*************Warning: Photo heavy post! Be prepared!**************
As I re-integrate into the "real world," I have so much on my mind that I want to share and don't want to forget. Leaving Mysore has definitely bittersweet, but I think it was more sweet than bitter.
On the whole, my experience was so amazing, unlike anything I have ever done before. Naturally I had ups and downs over the course of my stay there, but the ups far outweigh the downs, and I definitely feel I need to return sometime in the future.
When I first announced my decision to visit Mysore for 2 months, most people's reacion was "Why?!?" I half-jokingly answered, "Yoga and the food!" I am going to miss 20 rupee (~50 cents) dosas.
Long, leisurely lunches.
And the yoga. Imagine this room filled with 75 hot, sweaty bodies. Being able to open up your body and get into asanas deeper than you ever have.
I took this secret photo from the ladies changing room. It's not the best quality, but you get the idea: practicing when the sun hasn't risen, a crowded room, people waiting in the foyer.
But one thing I almost forgot about was that I would meet some of the most amazing people from all over the world. The one thing we all have in common is the love for ashtanga yoga, which is everything.
Marika from Sweden, Simon and Pardraig from Ireland, Ellie from America
Sari from Finland
Ellie, Emma from England, Adam from Canada
Stanley from Singapore
China from America, Tania from Australia, Emma, Jill from America
Laksmeesh from India
Magnus and Anne from Sweden
I would like to give a special shout out to a few friends:
Jill who was so warm and inviting when I didn't know anyone at all
China was the best friend in a time of need
And of course Rachel and Erik. I cannot even begin to thank them for inspiring me to get off my a$$ and come to India!
Rachel is seriously the best.
I feel like I still have so much to say, but for now I will leave you with Sharath's last words to me as he finished dropping me back into backbends: "That's good!"