Words cannot express how happy I am now that I was taking part at your valuable workshop in Düsseldorf .. but let me try with my "german english" :-)
I started with Ashtanga Dec 2008 on a new year-retreat and I really enjoyed learning the asanas. My plan for 2009: learning the complete primary series. So I stand on the mat every morning until end of march. Marichyasana D worked for me.
Then again I went to a Ashtanga retreat and there I figured out that my practice was full of pain and abnormal ambition. So when I came back home my injuries had to heal first before continuing.
In that time I asked myself, is ashtanga a competitive sports, or is this just european mentality, is this painful path really needed to get enlightened one day ... maybe yes ... or maybe I will understand when the painand injuries stop someday ... with these thoughts in my mind during my practice my motivation curve went continuously down, nevertheless my pretension still was to practise and even teach yoga. I unknowingly began softening my practice and it felt better.
My wife came across something by chance - David Williams in Germany, so no doubt we had to go there, getting the needed answers and experiences directly from the root of ashtanga yoga - from a headliner who is practicing yoga day-to-day without hurting himself, started in the year there I was born - wow .. how does he do that?
And now I understand .... it's all about P R A N A - enjoying a dogmatic free practice (even eyes closed is allowed :-) , concentrating on the depth of each in- and exhalation, tighten Mula bandha as hard as I can .. understanding the importance of Jalandara bandha. Now this is meditation in movement - body mind and soul gets fed and healed from prana -- wonderful.
When I now wake up in the morning, it's such a thrill to starting with Nadi-Pranayama, practice first series and finally to lying down and feeling the self-healing process in me.
You really saved my belief in the path of the eight limbs. My aim is to become a real yogi now until end of my lifetime - I promise !!
It would be a great honor meeting you again, maybe at Ashtanga Yoga Mela in 2010 .. who knows ;-)
Peace * Om * Aloohaaaa