Monday, January 30, 2012


Don't you wish you lived in Portland and practiced Ashtanga Vinyasa here?

Not only do we now have three places to practice Mysore-style Yoga, but this spring we are awash in Ashtanga Vinyasa events. It's shaping up to be a real Ashtanga Vinyasa spring ...

1. One Year Anniversary Party!

As Captain Marvel says, Holy moley! Portland Ashtanga Yoga turns one in February!

Come celebrate with a pot-luck-slash-BYOB smash-fest on Saturday, February 18, from 4-6:30 p.m.

Cindi and Ted Wilke have graciously agreed to once again host our wild yogini shenanigans at their house.

Please bring yourself, your spouse or significant other, your offspring, however demonic, your friends, prospective significant others you are trying to impress with your profundity and depth, and/or random hungry acquaintances.

(For this last, please ensure they are good conversationalists.)

This will be a pot-luck: for the love of god, PLEASE bring food that you would LIKE TO EAT, NOT what you think "yoga people" would like to eat.

Also, it will be Saturday afternoon. I will not tell your parents if you bring a bottle of wine.

The Wilke Residence
2840 NE Everett
PDX 97232

2. Kevin Kimple Returns to Portland March 1-9!

Kevin is, as we used to say in Southern California, a pretty rad dude — he directs the Eugene School of Yoga, he spent a lot of time practicing this Yoga and living in Mysore, and he's the only Authorized Ashtanga teacher in Oregon (note that the capital "a" means it's legit).

Kevin's agreed to fill in for me while Tara, Rowan and I are at the Ashtanga Yoga Confluence in early March. He'll be handling Mysore classes March 1-9.

He'll also be hosting workshops Friday ( March 2, 6-8 p.m.), Saturday (March 3, 1-4 p.m.) and Sunday (March 4, 1-4 p.m.) at Yoga Pearl.

Kevin's handling the topics, so stay tuned for more details and info on where to enroll.

3. Richard Freeman in Portland May 4-6

The Ruler's back! Richard "Slick Rick" Freeman will be visiting Portland May 4, 5, and 6. This is an occasion not to be missed — Richard is one of the leading lights in both the Yoga world in general and the Ashtanga world specifically.

Apparently Richard is still deciding on specific topics. But for more information, and to sign up online, visit:

This even will sell out, so seriously, don't sleep on this.

5. My Book Is On Amazon

No asana photos. Apparently it's funny. You'll get a kick out of it. I guarantee there's not another book about Ashtanga Yoga like it:

6. David Garrigues at Breitenbush March 15-18

In other Pacific Northwest Ashtanga Vinyasa news, David Garrigues (D-Gar) will be at Breitenbush in March.

David's one of the few Certified Ashtanga teachers in the U.S. (note the capital "c" to indicate it's legit), and he's been teaching and practicing for a long time.

Like many long-time teachers, he's got terrific respect for and experience with the Ashtanga Vinyasa tradition, yet he balances this with the artistry required by teaching.

David's been doing these great "Asana Kitchen" videos lately, so you can get a feel for his style by watching them. He's also been wearing some phenomenal shirts of late. Check out "Asana Kitchen":

More info on Breitenbush:

7. Where To Find Me Online

Yoga is all about conversation and connection; here're some places online where this conversation is happening:

Leaping Lanka:
Facebook Portland Ashtanga Yoga:
Twitter: @leapinglanka