|Ramaswami, myself and Chris LMU 2010 photo by Barry Wadsworth|
I have it all wrong of course, rather than looking for the Vinyasa Krama in Ashtanga and the Ashtanga in Vinyasa Krama I should be looking at the Yoga Makaranda in Vinyasa Krama, the Vinyasa Krama in Yoga Makranda.
And that should be the side project, in the shorter asana practice in the evening before my longer pranayama session, not my main practice.
Surrendering (up), letting go, I'm lousy at that, perhaps I should work on it as a New Years Resolution, What was that letting go of a thousand things that was doing the rounds a few years ago?
And first to be surrendered up, let go, should be my Ashtanga practice, I cling to it so.
It struck me (yet) again that I have (neglected) responsibilities, duties, giri, obligation whatever we want to call it. For whatever reason I found my way to LA not Mysore and took Ramaswami for my teacher not Sharath or Tim or Lino.
I'm a little in awe of my friend Wyatt's practice, not so much the practice itself(although it's excellent) but his devotion to it, and it makes me a little guilty too. He has continued with the practice just as Ramaswami taught us (we were on the same VK TT course), his devotion to this is rather wonderful.
Ramaswami taught us, just as Krishnamacharya had taught him and that's the teaching I should be exploring further, deepening, embodying and passing on in turn.
Lot's of Ashtangi's passing on the teaching, it's well seeded, but not so many of us to share the Vinyasa Krama approach, to pass it along, there's a responsibility there.
I've been a little selfish I think.
Delving into those subroutines and sequences and their relationship to the other limbs....Krishnamacharya spent his life arriving at that point of his teaching, a lifetime of yoga practice.
And there is such a richness there.
Still explore Krishnamacharya's other writings and practice of course, a Krishnamacharya course was part of my studies with Ramaswami. But I should be passing on what I learnt, sharing that approach to asana and I do happen to believe that you should only teach what you practice.
If I want to Share Ramaswami's teaching more directly then that should be the main focus of my own practice of course not relegated to a couple of subroutines in the evening.
A year of 2nd series Ashtanga was a nice thought (see THIS post), even a trip to Mysore finally at the end of the year but what am I thinking, that ship has passed, let it go.
Chennai rather than Mysore
Surrender it up.
Perhaps it's not so hard.
.....sounds so melodramatic when you put it in a post, it's really not.