“The only journey is the one within.” — Rainer Maria Rilke.
My last monthly study at Ramamani Iyengar Yoga Institute (RIMYI) in Pune, India was ten years ago. While some part of that experience escaped, some stayed. The immeasurably precious opportunity to study and to practice with the Iyengar family including B.K.S. Iyengar at RIMYI has continued to nourished my yoga practice and sustained my devotion for Iyengar Yoga.
Traveling to Pune is not easy. The sacrifice we make to leave things behind at home, either work, family and other obligations, is only a faction. The long and sometimes arduous journey takes a toll on the body and a sense of bio-equilibrium. The hard fact that air quality in India makes a jet lagged traveler from abroad even more overwhelmed physically, physiologically and energetically.
24 hours…from the gate at SeaTac on November 28, 2016 to the temporary hotel stay in Pune, India. I woke up on November 30, 2016 as time flew during flights. Ah.. the sensory overloads…the noises, smells, movements, vibrations, the anxiety dealing with the uncertainty such as rupees demonetarization this month and navigating the city using rickshaws. Life seems to slow down here for me as planning around the study schedule at RIMYI simplifies how I use my time, how I spend my energy.
On my very first day here, I checked in at RIMYI (which could be confusing at times), got my rupees after a long wait that cost me two mosquito bites, and made some planning for the coming weeks such as meal planning, repacking my stuff. Tomorrow 7am class with Prashant Iyengar!
My rickshaw fashion.
Sunrise in Pune. The highest temperature goes to 90F.