Out for Meditation



I’m doing the Vipassana Meditation 10-day course starting tomorrow. I’ll be out of contact (and thus not posting) until September 11, 2016.

For those unfamiliar with the course: no phones, no books, no notebooks, no interaction with anyone but the staff and teacher, and no exercise.  If it’s not meditation, it’s probably not allowed.

Wish me luck.

2015 Top 10: Highlights From the Year That Was

These aren’t necessarily in any order.


1.) Trekking the Great Himalayan National Park [June]:



2.) Teaching kids at KAMMS and Socare [September & October]: I finished my RCYT course in April and have been teaching kids when I have a chance:



3.) Completing Level I Examination at the Muay Thai Institute [September]:



4.) Riding camels at Pushkar and Jaipur [November]:



5.) Boating on the Ganges in Varanasi [October]:



6.) Wandering around a coffee plantation near Chikmaglur [April]:



7.) Completing the Level III and IV reviews in Kalaripayattu [February & August]:



8.) Touring the Glenloch tea factory in Sri Lanka [May]:



9.) 108 Surya Namaskara Against Child Trafficking [March]:



10.) Junk boat tour of Ha Long Bay, Vietnam [December]: This may be jinxing us to put it on the list,  before we’ve been (we leave tomorrow) but I’m optimistic that our three weeks in Vietnam will be awesome, and I’m told Ha Long



What to expect in 2016? Lilla and I will be moving back to the States around mid-year. (To where, exactly, remains a mystery.) In January and February I’ll be doing an RYT-300 course to round out my 500 hour yoga teacher certification. I plan to make at least one more trip to Thailand to MTI for Level II. I’d also like to complete the 10-day Vipassana meditation course before returning. Lilla and I are thinking about another Himalaya trek for the summer.

I’ll also be continuing to work on press handstand progression, as that’s been a focus for me of late and I still have a ways to go.



That’s 1,000 Posts, and I’m Out of Here

This is my 1,000th post on this site, and I’ve finished it just in time to get on a plane and leave the country, rounding out my blogging year with a nice round number. It’s been fun, and I’ll be back in early January to crank it back up.

Here’s a photo of where I’ll be.


A Brief Hiatus

IMG_3925I’ll be traveling in Southeast Asia for the better part of a month. During this time my posts will be sporadic at best.

However, upon my return I should have plenty of photos and a few stories from my visit to Malaysia and southern Thailand. In addition to hanging out on the beach and visiting temples, shrines, and restaurants, I’ll spend a couple of weeks training muay thai and bjj in Phuket.

Best wishes,


From Wikipedia; Source: Pai Spa www.pai-spa.com

From Wikipedia; Source: Pai Spa http://www.pai-spa.com

This blog will be on a 10-day hiatus as I will attending a 30 hour course on Thai Yoga Massage over the next week and a half by the Inner Mountain School of Healing Arts at the Fireflies Ashram in Bangalore.