With her it is a pure yoga zone. Every pose is felt that way for her, a complete experience of yoga, a Zen space. Meditation. If she is in town she will never bunk for casual reasons, which a lot of my students do... That in itself deserves a medal. For her, yoga is life-transformative, and hence an inevitable part of daily life. The way I also see yoga. So U can see why this attitude of hers is very special for me.
When I started on the headstand, in the second/third class she told me she did not want my support and would do it on her own, with me standing just so off so that I was there, behind her, but not close. Just a psychological prop, but never used:) Then by 4th session, she was on her own, without even my presence behind, but just a few cushions about around her mat, as emotional props:) Then sixth session, she stands up on her own:) And for long. Well, if all my students were like that ... She also does the headstand closing her eyes:) In the headstand, her own zone.
Her crow is steady and held for long, very long, though she is only a few weeks into the pose. She tells me, that this pose (like the headstand) for her means a mind in a state of absolute focus. It is centering and calming. I theorise about this a lot with some of my students, but she is amongst the few who gets it in practice. Though she often may shy off from trying a new pose, when she does it, she will invariably get it right, first attempt. That comes from that focus, that yogic yoga attitude.
There is more I can say of her: her attempt to get the Sanskrit mantra/prayer right and learn it; her craving for meditation, easy flexibility of body that comes definitely from the mind.
What I learn from her: to speak more slowly. I, a south-Indian, with a super-fast tongue that runs off the rails of my mouth like an rampaging Express train.. I have had to modify my tempo so that she can, in her mind, translate from English to French whatever I was saying in class:) The other thing I am learning, that comes from her insistence, and which I believe tempers my own out-of-kilter enthusiasm, that she will not move into an advanced variation until she learns the basic pose right, and holds it for long. Tres yogic yoga, u all agree?