Note to self: just wondering

I wonder if I’m the only one who didn’t know the cows, pigs and donkeys wandering the streets of India don’t belong to anyone. I assumed that after wandering around town all day they went home at night.

So, I asked my driver, “Who do these animals belong to?”
“No one”, he replies.
“Really, they are strays?”
“So if I lived here and I decided I wanted to take that nice cow home that would be fine?”

He laughs. “If the cow wanted to go with you, that would be fine…”

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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5 Responses to Note to self: just wondering

  1. Jan says:

    Just don’t eat the cow. Sacred and all that.

  2. Jen says:


    Witold sent me the link to your blog. We are both here! How are you getting video on your blog? Mine keeps failing every time I do it. Not sure if it’s my connection or something else.

    • hi Jen, I upload it to youtube. then I click share and copy the ’embed’ code. I go back to wordpress and paste the embed code into the blog 🙂 Are you in India? If so I would like to say hi to you both in person 🙂
      Om shanti,

    • Richard Hudak says:

      Vodpod is a surefire way to get video onto WordPress. There are also documented shortcuts [video=url] for embedding video on the WordPress blog.

      The anthropologist Marvin Harris gives a materialist (some would say Marxist) view of why cows are allowed to roam freely. (Hint: it’s about the dung.)

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