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 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 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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