Friday, October 23, 2009

Until My Next Trip

So long until my next Mysore trip. Saving this blog for my future Mysore trips. I have started another blog - Crazy Cacat in the City. Feel free to drop in. It is not a yoga blog - just anything that comes into my scattered mind. But it will contain updates/progress in my yoga journey. Happy practicing, everyone!


craig said...

Hey man-I've got some questions about Mysore. I was considering going this summer for about 7 weeks, but not sure if it's the time to go in my practice. How was your time there? How did you feel before and after? Did you get a lot of attention from the teachers or was it too crowded? would you have rathered perhaps not have gone but work with another teacher that was SKPJ trained and had more individual attention? Would love your input...Craig

M_in_M said...

Hi Craig. Before I answer your questions, I would just like to say that everyone is different, with different circumstances and expectations.

For me, my first trip was to experience the practice as close to the source as possible, and to pay homage to the people directly involved in introducing this great practice - Guruji, Sharath and Saraswathi. I feel blessed to see all three with my own eyes.

I registered with Saraswathi as I have only 2 weeks for each of my 2 trips. I would love to have the 7 weeks that you have - I would love the experience of practicing in the main shala schedule under Sharath and Saraswathi.

Still, my time there was fantastic and memorable. The practice is the main focus of the day. After the practice, you can do whatever - the only constant is the practice each morning.

After my trips, I feel a bigger connection with the practice. Practicing on my own is rare before my Mysore trips. Now, I rely less on classes and even look forward to my own practice.

Yes, the shala do get busy and crowded. But Saraswathi has this uncanny ability to always be there when you need her - in my case, Marichyasana D.

If I have the time, I would still prefer to go to Mysore. Just practicing in the shala, you can sense the discipline they are trying to instill in your practice and the magical energy that such a practice can bring.

I hope this helps. It's hard to describe in words, you will just have to experience it for yourself.