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.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Yoga news

In case you haven't already heard, the exciting news is that the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco will be moving to new digs later this year.    You can read all about the upcoming move here:  http://iyisf.org/wearemoving

I'll be teaching two workshops at the old location in the Sunset District before the move happens, a Padmasana workshop in August, and a free members-only restorative workshop in September. 

Details here:

Sunday, June 9, 2013

June 2013 at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune

I'm currently back in Pune, India for another month of study at the Iyengar Institute here. (My last visit was in June 2011.) I've now made seven trips here to spend a month studying with the Iyengars. It's always an exciting and intense experience. Every time I visit I realize how much more there is to learn about the subject of yoga, and find myself once again amazed at the accomplishments of BKS Iyenger.

If you haven't already heard about the documentary Sadhaka that is being made about Mr. Iyengar and his work, check it out at http://igg.me/at/sadhakafilm. It should be an amazing film! They are currently raising funds to complete the film.  Proceeds from sales and screenings will go to BKS Iyengar's foundation for Bellur Village schools and hospital.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Latest article just published in GLQ vol 19, no. 3.

The Contexts of Marguerite Duras's Homophobia


This article proposes a contextualization of Marguerite Duras's 1983 book, The Malady of Death, along with some of her other writings and statements from around that time. These writings register her long-term intimate relationship with a much younger gay man whom she called Yann Andréa, and also record a good deal of violently homophobic discourse. My contention is that there is something to be learned by taking the sexuality that Duras shared with Andréa to be a misfit one — one that we can to a certain degree recognize in practice but that we have no easy discourse or category to capture and/or to denote. Misfit sexualities, I argue, exist mostly in context, in interaction, in the relations between texts and the interactive processes that produce them. To attempt to contextualize a work such as The Malady of Death in this way is not to rely on or to take up any literary theory or practice of intertextuality. Rather it involves attempting to reconstruct something of the social world (mainly a part of “literary” Paris from the 1950s through the 1980s) in which such a work intervened, and attempting to understand the particular cultural concepts for understanding various ideologies and practices of sexuality it invoked, and in which it was implicated.