Student Dan B. celebrated his first yoga birthday today - one year in the ashtanga self-practice trenches, where the practitioner comes face-to-face with his strengths and weaknesses, over and over again, each day at 6:30am.
It is not a practice for the fickle or faint-hearted.
The regular self-practice students are neither.
(Most people don't stick with Mysore-style ashtanga for a week, let alone a year or decade).
To mark his anniversary, Dan brought fine Belgian chocolate for everyone.
(Chocolate-lover Pattabhi Jois would have approved).
He also brought the card, above.
Pranams to him and the other students for their ongoing dedication to the vexing, rewarding, difficult, life-altering Mysore-style ashtanga practice -
and for Dan's wonderful Miserable Yoga Men illustrations and t-shirts.