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Tim Miller talks about the Confluence

February 29, 2012
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I’d suspected that this week’s Tuesdays with Timji would focus on the Ashtanga Yoga Confluence. I was right. (I like to point that out because it is of the Blue Moon rare variety.) Some key parts to get you psyched:

The tribe has already started to gather—my regular classes are starting to swell a bit with the new arrivals from various parts of the country. Most of these folks I have met at some point, either through their attendance at a workshop I taught in their area or their participation in a teacher -training course or retreat. It feels a bit like a family reunion—nieces and nephews and cousins all coming together for a big celebration. My fellow teachers at the Confluence are like brothers and sisters that I rarely get a chance to spend time with. The last time we all got together was for Guruji’s memorial in 2009. The Confluence will be a different kind of Guruji memorial—a joyful celebration of Pattabhi Jois’ life and legacy.

Just to set the record straight, I have had very little to do with the organization of this event. Jenny Barrett and Deb Ifill, two of my students, came to me a year ago with the idea of creating this event. I told them I would be happy to participate as a teacher, and volunteered to reach out to some of my old friends in the ashtanga community to see if they had any interest in being part of this event. We decided to keep it relatively small and intimate the first time around, to select just a handful of the top ashtanga teachers in the world to be the main presenters. The first people I thought of were Richard, David, Nancy, and Eddie.

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I get the glamorous job of shuttling some of the teachers from the airport to the Catamaran. It is exciting for me to be able to spend some time with my colleagues who I love, admire, and respect so much, and to see so many old friends who are coming from near and far to participate as students. When we first began to plan this we had no idea how many people would sign up for the Confluence—the last I checked we had 500 people on the waiting list!

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I’m sure that Guruji will be watching from above, and smiling.

OK, that’s a bit long, but here’s my key point: The part that I’ve “snipped” between “on the waiting list!” and “I’m sure that Guruji” is must read. So, go read it. And then finish packing. Or, if you’re like me, work like hell to get all your real-world duties done so you can get yourself in the spirit of the event, into the stream of the rivers that are even now flowing together.

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