Monday, October 20, 2014

108 salutations to Patanjali

Today in India is Patanjali Jayanthri - the celebration of Patanjali (21-Oct-2014).   We touched down at Bengaluru International Airport at 2:30 a.m. this morning.  I was with my wife Kate and some other yoga friends from Pleasanton/Brentwood area. We jumped into two cabs from the airport and by 4:00 a.m. we were in our hotel. A "Best Western" believe it or not - and it is brand-spanking new! Almost unheard of here in Bangalore.  New towels, new bed, new sheets and HOT WATER - oh yeah!

At 5:45 a.m. we walked the few short blocks to Arunji's studio and attended a packed 6:15 a.m. class. We were greeted by many friends from near (India) and afar (students from Canada, Germany, South America and New Mexico, USA).

Arun started class with the classic chant to Patanjali (Yogena Cittasya Padena Vacam...) but he ended it with 108 "call and response" chants to Patanjali.

Pranamami Patanjalim, Pranamami Patanjalim
x 108

After class Kate and I walked up to the vegetable and flower market as it was opening. This is a very celebratory week in India as it is the Diwali Festival - a festival of lights and blessings.

The light rain cleared the air and the fragrance from the flowers cleared our mind.

We're back in India!

More to come.

1 comment:

YogaSandy's Blog said...

Nice dude! Let the dual blogging continue, WiFi willing. And let us see who can best weave in the infamous comment, "I never saw myself like that before!" Lmao LU man