Sharath said the magic word: Pashasana (first pose of 2nd Series) this morning.
Not so fast, Ms. Happy Face.
Moi: But I can't stand up from backbend yet.
Sharath: It’s ok. You can do. It's easy. Stand up!
This I could not do.
What pleases me – far more than the free pass to 2nd Series - is Sharath believes I can and will do it soon and easily. And I am beginning to believe it too!
I’ve felt close, but have also had (quite) a few moments here feeling bad, and have been sneaking out before standing bends because of sleeplessness (my excuse) and ….. Fear.
Sharath is an amazing teacher. He seems to know just when to kick your rear, when to ignore you, and when to offer support.
I bow deeply to him.
As for self absorption, it's an easy thing to fall into when one is here. Yoga, asana, doing it all well, advancing, socializing, eating, FaceBooking, etc.
Not just here but in my life at home, I feel happiest at these times: during yoga practice, when I am doing something of service, engaged in creative activism, or making art. Why? I think because I move from self absorption to self awareness; ego drops and is forgotten! Don't we all drop the burden of ego when performing certain activities? (And at certain moments it often spontaneously happens.)
I am so enthralled too, with the work Alexander Medin is doing. He seems to prove service, art, and yoga take us out of ourselves toward truth. Medin is changing the lives of heroin addicts by way of an undiluted Ashtanga practice and through ass-kicking (extreme – in the jungles of India) SERVICE. One thing I learned when practicing with his group Back in the Ring in Goa – is – there except by the grace of God…go I. Who does not seek happiness and peace in life? Who has not walked toward it via paths that are illusory, dangerous, destructive?
Here's links to Back in the Ring, and Medin’s TED talk is amazing too.