Happy Thanksgiving! Welcome to Portland if you are here for the holiday or new in town. The schedule below is for the Thanksgiving Holiday and Friday.
Join in for Led-Primary at 8am on Thursday and Mysore at 9am on Friday.
The weekend classes are-
8am pranayama on Saturday
9am Mysore on Saturday and
9am Mysore on Sunday
All day Monday is a new moon, there are no classes.
Safe Travels to all and enjoy the little break from regular life and bring what cheer you have to others. See you all soon and often.
Thanks for checking in with the Near East Yoga website. Many people have heard of Mysore Style Ashtanga Yoga and express interest in experiencing the self-paced, instructor supported vinyasa method. I’d like to personally invite you to come check out for yourself this special opportunity to go a bit deeper into your own practice.
It takes a lot of courage to encounter a new yoga studio and method. We may be new to yoga or may love our current class and teacher, yet still may experience a sense of something hidden or undiscovered. We know what we seek to connect directly to is there but just under the surface. If only we had a chance to work out for ourselves, the finer points and the rougher ones too, we will cross that inner barrier, where personal fulfillment of what yoga practice classically offers arrises from within us leaving the outer source to fade. Ultimately, this what we are really looking for- the view of things as the Universal Self and an abiding sense of being rather than doing.
This is what the ancient yoga teaches us, how to get established within and begin and sustain a relationship with our Self. A relationship of this kind is entirely personal and again, requires a lot of courage. Do you feel the draw toward taking more of the initiative in your own transformation? Do you want to be more prepared to meet your inner teacher and also more equipped to discern who the outer teacher is? The Mysore Method might be what you are looking for.
Near East Yoga is a place where you can take your time working out what you need within your practice. I offer instruction in the method and support in understanding and applying the theory. With 15 years of practice and study I know that real yoga instruction and result is an inside job. All the instruction and support you need to keep going is offered but there are only a few led classes so the talking is kept to a minimum. With just a little time and effort you can begin to experience the contentment that comes with the self paced method.
Cheers, see you soon and often. Casey
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Here are a few paragraphs describing whats going on at Near East Yoga. They include descriptions of special classes I am offering, my upcoming vacation times and in general, how to best utilize what I am offering here at NEY
On Friday the 12th, after the led class, I am departing to Southern Oregon for a week. I will return for the following Friday led class. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday Morning Mysore starts at 8AM and goes till 9:30AM for this week only. The evening and weekend classes are the same as usual. Thanks Meadow, Liza, Melissa and Johnny for helping out while am away.
In addition to regular Mysore classes and the Friday Yoga Sutra Study, I have been experimenting by adding 2 weekly pranayama classes, 8am on Saturday and 9am on Monday. So far they have been well attended and folks are making solid inroads with the practice, so I am going to add them to the regular schedule starting next Saturday , the 20th of July. Some weeks I won’t be able to support them but, like the Sutra Study, they will become permanent classes. There is no special pre-rec for attendance or extra fee, but the practice does require giving it some time to see the benefit. So, if its your time, take it on. If not, stick to the vinyasa krama until a more suitable time arrises.
Guided Ashtanga is a new time and offering and basically an invitation to practice with me at 10AM on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. For the past 2 months I have been practicing with a video of Guruji leading both the 1st and 2nd Series and sometimes Richard Freeman’s 2nd Series or Sharath’s 1st series. They are not classes for new people or for people who like a slow ride. They are not about indulging our limitations or hoping to bodily improve for the sake of the ego. It’s hard work to keep up a count with a master teacher and participation requires that we dig deep and surrender that part of us that wants yoga to be what we want it to be. There is an entirely different result in the offing if we take the trouble to leave our ego at the door. So, i am loving doing these classes with Gurujis counting, or Richard Freeman’s quirky but so helpful pointers and Sharath’s mastery of the no-friction approach to the krama. For the record, I tried John Scotts DVD and it fell short. David Swenson 1,2, and 3 is next. Come join me.
The Yoga Sutra Study is a comprehensive event that also takes time and something I’d like to offer more of as it goes. As far as I know there are no yoga studios offering a Yoga Sutra exploration except for the cursory glance or maybe a private study group. Here at NEY, to me anyway, they are the deeper aspect of a chronic yoga practice. Without them, over time, we end up simply indulging a personal construct around yoga rather than employing the tried and true method set down 2 millennia ago. The Yoga Sutra stands the test of time for a reason, it ca’t be added to or taken away from. This makes it perfect. As a yogi, it’s my duty to inform you that Yoga Sutras are important and useful. And interesting and fruitful when put into action. We chant them regularly and try to understand the stated logic, then put them to practice. And we get results.
In late summer/ early fall, I’ll be offering a 4 part seminar on them titled “Putting the Result of Asana Practice to Work via the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali”. I say it like this because I know people put a great deal of work into asana and there are tangible results. In the greater experiment though, without knowing what it is we are looking for, we might grow weary of our own devices and run the risk of abandoning the practice before implementing the technology offered by Patanjali. I don’t think this is what Guruji had in mind when he said “99% practice, 1% theory”. At one time prior, he had said “98% practice, 2% theory”. Either way, it’s certainly not 0% theory and if it were, then maybe yoga becomes 99% practice of the wrong thing, a fantasy or simply what we want it to be. It’s better to know some theory rather than none and not short change ourselves in the long run. The yoga has many benefits. The main one is developing the ability to “constantly practice”. It states how in the Yoga Sutra.
