Closed for the Summer
I've decided to take a break from blogging during August. This relates to my last couple of posts on Intermediate and my previous post in particular.
The plan is to practice by the book for the next month, Sunday to Monday Intermediate, Friday Primary and rest on Saturday. I want to work on One Pointedness, focusing intensely on the breath, Bandha and Drishti with minimum distraction. I want to avoid getting hung up on particular Asana and work on flowing through the practice as a whole with a clear focus.
I've also shifted my meditation practice to the Jhanas, Right concentration, and hope to keep up a daily practice of 20-40 minutes once or twice a day.
It's kind of an experiment, the plan is to report back in September on how the the two practices relate to, and impact on each other. I'm also hoping that I'll develop the flow and focus in Intermediate that I have in my Primary that's been bugging me so much.
Though I don't plan on posting here I'll probably still keep the practice diary going on the twitter link over on the right of the blog.
Let you know how it goes.
OK, It's not August just yet. I noticed this morning that my counter went over 50,000 visitors. Now I know this doesn't really count for much and that 45,000 visits of those were probably me coming back to check my grammar and if my Karandavasana was even the tiniest bit better than the day before, but still, it was a nice moment.
So before I take a break I just wanted to say a big thank-you to everyone who has stopped by and an especially big thank-you to all who have posted a comment.
I went a bit over the top recently and had a rant about a teacher who I felt had slighted a friend. I might have given the impression then and in the past that I'm dismissive of Ashtanga teachers in general but this really is not the case. Here's a link to the post following my second and last visit to a Shala. http://grimmly2007.blogspot.com/2008/09/second-mysore-class.html
My appreciation of the generosity of the teachers and teaching assistants hasn't changed since then, even the teachers I may disagree with are, I have no doubt, sincere in their intentions and motivations. I've received a lot of teaching here, via your comments. Sometimes this is direct from your own experiences working with an asana or transition but often it's the generous passing on of teachings that you may have received in the past from different teachers and that your passing on to me here and anyone who might be reading.
There probably aren't any 'Self-taught' Ashtangi's. The linage filters down through the books and DVD's, The YouTube videos, as well as the blogs and forum comments that home Ashtangi's often rely on.