Before I left for India, countless people asked me: "What will you do after???" And I'd consistently respond that in an *ideal world* I'd love to have a little yoga
studio, with a little cafe and a little shop where I'd sell natural cosmetics...
Then, when in Rishikesh for the Yoga Festival back in March, I met Kadambari who invited me to come to Bombay. While planning my trip, I never intended on going there, yet, every time I thought about Mumbai after Kads' invitation, I had
butterflies in my stomach and thought it might be worth looking into... What did
the heart of Bollywood had in store for me??? I would soon find out...
Once I got there, I wanted to take a class with Kads as a yoga teacher so she suggested I come to The Yoga House where she taught. Little did I know that I was about to walk into my dream come true: a little yoga studio, with a little cafe and a little shop that sold natural cosmetics. Mind-blowing... I loved everything about it, from the white and blue walls, to the Kansa vaisselle and clay mugs used to serve the delicious healthy food, to the selection of hand-made soaps, multicolored scarves and philosophy books... Oh and it was run by Maud, a French yogini living in India for the last few years. Though I was planning on heading to Tamil Nadu for an Ayurvedic course after my yoga teacher training, I couldn't help but thinking about TYH and how much I'd love to be part of it. So after a few days, I decided to be bold and asked Maud if she needed a hand in any shape or form. And she did! Not necessarily in Bombay but in Bangalore. I was sold - I offered to help in the kitchen, to clean the dishes, to forecast her sales and plan her stock, I was ready to do anything really... she offered me better: to give my first yoga classes and help her raise awareness about TYH Bangalore! It's been a month now since I started living in that little oasis in the middle of rather dull city I have to admit, compared to all the other vibrant places I visited in the last 4 months and I'm loving it! Teaching yoga makes me a little more humble each time and made me realize that I'll never stop being a student myself. Confidence builds up a little more each time but doubt and "I'mnotgoodenough-ness" are never too far. Yoga is all about finding balance, about getting into each pose with our best efforts yet hold it comfortably, about finding comfort in the discomfort, about letting the breath open our mind, body and soul. It's about stretching our muscles as well as our monkey mind, about being determined, disciplined and committed to a daily practice. But more than anything, yoga is about patience, detachment and healing, whether you wear the student or the teacher's mask.
The reason why I'm telling you that story is simply to remind you that life is always ready to manifest your deepest desires. Clear intentions are powerful beyond words. On that note, I have a Farmer's Market to finish prepping, will blog about it next week!