I am in India for a month
of yoga classes at the Iyengar Yoga Institute. Thanks Stephanie for looking
after my class while I am away
It is SO exciting to be here. I am
staying in an apartment in the 'Remuera' of Pune, which means... there are lots of green
trees to go with the
dust, tuk tuk, rubbish, dogs, food carts etc.
I am not feeling as
overwhelmed by India as I thought I would.
It was pretty exciting going
to yoga school for the first time. It is a big stone/concrete building. All
the modern buildings in India are similar, they feel a bit like the swimming
pool changing rooms, all concrete and tiles.
Having said that, the Iyengar yoga hall has a really nice feel to it. It is sort of a half round.
With a big high roof in the centre and a low roof around the outside. There are
foot wide pillars to work on, ropes from the ceiling, ropes from the wall, metal
bars, 3 trestles, tons of other yoga props. There were about 100 people in the
class (about 30 Indian, the rest foreign).
I was very excited to see Mr Iyengar for the first time. He practices in the back of the hall when we are
doing our yoga. He is ninety three, but he has the persona and the voice of a
much younger person.
If we could all practice yoga half as well as he
does, there would be no such thing as old age.