March 18, 2014
Adding to my Bucket List

It has been some time since my last post, but please do not misunderstand this as a lack of something to say or write about.  Because quite frankly is it is the exact opposite.  I have been doing and seeing and experiencing so much that it is hard to sum it all up in words.  One of the reasons I come to India is of course to study Ashtanga at the Ashtanga Yoga Institute but I also come here to find myself again.  I am so grateful to have this time and rediscover my truest happiness.  Okay, okay, its not all sunshine and smiles all the time, but for the most part life here is great and permits loads of time for smiles and adventures and discoveries.  So these are some of the things I have been up to recently:

1) I have met an incredible group of girl friends here from all over the world who have quickly become my family.  When life throws people like this at me I cannot help but feel like I have opened the right door with the winning prize hiding behind it. It has only be a few weeks, but already we have experienced so much together from heartbreaks to India toilet talks and complete silliness to deep life conversations.  Who can deny such greatness?! We have laughed so much together it has really brought out an incredible overlaying blanket of happiness on this journey.  Thanks girls!!!

2) This past weekend I participated in an incredible event called “Yoga Stops Traffick”, which helps raise awareness about sexual exploitation and human trafficking.  It started here in Mysore, but has grown and is now celebrated in over 20 countries around the world.  Here in Mysore though, we gather together in front of the Mysore Palace in the city’s downtown.  Hundreds of people lay their yoga mats out and do about 30 sun salutations together with other yoga students and local children.  The feeling of giving back to the community and coming together for a charity event such as this is so fulfilling I again find it difficult to put into words. One local girl that has been greatly impacted by this organization is now attending the local University of Mysore and working towards a Masters of Journalism. Amazing, right?!?!? I yet again walked away with a huge smile on my face. 

3) I have officially experienced going to the dentist in India and I can safely say it is excellent! I woke up one morning and thought to myself “I want to check out the dentist here in India” so I strolled into a highly recommended clinic, which was clean, sterile and very “dental office-like”.  I was first inquiring about, okay this part is slightly embarrassing, but a night guard! I needed to replace mine and back home after the initial appointment, fitting, lab fees and the final product i was looking at close to $500 plus another $200 for a cleaning.  Insanity I know, but gotta keep these pearly white in good condition! So again, I strolled into what I thought was going to be solely a consultation and walked out having taken a mould of my teeth and an appointment for a pick up as well as an appointment for a cleaning. I was convinced of the quality and felt 100% positive about my choice.  Fast forward a few days later and I am the proud owner of one of the worlds most comfortable night guards (relatively speaking) and cleared the cavity screening for another 6 months all for a whopping $70.  Total steal of a deal I tell yah!

4) India has many, MANY festivals and celebrations all the time.  It seems like there is always a parade or music of some sorts going on around the city.  But one festival that I have truly always wanted to participate in is called Holi which just happened this past weekend.  This is a major check off my bucket list and I am so thrilled that I was here for it this year to participate in. Holi marks the beginning of Spring and is commonly celebrate by throwing coloured powder and paints at people in the streets.  Otherwise known as the festival of colour and love. The festivities are larger in the northern parts of India, but here in Mysore there was enough going on to have a great taste of this hilarious “holi”day.  My friends and I took the chance and ventured into the city not knowing where or what to expect, but we were quickly befriended by a local who showed us the way and invited is for chai at his house along with many others, which is where the “colour bombing” started and the laughs began.  We then wondered the streets and through the markets where it is a complete free-for-all, anyone and everyone is fair game.  It is a total mess but what incredible cultural experience!!!  I think the highlighting moment is when about 3 or 4 motorcycles rolled up around the corner with about 3 people on each bike and just nailed us.  Silver wet paint already in the cups of their hands just waiting for the next target; hands, palms, noses, hair, ears, headlocks, squinting out of one eye and laughing hysterically.  It was an epic afternoon that I will not soon forget!

So next time you wonder “what’s Shara up to in India?” you can think of me meditating at the peak of a mountain all zenned out and/or you can think of me completely colour bombed in bright paints celebrating life, love and happiness.  So much gratitude and so much to be grateful for! 

