Sun is shining, the weather is sweet
We’ve awoken to a clear, pale blue sky, a shimmer in the air that promises another hot day here in Encinitas.
Not too shabby.
Bobbie’s already off to her first practice during this Second Series training with Tim Miller; it’s his Sunday Led Second, during which he practices with the class. Then he turns right around and teaches a Led First; I’ll be there, along with I think about a handful of friends who also are down here this weekend.
Think of it as Ashtanga as a bringer-together.
Last night, Tim and Carol hosted the teacher trainees for a welcome dinner, and I snuck in. The group seems warm and anxious, and I heard a few people talk about the feeling or energy in Tim’s practice room. Sounds like it will be a wonderful two weeks, but I’ll let Bobbie be the one who dives into that when she can. (She did say he already has talked a lot about the Sutras and the Subtle Body.)
We talked to Tim about our Yatra to India, and I know he was trying to have a little fun with my trepidation. Among the things he said was: “For some, India is Pavarti. For others, Kali.” I’m lucky enough to know that even in her most fearsome aspect, Kali is still the protective and loving mother. So I think we’ll be OK. (Fingers crossed!)
But I don’t mean to turn your attention here, so much. (Although, I’ll repeat: Gonna be 80 on the beach today.) I was checking around, and Petra — to whom we’ve linked before — has posted about a few days practicing with Manju in Berlin. It’s right here, plus a little taste:
In some way, my third series was very hard. I was falling down, tried it again and again and again. My arms were burning. I did not want to give it up. Manju helped me with Urdhva Kukutasana C, which is hard for me. It was so funny because he guided me with breathing as well. He breathed aloud. After we did it together he said: “now I did this noise for you, next time you do it.” Hahaha. He is funny. It make me laugh. I like his sense of humor. He usually say something then leave with cheeky smile. Its fun to practice with him!
That captures what I’ve heard about Manju, and you probably could substitute in a number of Guruji’s most senior teachers, Tim included, and it would describe them, too. The Parampara is strong, and we are its fortunate beneficiaries.
Now, to get ready to get that benefit first-hand.
(Title from the Bob Marley song, because it’s a Reggae kind of week.)
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