Over the summer, I took a two-day Ashtanga yoga seminar with Barbara Stanley.
It was pure and blissful Hell.
Barbara Stanley is a globetrotting Ashtanga yoga instructor based in West Virginia, and at 60+ years old, one of the toughest, no-nonsense yoga instructors I’ve ever met — especially given she didn’t get started until sometime in her fifties.
Anyway, I spent two days last summer working my way through the Primary Series, also known as Yoga Chikitsa or Yoga Therapy. Ashtanga’s Primary Series involves asanas (postures) designed to purify your body and help restore health.
Well, considering I don’t know if I lost more fluid sweating or crying, I think it purified my body pretty well; as far as therapy goes…
…well, Barbara taught me more than I anticipated.