If you’re in Chiang Mai, Thailand over the holidays, go study Ashtanga with Liz Derow!
A gift isn’t fully realised until it is given away, then. Those who will not acknowledge gratitude or who refuse to labor in its service neither free their gifts nor really come to possess them.
~ Lewis Hyde, The Gift
Photo credit from National Geographic
Here’s a short interview my friend Waylon at Elephant Journal did recently at the Yoga Journal Conference in Colorado with Richard Freeman about the trap of ambition in the path of yoga.
If you are in Denver anytime in the next few months, do yourself a favour and go see this extraordinary art exhibit by master glass blower Dale Chihuly.
Here in Phuket we are in the midst of an incredible retreat by luminary meditation teacher, scholar, Tibetan translator Alan Wallace. He graciously offers his teachings for free, so if you’d like to join us via podcast, go here and subscribe.
May all beings benefit!
A dear friend showed me this place years ago and I have been a fan ever since. You may know of the famous Wat Po massage school that trains many Thai massage therapists at their main school near the river. But fewer know about their satellite location in Sukhumvit–soi 39. Simple, clean, extremely efficient, the therapists are expert at their trade–I’ve never had a bad experience. Foot massage and “scrubbing” are on the ground floor, with upper levels reserved for full 1.5 or 2 hour Traditional Thai Massage. The rooms are pleasantly dark and airy, sparkly clean and calm. I have been known to book a taxi directly here from the airport on arrival in Bangkok. I can guarantee you will not walk out of here frazzled. The place is packed on Saturday afternoons, so book ahead.
Mon-Thu 09:00-24:30(L.O.22:30), Fri-Sun 10:30-01:00(L.O.23:00)
2 hour traditional Thai Massage: THB 300
1 hour foot Massage: THB 250
If ever the pace of life get’s you down, hurry up and take one of these…a walk in the wilderness. Nothing has the ability to renew my body and calm my mind and remind me of the preciousness of this human birth like a day in the mountains. Works every time.