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BRIEF GUIDE TO RISHIKESH, THE TOWN OF RISHIS AND CONTRADICTIONS – Part 2 of 2

Ok, it took a bit longer than expected to complete this blog post (insert link to part 1) but here it is 🙂 after being home since 5 days and some editing to my original notes. Enjoy!   Lakshman Jhula … Continue reading

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MIRACLES A CASTOR OIL BATH CAN MAKE TO YOU

If you knew that a castor oil bath releases all sorts of tensions in your body, relaxes the muscles and mind, works in disgregating scar tissue, helps in recovering from body pains, cools you down, makes you more flexible and … Continue reading

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BRIEF GUIDE TO RISHIKESH, THE TOWN OF RISHIS AND CONTRADICTIONS – Part 1 of 2

When I arrived in Rishikesh 2 weeks ago I didn’t know what to expect. I had just read what my guide book recites about it: “The town of rishis has got notorious in the sixties upon receiving John Lennon and … Continue reading

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HOW IT LOOKS LIKE A KAPOTASANA DAY BEYOND THE STRETCH

Monday, April 22nd – After a really needed day off yesterday, this morning it was time to start a new week of Ashtanga Yoga practice at Tattva Yogashala in Rishikesh. While waking up, my body was still tired of last … Continue reading

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TRAVELERS DON’T KNOW WHERE THEY’RE GOING

“Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going.” Paul Theroux I was getting ready for my next travel when I incurred in the above quote. I’m leaving on Friday – yes, in 2 days! – to … Continue reading

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2 PASSIONS, 1 LOVE – THANK YOU YOGA JOURNAL!

That’s what happens when 2 passions become 1 love. Yoga + Photography = Yogascapes! Yoga Journal Italy this month features a photo by myself on the cover as well as a full article re: my yogascaping in Mysore, India. Enjoy! … Continue reading

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MEMENTO OF INDIA

Portrait of a young Indian lady selling vegetables at Devaraja open market in Mysore, Karnataka wearing dar-red bindu on the forehead and black earrings.

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IMAGES OF YOGA, INSTANTS OF LIFE

It was the beginning of 2012 and I was freaking out at leaving my company and my role after 13 years… I had no much else I could figure out of doing but I knew I needed time to be … Continue reading

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5 REASONS WHY I’M MISSING PRACTISING IN MYSORE SO MUCH

3 weeks back home and… already missing my practice at K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute so much!    Why? 1/ the deep reverence for the practise: a symbol of it to me is the little foyer where you sit … Continue reading

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CONTINUINING THE SEARCH… 2ND STOP: BELUR & HALEBIDU

Friday, 11.30 am and time to leave Shravanabelagola and move to our second and third destination for the day: Belur and Halebidu. Belur is very famous for its Chenna Kesava temple, dedicated to Lord Vijayanarayana, one of the twenty-four incarnations … Continue reading

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PASHASANA, INTERMEDIATE SERIES and A WORLD OF EXPECTATIONS

Yes, after 3 years of Ashtanga Yoga practice, 3 times to Mysore to practise at S. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute (KPJAYI) I finally got ‘pashasana’! first posture of intermediate a.k.a. second series. Yesterday I was dropping back when Sharath, … Continue reading

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HOW A 400 YEARS OLD BANYAN TREE CAN MAKE YOU VERY HAPPY…

I just spent a wonderful afternoon!!! It is just amazing how any new thing I’m doing here in India seems like making the last I did fade in comparison… so many things to see, to realize, to be happy with! … Continue reading

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CONTINUINING THE SEARCH… 1ST STOP: SHRAVANABELAGOLA

Mysore (India) and 2 days off from asana practice (Friday = moon day + Saturday = weekly day off): what a luxury! How not to take advantage of it and go on a daily trip to explore the even more … Continue reading

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UTPLUTHIH and THE POWER OF BEING INTENSE

Sunday, August 19th Alarm, 2.30 am 6 hours sleep Primary led class, 4.15 am … and the challenge to sustain Utpluthih for the loooooooooooong 10 counts made by Sharath!   It’s now exactly one month I’ve been practicing at K. … Continue reading

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THE 3D OF ASHTANGA YOGA: DEDICATION, DETERMINATION & DEVOTION

However comes to Mysore to practice Ashtanga Yoga in the tradition of Shri K. Pattabhi Jois gets rather quickly accustomed to the ‘3D of Yoga’ to which Sharath, in the first instance, and Lakshmish (shala sanskrit teacher), as a consequence, … Continue reading

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SOMNATHPUR, the KESAVA TEMPLE and the CALL HOME

Less than 3 weeks on my 3rd trip to Mysore, Saturday – hence day off from asana practise – and the chance to get with a small bunch of other KPJAYI students to Somnathpur to visit the Kesava temple. I … Continue reading

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CLOSE ENCOUNTER with THE INDIAN POLICE…

Closer than I ever wanted to! Would you believe an invite to get a coffee can result in a full hour spent at the local Police Station? Believe me, it can! I had never been to Barista, trendy Italian-style kind … Continue reading

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Vara MahaLakshmi Festival, Mysore

As I started walking back home after the led class today, I realized it must have been a special day…. and it was not even 8 o’clock! I noticed more women than usual outside the beautiful houses here in Gokulam, … Continue reading

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K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute: can it still store surprises?

This is my third time at KPJAYI, the cradle of Ashtanga yoga, in Mysore over the last one and a half year. Not that I thought I had seen everything, but for sure I was not expecting what happened this … Continue reading

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Ever been to an Indian airport? Hints & Tips

India: 2 months, 23 days and… 4h10min car ride to cover 130kms from Mysore to Bangalore airport, 3h waiting for take off and… Ever been in an Indian airport? You get to the check-in counter and get your luggage checked. … Continue reading

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