What a week I had.
I practiced on Monday, Tuesday and Friday.
On Tuesday, the teacher had a few announcements after the opening prayer. He said: "Sunday is not a day of. You should all come practice on Sunday, it is the most important class of the week."
On Sundays he teaches a Led Class. Saturday is a rest day and Monday through Friday he helps us students in the Mysore Classes.
Wednesday was a Moon Day, so no practice. In the evening I met my friend D. and we went to an ecstatic dance event. This was our first time. We felt nervous and we went to a bar first and both took one shot of tequila to calm ourselves. The event was very intense and special and we danced for hours. People were sweating and smiling. On this event there were three rules:
1. you dance barefoot;
2. you don't drink alcohol or do drugs; (so we did break this rule a bit)
3. no talking during dancing.
The music was great. D. and I partied a lot back in the day (..) and this reminded us of that time. Only this party was different. I danced like no one was watching (..). You make a lot of eye contact due to the fact that you don't talk to people. Love was definitely in the air. I think I will visit such a party more often. D. felt the same. It is great to be able to express yourself while being surrounded by like minded people.
Thursday I did not practice because I was too tired from dancing on Wednesday. Friday I practiced, but I felt still very stiff from all the movements of the ecstatic dance. I practiced in an active flow, because I was a bit in a hurry. I had to be at work on time. At the office, we had a party for clients and advisors. It lasted all afternoon. I did not feel a connection with like minded people. On the contrary, I felt like I heard all the stories a hundred times before. People in my business tend to talk a lot about other people and about money and possessions. Since I practice Ashtanga, I find it more difficult to be surrounded by people with only a few superficial interests.
Thank God it is Saturday now. I can take a break and catch up on my reading.