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 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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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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