The past week has been quiet in the sense that it feels like not much has happened. The moon day probably contributed to this feeling as it was a day with very low-energy. But in the sense of sound it has been a loud week. This week has led up to Diwali with each night being more loud than the previous. So far last night was the worst so maybe that was the main Diwali day. Many shops and restaurants were also closed yesterday. Hopefully tonight will be more quiet. Last years neighbourhood was, however, much louder when it comes to Diwali, with a lot more boys blowing up their seemingly never-ending store of firecrackers. So in that sense we’re lucky, but we have a few firecracker-crazy youngsters across the street here too and boy are some of those firecrackers loud. Ear plugs were needed last night already before going to sleep, just to protect my hearing. Some families mainly light small oil lamps, I prefer that. But the loud noise of the firecrackers is supposedly meant to scare away any evil spirits. If there were any around I think they will have fled by now.
Even if the week has felt very slow and quiet we did do a trip into the center to a jewellery store on Wednesday. Heidi and Subbu took us in their car to a relative of Subbu’s who has a small store on Ashoka road where he sells gold and silver jewellery. I mainly went along to watch and enjoy this huge happening of us getting out of Gokulam ;) but I did make a small purchase as I found the perfect souvenir for a friend. No gold though. Anni found a pair of beautiful earrings and Heidi found a lovely nose button thingy.
Thursday was new moon so no practice. But Anni and I did take a walk around the lake and Sportstracker told me that it’s 3.8 km around. So now we know that.
During Friday’s practice Sharath finally told me to split primary next week. I am to do the first part of primary up to Navasana every second day and from Bhujapidasana to the end of primary on the other days. And intermediate up to Eka Pada after that. Doing only the latter part of primary is something I have never done before and will be a bit odd. I wonder if Supta Kurma is even possible to do so soon in the practice. I’ll find out next week.
Today a led primary ended the practice week and conference was already at 9.30 am shala time. That and a lot of rain and a long power outage made this day pretty long. Usually conference is in the afternoon and is, at that time, a welcomed brake to lying on my bed. Anyway, Sharath talked a lot about the importance of mula bandha and of the practice. He quoted his wife who says that “Practice makes man perfect, but women are already perfect”. This of course yielded a lot of laughter. But Sharath stressed that practice is important, that practice does make perfect and only with practice can we progress in our asana practice. But this is of course not the main focus for the practice. Progress happens also on other levels. Practice should reduce the ego and increase understanding, clarity. Again, more detailed notes can be found elsewhere.
Sharath’s son Sambhav was also present throughout the conference. He’s very cute and wants to do everything that Sharath does, like for example sit the way that Sharath does. Sharath was teasing him, changing the way he was sitting and Sambhav was copying him until Sharath drew his feet up into his chest in that way that looks pretty nasty, maybe you’ve seen a poster of Sharath doing it. At that point Sambhav couldn’t follow anymore. Maybe in ten years he can do it, Sharath laughed. Sambhav also had a surprise for all of us. After conference, as we all gathered around, Sharath and Prakash with a little help from a few hyoga students fired off Sambhav’s surprise, a long “rope” with 5000 small red firecrackers!