Well, we had a great group practice last night. I thought probably 3 people would show up for it but wow- 26 of us were there to enjoy the fun. We did an arm balance and backbend practice with handstands, bakasana, eka hasta bhujasana, astavakrasana, eka pada koundinyasana, several fun flow sequences and urdhva danurasana and drop backs. All of it seemed to go quite well- I think that was the first time many of the group had pracitced some of those poses so that part was super fun to be part of. I had the air conditioning on in the beginning and then we just let nature take its course as 26 people practice strongly heat up a room without trying!
I do hope that people decide to prioritize this evening practice this summer. It is very easy, once something like this happens every week, to begin to let other things become more important and unconsciously think, "Well, I can just go next week." This is totally understandable. It makes perfect sense to me. But there is a really cool thing that happens when you really commit to a time and practice with others- you begin to grow in your practice but also grow in relationship to the other folks that you are practicing with. Simply put, it is a bonding experience. And really, there is just no other forum for really deepening your practice than these group sessions. We have the time, the attention, the focus and the group's energy all to draw upon to explore poses that don't come along in the average public class. Plus we have tons of teachers and advanced practioners all in the same room so you can come and get plenty of help even if you are new to the poses on the intermediate and advanced syllabi.
Anyway, I had a great time and throughly enjoyed myself. Off to Corpus Chrisi for the weekend. YAY!