YJ Entry #2: Monday, September 22nd at 8:15 a.m. ~ Estes Park
Not much to write so just a couple of quick notes. Drove up here yesterday and pulled into Estes Park to the scene of several Elk hanging out by the roadside. Visited shops and had lunch before coming on up to YMCA of the Rockies. The Grand Gathering is SOLD OUT … I was curious what that meant. It means 800!!! We will all be practicing together in one large group session with John Friend at 9:30 this morning. How on earth will that work? The rec center is taped off in slightly larger than mat footprints. We will be mat to mat. John will be on stage and they have 2 large projection screens for the group.
At last night’s welcoming remarks, John talked about the day he wrote down his vision for Anusara Yoga and how Douglas Brooks gave him the name. He also introduced the teaching staff of about 20. After that there was Kirtan chanting with Shantala — remember the bass player Brent from teacher training this summer? In all, John said there are about 250 certified teachers in the world and 77 of them here at Estes Park. There are people from all over the US. I’ve also met folks from England, Trinidad & Singapore already. (It’s that whole world domination thing, baby!) It’s truly quite something.
Beautiful venue, great facilities ~ I am staying in a room at one lodge with Jill, Jen R. & Kristen. Jesse is in the same lodge we are. Kim S. and Tabitha H. are also here and Charlie L. Okay a couple of pix then I have to go find my place in the hall.
Should have more time to write details this afternoon.
The Majesty of Estes Park!
The Welcoming Committee
Estes Park, Colorado
Our Girl Christina during Introductions at the Opening Remarks Sunday
The Anusara Yoga Teaching Staff for the Grand Gathering
Desiree at far left, Douglas Brooks next to Christina, John Friend far right