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Sharath says a month in Mysore, practicing Ashtanga with them is the equivalent to 5 elsewhere. For me it was more like 12.

I feel blessed to come back to the shala at Pure: Rolling out the mat without any wait time, reconnecting with my great teacher, having room all around me, being able to do Uttita Hasta (video) in the front of the mat not worrying about losing balance or hitting a neighbor.  Oh the wonders!  I am grateful.

The place where I notice the biggest difference is in the dristhi (eye focus points for each pose),  all that talk during conference made me very aware of the important role that keeping the eyes in check plays for concentration.

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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?
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Savasana (corpse pose) – Level 2

There was no Sharath or Saraswati in the shala today, only assistants, and lots of them.  There were the senior teachers and then about 6 or 7, then 8 others.

Hearing the “one more” signaling that a space opened and one more student can come in from a voice different from the usual relaxed something in me, and yet it made me try harder as somehow maybe I wanted to show off for the new teachers.  Monkey mind. At any rate, it worked for good, my count went slower, I sweated even more, I went deeper, and by the time savasana hit, I just melted.

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Claudia’s Guide to Mysore, India

So you are finally ready to visit Mysore… Congrats!  Read on and get ready for the adventure…
Traditional delicious food

If you are a woman planning  read this post first, it’s THAT important. And if you are a man read it too.

Mysore is generally safe but recently there have been some security issues, and is better to be safe than sorry.  Now back to the post.

Ever since my first trip to Mysore I wanted to have a comprehensive list of information, as in: when to go, how to prepare, what to pack, places to stay, where to eat, etc.

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