I can't do these things in a Mysore room, but I can play with them on my own. Admittedly, I do indulge a bit in my home practice, flourishing as much as I damn well please some days. Since I'm not allowed to do this with a teacher, I might as well play when I'm on my own. I realize I may catch some flack for this from you Ashtanga purists. I'm fine with that.
I'm thinking of putting together a video of the different Ashtanga jump backs and vinyasas. (Not that Grimmly hasn't covered those bases for us already -- and very well, I might add. But it might be nice to have a female interpretation, no?) There are a lot of fun and delightfully creative vinyasas in the history of Ashtanga, and so many "right" and "wrong" ways to do them. I'm really getting into this idea of the evolution of Ashtanga. Are these changes actually documented anywhere in a way that can be followed logically and chronologically? How difficult of a project would that be?
Anyway... back to my private practice with S: the multiple teachers situation came up at Marichyasana B when she asked me why I do the pose the way I do, tipping forward with neither hip on the ground. I told her that the "first teacher I worked with" instructed me to do it that way, which is true. S asked me who my first Ashtanga teacher was... and I told her it was "[T] from the Friday Mysore session" (awkward pause) "... who I still practice with each week." *optimistic grin*
At first, S seemed a bit taken aback. She was quiet for a moment, then revealed that T is a student of hers. Ha! She wondered aloud why T was teaching it that way, and made sure I understood that T didn't learn it that way from her. Hahaha! S is so cute, it destroys me. Later, when we got into the 2nd series poses, S asked me if I'd been practicing 2nd with T. I told her I'd been letting T give me poses as she thinks I'm ready, and then told her that T had just given me Bhekasana on Friday. *optimistic grin #2*
S was quiet and paced around a bit behind me while I carried on with my practice, awaiting her response. First, she said, "you should do what she tells you to do when you're with her." Then she came around to the top of my mat and announced that she would take me "much faster than [T] will." I remained silent, unsure of exactly what her impression was. It was never my intention to hide my wandering practice from my teachers. Although I had begun to suspect it lately, I wasn't even certain it was relevant information. This not exactly a thriving Ashtanga community. Students come and go, with relatively few regulars. This fact is obvious to me already, and I've only been there a couple of months. It seems like the kind of place where students share teachers, or teachers share students... whichever.
True to her word, S took me to Laghu Vajrasana. Before she left, she mentioned that she'll only be teaching there for a few more weeks. (?!?) Some time in May or June, someone else is taking over the class. I was sincerely sorry to hear this. I really enjoy sessions with S. She's so loving, and she's taught me so much. I will make an effort to attend her class twice a week until she leaves. She also mentioned, as she made her way to the door, that she will email the new teacher and T about me before she goes to let them know where she's taking me with 2nd.
So I've been outed. No more anonymous practice with different teachers. And just a few more weeks with S. I can't help but wonder... will she give me Kapo?