As usual we begin with Nauli and spinal twists on the floor and divide into 3 groups again: led my David Williams, primary series; 2nd Series led my Danny Paradise; Mysore, with David Swenson.
I chose to do the practice led by David W. My neck was aching from my stage fall and I thought the milder practice would suit me best.
In the afternoon we had discussion again and went directly to Pranayama. Each day gets easier and my level of enjoyment goes up.
|Rouben and Clifford. Clifford surprised the D's|
by showing up. David Swenson hadn't seen
him in at least 25 years.
|David Williams taking Savasana.|
|Looking good in Bharadvajasana.|
|Teaching the afternoon class, Danny demonstrates|
the preparation for Eka Pada Sirsasana.
|Working toward Eka Pada Sirsasana.|
|Moving mindfully into Eka Pada Sirsasana B.|
Sirsasana, Balasana, and others.
|Danny adds a variation to Bridge.|
|Two of the advanced students, with Rouben.|
That's the stage I fell off the first night.
|Our "Ashtanga Physician" Ward Robinson always|
gets the medical questions at the Mela. This is his third.
Pictured here with David Swenson.
Others are in Savasana in the background.
|The three yogis were joined by their long-time yoga buddy,|
Clifford Sweatte, a student of DW in Encinitas when DW
and Nancy Gilgoff brought Pattabhi Jois and Manju
to the U.S.—hence, the introduction of Ashtanga Yoga
to the West.
|Showtime! Danny always brings a band together before|
the end of the Mela. It is always fun. This is usually when
people lose their inhibitions in the dancing.
And they certainly did!
|Derek playing percussion. Before the|
yoga business, he was an on-the-road
musician. He's now a studio owner in
Ottawa and part-time percussionist at the
Mela each year.
Here are the crazy dancers.