The 2012 Eye of the Tiger Practices, being hosted this year in an all Bay format with rotating teachers and at locations across the area, was off to a great start this past Saturday. Thirty-nine Anusarans joined Stacey Rosenberg in San Francisco for the inaugural practice. I was there, and it’d been a while since I’d practiced for four hours. It was a lot of fun, and incredibly challenging. Definitely a great way to build one’s practice.
I want to make sure and acknowledge the number of South Bay yogis who trekked up to San Francisco for this practice. One of the things that excites me about this year’s format for the Eye of the Tiger practices is the opportunity to build and renew the ties of kula with people with whom we don’t get to practice regularly. My hope is that these will grow as people take the time to get out of their geography and travel to practices that are not in their backyards. See y’all on February 11 in Los Altos with Samantha Shakti?
After the practice, about a quarter of us went on to dinner. Post-Eye of the Tiger practice dinners seem to be as much a part of the tradition as the practice itself, and for good reason: sharing a meal after a long practice is one of the best ways we can foster the sense of community that is so integral to Anusara. And it is fostering this sense of community, this sense of kula, that will be a major editorial theme for me in 2012. I’m looking forward to exploring ways that the kula across the Bay Area is fostering community at all levels – around specific classes, at specific studios, around specific teachers, and across the Bay. We are so blessed to have a phenomenal group of teachers and students here in the San Francisco Bay Area, and I am hopeful that in 2012 we will see greater cohesiveness, greater richness, and more opportunities for community-building, including opportunities that are not necessarily centered around asana classes. Be sure to check back for posts on this topic, soon!
Have an idea about how to help deepen the experience of kula for Bay Area Anusarans? Then I want to hear from you! E-mail me at fredo @ bayshakti . com.
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