Whoa. There is so much to process and so much to share. I’ve only gotten as far as pulling the dirty laundry out of our luggage, so I have a lot of work ahead of me (after I catch up on my day job, of course) before I can really put together some meaningful posts.
To tide you over, I’ve conglomerated all my Tweets here to give you a taste. I also posted a bunch of pics on Instagram along the way, which are linked in the Tweets.
For now, I’ll just say that I really feel a deeper relationship with the practice of ashtanga and with the spirit of Guruji through all the many touching and hilarious stories the teachers shared. I’m especially thankful for the experiences that Dena and Nancy shared with us.
Stay tuned over the next few days/weeks (as I’m sure it’ll take that long for me to go through my copious notes!). And also as a heads up, I’m attending SXSW Interactive this coming weekend, so my brain may very well explode with all the ashtanga yoga and interactive geekiness.
From February 28:
Just saw David swenson pass by. Must’ve been on the same flight
Things to remember. A stain upon your consciousness.
That is some ashtanga heritage gathered here http://instagr.am/p/WS7IE6zZFz/
Always impressed how perfect grass is in California http://instagr.am/p/WS7scmzZGm/
Live music to get us in the yoga mood http://instagr.am/p/WTHC6EzZFj/
From March 1:
Day 1 impressions: lots of chanting that im not used to doing. I hum along. Met some nice ppl.
Day 2: starting odf with led primary with dena kingsberg. Everyone’s in close proximity. Looking forward to mysore tomorrow instead
note to self. Wash moisturizer thoroughly before practice
Jealous yet? Loving socal http://instagr.am/p/WU5Nl9zZFF/
Amazing how some girls will put on full makeup while I’ve already sweat through my clothes this morn
I think i like nancy’s old school version of ashtanga with rounded forward folds. Better stress relief.
Day 2 impressions: my arms a little like mush after 2 practices and carrying 20 lb toddler.
From March 2:
Upgrade to a garden studio room was a good idea. http://instagr.am/p/WXKRUtzZB0/
Tim Miller’s one lifted eyebrow needs to be made into an animated gif
Day 3: with help, i was able to grab my toe from behind! So much yogic philosophy. Lots of work needed for pranayama
Missing the kirtan, but im so exhausted. Also, kid had a complete meltdown at dinner.
And the fake burrito we’re hiding using uddiyana bandha… I totally ate a real one. Power of suggestion from dena
From March 3:
Final mysore class. Hope i have someone else doing primary only to follow. You’d think after 6 years…
Got some major assists from eddie stern this morn to bind in marichiyasana c and d (almost in d).
Thanks to dena kingsberg, i found a new level of shoulder flexibility. Feeling very limber. 3 days of ashtanga does that.
Looking forward to this next panel about applying asana as a healing modality. I submitted a ? about thyroid disease.
Final day: so obvious how much these teachers love guruji. Incredibly thankful they share their stories and love with us.
I have so much good stuff to bring back and reflect on in the next few days.
This is my calm before the storm that is called sxsw interactive.
From March 4: David swenson is on my flight home. How will he handle this flight delay and my rambunctious toddler?
If anyone was wondering, david is just like the rest of us. Falls asleep before the plane takes off. 🙂