Getting here was quite an adventure. I had a layover in Hong Kong, where I managed to go to the Mandarin Hotel Mysore class straight after landing at 6:30. At around $33 it was my most expensive class so far but with towel, slippers and hot shower included it was worth it.
Then I had the opportunity to spend some time with a High School friend from Greece, Martin, who happened to be moving apartments on the Peak on this very day, so I joined in carrying suits and clothes from one place to the other. His company was sponsoring the black tie Sailor’s Society Shipping Dinner, and he found me a tuxedo so off we went to socialize with Hong Kong’s ship broking community. It’s a charitable organization which helps sailors around the world. I was not able to eat dessert because I had to catch a plane to Bangalore.
Arriving in Mysore I stayed at Marie’s friendly B&B Anhoki Garden, and was reminded immediately about how good the food is here:
First practice was led class in a packed room with at least 80 sweaty yogis. Sharath is in good form – at one point during the standing postures the electricity went out and it was pitch black for a few minutes; so he said “Changing bulb.” He is having a new house built next to the shala for him and his family. He goes and inspects the construction regularly – once he shouted out from the roof: “This wil be my practice room!”.
There are maybe 300 students here right now. I met up with Michelle who used to practice at YiY a couple of years ago. Now she lives in Bangalore but is studying in Mysore for the month. Michelle is also in good form:
It’s wonderful to be here – on top of practice I am attending the chanting and yoga sutra philosophy classes.
Will post more news later!