I try and put out a rant on a Friday afternoon. I don't get to it every week. But here is the latest one. It's all about the yoga guru, Nithyananda, who is on the run (again), hiding from the court, which wants to ask him tough questions about raping someone. But, today, his organisation put out a promotional video inviting young, "chaste" women to come and stay with him in the ashram. The timing of this struck a nerve with me, and so I spent this afternoon writing this article, instead of doing the work I'd planned.
On Tuesday, I attended Yuri’s Detox class at Terasu Yoga Studio.
The class itself was dynamic and powerful. I sure worked up a sweat!
We completed vinyasa flows, focusing on hip openers, core, and twisting. With every transition, we held each posture for a count of 3 rounds of breath. We ended the class in śavāsana.
The décor in Terasu is very modern. It has wooden floor boards and panels, with exposed concrete. The studio can comfortably fit 15 people, it also has storage units for bolsters, yoga mats, blocks, and a few plants. The change room and reception are in the front as you walk in.
I paid ¥2160 for a trial class. There are monthly membership options as well as prepaid class options.
I had a great time and enjoyed meeting fellow yogis. Looking forward to my next class at Terasu Yoga Studio.
How to get there: Terasu Yoga Studio is a 1 minute walk from Kyoto Karasuma Shijo station.
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The Yogascapes Conference will be held from 2 to 3 November at the Liberal Arts Institute (ILA), Doshisha University, Kyoto.
It is an interdisciplinary conference that gathers scholars from various fields, such as: linguistics, literature, anthropology and history.
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So, apparently the number of Sanskrit speakers is on the increase. The 2001 Census reports 14,134 speakers, while the 2011 Census reports 24,821. This is quite miraculous... The last figure from Table C is, for me, the most interesting. Below are the gender splits and states with the most speakers of Sanskrit. Getting the information related to districts and tehsils within states is quite tricky, it seems. However, we should be skeptical, at least, of these claims, as there is as much politics informing this result than an objective, ideological-free reporting of collected data. Also, this data is gathered through self reporting. Which makes it quite difficult to know just how much Sanskrit someone can speak. And, remember, this is also meant to be someone's 'mother tongue' as well.
TOTAL MALE FEMALE STATE
3802 1984 1818 MAHARASTHRA
3388 1845 1543 BIHAR
3062 1697 1365 UTTAR PRADESH
2375 1239 1136 RAJASTHAN
1871 988 883 MADHYA PRADESH
1218 698 520 KARNATAKA
Below, is a short book review of Sheldon Pollock's book, A Rasa Reader: Classical Indian Aesthetics. This is an impressive book that covers the 1500+ years of the development of aesthetic theories of perception in South Asia's extensive literary and performative tradition. If the article is not available for viewing in this post, please click below. Then, you'll need to scroll down to ARTICLE 8.