YJ Entry #9: Wednesday, September 24th at 7:00 p.m. ~ Estes Park
Today’s class with John touched me at the core. His theme of love embodied both play and devotion. We took our legs up and to the side in Hasta Pandangustasana, then reached out to support our neighbor’s ankle forming lines of foot-to-hand connected yogis. While holding each others’ foot, John instructed us to hop to the left, then hop to the right. Release of the feet and spontaneous laughter. There is always so much joy in Anusara yoga class, the playful delight of the Divine.
John asked us first to dedicate our practice to someone we love, to someone who supports us, and to imagine practicing our asana as if our loved one was standing right before us. For me, it was my husband Brian. I have described him as the string to my kite. Without him, I’d spin in circles in crash. He lifts me up and allows me to be who I am. Back home in Austin, he is doing double time with work and the boys. I am so incredibly blessed. And the practice continued.
Next, he asked us to dedicate our practice to someone who was suffering. One of my co-workers came to mind. Though we aren’t especially close, I thought of Peggy whose cancer has returned, which has required her to take a leave of absence from teaching. She loves the mountains, and I know she’d love it here at Estes Park. She was fully on my heart. Funny (or maybe not) when I returned to the lodge and checked my work email, there was a message from another co-worker with Peggy’s address. TODAY is her birthday. And the practice continued.
The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires. ~ William Arthur Ward
Finally, he asked us to dedicate our practice to our teacher … and tears filled my eyes. I am overwhelmed with such gratitude for my teacher Christina Sell. As I’ve experienced this Anusara Yoga Grand Gathering, I have been so aware of her dedication to the method, to the principles of Anusara Yoga. She conveys both the technical material and ~ more importantly ~ the essence of this method. I thought back to something I wrote about her a year or so ago ~ Tribute to my Mentor. I bow in your honor, Christina. You are a gift.
“It’s Gonna Be Great!” … And it always has been!
(Most) of the Austin Contingency ~ Jesse & Tabitha at the back; Kristen, Christina, Jen, Kim & Me
Still to Come … Reports on break-out sessions, the Anusara Follies evening entertainment, Notable Quotables, the Main Conference Kick-off, and more photos!