It can hard to maintain an Ashtanga practice when you don’t have a teacher nearby. In this post, one of David Keil’s long-time students shares her suggestions on how to do an Ashtanga practice without a teacher nearby.
I thought I’d share my final thoughts on the Sharath Conferences at Purple Valley in Goa.
In the last week Sharath’s family arrived. It was definitely very sweet to see the kids running around and calling sharath Appa (father). Although it added something sweet to the conferences, it made them a bit distracting and unfocused.
Conference. was actually on the 20th.
We have conference 3 times a week on various topics but they started in a logical place, with the eight limbs.
They’ve all been quite good but today’s in particular stood out. Sharath has shown himself to be on the path to being a yoga scholar, like his grandfather before him. During the course of the conference today, Sharath was talking about Guruji and how he always talked about his teacher. That everything came from Krishnamacharya, not from him. He was talking about his relative to other teachers who only talk about themselves and what they’ve created.
Since I’ve been here at Purple Valley I’ve been asked a couple of questions regarding anatomy or truly as a result of some little pain that has popped up for someone.
I never advertise that I am here to answer your anatomy questions… unless of course I’m doing an anatomy or yoga workshop. Dare I say, I even hide a little bit when not, this is countered with my desire to help anyone (if I can) that asks.
So, a girl approached me with some pain in the back of her knee, at least that’s how she described it. When probed further, the pain was approximately 2 to 3 inches above the actual joint. In my mind this pretty much ruled out meniscus or ligamentous pain. Upon palpation of the tender area, it turned out to be the tendon of the most lateral hamstring muscle called biceps femoris.