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Welcome to Ashtanga Dispatch: The Podcast Episode 4 and meet David Robson and his wife Stan Byrne.

If I could use only one word to describe both David and Stan, it would be devoted. Devoted to their children, their community, their practice, their teacher (Sharath Jois) and of course – each other. Sure, there have been bumps in the road like, for example, when David’s name suddenly went missing on the KPJAYI teacher authorization list.

In today’s episode, you’ll hear how this and other challenges have only helped clarify for David and Stan the importance of relationship, reaffirming their dedication as both students and teachers.

After circling Lake Ontario now a second time, our pilot announced his apologies but as the plane taking off on our airstrip was having trouble due to the snow, we had to wait:

“Sorry folks.  As you can see, it’s cold and lousy outside. Welcome to Toronto.”

So true, Toronto may be cold (actually, it’s ass-biting cold) but I’ll tell you where it’s anything but and that’s at the Ashtanga Yoga Centre of Toronto where I’ve begun a one-week immersion into the Primary Series with David Robson. Actually four of us made the trip up from DC, including my daughter who will be photographing parts of it.

Admittedly, our 8 hour days of training will leave little time for me to write much – but as promised, I will keep a daily diary here, adding to this same post each day.  I’ll share with you my notes and spice it up with some iPhone video, audio and at the end, some images from Meghan.

Ok. Here we go:

There's no denying that there's an economy of energy for each person and there are limits to how much can go out. Of course, I want to do more and more all the time, and there's some people that are amazing that way-- they can do so much.

But I'm not one of those people.

I think part of getting older is trying to figure out which things that you do want to spend more time on and which things that you don't. I'm glad it seems like I'm doing a lot and doing it okay. But everything I do could always benefit from more attention.

The practices is fundamentally an ongoing meditation on how you dispense energy, on how you share energy in your life.

Taken while at the AYCT doing a photoshoot. David thought I was taking pictures but I decided to get a few clips of his movement.