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.