join us in reading and discussing Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler. book club is free and open to all. inquiries welcome. here is a short, illuminating piece by octavia butler, “a few rules for predicting the future.” and listen to Octavia talk about her speech at the 2001 UN Racism Conference on NPR.
This Saturday we’ll meet live and online via Zoom to discuss On Immunity by Eula Biss, a succinct nonfiction exploration of issues related to health, illness, medicine, care of the self, and care for one another. If you’d like to join, please sign up in advance on MindBody! These gatherings are free and open to all.
Here is some supplemental reading that may inform our conversation.
“Get Ready for a Vaccine Information War” — The New York Times
“The Coronation” — Charles Eisenstein
A short piece by Eula Biss in the New York Review of Books “Pandemic Journal”
Please reach out with any questions! Hope to see you “there.”
After careful consideration and daily reassessment, we’ve decided to close both Shala studios for 2 weeks, effective on Monday, March 16.
We feel strongly that connection and communication are of the utmost importance, especially now. We are here to support you in whatever skillful form that has to take for the time being. We appreciate the overwhelming support you’ve already offered, and we need your continued support during this emergency closure.
We are working on setting up online classes, which will help us stay in touch and keep practicing together. Online classes will also help sustain our teaching staff and keep the studios afloat. We encourage you to purchase gift certificates and/or class cards for the future, when we can get together again. 🙂
You can check our website, Instagram and Facebook for updates. You can collect your mats tomorrow in-between classes or we will post times for mat pick up during the weekdays.
Keep practicing! Take care of yourselves and others! We love you.
K + B
Last month we learned so much from Kate Johnson’s workshops on cultivating a more diverse yoga community. Our aim as a studio is to make the Shala a welcoming and inclusive space for anyone and everyone interested in the practice of yoga.
To the Shala, with love from Megna Paula:
It is both a joy and an honor to introduce Rocket Yoga to the Shala! We have a 14 year long history of being the yoga home for both traditional Mysore teachings of Ashtanga, as well as space for Vinyasa classes that honor the foundations of traditional lineages. A few yogis of our community have experienced the Rocket in San Francisco, where it was created in the spirit of the rebellious 60s and 70s. Rocket classes still carry that laid back West Coast creative vibe, in a way that translates as bright NYC energy.
read here and here for more on miriam toews, the author of our book club selection women talking. these articles provide useful, detailed context for the novel, and were cited during our discussion on saturday, october 19, at the fort greene studio. you can also listen to this very thorough interview with miriam toews on the “between the covers” podcast.
come to the opening!
public reception for the gina dominique's "Meditations on Pink" exhibition at the Shala Union Square, on Friday, October 11, from 5:30-7:30 PM
the abstract & the divine
Gina Dominique has another show at Lehman College called "Pink Universe." She did an interview about the show for the Lehman College website, which is reposted here:
every month we issue a newsletter chock full of information about what’s happening at the shala. we know it’s easy for these missives to get lost in the inbox shuffle, so we’re building an archive of our letters to the shala community here. here’s the latest.
The Shala is excited and honored to welcome Jocelyne Stern to the Mysore Ashtanga program. She will be teaching Monday through Wednesday 6:15 to 8:15am in Union Square. A wealth of knowledge, wisdom and experience, Jocelyne has been practicing and teaching Ashtanga Yoga for over 30 years.
Jocelyne Stern is an Ashtanga Yoga and meditation teacher. She made her first trip to India in 1986, where she learned yoga from Rudra Gowda in Rishikesh and Swami Gitananda in Pondicherri. She was first introduced to Ashtanga Yoga by Derek Ireland and Radha, and worked with them for several years at the Practice Place, a yoga retreat center in Crete. In 1991, she made the first of many trips to Mysore to study with Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Jois. She has been teaching since 1995, when she co-founded the Patanjali Yoga Shala with her husband, Eddie. After the birth of their daughter, their yoga shala moved to Broome Street and became Ashtanga Yoga New York, and Jocelyne taught there periodically over the following 15 years. In 2015, Ashtanga Yoga New York moved to Brooklyn, where Jocelyne continued to teach and also co-created Sadhu Elixir, a healing oil. She practices Vipassana meditation and has attended many Vipassana retreats. She was given Kamala Masters's blessing to teach Metta meditation in 2015. Jocelyne teaches meditation and yoga alongside Eddie at international retreats, and works with homeless men and other at-risk communities.