging for the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco about classes with Prashant Iyengar in Pune, India.  Check it out.