Between Saturday and Sunday I slept for nine whole hours. How lovely it is to get enough sleep. Equally lovely was the brisk walk around the lake in the morning with Anni. A day without practice usually feels really long and yesterday felt especially long as it started raining around lunch time and so we had to have lunch at home. Just to get out for a while we went to Depth ‘n’ Green on Main Street for chai in the afternoon. I do not particularly like this place, it tries too much to be hip and fresh and green and for the yogis and Westerners in general and they even played Deva Premal yesterday. Sorry Deva, nothing personal but it was just too much. Also I can’t get over that this place replaced that local lunch place with crappy service but good food and genuine people that I loved to visit. But it’s close and just opposite to our favorite fruit stall and they do serve a decent chai.
Today was the day for my first led intermediate class here in Mysore. Starting only at 7.30 am could have meant a nice sleep in today also but I was too nervous to really sleep very well and finally decided to get up at 4.30. Compared to led primary there’s a lot of space in the shala but still there were more students in the class than I had expected. But that’s a really good thing as one might stand out less in a big group ;) I scored a good spot in the third row. Although Sharath’s count is pretty slow the practice went well. Some asanas are really hard with the slow count, such as Dhanurasana, Parsva Dhanurasana, Bakasana and Dwi Pada. Yes, he let me go on until Dwi Pada, but I don’t think that means that I can do Dwi Pada tomorrow during self-practice. On the other hand a slow count in Kapotasana is good for me because I need some time to get in to it. A tough but in the end a pretty fun experience. And I did my best to try to ignore those sitting in the entrance watching. After Dwi Pada I took my mat to the changing room and finished there along with a few others. The best part of the practice was that it’s short enough to leave me with much more energy than the crazy full primary plus part of intermediate practice that I’ve been doing for the past two weeks. The bad thing was that there was not enough time for a nap before chanting class :)
After chanting Maija and I took a rickshaw to Rashinkar’s in the centre. Rashinkar’s sell saris and scarves and yoga rugs and bags and fabric and also custom makes about anything you might want. We went there last week also to but some yoga rugs and scarves and Maija had two dresses made that she needed to pick up today. I wanted to have a pair of pants made so I went along to leave the pants and pick out the fabric. I’m not sure that the end result will convince me but with the fabric and the work costing a total of 540 Rs (6,80 euros) I’m willing to give it a shot.
Thali lunch at The Sixth Main with the girls. This is a North Indian thali with puri (round puffed breads ordered instead of the roti that is usually served with this thali), rice vegetable pulao, curd (yoghurt) rice, curry, dhal, tomato soup and a sweet dessert.
These past two days have been cool and rainy, maybe 20-25 degrees. Quite nice weather but I’m hoping for a sunny day soon as I do want to get som pool time in soon.