Ari & I are in Dallas for Judith Lasater’s Restorative Yoga training. We drove up early this morning, a drive punctuated by stops at McDonald’s (hashbrowns for Ari) and Starbuck’s (coffee for Pam). We arrived in good time, thanks to Ari’s great navigational skills and schlepped our gi-normous bags of props into the art gallery where we took our places along with about 65 others. As Genevieve promised, Judith is filled wise & thought-provoking commentary and I find myself frequently scrambling for a pen to write down her “Quotable Quotes.”
And then there is the endearing way that she reminds us of our beloved J-Mo with her directness when she inquires (each & every time), “May I touch you?” before adjusting. She amazes me by her proficient redirection of off-topic questions & run-on commentary by workshop participants like me! 🙂 There is much to learn from her.
This prop-intensive practice is an interesting one for sure, and I’m learning about a very different style of yoga than what I have practiced to date. I am thankful that Ari is here with me to “support” me and share the experience. With her permisssion to share, the two of us are pictured below working very hard to master these poses.
F.Y.I ~ Judith recommended the blanket over my head to soothe my “deranged vata” dosha. (Can you believe she called me a “DERANGED Vata”?! ) After a brief encounter, she recommended that I practice — just for these 4 days — moving 10% slower than normal … just to see how it goes. So, Ari is now my speed-monitor. She’ll let you know how I do!
(and r.e. too, I’m sure!)