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Practice is... nice.
There you go that's probably all I need to say about it.
Practice is nice, I'm enjoying it, relishing it more like. It's always been good of course, never had trouble getting on the mat but I don't know if I would have used the word 'relish' before.
I'm relishing my practice, hmmmm.
Interesting things that have happened with it recently.
I gave up on Ashtanga for a week, possibly two, long time for an Ashtangi ( I was still practising Vinyasa Krama though). I'd decided that Ashtanga was no longer... relevant to me. Then after a couple of weeks, missed it so much that decided the practice was relevant it was just everything else surrounding it that wasn't.
Somewhere along the way I decided to ignore 3rd series altogether, so easy to end up defining yourself by the series, by your practice (obviously not suggesting everyone does this). I've practiced it as Advanced A, most of Advanced B too for that matter, fun stuff, challenging but it just goes on and on, there's always another asana, so easy to get wrapped up in that, yoga madness. I still practice a lot of the postures from the Advanced series in my Vinyasa Krama practice but they come up in a context that takes some of the drama away, an advanced posture is just an extension of another posture, no big deal that way. It works for me, each to their own.
So just Primary and 2nd series in my Ashtanga practice to play with.
And along comes Richard Freeman on the Ashtanga Yoga Confluence. I'd practiced a couple of days with Nancy's workshop video, loved that but then practiced with Richard and it was a revelation, a savouring of asana in a way I was familiar with in Vinyasa Krama but in an Ashtanga context. Ahhhhhhh ( as Richard would say).
So I transcribed his workshop, fished out his old DVD's that I'd buried away a few years back because they hadn't worked for me then and have been practicing with them in mind ever since, almost a month now.
I should write about how the asana make a different kind of sense how all that instruction of his starts to filter into the background and that there's a quietness despite all these subconscious cue's going on.
It's most pleasant.
I like his writing how he doesn't try to push his ideas about practice and tell you what it is and isn't about, encourages you to question and question again and yet at the same time offers you a banquet of ideas surrounding practice (and served as a buffet ).
Best of all thought I love that's it's Richard Freeman's Ashtanga. There's no question of whether and to what extent it's original, official, authorised, sanctified Ashtanga it's just how Richard approaches his practice, how he brings together different threads and how he encourages you to develop your own practice.
Quite wonderful actually.
Of course Richard was taught by Sri K. Patthabhi Jois himself and for a long time and certified by him but I have the feeling that it was always Richards approach to Ashtanga.
I'm enjoying bringing some of that approach to my Vinyasa Krama practice too, playing with it.
As I said, relishing practice.
That will have to do, doesn't really capture what I wanted to write about but the mat's calling so will have to do.
Has anyone in the UK done his month long teaching intensive in Boulder?
Highly recommend Richard Freeman's website http://yogaworkshop.com/
Have a listen to some of his studio talks perhaps. http://yogaworkshop.com/studio-talks
Some of the 'Ask the experts" blog posts http://yogaworkshop.com/ask-the-experts-is-yoga-dangerous/
See my earlier post http://grimmly2007.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/richard-freemans-yoga-workshop-boulder.html
and on his back bending workshop at the Confluence. http://grimmly2007.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/richard-freeman-ayc-backbending.html
Just vacated the home shala to be met by M. with a fresh glass of orange juice who then preceded to stumble sleepily into the shala and roll out her mat. Sounds of ujayii coming from behind me as I type