I've been in Pune for 2 weeks now, and am really enjoying my daily rhythm of yoga practice, lunch, reading, yoga class, and Ayurvedic clinic and lecture. My friends, the Aussies, have convinced me to join them on retreat in Bali next year. Why not? Tropical beaches, good clean food, and 2 weeks of yoga. Looking forward to it.
Geeta has been teaching some amazing Pranayama classes. For those of you who are not familiar with the format here in Pune, the last week of the month, all the classes are Pranayama. The first week is standing poses (more or less), second week is forward bends, and the third week is back bends. I will be teaching more Pranayama when I return, especially during the week intensive I am planning for the first week of January. (more on that to come)
Tonight I attended an Indian wedding, but I missed the ceremony, and made it in time for lots of food and many desserts. Late dinners and sweets and chai are very common here. Oh well, at least it is fun.
I am off to Mumbai tomorrow, just for one night. I am bidding farewell to my great Australian friends (who I met a few years back here in Pune). We are going to stay in a fancy hotel, and go swimming on the rooftop with an oceanview. This so does not feel like India. When you are used to wearing clothes to cover your skin, and then go swimming in a bikini it feels quite strange. But, it will be a nice change of pace for a day. Then, I am back to Pune for 2 more weeks of yoga and Ayurveda study.
I know I have said this before, but here goes again. I feel sooooo blessed to have such teachers in my life. Dr. Lad is unparalleled in this world, and to have the opportunity to study regularly with the Iyengars is so fortunate. I daily promise myself to practice and study this knowledge, and not take it for granted. I only hope I can embody it, and help others to understand and practice it as well.
Enough for now, it is way too late for me to be up writing. It was all those sweets at the weddding . . . hee hee.
Love you all.