For those of you traveling down to San Diego today for the third Ashtanga Yoga Confluence, here are Tim Miller’s thoughts to speed you along your way (but don’t read them while you’re driving):
Friday through Sunday will feature Mysore and guided classes, workshops, lectures, kirtan, and more with some of the best ashtanga yoga teachers in the world—Manju Jois, David Swenson, Richard Freeman, Dena Kingsberg, Dominic Corigliano, John Smith, Noah Williams, Mary Taylor, Shelley Washington, Jack Wiseman, Leigha Nicole, Diana Christinson, and myself. Some of the out of town participants have already arrived and showed up for class this morning at the Ashtanga Yoga Center. My dear friend, Johnny Smith, a bosom companion on many trips to Mysore, was in class at 7am.
Pattabhi Jois, our beloved Guruji, transmitted a bit of his essence into the soul of all the teachers at the confluence. The teachers will, in turn, transmit some of that essence to the soul of all the students present. Many of the students participating in the Confluence are teachers as well, and will be passing on what they learn to their students. This is known as the parampara, the transmission of a lineage from teacher to student. In the ashtanga community we are fortunate to be a part of a lineage that includes two of the most brilliant yogis of the 20th century—T. Krishnamacharya and Pattabhi Jois. All of the teachers at the confluence are acutely aware that they have been given something very precious and are blessed with the great privilege and joy of sharing it with others.
Check out all Tim’s thoughts — including more specifics about the auspicious sky above — at the link above. And: Enjoy the weekend.
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