Culture Shock – Blog 3

I got to the apartment today and no one was there. I sat, for a while on the stairs with my luggage, until someone came to let me in. The apartment has no air conditioning, no screens, no ventilation, and not a lot of light. There is a small patio in back, it is old and in disrepair, but it has a patio swing and that’s where I have spent some of my time.

Some people I have met are incredibly nice while others are far from it. Most speak some English, but a lot of them don’t speak it well enough for me to understand them and vice versa.

The internet café at Pune Central, just down the street, does not have internet access. It will not be working for an undefined amount of time. I miss my family and don’t like being disconnected from them.

I haven’t yet found a restaurant that is walking distance, or at least none that I have been able to find. I have no food in the apartment, except for my remaining granola bars. Stray dogs roam the streets, loud birds (I think they are myna birds) have been calling to each other all day. They are now just settling in for the night. Someone started playing the drums, the car horns have quieted. Goats from someone’s yard have begun calling. I am alone, disconnected on this first day in my apartment, struggling to adapt.

3:55 a.m.
It’s 3:55 am on June 1st. Although it is still dark, someone’s roosters have started calling, the myna birds are screeching at each other again, and a pack of stray dogs are howling. I am hungry….tired…. I miss my family. I have sent numerous texts but no one has responded. I don’t know if any of the texts are getting through.

I watched a portion of the street collapse yesterday. A car was driving on the road and then it was IN the road. The entire front of the car was in a hole. It seems one of the very large sewer grates just gave way and took the car with it.

At the end of the street there is a large ‘pond’ of open sewer water. Depending on the wind direction its odor drifts into my apartment. (I should be thankful there is any wind at all!) There is construction going on everywhere on this street, (even in front of the Institute) making it very difficult to get around.

Today will be my first day at the Institute. My body feels stiff and resistant; my mind apprehensive.

Going back to bed…

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, 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. Roberta has studied yoga at the Ramamani Iyengar Yoga Memorial Institute in Pune, India during June 2011, February 2014, attended Abhijata's 2-week intensive in Pune, India, December 2016 and BKS Iyengar's Centenary 10-day intensive taught by Prashantji & Geetaji, December 2018. 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 an 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. She specializes in yoga for scoliosis and back care. She uses props to help students and teachers of all levels 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, CMT, Parkinson's Disease, scoliosis, and amputees in private, semi-private and group sessions.​​​
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3 Responses to Culture Shock – Blog 3

  1. Liz says:

    Oh Bert, hang in there. I am sure it will get better. Once you get a few yoga sessions in. Stay open to the experience! I will read your blog daily. Know that I am thinking of you and sending good energy your way. What was it you told me to do when I was so stressed in Baltimore? Find a corner in the room …. breathe

    Much love,


  2. susanne scholz says:

    i guess you are doing better already. the beginnings are always the hardest…. love the sounds! as if in a jungle… :)) love to you!

  3. Jan says:

    Start of the audio was melodic, but those dogs are something else.

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