I was extremely happy to have found you and your teaching when i did, and your help and instruction has enabled me to grow quickly. As i frequently write to you and tell you, i am forever grateful for that and for the solid foundation your teaching has given me in classical Indian yoga.
Developing an asana practice from books and videos is very difficult so your in-person teaching is extremely valuable. i bought one of Desikachar's books, actually two, in hopes that they would give me more guidance on the asana practices, variations in particular. i heartily agree that too much reading creates confusion but not having found a live teacher here that i like, i do my best.
Actually' like' is not it. It is finding a teacher whose background, practice and study is congruent with where you are and where you wish to go with your practice. i have always been very comfortable with you, as you were brought up in a yogic family, and are steeped in the spiritual practice of yoga.
Gaining a deep study of the important texts in classical yoga has been very beneficial, not only on a professional level but much more importantly on a personal one. As you pointed out in one of your many workshops, it is important to know with whom you are studying and how far removed that individual is from the original texts. Your study of Sanskrit, these ancient texts, your teachers and your personal practice make you an excellent teacher from which to undertake these studies.
Thanks to your keen and careful instruction, i am very much aware of the tremendous variation in the translations of the original works, much less the subsequent commentaries by each different writer. Understanding the definition of the terms being used and how they can change from work to work, and even within one work, has proved invaluable when studying these works. You carefully made that point early on when i began studying The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali with you. And it was borne out quickly when i questioned your use of a particular term in your latest book. You quickly pointed me to your note in the beginning of your book which stated that some terms were not being used as commonly understood. It makes for challenging, frustrating and always, interesting study and reflection.
Certainly there are cultural differences between you and me, in addition to teacher-student and friend differences. All of that makes for interesting and confusing exchanges at times, but ones that are illuminating and full of life. It is a pleasure sharing these experiences in this life here with you. May your life be full and rich with many many blessings.
~your student, & your friend