“You are not practicing yoga to improve yourself. You are perfect. The practice is there to help you know that.”
– Maty Ezraty
I wrote before that I’ve lately been somewhat discouraged about the turnout in my Ashtanga classes? Where people just come and go, join one or two classes and never to be seen again? Well, maybe I spoke too soon.
The video above was the first time that I joined the mysore practice myself among these beautiful ladies. Destiny brought us together last March, and they’ve been practicing mysore style with me three (3) days a week ever since.
In just a matter of three (3) months, they’re now hovering on the mat during chaturangas. I love them rolling their toes in upward dogs. I love them even more with their ujjayi so steady and calm. Some are already up on headstands on their own, and some are already doing three (3) Urdhva Dhanurasana with just an exhale rest in between.
With how much they’ve improved physically in a short period of time, I could not have been more thrilled. Whenever I’d see them practice, it almost always makes me want to cry buckets of happy tears. They’ve been so receptive since the start, with what poses I give them, and how I teach them to practice. They come with a beginner’s mind, but with an advanced practitioner’s heart, so open to possibilities every time. As soon as they step on their 68 x 24 inches world for an hour, all egos, titles, roles, social statuses come crumbling down. Each of us engulfed in our own sacred space, our magic carpet, where even just for an hour, there are no reservations, no judgments. We are just there to support each other in our own journey, different from each other, yet one and the same.
This is the first mysore group in CDO that I know of. I could not have been more proud to be part of them. And knowing how I’ve become so picky with whom I teach, I could not have asked for a better group. Thank you Kris, Shiella, Ting, Pau, Halley, Eunice, Mai, Pie for making my weeknights exciting.
More Videos of our practice HERE!