The location was beautiful, seems it's a national park, two hours out of Antalya along the coast of the Turkish Riviera. I loved the shape of the mountains here, wonderful to swim towards them each morning after practice in my room. I should probably have gone to one of the Russian 7am classes but, Ashtangi's what can you say, so protective of our morning practice, let me get that out of the way then think about sitting in on a class
Dropbacks in my cabin
|can't believe I was ever this stern looking.|
|Blessed with a wonderful translator Maria Vorobyeva, who would be teaching her own Yin classes later in the week.|
|Krishnamacharya's Original Ashtanga in the Limon Studio.|
So, great fun to teach here but more than that it was just such a pleasure to be at the festival to see how seriously the attendees took their yoga, most were doing seven and a half hours of yoga a day.
For most of the festival the weather was gorgeous but the last two, three days it rained.... a lot and yet what struck me was nobody seemed to mind. Here they were in Turkey, on holiday and it rained three days and yet...... I don't think they thought of themselves as being on holiday, they were here to practice, sun, rain, it didn't seem to matter they all just turned up with their mats from their different hotels and pensions and campsites and went to class.
|Satya's demonstration before Dr. Madhavan;s first session|
We decided to try and capture some of this in an interview, time was a problem, we only managed to grab an hour to actually do it but hopefully its come out OK, some editing to do but hopefully I'll be able to post that the beginning of next week.
Pictures below were while preparing for the interview.
So much more to share, another post to come perhaps with more pictures of other teachers and classes, pictures are still filtering out, perhaps a scrapbook post.
This post has mostly been about the English program which seems to be growing, last year for instance Mark and Joanne Darby were here, I managed to get my hands on a DVD of their workshop.
It's a festival to look out for, mark in your diary and consider for next year. There are some issues about the English teachers often teaching at the same time, a problem if you wanted to catch all of Simon's classes or Dr. Madhavan's say, there are arguments for organising it that way but we could spread it just a little more perhaps, one more English speaking teacher next year would probably do it, also some more indication on which of the classes in Russian should be OK for non Russian speakers to attend, some classes for instance will have more talking than other, more explanation. There were wonderful Russian teachers here it was a shame I didn't take more advantage of that and sit in. Many of the Russian attendees spoke wonderful English, others enough to get by or would bring somebody over to help ask a question or just to chat it was such a great pleasure to be there with everyone.
|Lori Shepard and Brian Yuen|