You might be wondering what qualifies me to offer this type of work? Frankly, I have balked at listing my qualifications because accumulating them was a deep, painful, precious and personal process, one that required me to go places in myself that does translate well to a blog post. I had to first learn, the hard way, that I needed the strategies listed in the yoga sutra, exemplified in the yoga vinyasa krama (sequence) and then to constantly re-established them in my life. This took the better part of the past 15 years, but truly encompasses my entire life. It’s an exciting place to be and over-all I am very enthusiastic about sharing insights. My desire over-all is to help you find a better teacher. For my part I want to be a servant, it easier because the stakes are not so high and allow for my ongoing limitations while still alloing me to share what I am passionate about. Besides, the better teacher I am talking about, is the one inside yourself. This was the goal of Guruji too, to turn us toward Patanjali, who in turn shared the same goal, to introduce us to our deepest self. It’s the inner teacher we are abiding as, equipped with the tried and true methods of ages past, who makes good on this human endowment.
One day soon I’ll write about my inner journey with all of this but that story is not yet complete.
Thanks for all the support. I look forward to seeing you all in class or elsewhere. Cheers for you summer.
Open Practice only on July 4th. Led Primary Friday at 7AM. 8AM pranayama on Saturday preceding the Mysore at 9AM. Sunday is the New Moon, no classes. Monday 9AM pranayama following the led class at 7AM. Any questions, send them my way.
Tomorrow, Saturday June 1st, is a impromptu, mini-potluck to welcome the pending summer energy. Bring a small dish to share or just your self. Randi is making chai.
I am also doing the annual mat purge.I’ll start sorting them tomorrow and by the 15th if any remain I’ll need to give it away. Let me know if your mat is unmarked among the stack. Some of them dont have names on them.
Late spring and summer bring changes that either put people on their mat of pull them off for other activities. I hope for those of you who feel compelled to get back on your mat, you think to visit Near East Yoga. For the rest, I abide till your return.
See you soon, Casey
Near East News: Memorial Day “Open Practice”, Info Delivery Systems, Yoga Teachers at Near East.
Memorial Day is one of a few holidays I go for “Open Practice”. The others fall on Christmas, Thanksgiving, July 4th and Labor Day. If you need special instruction on how to access Near East Yoga for “Open Practice” shoot me an email. If not, have at it. Please lock up, and blow out the candles if you are the last to depart.
Info Delivery, I’m always trying to think of the most efficient ways to let everyone know what new or different events are happing at Near East. Facebook, the website and email have been the trifecta for suitable delivery but I’d prefer to only use the website and Facebook. Facebook is best because it allows for a group conversation and is immediate. I avoid irrelevant and redundant posts due to the large amount of emails we all need to read and respond to.
Please add Near East Yoga into your news feed. That way you can receive immediate updates. I promise not to post what I had for lunch.
While I was gone and have since returned from Sri Lanka, the opportunity to include some great servants to the yoga has arisen. It’s a needed addition and follows in the line of many people who have both practiced and taught at Near East.
In July Sarah Jean Dombrowsky will be moving away- I’m sorry to loose her. She is an asset and will always be missed. She wont be far away though. After she gets settled in Salem she plans to join us for practice.
Melissa Pelletier has graciously agreed to pick up where Sarahji left off. Melissa has lots of warmth and presence to accompany her ever deepening skill set as a teacher and yogi. I’ve seen her grow and elegantly develop over the past few years and feel grateful that she wants to share her energy with our community.
Meadow Goldman and I have been splitting the 2 led classes on Monday and Friday. She has done a great job holding the space for nearly 6 months. It’s not an easy time to fulfill on but I think its an important one. I really want to keep the Monday class operative. It sets the tone so to speak for the week and acts as a starter for the Mysore experience. It thrives on being well attended. Hint Hint.
Johnny Haag will be hosting the Sunday Mysore class and I will either be practicing or working along side him. As a yogi and a teacher, Johnny has developed quickly and brings great energy to the yoga room. Chances are he will find bigger and brighter futures, but for now we are lucky to have his service at Near East Yoga.
All these additions and changes don’t mean to much concerning the over-all functioning of the studio and where the real location of yoga, in ourselves, abides. They do open me up to new opportunities to increase my vitality and that of Near East and the community. Supporting these teachers, the schedule and the space, makes our role easier. Thanks. As teachers we share yoga because we want to be close to the source and enjoy serving people. Beyond and individual, We as a group do Ashtanga practice in the morning and the evening. We take it seriously and make it a priority for ourselves. Near East Yoga reflects this element of personal responsibility, it’s open and vital and is a space for yogis to practice. It’s the gift we give each other and ourselves. Thanks again.
Enjoy the holiday weekend. Cheers, Casey