When the Learning Starts

I’m not sure exactly when I stopped obsessing over asana. There’s been a gradual shift over the past couple of years, as I’ve become less hungry for the next pose and more hungry for how to become a better teacher, a more devoted practitioner, a better person. This year has been full of unexpected challenges which have shifted my perspective. I went to India to practice and was stopped there by life circumstances. I went to Encinitas to see my teacher to help me through an injury when I was too scared to practice, and now I’m working on new techniques and at a different pace.

 I’m here in Boulder almost 3/4 of the way through Richard Freeman’s month-long teacher intensive. This has been on my Ashtanga bucket list for years, and it has absolutely been worth the wait. The practice is slow and deliberate, led mostly by Richard. Confession: we haven’t done full primary yet! It’s a different thing for me, to take a month off from...

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A Near Life Experience

Uncategorized Feb 01, 2016

Why do you practice?

It’s been nearly two weeks that I’ve been in India. Two weeks dedicated to practice and study with a teacher, and what a privilege it’s been. I know it can’t last forever, and I’ve been enjoying every minute of it. At home I lead a double life – one foot on the yoga mat and one foot in the regular world. Right now, I’m able to live with both feet on my mat and I feel more focused than I have in ages.

In practice, David calls me out on all my bad habits. He shouts at me to be decisive, to be disciplined, to be patient. It’s like he’s honed in on all of my least favorite traits. Working with a teacher daily in a room full of dedicated practitioners is a powerful thing – it’s hard and it’s humbling and it’s scary. It’s all of the emotions that make us feel so human.

On my mat I’m going to those uncomfortable positions that I hate to love. To those difficult asanas when I...

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