What I'm learning, more than anything else, is that this practice, working with a partner and learning to support and be supported, to communicate your needs and to be responsible for another's needs - it is so much more than a physical practice. It's the ultimate mirror for how you show up in relationships. Sounds heavy... But it's just the opposite, because all of this is happening while you play and push and try and laugh so hard that you fall down. Sometimes you fall on top of someone else, maybe even a stranger, but that's okay, no harm done. And while you push yourself to work with others to do things that seem physically impossible, and too scary to try, your perspective shifts. You get back to the moment. You focus only on what's actually happening, where you are in space, where your partner is, how it feels, your fear of physical pain, the joy of making it work, the bliss of being massaged at the end of class. And after an hour of that, the refection that maybe you have trouble trusting others or you need to work on your communication skills seems totally surmountable. After loving the physical challenge for an hour, the mental and emotional challenges of being more trusting or communicative or supportive seem possible, and worthwhile, and so much easier than before.
So, right now, that's how I'm spending my time. I feel really lucky to be doing it. :)