One week and 4 days after leaving Copenhagen I am still feeling more than grateful for having been there. For all the first-times. First time Copenhagen. First time to practice Led Primary 6 days in a row. First time reuniting with so many of the Mysore folks I met last year. First time of „Mysore Magic“ in Europe.
Reflection on Primary Led Classes.
Good energy, a good pace & a lot of Focus… and of course Sharath’s authentic and never-ending count in Utpluthi. So where was the „Magic“ in these classes in Northern Europe? Well, physically I felt quite groggy the first few days having a bad cold and throatache… but similar as in Mysore, Sharath’s presence would make me practice in a physical condition in which I would have done way less if I’d been at home. So the magic happened of course again: Starting off with a blocked nose, little headache, feeling weak and a little sick through all of the Vinyasa count, I was walking out of the Shala in the end feeling healthier than before. Ashtanga Magic.
So the Asanas created Focus. The Breath created Oneness. And Sharath created and put it all down to Simplicity. Why Simplicity? Well from day 1 he would just walk in the Shala Hall, put off his long sports pants, put his small bag on the chair in the front and start right off calling out „Samasthiti“. No need of big words or any introduction to the workshop. But what followed was this great energy, vibration, power and dedication – 300 people started off with „Vande Gurunam…“. Having such a power by itself already, I could feel the mantras power multiplied by the more people who chant it. It created Connection.
Sunday afternoon: Conference.
We all could witness that Yoga allowed us to need as little space as thinkable (300 students fitting in the normal, small Shala of AYC) and generating some laughs Sharath reminded us once again, what we are doing Asanas for. To sit, one day, in an erect position without moving the feet for at least the duration of one conference :) A long way to go. Needless to say, that all words from our teacher are so full of truth and depth, what I love the most is something that I learn more with every day I am on this path: There is no such thing as complexity in Yoga. Yoga and the teachings are simple. What is difficult for us is to understand those simple words. Sharath’s words and answers to students‘ questions are simple too. Yet with such a depth. They always remind me that the beauty lies in discovering and understanding more over time. So there is no need to rush or force understanding. It will come by itself. With practice.
“There was one disciple that wanted to learn yoga. He walked with Swamiji. He washed his toes, cooked for and tended after Swamiji. After being with Swamiji for five years and being noticeably upset, the student one day says, “I have not learned yet what is yoga, I have spent five years cleaning and taking care of you.” The next morning Swamiji left quietly and at five am goes to take a bath. His student wakes up late and comes to bring Swamiji a towel to dry. When the student nears instead of taking the towel Swamiji takes the student’s neck and puts his head inside the water and holds it there. He is struggling, struggling to come up while Swamiji holds him under. Then finally, Swamiji let him go, the student gasps for air. Swamiji says ”This is how one should feel to know what yoga is. The thirst should be there. It is like that one life breath we are gasping for. That is how you go further.“
I am tremendously grateful that there are such great people and long-term practitioners as Susanna Finocchi and Jens Bache, who were making this Copenhagen workshop possible. One could feel the Love and Effort they put in the organization what lead to a big applause of a grateful & big Ashtanga practitioner community on the final day. Reflecting on that week I am again full of energy and inspiration to connect with my teacher through daily practice on my mat.
Everybody has his own journey. But we’re all on the same path.
Feeling blessed and full of love,