Day 5 Guruji and Abhijata

5 Jan

IMG_0065We arrived 45 minutes early to class and had that sinking feeling as the shoe racks came into view already full to bursting. It was with some relief we realised that the shoes were for Prashant’s class that had started at 7am.
Good! The crowd would be split, unlike the previous evening. Guruji and Abhijata’s class was again busy but manageable. The parameters for ‘busy’ have changed for ever!
A standing pose sequence was taught: Tadasana, trikonasana, parsvakonasana, vira 1, ardha chandrasana, vira 3, parivrtta trikonasana, parivrtta parsvakonasna, prasarita paddottonasana, parsvottonasana, adho mukha svansana, paschimottonasana, janu sirsasana, paschimottonasana, sirsasana, halasana, sarvangasana.
It was gruelling, I was internally begging for mercy by the 4th repeat of Vira 1. At this point Abi said “I was intending to teach you a whole sequence of standing poses but you are so slow to learn we are stuck here still!”
The class was again packed full of learning from the very beginning in tadasana to the very end in sarvangasana. The attention and concentration required to follow was demanding and constant. A new focus in every pose and also a consistent theme running through the entire class. Teaching at it’s very best, this is exactly why I am here and I am so grateful to have finally made it!
I plucked up the courage to go and thank Guruji afterwards for the class and received the same nod of acknowledgement.
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Now you might think after a class like that we would have had the good sense to stay home and rest, but no after a brief respite to eat and write notes, somehow we found ourselves in a rickshaw weaving through heavy traffic to Laxmi Road Market. This was a real assault to the senses; the Ganesha Temple (see pic above), the stalls selling garlands and coconuts as offerings (shame you can’t smell images).

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Here we spent a good few hours battling the throng buying clothes, presents and bits and bobs for the apartment. Home via the fruit market again for more fresh figs and chinese goosberries.

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