David Roche, Day 4: Human Nature
October 25, 2011 § 6 Comments
This update is a couple of days late. Did a short home practice yesterday as I had a big photo shoot. Ended up having a crazy, 15-hour day, which meant unwinding with a couple of glasses of wine and a deep, hazy sleep this morning that I couldn’t shake off. So no practice this morning. I may go this evening though…
Sunday’s practice was pretty chill. Ms A did most of my adjustments, including dropping me back, but David got to me in Supta K where he assertively helped me to bind. It was, as is the case with all his adjustments, intense, but I appreciated it. He manages to put you in a place where you’re really surrendering to the breath, letting go of any ‘WTF’ thoughts and just stay in the moment.
We had a welcome party for David on Sunday evening at a fellow yogi’s house. Or perhaps I should say, their hilltop estate. Lovely views, huge garden replete with pool, hammock and trampoline….I have to admit that part of my interest in attending the party was to check out what the houses looked like in this neighborhood that’s very much a part of the ‘one percent’.
As we were sitting around sharing chips and artichoke dip, I asked David about what he’s learned about human nature from all his years of teaching yoga. He talked about our concept of progress, and how very few people stick with the practice for the long-term (10, 20 years) because it’s hard. Hard not only in terms of balancing a committed practice with everything else in life, but also with regard to working through injuries and obstacles that come up in the course of the practice.
“When students get injured, they blame everything – the practice, the teacher, the weather….they look outwards instead of looking in,” he said. “It takes a lot of fortitude to work through the injuries and stay with the practice. Sometimes you need to fall back before you can move forward, but not everyone gets that, and they give up.”
In other words, the degree to which a dedicated yoga practice (be it Ashtanga, Iyengar, Bikram, etc) can change/save your life depends entirely upon how much you want to invest in it. It boils down to a few simple questions: “How badly do you want it?”, “What are you willing to sacrifice for it?”, “What is your dream/ambition worth?”