This is the introductory sentence in the forward to Mastering The Art of French Cooking. "This is a book for the serventless American cook who can be unconcerned on occasion with budgets, waistlines, time schedules, children's meals, the parent-chauffeur-den mother syndrome, or anything else which might interfere with the enjoyment of producing something wonderful to eat." ............... Excellent.
The man sitting on all those blankets is Alan Haines. At the time this photo was taken Alan and I were part of a wonderful group of people doing our yoga teacher training at Kripalu. In November Alan will be giving a men only workshop called Big Guy Yoga. "At 6’2” and over 230 lbs he understands only too well the perception that one has to be extremely fit, thin or flexible to practice yoga. In his class the only thing that needs to be open and flexible is the mind. With a light hearted banter and regular reminders of the union of breath and movement, Alan emphasizes the "feel" of a posture more so than the look. His every-person approach to yoga and his gift of putting people at ease provides a comfortable environment for practitioners of all builds, backgrounds and ages to explore the benefits of yoga. He is a certified Kripalu and Yoga Ed k-8 teacher and has also completed the David Swenson 40 Hour Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training." This is going to be a fantastic workshop and I cant recommend it highly enough.