I’ve Arrived…

I make a lot of assumptions in life. When you make assumptions, you tend not to ask important questions. For example, I assumed that when I arrived in India my driver would pick me up in an air conditioned sedan…NOT. As I stand outside at 12:30AM, the humidity drenching my body, not looking too fresh after my two days of travel, my driver arrives in a small hatchback without air conditioning. An initial wave of panic sets in, but instantly washes away. I’m in India after all, embrace it! So I embarked on my three hour drive to Pune with the windows open.

I assumed there wouldn’t be traffic; it was 1:00AM after all. Who would be out this time of night? Answer: Everyone! It was the most amazing thing. Cars and trucks everywhere and my driver weaving in and out of them like one of my son’s video games.

I assumed that honking one’s horn is rude. Nope, it’s rude and dangerous if you don’t honk your horn. The trucks (very colorfully, painted trucks) have signs on them, “HONK OK HONK” , “PLEASE HONK PLEASE” , “O- HONK PLEASE HONK – K”. And what an array of honking sounds! There are the regular horns I am used to in America, there are squeaking-clown-car–like horns, there are horns that sound like vuvuzelas, horns that sound like bicycle bells (except very loud),there are musical horns, there are horns that sound like bassoons, there are trumpet-like horns, there are even horns that sound like elephants!

I could list a half a dozen other assumptions but I will save those for another time. Welcome to India!

About EssentialYoga Studio

Roberta Dell'Anno E-RYT 500, Certified Yoga for Scoliosis Trainer Owner EssentialYoga Studio. Roberta has been practicing yoga since 1988 and teaching yoga since 2004. She has studied extensively under master yoga teachers Patricia Walden, Manouso Manos, Zoë Stewart, Sri Arun H.S., Elise Browning Miller, and others. She completed a two year Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training program with Sr. Iyengar Teacher, Peentz Dubble in June 2017 and continues her weekly studies with Sr. Iyengar Teacher, Manju Vachher. Roberta has studied yoga at the Ramamani Iyengar Yoga Memorial Institute in Pune, India during June 2011, February 2014 and attended Abhijata's 2-week intensive in Pune, India, December 2016. She completed training and certification with Elise Browning Miller as a 'Yoga for Scoliosis' instructor in 2014, completed a 500 hour Hatha Yoga Certification program with AURA Wellness Center in 2005 and is registered with Yoga Alliance as a E-RYT 500. She has been a Certified Meditation Teacher since June 2007 and an Usui Reiki Practitioner since 1989. The studio provides individual & specialized privates, semi-privates, group private sessions, and yoga workshops. Roberta conducts local and out of town workshops specializing in prop use. She uses props to help students and teachers transform their backbends, twists, standing and seated postures, as well as inversions like sarvangasana (shoulderstand). She also works with individuals who have physical challenges, specifically individuals with Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease, scoliosis, and amputees in private, semi-private and group sessions.​​
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6 Responses to I’ve Arrived…

  1. Rit says:

    You’re not in Kansas anymore, Dorothy!

  2. Sounds like you didn’t stop off at the tea place on route to Pune. Make sure you stop off on the way back! Recomended cuisine: a cup of chai and a samosa.

  3. Lisa D says:

    this is how i like to drive

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