This evenings class was simply - fun. I love every class, but the closer we’ve gotten to the end of our course, the more ‘playing’ we’ve been doing with different asanas. The vibe in the room is also so relaxed. I appreciate it’s important we maintain concentration, especially during the earlier learning stages, but it’s also OK to play and have fun with the asanas once in a while too. What has been the most incredible part is having the opportunity to watch Bharath in action. Often we are all blown away when we see what this man can do. His concentration and ability to control his body is phenomenal. It’s also amazing to see how each asana links to another asana. This is why our sequencing is so important as we are building people up to progressively go further and further into their practice. The pictures I posted earlier today are a perfect example of what can be achieved through consistent work. Those asanas didn’t ‘just come’. They’ve taken a lot of work. But, it’s possible for anyone to do. I promise that much. Tonight we did a lot of playing around in Padmasana (lotus) and I also got into Parsva Yoga Dandasana! (below) It’s honestly incredibly what we can do when we just try.
Earlier today I was interviewed in the Shala by a couple of young Indian men who are doing a documentary on Westerners travelling to India for yoga. They want to understand how it benefits us when and why we practice. The final question was “how has yoga changed me?” I liked this question. My answer was simply about being more present. About taking the time to stop and notice the small things which we often take for granted. A flower on the side of the road, two people having a conversation… Just noticing life. I feel so lucky to have this presence of mind. Of course it is something which will require ongoing work - believe me! But, it’s a way of life which I’m committed to. I don’t want life to pass me by and then realise I never appreciated all that I could have. I could be wrong, but for me - it’s in appreciation and gratitude that we find true happiness.
Speaking of gratitude - at lunch I caught a rickshaw to Dhatu’s organic shop to find a gift for Bharath. Just something small. But what to get a man who has no attachment to anything and lives so minimally?
Sandalwood is very important here in India so Owen thought I should get some Sandal oil. Bharath also likes to use the analogy of a person’s practice being like the growth of a sandal tree. It takes 80+ years before the bark is ready to be stripped and turned to oil, soaps etc. One needs patience in order to reap the benefits this tree can offer. Through patience beautiful things can be achieved. So anything sandalwood is symbolic.
Turns out, Indian’s don’t burn oils, only incense. So I got sandalwood incense for him and a special hand made card made from recycled paper. I shall give this to him tomorrow.
Tomorrow morning we are doing the Surya Namaskara marathon again. 90 minutes of constant practice with zero time to stop and even wipe your face. Just go. As I received my Indea Yoga t-shirt tonight, I shall wear proudly for the marathon. Wish me luck!
Our final night of chanting with Bharath’s beautiful wife. I will miss this x