September 24, 2008 ~ Last Day at the Grand Gathering
Sleepless in Austin
YJ Entry #31: Tuesday, October 7th 2:30 a.m.
The deranged vata rises! Went to bed and fell asleep, but two hours later I’m lying wide awake and working handstands in my head. I KNOW I can press my way up … just … need … a little … more …inner … SPIRAL!
Hmm. Perhaps I should have worked in that Roger Cole lecture on “Insomnia & Yoga” while out at the conference. Maybe next year. Okay, so anyway …
- What do you call a person who is “new” to Anusara Yoga?
- An Anu-newbie
- What do you call a seasoned practitioner of Anusara Yoga?
- An Anu-saurus
Besides thinking I’m pretty clever, I’m throwing these out for you as terms of reference. As I’ve mentioned before, one of the things that really struck me during the Grand Gathering was the number of “Anu-newbies” I came across. For whatever reasons, I had just assumed that all the participants would be enthusiastic Anusara Yoga practitioners with a baseline familiarity of the method, but that was not the case. Not all had drank the “kula-aide” just yet.
I found this both amazing and exhilarating. Many were simply there to … shall we say … taste test? Some came out of curiosity, some because of scheduling issues. (They couldn’t make the main conference and just wanted some mountain-top yoga.) I thought it was fascinating that they would sign on for something like the Grand Gathering with really no clue what to expect. How totally cool is that?!
No other place were our new friends more obvious than the dining hall. As we shared our meals, we frequently engaged in animated conversations. Occasionally someone would ask ~ “Just what IS this Anusara Yoga anyway?” ~ and we got to fill in the blanks.
The gates would open as we flooded them with the proverbial “oceans of grace,” our life-changing experiences with this practice we love. Talk about IMMERSION! When we finally paused long enough to “enjoy the breath,” I wondered about THEIR experience. Did they “feel the zeal” or were they “loopy” from the jargon? Could they get that whole “self-knowledge and delight in creative expression” thing in that short of time?
I thought back to our fill-in-the-blank ‘chit ananada’ lesson from Christina’s teacher training last summer. To help us define our message, she offered us this format:
“When we know __________ , we can express ourselves more ___________ -ly.”
It is essential that we can fill in these blanks every day, for our students, for ourselves, for one another. And THAT’S what we’re here for. As Amy Ippoliti put it, “Did you CHIT-ANANDA today?” When we KNOW our true essence, we can express ourselves more divinely.
May you hearts (& blanks) be filled each day,