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Bare feet and glitter

Posted by on February 27, 2012

On our last Saturday (rest day) in India, we opted not to rest at all! Instead we climbed all 1,200 steps to the top of Chamundi Hill. In sarees. Kate wrapped us up in our new fabric purchases from Badsha’s Bazaar. We made the pilgrimage uphill, under our umbrellas (portable sun shade), to pay our respects at Chamundeswari Temple. Or perhaps watch others do so. Chamundi is essentially the “patron” deity of Mysore. Look her up, she is one fierce lady!
Yes, it was my day off from yoga asana practice, but the yoga continues. Being here, in India, trodding up the side of a mountain with monkeys and Hindus and yes many western yoga students, to purchase colorful deity souvenirs and mini casts of Ganesha, leave a flower, toss some water over my head, in heat, in a saree, bare feet on hot cement. It’s a cultural experience to be sure, all of this part of the landscape of India, the landscape where the practice of yoga is from.
I welcome this experience of context, the source of all those om’s and namastes we utter back home. It’s like finding the missing piece of a puzzle. It’s under the couch cushion. It’s covered in glitter. And it might even smell of cumin and sandalwood.

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