During the Anusara Grand Gathering, John reiterated the theme of our community as “the merry band.” It’s a great analogy, of course, because it conjures up all sorts of images that serve as class inspiration. As a yoga teacher, there are many themes to run with:
- Playfulness and Celebration
- Individual Effort in Coordination with a Group
- Sustained Practice
- Skillful Action
You can further extend this idea to your individual BODY as the “merry band” ~ each muscle and bone an important band “member.” I’ve referred to this before as the kula of the body. Everything must work in unison; every piece must play its part.
Consider backbends … The back can’t do the backbend without the strong work of the legs, and the jaw isn’t really doing anything at ALL to help despite how strong it’s holding (but gosh, it sure means well)!
When there is balanced and skillful action, the body sings. When one area fails to perform or over-efforts, the music ain’t so grand. (And perhaps we cringe with the pain of a sharp note!) As practitioners, we are the conductor of this inner orchestra, the master of our OWN symphony!
Whether in the kula of the merry band or in that of body, keep in mind the words of H.E. Luccock: “No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra to play it.”
Play well, my friends, play well!