Greetings from Mysore! I have been here for already 3 weeks, and just 3 more to go before I return to Dubai! My time here has been so great that it's kept me away from posting this sooner ;). Also, poor internet connection and regular power cuts are great reasons for taking some time to update everyone on how this trip has been so far. Many people travel to countries, like India, to disconnect. Well, there you go! No internet = disconnect. This, unfortunately, is not going to be a post about what my days are like here in the birthplace of Ashtanga yoga. Instead, and fortunately, this is a very special post. I'd like to share with you notes from my first conference this season. This post is even more special because Nov. 10th was the only conference held during this month. Nov. 3rd and 17th were moon days, and the Himalaya Foundation honored Sharath with the award of Vidyaranya on Nov. 25. Read More..
A gentleman who goes by the name Nand Lal made his way into the Yoga Room in the beginning of October to immerse himself in one full month of practice. I was told that his plan was to travel to Mysore to study at the shala. Since the shala was fully booked at the time he intended to go, he searched the web for plan B. The result: traveling to Dubai. Needless to say, I was overcome with many feelings - curiosity, happiness, and admiration. Nand lives and works in Saudi Arabia. This is his story - happy reading! Read More..
When Ashtanga yoga is practiced Mysore style, students of all levels of ability practice alongside each other. While they mostly share the same set sequence of postures, the differences in their physical practices are apparent. For some, bending the body comes easily, for others age, injuries, body proportions and past histories make things more difficult. Every student will encounter challenges along the way, it is meeting these challenges that makes the practice rewarding. Read More..