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Greetings from Mysore

Getting here was quite an adventure. I had a layover in Hong Kong, where I managed to go to the Mandarin Hotel Mysore class straight after landing at 6:30. At around $33 it was my most expensive class so far but with towel, slippers and hot shower included it was worth it.

Martin and Philippe at the Hong Kong's Sailors Society Dinner

Martin and Philippe at the Hong Kong's Sailors Society Dinner

Then I had the opportunity to spend some time with a High School friend from Greece, Martin, who happened to be moving apartments on the Peak on this very day, so I joined in carrying suits and clothes from one place to the other. His company was sponsoring the black tie Sailor’s Society Shipping Dinner, and he found me a tuxedo so off we went to socialize with Hong Kong’s ship broking community. It’s a charitable organization which helps sailors around the world. I was not able to eat dessert because I had to catch a plane to Bangalore.

Arriving in Mysore I stayed at Marie’s friendly B&B Anhoki¬†Garden, and was reminded immediately about how good the food is here:

Breakfast

Spinach tomato omelette, papaya coconut basil fruit salad, and fresh pineapple ginger mint juice.

First practice was led class in a packed room with at least 80 sweaty yogis. Sharath is in good form – at one point during the standing postures the electricity went out and it was pitch black for a few minutes; so he said “Changing bulb.” He is having a new house built next to the shala for him and his family. He goes and inspects the construction regularly – once he shouted out from the roof: “This wil be my practice room!”.

Some of the many denizens of Mysore

Some of the many denizens of Mysore

There are maybe 300 students here right now. I met up with Michelle who used to practice at YiY a couple of years ago. Now she lives in Bangalore but is studying in Mysore for the month. Michelle is also in good form:

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The banana leaf special meal

It’s wonderful to be here – on top of practice I am attending the chanting and yoga sutra philosophy classes.

Chai with Clayton at the coconut stand

Chai with Clayton at the coconut stand

Cricket match

Cricket match

Elementary school field trip

Elementary school field trip

Will post more news later!

2 thoughts on “Greetings from Mysore

  1. Ross Settles

    Ahh, so want to be there. Thinking Mysore every day. As soon as you know what the Fall plans are can you post it.

    I am thinking September, October, November, December. I first have to get my ass in some kind of shape.

    Also, sorry I will miss you in KTM. That I may get to sooner rather than later. I am thinking late April. If I don’t pass out from the travel.

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