Raw, adjective: 9. disagreeably damp and chilly, as the weather or air: a raw, foggy day at the beach.
Couple of sharp new pieces on yoga in the national media the last few days. Head on over to Mindful.org for this excellent book review courtesy of Shambhala Sun editor Andrea Miller, oh-so-cleverly titled "Yoga's Twisted History." You'll get the lowdown on Mark Singleton and Stefanie Syman's new books on the history of yoga, and a few more unexpected treats, as well.
Then hit the NYT for this piece on the delicate matter of yoga adjustments. You know, when the yoga teacher walks around and corrects your stance, or softens your shoulders, or lifts your torso? Adjustments can be at once powerful, revelatory, intimate, dangerous, and potentially injurious. The piece does well to highlight a few of those elements, though I imagine there's plenty of material out there for an article that does more than just skim the surface. Get in there.
(And if you haven't already, please bookmark Rachel Meyer Yoga. I'll often throw up interesting articles like this - the kind that deserve a good blogging - when I don't have much time between classes or, well, life. You can always find new dishy material there.)
Happy reading. We've got wind and cold and rain here in the City, our first dose in some time, really, so we're all fighting the impulse to complain about this actual winter weather. Perfect reading weather, I say. So curl up with a good rag or a dog-eared novel, tuck your feet into a comfortable half-lotus, and just get lost.
Yoga's Twisted History (Mindful.org)
Yoga Adjustments Tread a Fine Line of Personal Space (NYT)