Just recalling my last post there and I should probably give a brief account of the pain that was and then wasn't. After last week I was sure my final week of training was going to be a test of my patience and control of my ego. The pain in my abdomen was so intense that I didn't see how I would make it through those last few days. So Monday morning, I carefully worked through class and was shocked to find that the pain was gone. Completely! Things continued to improve through the week until my accumulated pains and injuries from the previous eight weeks worked themselves out somehow so by the end, I was fairly pain-free. The process was nothing short of miraculous. There's my pain lecture done. Not as engaging as Emmy's but it's all I got.
|Dr. Das and Stephen R.|
|Demonstration Group Spring 2011|
|So many half moons!|
On Tuesday night we were the lucky recipients of the long-awaited lecture by Bikram himself about the postures in the beginning sequence, the 26/2. How amazing to be able to ask questions to the individual who put the postures together in this order and who trained for much of his life under a highly respected guru, an expert in these postures. We only got as far as Balancing Stick though, and the second part of this lecture didn't occur until the very last day, Thursday, and was I think the longest lecture I've ever sat through. It went from 12:30pm - 6pm. Epic.
What about 5pm class, you might ask? All of our families and friends who came to take that last class with us were asking themselves the same question. All through training yoga class started at 8:30am and then again at 5pm. No variation save an occasional late start due to teacher tardiness. But Bikram is the boss so if he doesn't want to break his flow for class, nothing in heaven or earth will get him off his track. So our very last class of training began at 7pm and the poor folk who arrived for the 5pm had to sit around and wait until he was good and ready to teach it. Sigh - only at training.
|Right after last moment of last class|
|Rajashree and Brandy - Beautiful Bow|
So to close out this blog, I'll quote my guru in one of his more eloquent and less explosive moments, a statement that was reprinted on our graduation program:
"It is my greatest dream that the whole world experience the healing and self-realization that the practice of yoga offers, thereby improving the quality of all human life and shaping the promise of a brighter tomorrow for those who would see its dawn - our children" -Bikram Choudhury
Do you get my point, yes or no?
Now toes on the line.