YJ Entry #10: Thursday, September 25th at 5:40 p.m. ~ Estes Park
Okay, it’s been a very busy 24 hours and I haven’t had an “OM-ment” to write. So much has gone on and I have lots to write about. The Anusara Talent Show/Follies was great fun last night with a wide range of “talent” and I’ll put that in quotes because I’m not sure that’s a totally ACCURATE description of the entire show, but we’ll go with that.
Even though the Grand Gathering technically came to a close last night, today offered some fabulous Anusara teachers for both the half-day intensives or a full day with Desiree. I spent my day with Sienna Sherman in the morning and Amy Ippoliti in the afternoon. All I can say is… if I DID wore socks, they would have been blown off. Both of these dynamic ladies gave me great things to walk away with and showed me more of why I love this whole Anusara thing. Look out! I am SPIRALING out of control.
So, I have limited time to post before John Friend’s Welcoming Remarks for the Main Conference, and I’m giving up my dinner to do so. Ah, the life of a journalist. (Is there nothing I won’t do for you people!?) Because I have lots of different topics and I don’t know how many I can get through, I’ll just post each topic as a new entry in this line up.
First up … the Anusara Follies. There were some great acts including the littlest yogi, and amazing Hoop girls, dance numbers, poems, some people who could actually sing — watch out Simon Cowell — and a hilarious impersonation of John by our friend Brent, the bass player in Shantala. (Side note for the Austin crew: Remember when we built the great kula song list & I threw in Neil Diamond’s “Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show” because I had decided the John Friend must be a bit like Brother Love? Well, Brent apparently had a similar impression.)
I’ve learned this talent show has been a regular feature at Anusara gatherings, and Desiree has a history of planning some great spoofs. This year, she choreographed a group singing a yogi’s version of “Breaking Up is Hard to Do”. This one was about kicking up in handstands. “Don’t take the wall away from me … ‘cuz kicking up is hard to do” It was priceless. And then there was a mezmorizing performance by two Acro Yogis.
But enough of my words, here are some pix.
One of the Dancers ~ in background, John Friend with the band Shantala (Benjy, Steve & Heather)
Ross & Tiffany’s Duet ~ Sing along
The Acro-Yogis take the stage while Shantala plays background
The Mermaid Flies
And the petite yogi helps Benjy Wertheimer of Shantala fly ~ You don’t really grasp this without understanding just what a large presence our Benjy is, so here’s the FULL video!
“Don’t Take Your Wall Away from Me” ~ Watch the Video
Brent as the Reverend Ananda ~ Playing it “skillfully”
Sharing the Love