|M. bought home flowers for the shala to celebrate it's opening|
A week with Manju whatever the name of the course does not to my mind, nor I imagine to anyone else's, authorise me to teach Ashtanga in his name. The certificate I received at the end of the course was merely a certificate of attendance, of participation, 25 hours of teacher training.
I consider it a beginning, a first I hope of many similar trainings, intensives and Mysore classes with Manju and hopefully with Kristina also. One of the things that most struck me about the course was how many of the other participants had come back again and even again to take the same course, to re enforce and deepen their understanding of Manju's presentation of the practice as well as their connection with him as a teacher.
I found this quite inspiring.
Studying with Manju I feel that my own practice, as it has developed over the years and in some degree of isolation, is more in keeping with traditional Ashtanga practice, as Manju presents it, than I had perhaps imagined.
"Manju's TT showed me that my idea of Ashtanga practice, a long slow breath, a flexible approach with the focus on Primary and Intermediate series, integrated with pranayama and meditation, with chanting, was in fact, 'traditional practice'. good, honest, common sense Ashtanga".
from my previous post
I'd tended to think of myself ( liked to think of myself no doubt) as, if not outside the tradition and the lineage then perhaps on it's edges. It turns out I seem to have a more traditional practice than I'd perhaps realised ( or wanted to accept) and this makes me more inclined to share this practice I love while seeking to continue developing and deepening my own understanding of it. Perhaps this development of the practice in isolation, working things out myself, offers an interesting perspective (despite the inherent irony) and is worth sharing, we'll find out.
Ramaswami has always encouraged me to pass on his teaching of Vinyasa Krama, I've tended to feel that Ashtanga (as I understand it and my understanding of how Manju at least presents it) and Vinyasa Krama are complimentary ( I tend to practice Ashtanga in the morning, Vinyasa Krama in the evening), that they can inform each other. At times they feel far apart at others they seem to almost meet such that I find it hard to distinguish one from the other. Given that both ultimately derive from Krishnamacharya that is perhaps not surprising, there is a consistency there.
Offering Ashtanga Mysore in the morning and Vinyasa Krama in the evening I would not be surprised in a crossover, finding an Ashtangi in a Vinyasa Krama class or somebody from Vinyasa Krama occasionally attending morning Mysore, that would be interesting.
I was working on this post this morning, while drinking my coffee, only to hear M. get up and head on into the shala, I hadn't turned on the lights, lit the incense, turned on the moon, hadn't made it welcoming.
There has been a growing realisation these last couple of days that my life is, or will be, no longer my own. If people begin to come to the shala for practice ( and some have already got in touch - thank you) then I can no longer be away for the day, to go on a course say or take a full day out somewhere with an early start and just not open the doors for practice that day
One has it seems responsibilities.
Hug your teacher this morning if you have one (perhaps mentally) , they make small as well as large sacrifices it seems, more than perhaps you/I realise or seem obvious.
Perhaps there will be less time to blog, for social media in general ( not necessarily a bad thing, we all seem to think we indulge more than we should) but also to read, to study as I'll need to get up around 4am to do my own practice before opening up, assuming anyone comes for morning practice. Either way I'll need to get my practice out of the way just I case.
Moon days, yep, already decided to change my view on this, will look forward to em, study days.
Another version of that Ancient Greek song that Kristina sings so Beautifully at the end of Alessandro's video ( see previous post).
Can't get this tune out of my head at the moment, found myself humming it in the bath last night and jumped out, still in my towel to try and play it first on the flute and then finally my neglected tenor sax ( it's actually excellent on the sax, Ancient Greek Jazz).