You Take Rest.

It’s the first Saturday of our two-week training, and because it’s Saturn’s-day, we are not practicing asana for our training. Which, frankly, is good because man, we are tired.

Steve takes today off from blogging, too, and before we head down to the beach I thought I’d touch on the whole rest day / Friday Primary only thing before we go. And share something that made me laugh this morning.

Tim remarked that many of the trainees were doing First in Mysore class yesterday–Friday–morning. Regular students of Tim’s know that Tim doesn’t hold to that rule. It’s up to you when you do your First Series practice, but you should do it once a week. This was true, he told us, back when Guruji only had a few students, but as more and more Westerners started showing up at the shala, and they were having to do waves of students, Friday Primary Only gave Guruji an easy day. Tim seems to manage to keep his room down to a manageable size (there were maybe 12 in his Intro to Second last night), so, not a problem.

But the day off–Saturday–has a reason. That ruling planet is a nasty one. I’m going to the beach.

Just before I go, though: You may recall the fun-fest that was the “Ashtanga has six poses” slip up on The Today Showrecently. I may have found its source in the great echo chamber of the World Wide Web. It’s this passed-along piece in The Daily Beast that describes yoga “types” and the personalities that suit them. I pass it along to you, because yesterday Tim was asked about perfectionism. That is to say, getting the pose completely right, exactly so. “Perfectionism is a curse,” said Tim, “It’s more about mystery than mastery.” Someone needs to get that word out. Here’s what the word is on Ashtanga out there:

4. Ashtanga

If you’re looking for a challenging yet orderly approach to yoga, try Ashtanga. Consisting of six series of specifically sequenced yoga poses, you’ll flow and breathe through each pose to build internal heat. The catch is that you’ll perform the same poses in the exact same order in each class. Some studios will have a teacher calling out the poses, while Mysore-style classes (a subset of Ashtanga) require you to perform the series on your own. (But don’t worry—there will always be a teacher in the room to offer assistance if you need it.)

Best for: Type-A folks. If you’re a perfectionist, you’ll like Ashtanga’s routine and strict guidelines.

Readers, there are a lot of terms you could use to describe me, but “Type-A” ain’t one of them.

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