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:

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 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.