It’s been a long time coming.
Getting on for 30 years in fact (how did that happen?)
We’re finally here.
An intriguing mix of the cutting edge, and the very traditional.
Secular and sacred
And why not?
And actually, after battling with Indian bureaucracy and biometric data collection, you can see why people might need a bit of calming meditation.
So, in the spirit of immersing ourselves in the experience, youngest child and I had booked a yoga class at our hotel.
I had assumed this would be a gentle generic type of yoga, aimed at the flagging business person.
You should never make assumptions.
The class consisted of youngest child and myself.
The teacher, a 29 year old, dressed all in white with film star good looks, took one look at youngest child and myself and sniffed “I usually just teach yoga teachers, but never mind”
I’m sure I don’t know how he could tell we weren’t yoga teachers.
Possibly the look of fear on our faces?
What followed was a very interesting hour of yoga, performed outside in the grounds of the hotel.
And probably a very entertaining hour for anybody who happened to catch sight of us.
Not only did we have to get into the postures, but we then had to hold them whilst performing a type of pranayama called Kapalbhati See this you tube link for an example .
And then, if that wasn’t bad enough, we had to do standing balancing postures on a hill. Whilst doing Kapalbhati breathing.
At one point the teacher made the comment that this was very good exercise for the belly.
Before looking at youngest child and saying pointedly “Of course, you don’t have a belly”.
Don’t know what he was implying. 🙂
And then just when I thought it couldn’t get any worse he did a…
I’m not sure what I expected.
But I know I didn’t expect to be sat in a room, just him, me and youngest child
Having to take turns chanting a 7 line long mantra.
Anyone who knows me will know I am vocally challenged.
But to my horror, and for some unknown reason, Halfway through, I found myself chanting in a pub singer stylee.
Occasionally throwing in a Mariah Carey type falsetto wobble, just for a bit of variety.
I could see the corner of the teachers eye twitching.
But reader, I found myself unable to stop.
We were all relieved when the session came to an end.
India. It’s going to be an interesting journey.