I am spend, like my teacher, at most 5 days or so with students. In some areas I have a long relationship with students and every time I work with them it deepens. I suppose this is the relationship I have with my American teacher. Just this past November he looked at me nearly startled, “Jill, how many years has it been now?” 6 . The student teacher dynamic has matured…hell, I am 6 years older, 5 trips to India crazy and have been awarded a title that my teacher has (well almost)….it has been a while for us on this road together.
Some students take one workshop with me or one week-long practice intensive and I never see them again. To have this time at Bristo is a gift for me as a teacher and I hope for the students as well. I find that our hamstrings are more alike than our minds. It is a pleasure watching, waiting and witnessing how much of an impact you can have on someones practice even in a relatively short period of time.
There is so much swimming around in my head I think I’ll need some time to digest this whole experience. I can’t stop smiling. Even as I practiced solo today I held the effort of so many with me in my heart, as I peered down my nose I could see the little corners of my mouth spontaneously upturned.