As most of my friends prepare for a weekend of insanely packed music @Lolla, I wrap up my final days at Parmarth. Today I taught my final hour and a half class. I chose to concentrate on balance since its one of my biggest challenges in yoga and in life. Class went pretty well for 7am, I did forget to sing the yogena mantrah (lucky them), finished it in headstands, but I sorta blacked the whole thing out. I haven’t slept much the past three nights. India, as most of the world knows, is experiencing their biggest power outage in 10 years. Funny this happens when I’m here and when our region is directly affected, but really it’s not a big deal. Jessie & Katy’s fan in their part of the room continued to work, but at 2am every night mine goes out and for the next 4 hours I listen to the clock tower chime away. (note: written yesterday, power is back to normal and I finally slept through the night)
We have one more written test on the yoga sutras and the course is complete. We will receive our 200 hour teacher training certificate and celebrate that our bodies made it through this grueling course. I can’t believe how time has flown and I’m sad to say g’bye to some of our favorite places: chai teas & samosas from The Office, iced coffee & the views from Pyramid Cafe, delicious fruit salads from Ajay’s place, and my yummy spicy pasta from Tip Top. But we are more than ready to move on and this Saturday we hop on an unairconiditioned bus and drive through the night to Dharamsala. Not too thrilled for this journey but due to the power outages the trains are crazy backed up and this is our only option. At least there are 5 of us on the ride and regardless how horrible it is we’ll laugh at the experience later.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and you are enjoying your extra hot summer.
To those going to Lolla, you must take a million pics and vids so I can live through your experience. Also, when you’re all hating life on Monday, please take the time and rehash the weekend in an email to me (firstname.lastname@example.org)! Tuesday starts my 10 day silent meditation retreat and your emails will be my saving grace.