Blog 9 – I went back.

After my three hour practice session today, I explored! I walked for hours, greeting people, stopping in stores, scanning the market stands. After the rain the air smells fresh. My nose is filled with the scent of wonderful Indian spices. I’m so tempted to eat the exotic fruits on the street carts, the colors vibrant, the flesh looks so sweet. I refrain.

On the way to my apartment, I went back to the narrow street with lean-tos. I wanted to see it in the daylight. The light of day brings with it new perspectives.

It was incredible. I smiled, bowed, and said Namaskar as I passed. That small effort on my part to connect was returned to me tenfold. The wary looks turned to broad smiles. Everyone was so warm. I stopped to talk to some women, the children knew a little English so they were able to translate. I pointed to a small chicken and one of the children picked it up so I could pet it…they giggled. The children followed me and watched as I tried to pet a goat that was sleeping on the seat of a moped. It quickly leapt off away from me, the kids giggled; the moms smiled.

goats on a scooter

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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