This is an exciting week in Miami for the Ashtanga yoga community. Paramaguru Sharath Jois has been on a month-long tour in the US. He has visited Stanford, Los Angeles, New York, and his last stop, Miami.
There are over 400 students that come every day, divided into two batches for his led primary class. I have met fellow Ashtangis who have traveled from all over the US to be here, but also practitioners from other countries (myself included): Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia, Venezuela, Trinidad & Tobago, just to name a few.
There are many well-known Ashtanga practitioners and teachers, many whom I do not know personally but that I follow on social media. I have either watched their videos or read their book, followed their yoga challenge, or even been to their workshops; they inspire me to practice. Many own a shala, teach daily, or travel the world spreading the teachings and tradition of the Ashtanga Yoga lineage. Getting to practice with and meet these practitioners and authorized teachers makes me feel a bit star struck. They are long-time practitioners who have dedicated many years to the practice.
The energy of over 200 yoga practitioners chanting the opening prayer, each one of us doing the same posture to the steady count of Sharath is powerful.
It doesn't matter if some started 6 months ago or 10 years ago. It doesn't matter whether you can bind in Marichaysana, hold Sirsasana or even Uplutihi, we are all here to practice. It is a reminder that yoga is so much more than just the posture. It's an amazing and magical experience. One that I am still processing, thoroughly enjoying and having a hard time describing and putting into words. I am truly grateful and blessed for this opportunity.
Lots of love,