Thursday, December 16, 2010

Intro to Yoga at IYISF in January

I'll be teaching a four-week introductory Iyengar yoga series on Friday evenings, 6-7:15, at the Iyengar Yoga Institute in San Francisco. See http://iyisf.org/intro/index.html for more info. It's a great deal at $50. In February, it will become a regular Level 1 class.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Parker & Halley's "After Sex?" volume coming soon

Janet Halley and Andrew Parker's edited volume, After Sex?: On Writing since Queer Theory, will be appearing soon from Duke University Press, with a contribution by yours truly. Check it out...

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Details on Yoga Room Shoulder Blades Workshop

Mindful Shoulder Blades

with Michael Lucey

Saturday, Sept 25, 2– 5pm

$50 ($45 in advance)


Often we think of the mind as a separate entity that works on the body, but the Iyengars teach that mind, breath, and body are all interactive and interpenetrating. Shoulder blades, at the back of the body, often seem to escape our awareness, as if they have a mind of their own. We will use this workshop to explore a variety of aspects of the shoulder blades’ actions in different asanas, looking to discover what we

can gain from an increased awareness of what the shoulder blades are up to, to discover what happens when we integrate the mind of the shoulder blade into our own mindfulness.


Michael Lucey began studying Iyengar yoga in 1982 while living in England, and from his very first class has been fascinated by the many ways yoga can transform your relation to your body, mind, and breath. In 1993 he completed the Advanced Studies Program at The Yoga Room in Berkeley. He made his first trip to attend classes at the RIMYI in Pune, India in June 1991, and has returned on four other occasions. He teaches at the Yoga Garden in San Francisco, and co-teaches, with Mary Lou Weprin, the Advanced

Practice Class for the Yoga Room’s Advanced Studies Program.

Registration

Make your check payable to “The Yoga Room”and mail to:

The Yoga Room • 2530 San Pablo, Suite D • Berkeley, CA 94702



For general information on the Yoga Room, call 510–273–9273

or see our website for a complete schedule and changes due to holidays – www.YogaRoomBerkeley.com

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Yoga announcements


3 bits of yoga news....

1) Sunday, July 18, 2010, 2-5 p.m. I'll be participating in the 4th annual IYISF Yogathon -- a benefit for the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco, which, like many yoga organizations, is struggling a bit in these hard economic times. Information on the Yogathon is here: http://www.iyisf.org/yogathon/index.html

I'll be doing all 108 poses, and will be one of the six teachers leading the sequence. If you'd like to take the occasion to make a contribution in support of IYISF by way of sponsoring me, I and the Institute would be most grateful. A quarter a pose comes to $27. Fifty cents is $54, and, obviously, $1 a pose is $108. Let me know if you'd be interested in sponsoring me.

Alternatively, you could sign up for the yogathon yourself!

2) Sunday, July 25, 2010, 10 a.m to noon. I'll be teaching a workshop at the Yoga Garden in San Francisco on Developing a Home Practice:

"Success will follow the one who practices, not the one who practices not. Success in Yoga is not obtained by the mere theoretical reading of sacred texts. Success is not obtained by wearing the dress of a yogi or a sanyasi, nor by talking about it. Constant practice alone is the secret of success. Verily, there is no doubt of this." - Hatha Yoga Pradipika. We come to class to learn. We practice to study and develop our own experience of what we learn. Want to practice on your own but not sure how to start? Seeking motivation? Lacking time? Already have a practice and want variety? Direction? This workshop will cover approaches to practice, asana categories, and sequencing.


3) Saturday, September 25, 2-5 p.m. I'll be teaching a workshop at the Yoga Room in Berkeley on Mindful Shoulder Blades:

Often we think of the mind as a separate entity that works on the body, but the Iyengars teach that mind, breath, and body are all interactive and interpenetrating. Shoulder blades, at the back of the body, often seem to escape our awareness, as if they have a mind of their own. We will use this workshop to explore a variety of aspects of the shoulder blade’s actions in different asanas, looking to discover what we can gain from an increased awareness of what the shoulder blades are up to, to discover what happens when we integrate the mind of the shoulder blade into our own mindfulness.


More information will be available later this summer at http://yogaroomberkeley.com

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Robert Pinget

"Une autre histoire derrière ces bribes, parfaitement agencée, depuis toujours interdite au scribe maladif qui tend l'oreille pour en percevoir des échos improbables.
Se confond-elle avec la grande lecture ou l'a-t-elle dictée comme son double en détournant le sens des mots.
Dur ascèse mais seul remède."

Robert Pinget, Théo ou le temps neuf (1991), p. 19.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Padmasana Workshop at the Yoga Garden in San Francisco

Learning Lotus with Michael Lucey
Date: Sun 2/28/2010
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Padmasana or Lotus Pose is a key pose for sitting, whether for a pranayama (breathing) practice or for meditation. It is also a difficult pose for many to master, proving challenging for the hips, knees, and ankles. In this workshop we will practice different kinds of poses to prepare ourselves for Padmasana. You will learn a safe, non-aggressive, but productive method for working towards Padmasana. If the pose is already accessible to you, you will learn how to work more deeply in it, and how to work towards some of the Padmasana variations. We will experience what qualities in this pose make it well-suited for a practice of pranayama or a meditation practice.