"Yoga begins with listening. When we listen, we are giving space to what is.
We are allowing other people to be what they are, and we are sanctioning our own bodies and our own minds to fully manifest."
-Richard Freeman: The Mirror of Yoga

There are so many layers to yoga and I couldn't be more grateful for having yet again this chance to fully immerse myself in the world of it. Because to me yoga essentially means life; learning how to perform (if I must use this verb) well in your life. Learning to treat yourself and others with love, learning to serve the world from joy (not martyrdom).

Asana practice in this tropical heat is pretty intense. I feel like my body is slowly beginning to open up (what a wonderful feeling not having to be crouched sitting on a computer 8 hours a day!)  It's interesting to observe what the practice does to your body and mind now that you have more time to dedicate to it.

Dedication; commitment enable growth. Committing to something (or maybe someone) helps you to reflect on your life, your direction. For me showing up on my yoga mat day in day out is coming in terms with my life; with what I'm going through. Growth begins in that vulnerability, that commitment.

I love going to the village temple and to the beach nearby. The calmness these places transmit is something I've been missing. I wanna soak up this kind of energy now as much as I can, so that once s*it hits the fan again, I'm hopefully able to handle it better.


And just like that I'm in a whole different reality, completely different world. 
In the tropical heat+humidity of South India.
On my way here I stopped by in Rome sweet Rome to visit my lovely friends Linda e Tommaso. I had the best time in cittá eterna -thanks to my generous hosts. Love you guys!
The morning I left, a strong earthquake shook the city. I took it as a sign to leave Europe;) Seriously though we were amongst the lucky ones since many people lost their homes that morning. Pray for Roma...
It feels good to be back to India although I'm down with a flu, so still slowly adjusting and getting used to the yoga reality. Getting back to the routine here: asana practice before dawn, yoga philosophy and chanting, puja at the temple etc. I've been also just resting, sleeping and reading Bhagavad Gita as the traveling and the flu have taken their toll on my body+mind. My teacher and his family are some of the kindest people I know so us students are being taken care of very well (e.g. we're getting the most delicious nurturing home made South Indian food). 

Gotta love the unique way in which India inspires and nourishes one's spirituality. Not exactly sure why, but it's just somehow easier here to turn your gaze within and focus on what's really important... Obviously this sattvic environment, teacher's guidance and conversations with fellow yogis help too.. Feeling grateful about being here! 
Oh well.. I better post this now as the internet connection isn't the best and even getting this far truly challenged my yogic patience (!)... Shanti...