Sunday, 29 September 2013

First it giveth, then it taketh away...

# The practice: "If music be the food of love, play on; Give me excess of it, that surfeiting; The appetite may sicken, and so die". (Thanks Richard for this possible explanation of how I'm feeling about my practice...oh, and to Shakespeare of course..;) And so this is how I'm feeling; too much yoga, too much yoga commentary, too much yoga on my fb news feed, too much bull**** talk about yoga...I thought this is what I wanted, the reason for coming to Mysore, but this much yoga it takes it toll!! 

Of course I am eternally grateful for the yogic path and what the practice has given to me, but I am at the stage where I could very easily just take myself and my half-arsed yoga practice off to a cave where I would stay for a few months, possibly a year (OK, 1 yr might be excessive) and have it be just the two of us with no-one to stick their two-pence worth in to what is essentially MY practice. I'm being over-dramatic here, but I hope I've got my point across. Too much of something makes you sick. 

# Being sick: I am now on anti-biotics for giardia. Eurgh. Parasites. Eurgh, 'nuff said. I have a weak constitution, clearly. I have also been damaged by an incompetent massage 'therapist' here in Mysore. For those of you coming to Mysore in the near future, please feel free to contact me regarding my experience, hopefully I can prevent him from damaging anyone else. I have been left with two very painful and swollen knees, my body is closing down to try and protect them and I can now hardly do a forward bend...hideousness. I'm really annoyed about this, having done my knees in in 2011 and following a slow and painful process of recovery and rehabilitation over no less than 18 months, only to have them damaged again. Just shows, you think you have your health and then it can be taken away in an instant. Be aware, very aware.

# The cleanest place in Mysore: Is the Silk Factory!! It saddens me that India could be so beautiful if only the people living here had the same respect for their built and natural environment as they do for the Silk Factory. I've never seen a factory like it, it was pristine. Not to mention the beautiful saris that emerge at the end of the process.  

# Nandi the Mysore Bull: Finally visited Chamundi Hill on Friday. Didn't get into the temple as the queue was ridiculously long, but Nandi the Bull was cute, the 'gatekeeper' to Shiva and Parvati apparently! Didn't stay long enough to get any yoga shots in front of Nandi due to the throngs of Indians taking photos of us. Hiding behind a temple was the only course of action!





9 comments:

  1. The Silk factory is great, but the noise, all the employees must be deaf when they retire!
    Hope your body and your knees feel better soon.

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    1. Hi Globie! Yes - nearly forgot about the noise! I walked around with my fingers stuck in my ears! :)

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  2. Sorry to hear about the parasite ( I don't dare tell M. she would want to hear more, our first trip to Tokyo and all we did was visit the parasite museum- strange girl : ) and the knees, what a bugger. Just looked up at my typing and noticed the bottom of your nandi picture seen the people and realised how big that statue must be. Heal quickly. Love.

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    1. Thanks Grim, it kinda sucks...I've been ill for 3 weeks of the 4 weeks I've been here. LOL Typical physical reaction to Indian though, as I expected. Hopefully this round of antibiotics will do the trick! A parasite museum??? Haha ha ha. Thanks for the healing wishes! :)

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    2. Everyone seems to get the lurgy when they first arrive in Mysore, the chesty cough thing particularly. Bangalore is apparently the asthma capital of India

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  3. Hope you're better now. I think I came back from India with giardia too - had to take a truly awful antibiotic called Flagyl. Wasn't sure whether the cure was any better than the illness!!

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    1. Eeeew, that sure doesn't sound like a nice thing to take ;) !!

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