Entry #18: Sunday, September 28th at 3:30 p.m. ~ Denver International Airport
I’ve come down from the mountain top so to speak and find myself sitting in the hubbub of the Denver International Airport (albeit enjoying a lovely glass of wine) before my 5:00 p.m. flight. A football game is being televised, and cheers erupt periodically over the steady clinking of glasses and silverware. What a contrast to the week I’ve had — no newspapers or CNN, no mail (email or otherwise) and VERY limited cell phone coverage. (I hear there was a presidential debate last night??) Geez, I feel out of touch! Or should I say, how IN TOUCH I feel. Still, it’s such a disconnect and I feel a bit like a visitor to a foreign land as I make my emergence back into the world in which I live. I’m thinking it’s gonna be a hard week … anyone ELSE out there thinking that?
Meeting John Friend
Yesterday’s class with John ~ “How to Grow a Lotus” ~ was a 2 hour practice of openings. (Can you say, “Hello Hips?!”) It was a large group ~ maybe 200 – 300? ~ and more than a few indicated they had never made it into full Lotus. John told them to open to the possibility ~ PRINCIPLE #1 ~ soften and open to grace. “Work the principles with me and it can be done.” He talked about teaching yoga at a YMCA in East Texas, and the doubting men in his classes who drawled, “You get me into Lotus John, and I’ll give you the keys to my truck!”
We worked, and we worked hard. We worked the principles in order: open to grace, hug in with muscular energy, inner spiral, outer spiral, extend out with organic energy and TA-Dah! Well, okay, there was a LOT of sweat & work and moan & groans in between, but the end result??? A helluva a lot of people in Lotus, INCLUDING a healthy batch of lotus virgins (my phrase, not John’s!) It was exhilarating!
As an aspiring Anusara Yoga teacher, I found the class completely inspirational. He took these people to the proverbial summit in less than 2 hours, and we went along for the ride. All by the principles of Anusara yoga, all on the currents of grace. And THAT is why I love this CHIT!
The First Time Lotus-ers Arise
As we prepped for savasana, I approached the stage and mumbled to John, “I … um … am ‘doing the blog’ and … um … do you think I could get a picture after savasana of all the people who got into lotus for the first time?” “Sure,” he responded with a smile and those trademark kind eyes. And THAT’S how I met John Friend. Man, I like to think I’m better at all of this, but no. (I’m having a flashback to when I met Lady Bird Johnson years ago. She borrowed my sweater at a museum and all I did was repeat over and over again, “THANK you, thank you, thank YOU!” Pitiful, just pitiful.)
I have a picture of the NEWBIES, but I can’t get it to load at the Denver airport and it’s time to catch my plane. Perhaps better luck at DFW. And I want to make special note that my roommate BRENDA also got into Lotus for the first time, but missed the photo because she was talking to John. Way to go, Girl!
With hugs to all of your muscles & bones,
P.S. FYI … I finally DID get to introduce myself to John AFTER I ran into him at the Denver airport!