So the first Immersion weekend went so well. We have 25 people in the group, most of whom are signed up for the whole shebang. So excellent. Here are a few pics that we took but since we have no photographer on staff for the event (Ari, WE NEED YOU!) there are just a few to share. But do note the good form everyone has. A few bent arms and so forth but such incredible execution for weekend #1. Plus thanks to Laura F's inspiration we are doing this immersion in a much more condensed format which I think will help us move more quickly as a group. I think that by meeting every other week instead of spreading it out over so much time will help reinforce the teachings and create a momentum. You lose the integration time in a condensed format but because so many participants do not have access to a local Anusara Yoga teacher I think the benefit of momentum that we will gain will outweigh the loss of integration time.
As usual we didn't cover all of what I had planned but we did manage two long practices, a two hour anatomy lecture, a video with Carlos, a pranayama class and some good technical review of
of the Primary Flows and a good handful of very practical application type questions.
I came home and had dinner and spent the evening relaxing with Kelly and I even got to bed before 10:00 which was great Since now I am well rested for our group practice this morning. I am really looking forward to it. Last year we did a Labor Day practice that was a pretty big hooh-hah. I think this will be a pretty small gathering which is just fine by me.
I am working with great diligence on viparita chakrasana (urdhva danurasana to handstand) and all the work of getting the weight of urdhva danurasana into my legs is bearing great fruit in that pose, which is quite interesting since that pose is essentially about getting the focal point to shift from the pelvis into the heart. But what I am finding is that if I really load the legs first and then shift into the heart the pose comes a lot more easily. I have decided to make 5 viparita chakrasana attempts every time I practice urdhva danurasana. I should have it nailed within 6 months with that approach.
I am also teaching in Austin for Free Day of Yoga tonight so that should be fun. 6:00 at Westgate. Hope to see you here or there.