We landed in Austin around 3:30 pm Thursday. It took a while to get through customs. (Apparently, Austin is in the middle of a much needed customs upgrade.) Mom and Dad picked us up (their Honda Accord is a much nicer ride than the rickshaws we are used to) and they graciously stopped at the Central Market on the way home. Central Market has a great deal more to offer that More supermarket. Chips, salsa, goat cheese and mushroom quesadillas, goat milk, pomegranate juice, Mexican coffee. Sharp cheddar cheese. (Also, basmati rice, Jenn.) All the comforts of home. It costs a great deal more as well. I’m really struck upon return this time about how much things cost in the western world. We pay a lot for the luxury of our life. Much cleaner and calmer, but there's a cost for sure. Cost in many ways.
Happily, my friend James, who has been house sitting for us, was still at our house when we got in and we ate dinner and hung out with him for a few hours which helped get us to the 9 pm hour. I woke up at 12:45 am tried to sleep until 1:45 stayed up until 4 then slept until 7:30. Jeff managed to sleep through the night.
This morning. I went out to pick up Milo at Ron’s and stopped by Taco Deli on the way home. It is great to be back in the land of the tortilla and the land of the GOLDEN RETRIEVER!!!!
We wrote some, unpacked a bit, and picked tomatoes. Because of the relatively cool weather, rains and the watering efforts of our neighbor, Charlie, we have a bumper crop of tomatoes and greens. Very exciting.
I also got to text and talk with Christina who has been at the PW retreat in Durango.
Jet lag wise things were going okay until around 4:00. Jeff ran some errands, I did some yoga and we managed to make it to Arun’s workshop at 6:00 which has now kept us up until 10:00. We are hoping to sleep through the night.
Arun is great as always. He asked about Guruji and talked some about Prashant and how there were intensives for study back in the day. He explained more about the intensive structure and how groups from various countries would come in for 2 or 3 weeks. Apparently, the whole raising the toes up thing came about from a German student intensive where many of them had flat feet. (It’s still alive and well in Pune this summer, maybe a lot of flat footed folks) So having come from two months of lift the toes up, pull the toes back, activate the arches, it was quite nice to do something else with the feet. It is interesting to think that things were segregated by country back then. Now, one of the greatest things about going to Pune is doing Iyengar yoga with Iyengar yogis from all over the world.
Arun gave a nice teaching at the beginning of class about artha- purpose and meaning. He said there’s a reason for everything that we do. Why sit in in Sukasana, why belt the legs, why sit on blankets, why focus on where the hands are in Namaste, why chat. Every pose has a purpose.
If you are going through what’s going on in Pune withdrawal. Check out my Pune roomie, Jenn Kagan’s blog. Bryan Rogers also posts sequences on Facebook. Jory Serota also has a blog and is posting on Facebook (though he has not updated his blog since June 20-- It's time for a coming up on month three post Jory).
If you are blogging about Pune, let me know and I'll post your links. Maybe I'll add a blogs about Pune side bar to IyengarYogainAustint.blogspot.com