Saturday, March 5, 2011

The Yoga Cynic Goes Native (Notes from the Magic Mountain #3)


...so far, my proudest accomplishment may be that, during my first practice-teach, somebody fell asleep during savasana....not that nobody ever dozed off back when I was teaching college English, but...

...I’ve been acquiring a reputation for going outside in the mornings in sub-freezing weather, barefoot...

...two weeks ago, parked my car in the upper lot, planning to go up and charge the battery once or twice a week....then, maybe four or five days in, went to get something and found the car so dead the clicker thing wouldn’t even work...thought guess I don’t have to worry about keeping the battery charged...

...after 6:30 am yoga and breakfast, Devarshi Steven Hartman led an morning-long “impolite conversation” of the Bhagavad Gita...following lunch, we undertook, as a group, a deep exploration of our individual pain and self-loathing, before closing out the day with an active vinyasa.....during dinner, ran into somebody from the coffee shop in West Mt. Airy, here just for the day, who asked what the teacher training was like.....I thought for a minute, said I’ll tell ya about it when I get home...

3 comments:

Brooks Hall said...

Sounds like you're doin' good work, Jay! Sometimes you gotta' go to the magic mountain, though I honestly didn't finish that book...

But seriously, addressing the pain and loathin' is important and healthy work (I'm pretty sure you agree.). And it's good to keep things to yourself at times. I imagine that a training like you're doin' could get pretty intense!

Be well.

Lydia said...

Wow, the teacher training goes deeper than I imagined. I find myself feeling happy for you, for all of it.
As for "home" - it might be where the heart is and it might be where the toes freeze. :)

LauraX said...

good choice Dr. Jay...just stay with the experience before trying to describe it in words... this is what my teachers always instructed us to do upon "re-entry" when going home...a little trickier when a piece of home comes to you. I know that deep roots are growing and will be sending up shoots and blossoms followed by sweet fruits when you have had time to really befriend the rich soil of all that you are learning.

gentle steps