On 1st January 2011 I returned from yoga in Sri Lanka able to bind Pasasana and with high hopes for my practice in the coming year. Three weeks later I was in Hospital attached to 2 IV drips, ending up with surgery. It then took me nearly 4 months to get my practice back. I learned it’s not flexibility that was lost, but strength and stamina.
While languishing in bed I read “Guruji” and decided that this would be the year to make the Ashtanga pilgrimage to Mysore. I needed something to work towards, a point to waking up. I wanted my practice to be “good enough”, though I needn’t have worried.
I filled in the KPJAYI online form and on 20th June I got my Shala place confirmed.
In August I got to practice with Sharath in London, it was the final test to see if I really wanted to go to Mysore. The next week I gave in my notice at work, confirmed my flight and started final preparations.
Mysore turned out to be everything and more that I hoped it would be, practising in The Shala, the heat, humidity and the energy. Meeting old friends from home and abroad and meeting new ones, even meeting people who read this blog.
Mysore does have some kind of magic, obviously the truly magic moment was standing up from backbend with Sharath standing at the end of my mat, after a week of him telling me “You can do it, it’s possible for you, stand up. You can’t go home until you stand up”, as Anna said I had my own personal cheer leader. I think Sharath was as pleased as I was when it happened, though I only managed it once more. Then he told me to “take Pasasana “, giving legitimacy to my starting intermediate.
In March I barely had the strength to push up into Downward Dog, at the end of the year I stood up, complete transformation.
Mysore also served the purpose of giving me the mental and physical break I needed. I have just returned from India ready to start life again, but with the hope that I get to return to Mysore. Kino told me as we chatted at The Coconut stand that you either hate Mysore and leave early, or love it and vow to return.
It’s been quite a year with low lows but ending on a very high high.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 41,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 15 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.