I am still vibrating in the wake of 800 yogis playing together in Estes Park, CO a few weeks ago for the first ever Anusara Yoga Grand Gathering! We convened together with beloved teachers and friends from around the world to celebrate our connection, weaving our unique personalities into one colorful, creative display of living art and yoga!
At this 3-day gathering, we began each morning with a guided meditation. Sally Kempton, Douglas Brooks and Bill Mahoney led the group through profound inward journeys. After that, John Friend led all 800 of us through a yoga practice for 3 hours. His ability to extend himself to everyone is phenomenal. As he skillfully led us through masterful sequencing, he focused on embodying basic virtues of the heart.
I spent Monday afternoon with Douglas Brooks. Like a sponge, I soaked up his inspired and light filled reflections on the Bhagavad Gita. One of the most profound teachings I walked away with was an opportunity to open up the midline of my own experience- to become poised in the space of grace and to receive exactly what life is offering so that I can engage in it fully. It reminded me to pause and choose to savor each moment in the essence of what it is. What is your life offering right now? Take a moment to feel it, taste it, and recognize the miracle of you!
The last two afternoons, I had the special invitation to assist Amy Ippoliti. She is a sparkling teacher who excels at teaching others how to instruct. I went through my immersion with her in 2005, and she has only become even better at what she does. I am deeply honored that she chose me to help her… Thank you Amy!
My time in Colorado was sprinkled with meeting many friends from our yogatoday community. I appreciated meeting so many of you face to face! Our nights were spent at an awesome panel discussion of Tantra with the scholars and John Friend. We also had a Kirtan dance party with Shantala and Steve Gorn (the earth quaked at this party… we know how to bring down the house at these things.) To finalize this celebratory week was a touching and hilarious “talent show/follies”. I stepped back and reveled in the amazing talent of our community!