xoxo

February 18, 2014
A Moment to Express My Gratitude

Everyday we meet new people and have new encounters that can all potentially be inspiring for different reasons.  But every once in a while we meet a special person(s) that is truly out of the ordinary. Whether they motivate us to break our daily routines, ground us in a way we never thought possible or even help shed some perspective on a certain troubling issue, we walk away from these people with a certain sense of calm; feeling so utterly refreshed that we can stop and take a deep breath, even just for that moment, and let all of our worries dissipate. Sometimes we may never come face to face with this individual again but if we are lucky, that gem will remain in our lives leaving us forever changed.  I feel extremely fortunate to have had many of these gem moments/people in my life; permanently or brief encounters, family and friends or complete strangers, in my home city or half way across the world and so I feel the need to express my gratitude.   Each time I experience a “gem” I am flooded with an appreciation that fills my heart to levels beyond comprehension.  But I also find it a challenge to precisely express just how deep that appreciation goes, because sometimes there are no words just simply feelings of gratitude. It is these feelings that inspire me to try to be a better, stronger person for myself and those I interact with, which in turn makes me think and exude a more positive energy. Of course this light fades sometimes and life has its obstacles, but then you encounter a beautiful gem and are reminded yet again of how amazing people are and once again have that moment to take a deep breath and let all of your worries fade away. 

Thank you to everyone who has supported me in all of my journeys and who have forever left a footprint in my heart.  You challenge me constantly and encourage me to face my fears daily. So much gratitude.

February 13, 2014
Why do I come to Mysore?

A friend recently asked me why I come to Mysore to study with Sharath if when I come here I regress in my practice? It is not the first time I have been asked this, as most of my family and friends back at home inquire about the same thing and find it difficult to understand why I come here year after year.  I understand this confusion and perhaps even the frustration some may have in not being able to “advance” in their practice when making such a far journey, but for me the practice goes beyond just the physical asana; there is an incredible spiritual journey that comes with practicing Ashtanga yoga as well.  And this is why I have returned to Mysore, India. 

It is in our nature to experience things, to like them, to explore them further and then before we know it to have an attachment to them.  This goes for yoga as well; as many can attest to liking the physical feeling they received before anything else and thus became ‘hooked on a feeling’ or ‘attached’ to their practice.  I am guilty of this at times as well.  Learning how to let go of this can be a difficult and gruelling lesson, but an essential one nonetheless. Whether it be an injury, work and or family obligations or even coming to India, at some point in the Ashtanga journey you will have to learn how to detach from your practice.  With this often surfaces our truest character and so we are faced with our purest self which can quickly become an emotional roller coaster. And so you have it, you realize just how attached you have become to this beautiful practice.  At times such as these is when the change really starts to happen and the greatest lessons are learned; when you realize that the Ashtanga practice is so much more then just the physical, and that something in you has begun to fundamentally change. 

And so my answer is this.  I come to India to be a student and to learn.  To take in as much as i can about the practice and all the beautiful intricate details ‘attached’ to it and to fully experience them, feel them and see them.  Coming here teaches me how to let go of my practice back home and brings me face to face with my inner most self. It teaches me how to be here and only here.  It is a very humbling experience and one i am so grateful and open to learning from. There is a connection and different level of understanding for what it is I am studying and practicing when it is measured in tangible terms.  Simply being here and experiencing it first hand instantly allows me to go deeper in my practice in a way far beyond just the physical asana.  I get a taste of the Ashtanga lineage and given the opportunity to become a part of its history. 

February 2, 2014
Treat yo’ self

So a very dear friend once forwarded a clip from the TV show “Parks and Rec” that was so utterly amazing that I have made it my motto for the year. The theme…. “treat yo’ self.” And I am taking those words and running, running fast! I practice selflessness always and think it is truly  important and fulfilling to give and help others, but a girls gotta replenish herself once in awhile and what better way than treating yo’ self.  To what you might ask? ANYTHING, anything at all. That extra large full cream latte you’ve been depriving yourself of for weeks, a day at the spa, heck make it a trip around the world.  Okay, wait, so that last one is a little extreme but then again so am I. So that is exactly how I have decided to start my year (great bucket list, right?) Starting with a 2 1/2 month stint in India (again) followed by a week in Copenhagen, Denmark and ten days in Paris, France; totalling three months of r n’ r, indulgence and adventures.

So far I am a week into my stay in Mysore, India and am loving life.  Coming back here for round 2 has felt more like returning home then I would have ever expected it to, but I couldn’t ask for a better place to call my second home.  Here everything is a full 180 from the norms of home which makes it the perfect get away.  When I arrive here, it usually takes a few days to readjust and unwind from the hectic, fast paced lifestyle I lead back home and to kick the jet lag, but once I do life here is slow and easy. My priority, practice yoga. On top of that I permit myself to one chore a day and sometimes even that seems exhausting.  Before departing my “to do” list was flooded in the most overwhelming way.  Yesterday I looked at that same list and it was empty.  Metaphorically and physically speaking the weight on my shoulders has vanished.  I can relax and enjoy each day and each moment in the sunshine without a single stress.

So this is how I am treating my self. I advise you to do the same. 

Enjoy

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