Lonely Primary

The transition to vampire hours seems to be complete. I least I know of someone in India who can’t find sleep during the agreed times either. She does get up and do what’s required. Fridays are my favorite day at the shala because we start with a half hour(+/-) sitting meditation followed by a led primary. I get to do allย  of primary and enjoy the energy of a full room. Notice I say the energy. I really do not enjoy a whole lot of chatting before or after practice, so although I’m glad to see everybody, I enjoy that quietly. I keep thinking that for my temperament, some of the best features of on online social media are that the communication is concise, you can pause and measure your thoughts before you launch them, and most importantly it does not drag on and on. That additional layer of insulation is a godsend for me. I read a post today on solitude as it relates to ashtanga. It makes perfect sense if you have to go out into the world and interact all day through job and other social participation. At this time in my life I only go into the world for a silent communal practice and come right back to my home retreat, where I have complete control on the amount of social contact I can handle. I will do my second lonely practice of this week, as soon as I’m done here, but will miss the preparation for the journey into practice.

7 thoughts on “Lonely Primary

  1. I can really relate to this post. I have been known to miss primary practice because I don’t like having all that chattering going on when the practice is over. I would be so much happier if everyone would just get up and leave quietly. Sometimes I go to practice and rush out as fast as possible by ending savasana a couple of minutes early and having my mat rolled up ready to escape ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I tend to be on the shy side, which means that when you get me talking I cannot shut up because I overcompensate. I’m working on that without having to forgo my savasana. ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. I’m going to try and sleep at the agreed times tonight myself…though bed at 8pm, up at 3am just seems *wrong*. I enjoy ellie’s blog too, she always has an interesting & nice perspective on what is going on here in ashtanga-town.

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