Your favorite Confluence moment?

On Tuesday, Tim Miller shared his favorite moments from this year’s Confluence — plus his one disappointment.

Eventually (I’m a bit slow), that got me thinking about what was my favorite moment from this really remarkable gathering of not only the senior Western Ashtanga students, but of all the rest of us, too.

Was it my great backbend adjustment/assist during the Sunday Mysore? Was it that whole practice? (Surely not!)

It might even have been the music on Saturday night, which as Tim noted too few people enjoyed. Or the Ganesha puja.

Upon some reflection, and given “where my head’s at” following our trip to India, I’m going to go with any and all the times Eddie Stern talked about Vedic thinking and tradition. So much of it was great, but listening to him is what continues to reverberate.

Now, it’s your turn. But first, a quick comment: I’m like you. There are a bunch of websites I frequent where commenting is allowed and encouraged, but I never do. It’s comfortable, and safer, just “to lurk.”

Given that 50 or so people– maybe more — over the Confluence weekend said something to either Bobbie or me about the blog, we know you’re out there reading. So here’s a chance to finally post a comment.

What was your highlight from the Confluence? Was there a low moment, ala Tim’s? And does anyone want to start the drumbeat for the next one’s happening on the East Coast?

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7 thoughts on “Your favorite Confluence moment?”

  1. I really want to participate…but I have such an aversion to “favorites.” In fact, I will only declare one favorite thing (besides pizza…okay maybe two) and that is “It’s a Wonderful Life” is my favorite movie.

    And if you think about it, scratch that, if I think about that, it all makes perfect sense. The one lesson we learn from ol’ Jimmy Stewart is that “No man is a failure who has friends.” For me, this was definitely the highlight of the Confluence (although I really dug listening to Eddie as well). I got to see and connect my dear friend Sarah who has gotten married and moved to Scotland and I got to practice next to you two for the first time. What more could I really ask for?

  2. I concur, let’s have an East Coast Confluence! Although we don’t want to steal the West Coast’s thunder, either. How about Autumn in New York, and March in Cali?

  3. I don’t read your blog… 😉 My favorite moment is probably the same as Tim’s unexpected surprise… hanging out with the tweens was the best part of my weekend. (can we get a google login on this thing? that’s why I don’t comment much)

  4. My favorite moment was when somebody asked a question about aging with the practice and Eddie said, “Great question! Tim?” Or maybe that was just the funniest, and my favorite was hearing Timji discuss the difference between the Iyengar downward-facing-dog and the Pattabhi Jois downward-facing-dog.

  5. Tim’s one eyebrow lift. I asked him specifically to repeat it for me to record video.

    I’m still processing that whole weekend. It’s difficult since I’m in the middle of attending SXSW Interactive, so my brain is really being maxed out these last 2 weeks. I’ll have a better answer later. I did miss the kirtan since my toddler was having a meltdown, so I’m bummed about that. Does anyone have video of it to share?

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