Wednesday, March 26, 2008

YOGA | A Little Stunned

Ashtanga tonight, we were supposed to do Marichyasana D. I usually have trouble with Marichyasana C and D, so I wasn't trying very hard to bind. Teacher CS came over. He surprised me when he said my name, and as he helped me bind for Marichyasana D, he told me -- I should try, because I just had a birthday.

I was stunned; he actually knows my name. And that I just had a birthday.

In the past few months that I have been showing up at CS's Ashtanga classes, I never gave him my name. Admittedly, I take the mat at the same place every time (I have my comfort zone), so he probably recognises me. He is definitely aware that I bind better on my right side. He knows I am open at the upper back -- so he can tell when I'm too relaxed in Prasarita Padottanasana C, and that in Parsvottanasana I can actually move my hands higher up my back in Namaste.

When we meet, I smile, or nod my head in greeting -- but I never actually introduced myself; I just prefer the comfort of anonymnity. That's one of my issues -- just one out of a lifetime's subscription.

I guess we don't always get to hide behind anonymnity, do we? I guess it's nice to have a teacher who bothered to learn my name.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

it feels nice when people remember us. ; ) quietletters

Dark Orpheus said...

quietletters I agree -- especially when you're just trying to stay low-key and off the radar most of the time. :)

Chris said...

Nothing wrong with getting pushed a little past your comfort zone ;-)

Dark Orpheus said...

Chris But now that I know that he remember me, it's a little harder to slack off in Ashtanga class. :(

Nymeth said...

I suffer from the very same issue. But this post made me smile. It IS nice.

stefanie said...

So much for the illusion of being anonymous :)

Dark Orpheus said...

Nymeth The teacher IS a nice man. Amazing how powerful the simple act of noticing someone can be.

Stefanie Oh yeah. I did believe for a while that I was flying under the radar.

Heather said...

wow. this is really nice. if this had happened to me I definitely would have felt all warm inside!

Dark Orpheus said...

Heather Oh yes, I feel all warm inside. Teacher is a beautiful man indeed.

Ovidia said...

he sounds like a great teacher--very sensitive, very attentive, maybe psychic!!!!!

Dark Orpheus said...

Ovidia Oh, definitely. I get very good vibes from him. And he's one of those yogis that just *float* back and forth and into handstands so effortlessly.