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Author Archives: carashtangi

Welcome to India

Tuesday evening, the end of our new moon day here in India. I’ve just had a rest day castor oil bath. Not a habit I make back home in Boston, but when in Rome (or Mysore, as it is), you know what they say. I bought the castor oil this morning from the coffee and … Continue reading »

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True Bliss

“Each practice should be blissful practice.” R. Sharath Jois, Sunday conference 2.19.12 The blog has been silent this past week as I have had much to take in, to digest, to reflect upon, to observe, to seek and to find, or at least enjoy the grasping about in the dark corners. Refreshed to find another … Continue reading »

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Shakti in the house!

Sunday morning was led primary at 6am, and I stayed after to watch from the foyer as Sharath taught counted led intermediate series at 7:30 am. I have to admit, watching from a distance as 50+ Ashtangis practiced second series in unison was some crrrrrrazy looking yoga. I often think that about this series. It’s … Continue reading »

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Inside the practice room

It’s 9 AM, Cyndi and I are readying to leave the Kuteer guesthouse and head to the Shala for yoga practice. Sharath has moved our start time up to 10 AM (from 10:30). Over our yoga clothes we wear kurtas (long shirts) and scarves around our shoulders. We do this this to respect the modesty … Continue reading »

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Oh, India.

The classic photo op for every ashtangi visiting Mysore, with a cameo appearance by Cow. Just another day in India. Also, please note the glass shards lining the top of the wall surrounding the yoga school. This is perhaps an aesthetic choice, but the school also has a delightful “bouncer”named Prakash whose morning duties are … Continue reading »

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Notes on humility, yoga and thirst

A few notes scribbled in my little book, from conference with Sharath on Sunday morning: On being humble: Once I say ‘I don’t know anything,’ I can learn many things. On asana and yoga: Asana is the foundation for our spiritual practice. Ashtanga yoga creates changes within us, through practice. The asana is the gateway … Continue reading »

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Not a beginner

Back to Tuesday, in Sharath’s office, registering for practice at the Shala. Cyndi and I await our turn, are called in, sit down. Sharath looks over our papers, passport photos freshly adhered by the shala’s resident glue stick. I admit I am nervous. Not at my best (it has only been a few hours since … Continue reading »

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Packing for Mysore, India

                          Packing my bags this afternoon, getting ready for the double long haul flight to Mysore, India. Here’s a glimpse into some of the contents of my little suitcase. 1. Documentation! I have a copy of my email confirmation of acceptance for study … Continue reading »

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sleep of the yogi

Some thoughts on dreaming, waking and how ashtanga yoga ruined my nightlife. स्वप्ननिद्रा ज्ञानालम्बनम् वा ॥३८॥ svapna-nidrā jñāna-ālambanam vā – Or through knowledge that is derived from a nocturnal dream. ~Patanjali Yoga Sutras I.38 Dreaming: Lately I’ve been dreaming of India. Not a surprise as our departure date for Mysore fast approaches. They are abstract, … Continue reading »

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ashtangi winter body

Hobbling home from practice last week, watching the temperature drop, seeing snowflakes in the air, I observed that now I have fully come into my winter body. Post-holiday indulgences, dark mornings, and those face-numbing wind-chilling walks from the T-station to the yoga studio make for some stiff, heavy and sometimes downright discouraging practice. The shift … Continue reading »

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