I finished reading Tim Miller’s post today, and it left me wondering: Why do all these famous teachers tend not to mention that they took practice with Guruji at some point? I just finished reading Ana Forrest’s Fierce Medicine last month, and she mentions a tiff with Mr. Iyengar but not a word about Guruji or Ashtanga. I had no idea that Shiva Rea had studied Ashtanga. She makes it sound like she learned her yoga from secret rishis in undisclosed locations when you look at her workshop offerings. The same with Sean Corn. They all “developed’ their sequence but talk about their apprenticeships in very, very, very, general and vague terms. No Vande Gurunam anywhere to speak of. I’m not saying that they did not change or improve or add to their yoga style or whatever, I’m saying be expansive and open about where you learned your stuff. When and how, I wonder does that transition happen? As a newbie, you are head over heels in love with the first teacher who showed you the sequence, and somehow after that it becomes “I took some classes” when I was in NY or LA or during college and THEN I went to India. Oh for goodness sakes just be relaxed enough to give props to who pointed you in that direction.