Rethinking not taking the Intro to Second class?

I just got an email from the Ashtanga Yoga Confluence confirming my registration (again, thankfully). More interestingly, it also added this:

Backbending on the Current of Breath taught by Richard Freeman on Saturday, March 3 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm is a few over capacity. If you are interested in switching to Intro to the Second Series taught by Nancy and assisted by Tim Miller, please let us know.

You probably received this as well. Any thought on what it means?

My first thought is that it suggests those coming are overwhelmingly First Series practitioners and are a bit leery of diving into the advanced asanas. (I’ve done some intro to Second Series classes with Tim, and it isn’t too terrifying. Just sort of.) It may also be that Freeman arguably is the biggest name at the Confluence, thanks to his books. (I’m sure plenty of you would argue with that; I might even do so.)

Or, perhaps, it is simply that a lot of us are focused on improving our backbends.

Would you be willing to switch that class?

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3 thoughts on “Rethinking not taking the Intro to Second class?”

  1. Your first and last explanations apply to me. I would be more than happy to be at a stage in my practice where I was able to take full advantage of a second series exploration with Tim & Nancy. I think most people thought long and hard before deciding which session was the best use for their hard earned cash!

  2. Having survived a few of Tim’s Second Series intros, I can say they are doable by more people than you’d think. (Read: By me!) And the backbends that are involved do open things up a bit.

    I probably fall into the “I want a chance to see how a different teacher (Freeman) approaches things” than anything else.

    Thanks for the comment!


  3. I fall into the ‘I want to study with Richard as much as I possibly can without moving to boulder’ camp. the man knows his yoga.

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