How lovely to see Julie again in Brighton ! Thanks to Sally Brookes for arranging it.Let’s not forget Julie has played a pivotal role in developing the Ashtanga scene in Brighton over the last ten years – only (names removed on request) have been more influential in shaping the Ashtanga scene here.And how interesting that Julie now professes to enjoy teaching vinyasa flow as much as Ashtanga !I must say that I found the Vinyasa Flow very challenging on saturday. It wasn’t just doing yoga to music, it was the repetition and nature of some of the postures. I was getting more into it by the end but it was hard work. I enjoyed the second day much more – a 2nd series workshop. Julie had some great shoulder, back and hip openers that really helped prepare for Laghuvajrasana and Kapotasana and Yoganidrasana.I must admit though that I enjoyed her talking about Ashtanga as much as the class – what a refreshing change in approach to the dead hand of the hardcore Mysore school. She reminded us that series 1 and 2 were initially always taught together and only separated for practical and pragmatic reasons at Mysore to accommodate the numbers of students passing through. All the subsequent rules and regulations about who is “ready” or worse, “allowed”, to do 2nd series are not only counter to the spirit of yoga generally, but absolutely unnecessary in the context of people practising here in Brighton. Julie emphasised how helpful it is for many students to learn 2nd series to develop their own practice and how damaging it can be for them to be prevented from doing so. I just wish the local Ashtanga police who have effectively excluded myself and others from attending Mysore classes in Brighton had been there to listen!