Guruji Some of the Iyengar Family Geetaji
Annual Day Celebrating the Institute’s being open for 38 years.
I am home!
It is hard to believe my month in India has come to an end. After 36 hours of flying and waiting in airports in Pune, New Delhi, and London, I have returned back to clean air, “orderly” driving,” paved sidewalks, “safe” water, “safe” fruit and vegetables, hot water that lasts more than a minute, and toilets. I am very grateful for all these amenities in the U.S. that I know I sometimes take for granted. There were several times when some of us would talk about the things we missed at home. That would change when we walked outside and saw a family living on the sidewalk with a tarp for a roof, or young children begging for money, or people sleeping on the cement on the side of the street. In that moment, we knew that we needed to stop missing what we didn’t have and just be grateful for what we did have.
It is so easy to get caught up in our worlds and not be present to what is really important. I have only been home for a few days now and am amazed at how quickly I can forget how lucky I am to be taking hot showers, drinking fresh water, breathing fresh air, and living in a nice home with a real roof over my head.
My month in India reminded me about the definition of yoga, Chitta Vritti Nirodhah; it means the cessation of the fluctuation of the mind. Yoga teaches us to be present, to not take things for granted, to be grateful. Yoga is not just about learning cool poses and getting fit; yoga is learning more about yourself and why you may not be present, may not be grateful, may be sad. The Iyengars teach you to go deeper into a pose; they take you to places you thought you were never capable of going. They teach you discipline and how to be truly present.
I feel so blessed to have been in the presence of the Iyengars this past month. They inspire me to be a better person, to be more in the moment, and to continue to help myself and hopefully help others.
I am grateful to all of you for your support with my journey to India as well as just my journey in life.