On my way to India

My kids didn’t want to come to the airport to say goodbye. “We’ll just give you a hug here, that’s good enough. We’ll make sure it’s a good hug.” Really! You’re not going to see me for five weeks and a hug at the door is good enough? I guess that’s what you can expect with teens. Even the dog seemed unmoved by my luggage and my leaving.

My husband called after dropping me off and said that he missed me already… After being together for 32 years when one of you leaves for an extended period, it’s like losing an arm. You feel incomplete. I have grown accustomed to letting my husband take the reins when we travel; I just go along for the ride. Now I have the reins….

I haven’t been away from him or my family for more than a week in many years. Before marriage, I travelled alone all the time. I would just show up at peoples’ homes unannounced and say, “Hey, remember me? I met you a few years ago and you invited me in for tea and cookies and told me to come back anytime…well here I am.”

Looking back, I can’t believe I did that, but how wonderful to live with such abandon! As we age we lose that ‘lightness of spirit’ and become more guarded. We try to control so many things in our lives. Look at my calendar and you will see my life scheduled a year in advance….. This trip alone is my chance to let go of my acquired need to control and let life take over.

About EssentialYoga Studio

Roberta has been practicing yoga since 1988 and has been teaching yoga since 1994. She has trained under master yoga teachers Swami Padmananda, Patricia Walden, Manouso Manos, Father Joe Pereira, Zoë Stewart, Karin Stephan, Liz Owen and others. She continues to study with her Iyengar teachers, Patricia Walden and Peentz Dubble. Roberta has studied yoga at the Ramamani Iyengar Yoga Memorial Institute in Pune, India during June 2011, February 2014 and attended Abhijata's intensive in Pune, India December 2016. Roberta is currently enrolled in Peentz Dubble's two year Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training Program. Additionally, Roberta completed training and certification with Elise Browning Miller as 'Yoga for Scoliosis' instructor. She completed a 500 hour Hatha Yoga Certification program with AURA Wellness Center and is registered with Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT 500. She has been a Certified Meditation Teacher since June 2007 and has been an Usui Reiki Practitioner since 1989. Roberta's Personal Practice Philosophy: Health issues have changed and deepened my practice. You will see many photos of me using a variety of props. On days I don't feel well, instead of saying, "I can't practice today", Iyengar Yoga has taught me to say, "How can I practice today".
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6 Responses to On my way to India

  1. Jennifer Small says:

    Safe travles! I dream of going to India one day.

  2. Lisa D says:

    I am just now reading this and I think I will go and shake your children and the dog. Although the dog is more understandable, he is just resting up for more horrifyingly long hikes. If they neglect him I will be mad. I love you. You can show up at my door any time and always.

  3. Nancy Humphrey says:

    Hi Roberta, I just started following your Blog. I am so happy to know you made it to India safely. All I can say is that I am emotionally moved reading your daily events. Your spirit is touching and that makes you the wonderful Yoga teacher that I know and love.

  4. Keith says:

    I drove this young lady (not to be named) to her round of the SAT’s the other day. As we drove to the school she begins to panic. “Where is my ticket for entry”. I said, “look in your bag” – it was there. She suddenly paniced again. Do I have pencils in my bag? I responded as any Dad would…”I have know clue. Call your Mom.” She did and they were there – placed strategically with love. Believe it or not, this interaction went on. As we arrived at our destination I looked at her and asked, do you know why all this is possible – she said “yes Dad”. I then stated, “this happens every day, you know that?”. She responded, “yes Dad”. The bottom line is we teach our kids to be strong and independant but they only behave that way because they are not. They have no idea what it takes to navigate the complex environment they live in. What it takes is a Mother. I would give my life for my kids but I understand that there is no one that can replace their Mother. As we all know, there is a day that they realize that themselves – just not today. Namaste

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