Staring at Joseph

As you know, this weekend my studio is hosting Joseph Encinia, the 2011 Bishnu Gosh Cup Champion. My weekend with Joseph got started a little early. On Friday, I showed up to the 4:30 class and learned that he was taking it. Not teaching it. Taking it. I was two mats down from him and one row back. This strategic position meant I could see him during class. Of course, it was also a challenge not to just stand on my mat and stare at him the whole time. I managed. But if I *happened* to fall out of a posture I might have sneaked a few peaks, you know, while I was regaining my focus to get back in the posture. Sure…right….

Just from Friday alone it was obvious he had beautiful, amazing postures. Duh. Of course he would. But you know what else? I didn’t speak to him once on Friday and yet he just radiated this energy that was calm and peaceful. Any stress I might have felt about taking class and seminar with him on Saturday has pretty much disappeared.  Also, I saw him drinking water in class (more than once!) and sweating like a mad man which tells me he IS human and not super yogi.

The best part about Friday came at the end of class. People were in final savassanah. I got up to leave. I gathered all my materials together and then – real quick – decided I would sneak one last peak at him. He’s absolutely gorgeous. You would stare too. I figured he would be laying in savassanah, you know, on his back and staring at the ceiling. Nope. Wrong. When I went to sneak a peak he was looking right at me. And he gave me a big grin.

Damn it! I was so busted.

And I don’t care. Today he is teaching class and seminar which means it will appear normal and not at all crazy to stare at him. Although I’ve already received word that class will go longer than 90 minutes. I don’t think it’s going to be a Mary Jarvis 3-hour marathon, but I’m guessing 2-hours. I’m sure I’ll have lots to share.


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Penelope
    Oct 07, 2012 @ 00:09:17

    Cannot wait to hear about your weekend. And I would stare too. How can you not, right?


  2. Simmm
    Oct 08, 2012 @ 16:40:20

    Haha, busted! Wonderful! Every woman, heck ever human, in their right mind would have looked 🙂


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  4. teenieyogini
    Jan 11, 2013 @ 00:01:47

    Your Joseph experience sounds like it was as exciting as mine! We had so many people crammed into the studio that all the mats were touching on all 4 sides!


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  6. LeighAHall (@LeighAHall)
    Sep 12, 2014 @ 02:13:28

    Staring at Joseph #bikramyoga #yogaholicsmag


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