YJ Entry #7: Wednesday, September 24th at 7:45 a.m. ~ Estes Park
The Embedded Yogi
The sun is rising over the Rockies on the last “official” day of the Anusara Grand Gathering. The air is crisp, the sun is bright, and the SHAKTI is as high as the Rocky Mountains it envelops. It is good to be me.
Inhale reach up …
As the Master class with the master conductor began yesterday morning, we folded into our first forward bend. (Have I mentioned there are 800 of us doing this at the same time?!) Christina ~ my teacher, mentor, friend ~ approached my mat and bent down to greet my upside down face.
“So Pammy,” she excitedly whispered, “Yoga Journal wants to know if it’s okay with you to link to your blog. They asked me to check with you.”
“What?!” Blood rushed to my head, and it wasn’t from the Uttasana. “Uh, well yeah, of course, but uh … WHAT?”
“We’ll talk later,” and off she went about her assisting duties.
Downward facing dog.
Exhale. And I think everyone did but me.
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After class I met up with Christina who introduced me to Andrea Kowalski, the Online Editorial Director at Yoga Journal magazine. We visited for a few minutes, and I told her I’d love to be linked to their site. I never did ask her how my blog came to her attention, but of course, we all know I LOVE an audience so there ya go!
Later in the day the 328 issue of the My Yoga Journal newsletter came out with an update from Estes Park:
” … the rustic grounds framed by snow-capped mountains are filled with yogis walking arm-in-arm, flying kites, smiling, and embracing. Wish you could be here? Live vicariously through attendee Pamela Walsh of Austin, as she shares her experiences on her personal blog.”
Okay, so I’m just a little jazzed. Shortly thereafter my blog counter started climbing more rapidly than the altitude between Austin and Denver. With an average of about 100 hits daily, my previous best day was 165. (I think it was when I posted my road trip with Mom & Dad which ~ by the way ~ has nothing to do with yoga, but IS quite funny.) In the last 12 hours, I have had close to 900!
So welcome new friends! I hope you’ll poke around and stay awhile. You’ll find my thoughts on heart-based themes, the value of the kula, and my life lessons off the mat. What has this thing called Anusara Yoga taught me? There is beauty in everything.
It is indeed good to be me.
Your Embedded Yogi,