Leaving Mysore, 12 things I learned in this trip

Ah, February! It is time to come back home to the freezing North East, and I am very grateful for the opportunity of this trip. Gratitude to the Gods!

On the right there is the picture I took this morning before practice, with Saraswatti.  Her friendliness always amazes me.

These are 12 of the many things I learned this time:

  1. Breathing for dropping back must be much more intense than I ever imagined. I need to breathe as if I am grasping for life, very deeply. And then some more
  2. I have filled with air certain parts of my body I did not know I had
  3. I have practiced with the intensity equivalent to all the time I spent practicing before in my whole life
  4. Do you have a question? Any question? the answer is: “Do Yoga”, the right answer will come to you
  5. “Do yoga” does not mean do poses or asanas, it means connect with God, in whichever way you understand God
  6. The 8 limbs system, or “Ashtanga Yoga” is a great lineage, I am still working at understanding and learning it all, I appreciate it and I am grateful it came into my life
  7. Mysore has changed, it now has internet in almost every home, easy plug-in cards for wireless services, garbage pickup systems, and an array of new food places (last time I was here was 2008)
  8. Practicing at the shala is highly recommended, everything people say about the energy there is true. It is a fantastic opportunity to focus on the practice and go deep.
  9. My husband has become more popular in the Ashtanga world than anyone I know, because of his post on how he was completely humiliated by yoga.  After Kino posted it on her Facebook page it became a sensation. 
  10. Emirates is still my favorite airline 
  11. Vipassana has returned as a daily practice thanks to OvO, Jen and Martina, and I am very grateful to them
  12. The last practice was intense, a sense of death and renewal filled me, there is a post coming in about it, I think that is Shiva in action
I am grateful to Sharath and Saraswati and to all the assistants in the shala, and to all the people I met.  And grateful to the Mysore napper for helping me find a home, and a great home.
I am also grateful for the opportunity to meet bloggers in real life, Skippetty, Jill, Ovo, Kino, David Garrigues, Martina, David, Napper, Jen, Laruga,  wonderful yogis who blog, I am sure there are more that I may be forgetting, guess I am jet lagged already!
I am also grateful to Pattabhi Jois and Krishnamacharya.
See you soon Mysore!
Oh, and by the way, if you have a friend coming, I now have which is easy to remember and directs to the post with everything there is to do in Mysore, it is quite helpful and I will keep adding, so feel free to share with your friends.
Also, if you post something about Mysore with info, let me know and I will link to you.

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4 Responses to Leaving Mysore, 12 things I learned in this trip

  1. James February 7, 2011 at 5:52 am #

    I can't wait to go back now!

  2. Claudia February 7, 2011 at 5:56 am #

    Cool!!!! 🙂

  3. Nobel February 7, 2011 at 12:34 pm #

    Congratulations to Claudia on your successful trip! (You really should have taken a picture with Sharath, though :-))<br /><br />Congratulations to James on your new-found fame! It&#39;s really amazing how powerful Kino&#39;s Facebook page is. The last time she posted one of my blog posts on her Facebook page, I had more than 500 hits for that post. Which is probably not very much by star-blogger

  4. Claudia February 8, 2011 at 8:59 pm #

    Thank you Nobel… as per the pix with Sharath, I do my practice and all is coming. Hee hee… he was very busy.<br /><br />I did not know you had one shared on Kino&#39;s wall too, that is great!