by Christina Hatgis
Privilege, blessing, amazing, gratitude, intense practice, much laughter, new friends…are just some of the words that come to mind as I sit on the airplane back to JFK and reflect on the last four days I spent in San Diego at the Ashtanga Yoga Confluence.
The confluence brought together Tim Miller, Richard Freeman, Nancy Gilgoff, Eddie Stern, and David Swenson, along with about 400 participants. It was a true meeting of practices, shared passions and humility.
These students of Sri K Pattabhi Jois shared with us the wisdom, compassion, precision, dedication, mastery, and love that their teacher taught them. Each one with a very personal, very special way.
David talked about Guruji as a tree; a big, beautiful, powerful tree and when that tree died, it left a huge open space of fertile ground, with all these saplings growing around it. These teachers are the saplings, the trees under which we sit, to learn and grow and better understand why this practice of yoga is so important. We are being taught about dedication and self-discipline, ethical behavior and self-study, how to take care of our physical bodies, and truly connect to the life force (prana) to fulfill our purpose in this physical manifestation.
Needless to say, I am inspired. I love my practice, I love my teachers, and I am truly grateful to share this love with my students.