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A Love Note

February 4, 2010

My friend Katy's photo from Uganda.

My beautiful, loving teacher Rima, the apple of my eye, gave us a love note today.  When we were settling into class, the community of devoted Rima-students milling about and laying out our mats, Rima placed xeroxed sūtras beside each of us.  She told us she made them as love notes, especially for each one of us.

The love notes had a sūtra written upon them,

kshana tat kramayoh samyamad viveka jam jnanam.  By  Samyama on the sequence of indivisible moments of time, the past, present and future are known simultaneously, along with the nature of objects.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     -Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, III:53

We chanted the Sanskrit and discussed the sūtra in terms of the focus of the month, vinyasa krama.  To be conscious of each moment, to understand that everything is changing at every tiny increment of passing time, to begin to understand time itself, and to be conscious of your breath and the sequence of your movements within time.  To inject this experience of living with intention.  This is what this sūtra and this focus of the month is about and so much more.  And Rima was able to express this to us in the sweetest and most beautiful way.  Love you, Rima, so so much.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Rima permalink
    February 6, 2010 11:09 am


    You captured the essence of our Focus of The Month so perfectly… Vinyasa teaches us how to become masters of time so as to free ourselves from the limitations of time. Very much like meditation where we practice to master the mind so as to free ourselves from its limitations. Thank You for being such a receptive and perfect student. Love notes are only love notes when the recipient accepts them fully. All my love, Rima-

  2. February 10, 2010 2:23 pm

    this is a beautiful website. i “heart” yoga. (this is how u say this one, no?) my son, seal, is a great pop singer. his voice is smooth as silk, and he dabbles in yoga. thank you for your guidance in spirit and body. ive been eating from your recommended “lite diet”, and my pussy no longer smells like scallions, menthol and sewage. i cant wait to tell my son, seal, about this. it may inspire him to write kiss from a rose part 2. btw, wtf was up with no seal tune in most recent batman flick? bullcrap.

    sincerly, seal’s mom.

    • max permalink
      February 10, 2010 8:58 pm

      what a lovely picture, kyle. thanks for starting my day right. puts me in the mood for a winter salad!

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