I’ve been in India for six full days. This is my third time visiting Kovalam to study with my ashtanga teacher, David Garrigues. I’ve been waiting for this trip since the summer. This past year was filled with incredible stress that took a huge toll on my physical and mental health. In these short six days, I already feel like a renewed person. I can finally breathe. I love and hate how everything in this magnificent country is such an ordeal. From brushing your teeth to eating to walking. It teaches me patience and how to be present. I wish I could bottle it up and bring some home with me.
I actually read a book. A full book, from start to finish. The Alchemist. Most of you may have already read this beautiful gem of a book. It couldn’t have come into my hands at a better moment. It’s about a shepherd boy who seeks out his Personal Legend. The themes of the story mirror what yoga philosophy teaches us, that you are the Self, and not to get attached to outcomes. Enjoy the journey. That’s where the magic happens. David’s talk today on the yoga sutras touched upon these themes. I thought to myself, maybe he read The Alchemist last night too 🙂
My yoga practice has been great. Today was tiring, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. I’m amazed by how strong I feel. I haven’t felt this good in months. There are many people here from all around the world to study with David. It’s amazing to see everyone practicing together, the ashtanga sequence is like a universal language. No matter where you go in the world to practice, there are no need for words. Ashtanga is beautiful in this way.
I’m here for another 3 weeks or so. I’ll be posting along the way.
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