Air Canada has the best in-flight entertainment system in terms of viewing options. I was able to catch this documentary of a taxi driver , Hari , from Dharamsala who is gearing up for his marriage to a girl he has never met. Namaste , which is used frequently , is translated simply as " Hello " , which is pretty apropos considering the New Agey permutations the greeting has taken on here in the US.
As a traveling student , there is nothing like dropping-in at a traditional Ashtanga YogaShala & knowing that there will be a sense of sameness & continuity there ; wherever that " there " may be.
The image on the left is from the entryway of the AYRI Roma yogashala.
Being back in Los Angeles for the Thanksgiving break , I've been able to practice at my teacher's yogashala the past couple of days. During Led Class , I was on the receiving end of several " welcome back " adjustments , which initially reminded me that , yes , sitting in airplanes for etyended period of times is completely unnatural.
But most importantly , it also reminded me that my dharma as a student of the Ashtanga Vinyasa practice is to breathe through it & Surrender. Then everything makes sense & expansion happens.
From the KPJAYI website comes this new entry ( to me ) which distills parampara , the elements of knowledge , dharma & surrender intrinsic to it.
" Surrendering to parampara is like entering a river of teachings that has been flowing for thousands of years , a river that age-old masters have followed into an ocean of knowledge "
Maya is illusion. Maya-mi , the land of illusion , where everything is seductive & sensual. Always happy to be back , to be able to walk on the beach & boardwalk after meetings & get to practice at Miami Life Center's Mysore evening class.
Patrick is back from Mysore & is full of humor & good cheer. And I found street parking outside MLC prior to each class. South Beach karma.
Not so happy Saturday night as I had to fly to New York early Sunday morning & the party on the hotel roof deck is keeping me awake. Definitely not an illusion , hehe.
I am grateful this Thanksgiving that I received blessings from my Guru Maharaja on the occassion of his Vyasa Puja.
Happy that I had Thanksgiving lunch after artik at the LA Temple today with my teacher.
Led class tom.AM , Mysore class Sun. AM then the Tulasi & Salagrama Festival in the afternoon. Jaya !
Grazie mille a Rosanna , Maria Paola & Sergio ( all primary students /teachers of Lino Miele ) for all the help , advise & adjustments while I was dropping in for the afternoon Mysore classes at AYRI Roma.
It is always a bit akward initially to be the " lo straniero " or stranger in a shala. Usually , I can use my teacher , Jorgen C. , as a point of reference in a US or Canadian shala.
AYRI Roma has a very tight community of advanced & newbie Astangis , & I'd like to give them credit for being very Italian in their warmth & accomodation. Troppo gentile.
The teachers made an effort to communicate in English with me & were quite hands on , albeit I was just passing through.
The shala is located at Via Annia 54 , in the historic Celio district of Rome. It was an extremely mind blowing experience to emerge from the Metro stop & to be confronted by " Il Coloseo " , the Colosseum. Very convenient for me to take the Metro A at Piazzale Flaminio , by the hotel I was staying in.
I am not a fan of the Baroque era churches in Rome. One visit I did make time for before my last Mysore class was to the amazing Basilica San Clemente , several blocks away from the shala on Via Labicana.
I am heading out to Miami this coming weekend with the intention of practicing at MLC ; then onwards to NYC & hopefully a drop-in at AYNY the week after. Ci vediamo !
Santa Monica has been home for me for over a decade now. The image on the left is of Palisades Park looking out towards Malibu.
I'm a 21st CE nomad. Ever since I was put on a plane alone & travelled by myself at the age of 7 , I knew I was destined to never be able to sit still , to commit to anything for an extended period of time.
So its ironic that I have manged to be based in SaMo for all this time ; the city which turned me on to yoga. Perhaps knowing that LAX is just down the road & having the ability to travel every other week for work has kept me here.
I will be going on hiatus for a while. Will be flying out to Dallas & Houston next week , then heading to Italy the following 2 weeks ( I am intending to drop-in at AYRI Roma ) , Chicago end of Oct. & then onwards to Maya-Mi 1st week Nov. ( evening Mysore at MLC South Beach , yes ! ).
" May the longtime sun shine upon you , all love surround you , and the pure light within you , guide your way on. " Sat Nam. Haribol. Jaya !