Josetta and I have now taken over from Laura as Brighton’s representatives in Berlin…and having a really great time studying with Nancy Gilgoff.
These two weeks are for students who are already familiar with the kind of concepts Laura mentions in her post, so now it’s all about moving on with the practice and doing lots of exciting new things!
One of the major points Nancy’s been making to us is to balance primary and intermediate, even from an early stage in your practice, to prevent injury and keep the body balanced. So she’s been taking us further into the adventure of intermediate than we’ve ever been before, with some advanced people too learning new stuff.
With so much being learned, the atmosphere in the room is great: people are laughing, trying things, falling over, asking questions, helping each other, and so on. It feels really experimental, fun and collaborative – a long way from the serious solitary experience ashtanga practice can be.
As for Berlin, it is a great city – so right for yoga practice in that it has health food stores on every corner, and loads of art which you can appreciate even more after being opened up by the practice. It feels good to be in a city that’s not just about making money, as London sometimes feel like, but is about art and ideas too.
Anyway, look forward to seeing you all soon.
Brighton is certainly well represented in Berlin and the reports coming out of the German capital make for interesting reading. Nancy is in England in October somewhere in Wiltshire so I’m going to find out some more details and post them on the workshops section.
Berlin also sounds like a city worth checking out – in fact it’s high on my list!