The Tahoe women's retreat was wonderful. I loved it so much that I intend to make it an annual event. It was a joy to spend time with the strong, fun-loving, warm women who shared the space.
My yoga journey has been lengthy and erratic. Studying with you has given me the sense of coming home. Yoga as you teach is real, true and authentic.
As I sat in Pranayama before each class, I felt that my body and my soul were being prepared to receive a gift. Sitting was a time of enriching the soil to receive the seeds. It was often difficult to move from Pranayama into Asanas, but as you said, "leave while you're in love". And also, the soil was ready. What a waste not to plant the seeds. Guidance to a deeper understanding of the Asanas through your instruction was the gift of the seeds. It was my part to remain focused to receive that gift.
Thank you, Amanda, for the integrity of your own practice, and for the passion in sharing it with me, and with all your students.
I will be searching your website for news of the women's retreat in Austin. I want to be there!!!
One of my student's comments...
"As I was practicing today, I was trying to identify what it is that is so inspiring about your teaching. Your language is very evocative and then when you move and explain the process, it's so clear that is come from a real experience, you've gotten your hands dirty, as it were, dug deep into that murky, earthy, rich place (into the belly of the beast) and have come up with really precious diamonds. Little sparkles, that illuminate and inspire.
And so with other teachers, even if
I feel challenged and moved, I can remember every pose that we did and the feeling of the form of the pose in my body, but
your approach makes me feel the possibility of formlessness within the asana. For me, that is really inspiring and appealing.
At last I can see beyond the confines of the little rectangular mat."
I would like to share with you, one of my student's comments sent the day after attending an afternoon workshop with me...
I wanted to share with you once again what a profound effect your yoga workshop had on me. It's like everything has shifted into "real time" after years of living in fast motion. Sunday I spent some time cleaning the house, as task I usually feel a lot of negative energy around. This day I cleaned slowly and lovingly and almost joyfully. At work today I moved much more slowly and clearly. Instead of rushing to a meeting and feeling a pushing sensation throughout it, I felt much more peaceful and relaxed. I've listened to your new cd's and have found them so useful already. I love it that they are composed of awareness experiences as opposed to strictly asana instruction. I have been doing a regular Buddhist sitting meditation practice for about 3 years and have found it quite useful. But nothing feels as profound or transformative to me as the experiences that you lead. Maybe the fact that I've done the sitting mediation helps me go in deeply. Anyway, you are on to something girl! And I am grateful that I get to taste it. Many thanks for sharing what I know must be years and years of deeeeeeep work. I feel so blessed that you live close by and I get to learn from you.
...this followed her first comment and is a good example of how the effects are a process...
Another thing I'd like to share with you 5 days after your workshop. I've been listening to one of the awareness experiences on your new cd's every day. It's usually at night before bed. Last night as I lay in bed after listening to one, it felt as if a very tightly coiled, tangled ball inside me was unraveling and gently untangling itself. An interesting sensation!