A trip to the Northwest yields great bounty

My wife and I just returned from a trip to the Northwest which included stays in Portland and Seattle. I was in Portland to take my Intermediate Junior I assessment. I’ll tell you about that later. My wife and I fell in love with that city. It is very well planned with excellent public transportation options, cutting edge restaurants, and a vibrant culture.

We then took a road trip from there up to Seattle and did the whole tourist bit including the famous fish market where sellers throw whole salmon around like a football. Originally it was to save time from walking the fish from the ice to the counter. But as it became popular, throwing salmon became it’s own attraction.

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More than anything, this was an important trip for me because it was the first time my wife have been able to travel together in about four years since her father started getting ill and then eventually passing away. Since his passing, we have had to work as caregivers for my mother-in-law. Her brother agreed to take care of her mother while we were able to get away.

We drank up the Seattle highlights including the Chihuly exhibit by the Space Needle. My wife and I are inspired by Chihuly’s works which are massive glass sculptures. This exhibit had a glass blowing demonstration where the exhibitor talked about her journey. She said when she was 15 she asked the local glass blowing artist to learn and he agreed to let her sweep the floors. He would teach her new things every time she came in until she was able to safely create glass art on her own. Now she has a degree in glass blowing and makes her own pieces. As she talked about her apprenticeship I reminded me of the Iyengar teaching process.

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Speaking of which, I retook the teaching portion of the assessment that I did not pass last year. After the first meeting I opened up my envelope and it revealed my sequence. I spent the rest of the night and part of the next day mapping out the actions in the sequence and finding links. I conducted the 40 minute class and finished my last pose right at the buzzer. I like to snap pictures of myself after the assessment because the face tells the tale.

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Later the next day I was getting a coffee at the original Starbucks location in Pike’s Place. I got a buzz on my phone indicating an email. The title said Congratulations! After five hard years of training and personal hardship, I passed my Junior Intermediate I certification.

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23 thoughts on “A trip to the Northwest yields great bounty

  1. mishedup

    Michael!!
    That is amazing…congratulations!!!

    and how lovely your trip sounds. I was in Seattle in May and the Chihuly museum was the highlight for me…I never wanted to leave and can’t wait tp go back.
    I’m so glad you were able to get away on a little trip.

    but, you did it!!! the work and devotion and dedication has paid of…
    You go!

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  2. Danielle Ou

    Congratulations!!! That’s the level I’m going up for… sometime in the future. Also glad you were able to enjoy a well deserved vacation with your wife.

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  3. Joan Scalzone

    Congratulations Michael! A great achievement. Glad you and Mary had a chance to get away and have fun together.

    On Wed, Sep 12, 2018, 10:27 PM Home Yoga Practice wrote:

    > yogibattle posted: “My wife and I just returned from a trip to the > Northwest which included stays in Portland and Seattle. I was in Portland > to take my Intermediate Junior I assessment. I’ll tell you about that > later. My wife and I fell in love with that city. It is very wel” >

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  4. anonymous sadhaka

    This is lovely lovely news, Michael. One of hope and strength too.
    Recently a friend shared pictures of the Chihuly installations at the NY Botanical Gardens and it was absolutely beautiful. It’s strange how these little cues weave in and out of our lives, opportunities for reflection. Thank you very much for sharing the journey as always.

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    1. yogibattle Post author

      Thank you Sonia! I appreciate you sending me Geeta’s talk shortly after I didn’t pass last year. That lifted me up a lot. It is funny how from Chihuly to Fukuoka to Nisargadatta we are on the same wavelength πŸ™‚ I really appreciate your friendship.

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