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practice in Mysore, India

all is coming

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and…we’re back.

Cut to: Thursday, March 1st. 33 hours in transit from Mysore to Boston. That’s 4 hours careening down the Mysore road to Bangalore; weaving around trucks, pedestrians, cows, carts and entire families on one motorbike (mother, father, two kids and yes the baby too). I found it best to just close my eyes at some … Continue reading »

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Bare feet and glitter

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 … Continue reading »

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T-minus One Week – other side of the world edition.

It’s strange, the process of time passing here in Mysore. Technically, I’ve been here three weeks, but if someone were to ask me how long I’d been here (and I couldn’t cheat via technology) I’d be at a loss to gauge the days in any quantitative sense. Plans are never set in stone here. No … Continue reading »

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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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Not Authorized.

Kate introduced us to Sharath a few days ago. We are the Boston crew, all here in Mysore together. Cara was introduced as her assistant; I was, “a very good student, coming every day.” Kate also added that Cara teaches when she is out of town. Sharath’s immediate reaction: “But not authorized, not eligible.” Then … 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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