I find it wonderful to practice with the YIY Ashtanga community at the lead Primary Series class on Fridays.
Also like a time traveler from a different era since most of the practitioners are younger than my sons just turned 40 and 42.
In that 1960’s era I went through basic training in the military and being idealistic, I saw this kind of training as a potential crucible for spiritual growth and self mastery.
It did work out that way and the closest thing to my ideal vision of the training is practicing Ashtanga in community. The lead part and the neat rows of practitioners all working together are inspiring and energizing and for me. And all the more poignant because of my sense that each practice period has a number and yes, the numbers will run out.
The youth, energy and sincerity of this community, all growing real time present self mastery touches my heart and inspires me to go deeper into detail: the details of breath, bodily awareness, and the magic of practice.
We are all ever so lucky and I feel I am the luckiest time traveler of all.