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.