Regular practice in de-cluttering, yoga, and being a good aunt

After my thorough New Year’s de-cluttering, I was quite satisfied… for a few days. Then I saw books, notes, pet fur, and fresh debris re-invading my immaculate space. Banishing clutter is not an occasional project—it must be regular practice. I’m reminded of a yoga teacher’s anecdote three years ago, which I cited in Clearing the clutter. When San Francisco yoga teacher Joe Naudzunas‘s truck was totaled, he had to empty it out. It took longer than expected. “Do you clean your car regularly?” he asked. “Or do you let junk accumulate in it? Do you use it as another closet, just … Continue reading Regular practice in de-cluttering, yoga, and being a good aunt

Clearing the clutter

“A man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone.” Walden, Henry David Thoreau When you’re utterly swamped, which priorities make the cut? Well, I recently moved (with the boyfriend and within the same city, but still a big deal) and blogging took a hit. Apologies. During my crazed period of discarding, donating, organizing, and packing, I found a box of unused FranklinCovey planner supplies. About a decade ago, a longtime law school friend convinced me to try the FranklinCovey system. I was a minimal convert, filling the monthly calendar with daily scribblings … Continue reading Clearing the clutter

Bad blood

I am still thinking about yoga teacher Joe Naudzunas‘s split from the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco, which I discussed in a prior post. It must be tough, leaving your yoga “home” of 20 years. I’m just an onlooker and lack the full story, so I’m not taking sides. Rather, I am thinking about my own dislike of tension or “bad blood” with others. I’m not talking about legitimate arguments with someone close. Being furious to the point of rage with those you love, letting your anger and vulnerability show: that is part of the deal in close relationships. … Continue reading Bad blood

Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco

On a recent trip to the Bay Area, I visited the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco (IYISF) for the first time. Tucked in a nondescript building at Taraval and 27th Avenue in the sleepy Sunset District, it’s the headquarters for formal Iyengar yoga study in Northern California. It’s also a troubled and financially strapped organization, perhaps due to its affiliation with (and control by) the Iyengar Yoga Association of Northern California (IYANC). The Institute’s summer special, five classes for $55, gave me the opportunity to try a bunch of their teachers. My favorite turned out to be a fellow … Continue reading Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco