It just occurred to me after reading around on here that despite "being an Ashtangi," I have never, here read that again,
been "given a pose." I learned Primary all at once, as a series where the hard poses were modified. When I was doing Mysore-style in SF, Clayton let me do all of Primary and then we worked on dropbacks/standups. I was never "given" any of Primary (as I'd gotten it all myself; that was pretty cool) and I was also never "given" any of Intermediate. I've seen poses given, but I've never received one. Far out.
Heck, I even "give" poses in my one afternoon Mysore-style class; that is HILARIOUS. I don't formally "give" them, really, or at least I don't sense my authority in that way, but I do tell folks when to move to backbends and I do my best to encourage, bend, twist and otherwise move people into poses.
I'm not worried about whether or not I "count" as an Ashtangi, regarding all of this. I count, first because that's how I would describe my practice, and second because I maintain as much of the tradition, what might be called the subculture, as possible (as much as I remember, transmitted from SKPJ to CH thence to me).
But wow, I've never had what might be considered "THE" experience of a long-term ashtanga practice. Far, far out.