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.