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:
- 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
- I have filled with air certain parts of my body I did not know I had
- I have practiced with the intensity equivalent to all the time I spent practicing before in my whole life
- Do you have a question? Any question? the answer is: “Do Yoga”, the right answer will come to you
- “Do yoga” does not mean do poses or asanas, it means connect with God, in whichever way you understand God
- 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
- 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)
- 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.
- 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.
- Emirates is still my favorite airline
- Vipassana has returned as a daily practice thanks to OvO, Jen and Martina, and I am very grateful to them
- 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