Over the last 6 weeks I don't even want to think about how much distance I have covered flitting around Asia, across the Pacific and then back again. It has been a whirlwind of travelling and stopping down place to place for a few days at a time, sometimes less and sometimes more, and 12 pages of my passport have been stamped, signed, and smothered in travel visas. When I reached Victoria I was surprised and pleased by how easily I slipped right back into place in my old community, and meeting new people in that circle felt like meeting old friends. The amount of love I felt while I was there caught me off guard and reinforced the idea of that little corner of the world as the place where I can put down roots one day. Something about Victoria fits me like nowhere else that I have experienced.
It has been a year and a half since I left India, and now that I am back in Mysore it is seems as though nothing has changed, yet everything is different. Is it simply because there are many new faces and a smaller crowd of yoga students, or is it something that has evolved in my perception of this place and the people who inhabit it? Or, and I would like to think this could be true, is it simply that I have changed? When I arrived last time I was absolutely amazed by everything; the sights, sounds and smells were all new and at times overwhelming. I was also at a turning point in my life and had little sense of direction as I battled my way through my often-scoffed-at-but-painfully-real quarter life crisis. This time around I feel much better prepared, knowing more about what to expect and where to go for the various neccessities of living in this mixed community of yogis and locals, as well as having developed a greater a sense of purpose and a path to follow once my time here has run it's course. Tomorrow morning the yoga practice will begin, 4:30 AM, and I am looking forward to the energy of a room full of students hungry for knowledge and the presence of a teacher. It is a special opportunity, to focus so deeply on my yoga and let all the distractions of everyday life take the backseat for a while, and it the doors are open for much learning to occur. Thank you universe for bringing me back to this place. Om, shanti, shanti, shantih
"Yoga, as a way of life and a philosophy, can be practiced by anyone with inclination to undertake it, for yoga belongs to humanity as a whole. It is not the property of any one group or any one individual, but can be followed by any and all, in any corner of the globe, regardless of class, creed or religion."
- Sri K. Pattabhi Jois