"Last winter, Laura Shaw Feit, offered to create/design the Ashtanga Parampara interviews into a free downloadable booklet. The final product is beyond what I imagined". Lu Duong
As Lu indicates in the title, mission statement and opening greeting, these interviews are about a sharing, passing on of teaching, they are about the relationship between the interviewee and their teacher but also about the interviewee and their own students, about community, sangha.
And yet it also struck me that the cover and all of the pictures within except for those accompanying Anna Muzzin's interview are of solitary practice. The cover shows us a mat in an attic, those within are icon images of isolation, vast rooms, cliffs, the ocean, a doorway, home practice comes to us all sooner or later it seems. I'm reminded of an excellent picture of David Garrigues practicing in a cluttered narrow hallway (see end of post for a link to DG's new podcast on Ashtanga Dispatch).
|Epstein's Jacob and the angel, |
...what we wrestle against and what supports us
the obstacles and their gifts