David Swenson reflects on the Confluence

David Swenson — who I know has been busy, as always, teaching and traveling since the end of the Confluence — posted some thoughts about it on Tuesday.

The link to the Facebook update is here. A few lines:

It was an experience to remember for all! For a wonderful few days we came together to honor K. Pattabhi Jois and to celebrate the joy, diversity and beauty that are Ashtanga Yoga.

Eddie Stern opened the event with a colorful puja for Ganesh that brought us all together on the lush landscaped lawns by the bay while the sun made it’s way below the horizon.


Many participants commented that they enjoyed the panel discussions the most of all. I personally felt so honored to be there listening to the other teachers, my friends, expounding upon the depth of their understandings of the practice, philosophy and life-tools gained from their decades of practice. It was a testament to the power of the system and also to the underlying thread of breath that connects us all. There were certainly differences of opinions on some topics but there was also a deep and resounding respect for each other. It was an important moment to acknowledge differences, accept changes and revel in the common love, respect and inspiration we each feel for each other and Ashtanga Yoga as a lifelong journey and valuable tool that we are all blessed to have been touched by.

You’ll have to click on the link to get all his thoughts. Do it: It’s way better than reading my whining about my neck.

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Two Ashtangis write about their practice and their teachers.

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