Yesterday I ran into a woman I know from RISD who had just moved into the area and had a practice of Ashtanga Yoga. She is now moving WAY closer to Providence and wanting to know about my upcoming teaching schedule. I sadly told her that Mike and I were moving, but I was currently teaching a Mysore 5 day intensive and that I would be back in October offering the week again. She paused and asked me if I “tap people out?” I explained that I teach in the Mysore Style which has the student slowly progressing through the posture so, no there is no tapping out.
I remember one of the first times my teacher, David Keil, came to the Philly area an Ashtanga Yoga studio in New Jersey asked him to come and teach a led primary. Word quickly got around that this traditional Authorized teacher was coming to steer the ship and in fact would be “tapping” students out. 2 students showed up to this normally full class because they were afraid that would be asked to stop somewhere in primary series.
As I watched the hard-working group of students come into full bloom this Thursday morning I couldn’t help but think out that commonly used phrase tapping out. Today I watched student embody the opposite, TAPPING IN!