My last week in Mysore for this time is well on its way. On Saturday it’s time pack up our stuff and leave Mysore and our home here and on Sunday Anni and I arrive back Helsinki. As it turns out I will start my return by packing up my stuff in Helsinki as well. If you have an apartment for me, please let me know. A job would be nice too. If not within biosciences then maybe teaching yoga, or something else. I’m open to any suggestions.
Practicing with Sharath has been very nice and the practice itself good; nice and easy and pretty solid, but I do look forward to going back home to my teacher and my practice. I think I’ve learned what I can (and what will be taught to me) here for now. And I miss the challenges of the practice I do at home. I miss learning also on the physical level. Here the learning seems to happen more on a mental level, at least so far. So even though I’ve been much more content with how things are this year this is a good time to go home. And also, even though I love India it is never an easy companion. I will surely miss the sun and a lot of other things here but it will be nice to be back in Finland again. But it’s interesting to notice how different each time here has been, and every time has brought different challenges. This years challenges, I find, have been mainly outside the mat and have, to a big part, been about accepting and letting go.
In the shala November has definitely been more crowded than October but it’s nothing compared to last year. I guess last year there was some mistake made with the amount of students accepted for November, I think they had forgotten to count those staying from October. And so the shala was packed and Sharath in a horrible mood throughout the month. This year Sharath has been (at least mostly) in a really good mood, laughing and joking both in the shala and in conference. But of course still firm when needed. This year all the assistants have also been very good, at least in my opinion.
Monday started with a last led intermediate class. The body felt somewhat stiff after three days of no practice but it wasn’t too bad. Later I went to chanting as usual but had to flee the room just as the class was starting as there were a few people there wearing strong fragrances and I could feel an immediate headache coming. Please, be considerate of the people around you and do not wear strong fragrances.
For lunch our Finnish crew gathered at the Green Hotel for birthday celebrations. Officially we were celebrating Anni’s 26th birthday but we also had a surprise celebration and birthday cake for Sari who is turning 40 next month. But since many of us will be gone by then we wanted to celebrate her now. Anni ordered this amazing cake for Sari from Toot-C Cake School. I bet we were quite the sight when we brought the cake to Green Hotel on a scooter, me driving and Anni holding the box with the cake with both hands while trying to stay on the scooter (although maybe still nothing compared to the guys we saw once with a huge box containing a flat screen TV between them or the two men we saw yesterday when leaving Green Hotel with two sheep on top of each other between them… :) ). And the staff at the Green Hotel had made such a nice table for us, with rose petals and everything. We had a very nice 3-hour long lunch with lots of laughter. Thanks to the birthday girls for making this possible and happy birthday once more! ♡♡♡
Today I had another massage with Despina. It was very good but not quite as pleasant as last time as she did a lot of work on my very sore shoulders and upper arms. Later thali at Sixth Main with Anni, Maija and Sari and now I’m off to drop off some laundry at Taina and Matti’s house (they have a washing machine!), get more drinking water and hopefully pick up a few bracelets that Meena at Silver Nest has made me.
Three self-practices, one led primary and four nights left…