Well, at risk of sounding a bit like a broken record, I have had a busy few weeks. Kelly and I took some time in Buena Vista, Colorado to work on the cabin there and to hike and bike and launch the Asana Junkies program’s fall session. I must say that this program might just be the best yet in terms of content and presentation and the organization of the course materials. I have worked really hard on everything and I am very pleased with the level the course is at right now. The response among the participants has been positive, which is very rewarding. I love hearing about how practice breakthroughs are happening and how folks are starting groups in their own areas to work on the sequences together. So fun.
Of course, the program has taken a lot of my time and creative energy to create the web page each week and to respond to all the questions in our online group. I looked at my blog the other day and thought, “Wow, it has been a while since I sat down to write an entry but I have lived at my computer a lot during the last three weeks. What has happened?!” Asana Junkies happened, that's what.
All that being said, Asana Junkies is a great course with many new and returning students and I am really enjoying it and am so happy with what I am offering and what the offering is teaching me.
I am writing this entry on a plane home from the Boston area where I was teaching for the weekend. The event was really gret because it was co-hosted by three local studios. I think this is such an enlighented way to host an event- three studios sharing in the process of hosting and the collaboration then sends out such good energy into the community. And in fact, the weekend was full of very good energy. So many of the students in the Boston area shared extensive training in Anusara yoga and so we have a lot of fun with the occasional foray into questions like:
Student: “So... you are talking about pushing down into the floor in plank...”
Student: “Is that the same thing as organic energy?”
Student: “But where is the midline?”
Christina: Are your arms supporting your weight, engaged and and straight?”
Christina: “Then you have the midline.”
And so on...
Or, Christina: “You might know this from a former life as Inner Spiral...”
Of course, there are other times when I had to answer questions, saying: “Oh, well, this one doesn’t fit the formula, I learned it in PT” like when we were engaging the transverse abdominals in plank
or “sure the principples might fit this one but they are not the what I see as the salient feature of the pose” such as taking your thighs back in handstand or how the arm bone has a quality of moving back even in mayurasana but that won’t really help you do the pose as much as some other actions will.
So, I felt like my teaching was a pretty good blend and integration of our shared knowledge and some newer techniques I have been practicing, exploring and teaching the last few years. And, on a personal note, I have to say I just feel more relaxed than ever about navigating those worlds. Maybe its like when you break up with someone. First, you have to make a clean break and maybe there are even some hard feelings and you just need some time and some space. But then, after a while, you realize you do want to be friends again and you were in love once for a good reason. And then the friendship ends up being healthier than the love affair ever was. Something like that.
As usual, my hosts were generous, welcoming and wonderful to work with. The students were fun and smart (Many even laughed at my jokes.) We had amazing weather, the restaruants were fantastic and I think I had two of the best nights of sleeps I have had in a long time with the help of some kind of deluxe tempurpedic mattress. I am headed home to finish some work on this week’s junkies materials and looking ahead to a weekend intensive with my friend Mari down in San Marcos.
Mari is an incredible speaker, author and spiritual mentor. She has extensive experience in Jungian-oriented psychology, body-centered inquiry and spiritual practice. She came last year to present in an intenwsive with me and Darren on mythology and she will speak on the wisdom of the body from a yogic perspective, which I am really thrilled about. We have a very awesome group of folks coming in from aroudn the country, many of whom haven’t come to San Marcos before so I am really excoted to share the space and time with them. It’ll be a really intimate gathering which is so rare these days so I am looking forward to being with folks and also getting a chance to be a student of Mari as she teaches. Last year it was awesome.
All right, more soon.
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