My Cool Friend From Belgium is very advanced because she inspires the most interesting and original quotes from Sharath.
“No hugging in the shala!” he said another day when her butterfly arms wrapped
around him as she came to her feet.
“You need auto,” said Sharath.
If you are a keener reading this, please ask Sharath about the
backbending puja at conference this week. See what he recommends. I hope it
involves Snickers bars.
“No butterfly!” he called at her years ago while she was learning to stand up from a backbend and waved her arms to either side as she was flying up.
|No butterfly. No hugging.|
This trip, when she came into his office she told him that her back was a bit sore on one side and she couldn’t fold forward very easily.
“Oh okay,” he said. “It doesn’t have to be perfect. Nobody’s perfect.” I thought that was nice.
One morning, Sharath was helping my Cool Friend From Belgium with Supta Vajrasana. She was having a hard time grabbing her big toes. Sharath helped pull her hands forward.
|Daylene and Kino in Supta Vajrasana|
“Pardon me?” asked my Cool Friend From Belgium.
“Auto. Like Rickshaw,” said Sharath.
“I need two!” replied my Cool Friend From Belgium.
The other day, Sharath was trying to get my CFFB to grab her ankles in backbends. My CFFB squeezed her anus and pressed her femur bones as far forward as she could, but the catching was not to be.
“Why?” asked Sharath.
“Oh, bad day,” said my CFFB.
“No puja?” asked Sharath.
Last week my Cool Friend From Belgium went to Sharath’s office again to pay for the month of November. He looked at her card.
“Hmm,” he said. He crossed off 4:30 on the Monday Led time and changed it to 7:30. In case you’re not in Mysore and you have better things to do than keep track of other people’s yoga classes, 7:30 is when Sharath teaches the intermediate series instead of the primary series. There are some frightening Led Intermediate legends kicking around and many people fear that they won’t come out alive. My Cool Friend From Belgium figured she didn’t have to worry about it since she’d only just started sticking one leg behind her head and she hadn’t been very consistent about her pujas.
“I come to Led Intermediate?”
“You’re doing Eka pada?”
“I’ve only done it three times so far.”
“Okay. You come.”
Stunned, flustered and rather terrified, my Cool Friend From Belgium wasn’t sure what to say.
“Well that’s very exciting,” she said, her tone a little unconvinced.
Sharath laughed. “Life is very exciting,” he said.
I was going to bring banners to Led Intermediate to cheer on my Cool Friend From Belgium, but we weren't sure whether or not this would inspire very many excellent quotes. Instead I tried not to make too much noise as I watched from the lobby. This proved to be a big challenge because it was all very exciting.
I could only find a picture of Sharath with both legs behind his head.
Well, you get the idea.|
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