Greetings from Columbus, Ohio, the capitol of the state that is referred to as “the Heart of it all.” Indeed, it does feel like the heartland of the country around here. The people are friendly and down to earth and there is a nice mix of tradition and progressive thinking. Springtime is happening in all its glory right now--the magnolias, dogwoods, and redbud trees are all blooming like crazy. Goodale Park, located just west of my hostsʼ, Martha and Jerry Marcom, condominium just inaugurated its new fountain this past weekend, a large conical structure designed to look like a wedding cake, with two elephants sitting on top spewing water out of their trunks The locals are out in force enjoying the new fountain and the mild spring weather.
Today was day five of a six day teaching gig which began with a weekend workshop for all comers and has continued with a three day intensive specifically designed for teachers. Iʼm trying a new format this year, focusing on the primary series the first day, the second series today and the third series tomorrow. Itʼs a rather ambitious format, kind of like a bullet train to samadhi. My idea was to relate each series to ne of the koshas, so Monday was the anamaya kosha, today was the pranamaya kosha, and tomorrow will be the manomaya kosha. Day one was a large class, today was 25% less, and I imagine I can anticipate the same percentage of attrition tomorrow.
At the end of the day tomorrow, Jerry, Martha,and I will drive down to their cabin on Lake Logan, about an hour south of Columbus in the Hocking Hills. Weʼll have a little party Wednesday night to celebrate the completion of the workshop and take a hike on Thursday and maybe go kayaking on the lake. The woods are filled wildflowers, amazing rock formations and waterfalls and streams. Itʼs a lovely way to feed my soul and to conclude my stay in Ohio with Jerry and Martha, and is a tradition we have celebrated every year for the past 12 years.
On Friday morning Iʼll fly to Charlottesville, Virginia and spend the weekend with my good friendsTom and Jennifer Elliot at the Yoga Barn. They live on Jenniferʼs family estate, about twenty minutes outside of Charlottesville. Jenniferʼs family has about a hundred acres of woods and ponds, horses,sheep and donkeys--including the famous Nestor, whom I am obliged to mount for a photo op. Springtime is every bit as glorious in Charlottesville as Columbus, with the cherry trees, azaleas, and pink dogwoods all in bloom. The Yoga Barn is a unique three story structure that houses an office and woodworking shop on the first floor, a kitchen and yoga studio on the second floor, and a dormitory for out of town students on the third floor. Itʼs a beautiful and very peaceful setting for a yoga workshop--a place I look forward to returning to every year.
Next Monday Iʼll be on my way back home again. Iʼm sure by then Iʼll be feeling a little homesick and looking forward to back in the saddle with my family and all my wonderful and faithful local students.