7 hours in a Rickshaw, Part III – Time

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Seven hours in a rickshaw gives you a lot of time to ponder important things in life, such as the array of footwear (or lack of footwear) used while driving scooters and motorcycles in India.

There are the business men who wear appropriate ‘business’ shoes and the occasional cowboy boot, but mostly I was interested in the lack of sturdy footwear.

Me: What if the driver has to put his foot down unexpectedly when he’s wearing flip-flops?

Driver: What are flip-flops?

Me: Flimsy shoes.

Driver: What is flimsy?


Me: Look, those, right there, see.

Driver: Yes.

Me: Well?

Driver: Yes?

Me: Well, what if they have to put their foot down unexpectedly?  They are going to ruin their foot!

Driver: That doesn’t happen.


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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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7 Responses to 7 hours in a Rickshaw, Part III – Time

  1. susanne says:

    it’s called poverty…. sigh.

    • No, I don’t believe that is the reason. At least not in most of the people I viewed. It’s the culture. Many of the people I saw had on lovely flip flops, like the woman above. A number of men had nice clothes and flimsy flip flops. Shoes are just not that important.

  2. Ed T. says:

    You are a true fierce Yogini.

  3. Ron says:

    I see some seriously cracked heels in photo number 4. I have that problem too and treat it often, otherwise there can be bleeding and pain, and the risk of infection. Careful use of a rasp and oils, like tea tree oil, are great tools.

  4. ken lidden says:

    Maybe a lot of things are just not important?

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