I've been reflecting a lot on my India journey lately, for obvious reasons. Now that the frustrations of living in a developing country (the mosquitoes, the monsoons, the traffic...) are fading, it's easier to recognize the gifts that India gave me. Here are a few:
When people ask me whether India changed my life, yoga is the first thing I think of. Although I've dabbled in yoga many times before I moved to India (beginning with my first yoga class my freshmen year at Fairfield University in Connecticut), I never stayed with it long enough to see an impact.
But in India, it finally stuck. Perhaps that's because India is, after all, the birthplace of yoga. Or perhaps it was the combination of convenience and cost -- a wonderful yoga studio within walking distance of my apartment in Chennai, with daily yoga classes that, at less than a dollar per class, were virtually free. It got me in the habit of going daily, and I am proud that almost a year after my return, I still do my yoga, on my own, almost daily. The only thing that occasionally disrupts it is travel.
And feeling so much better for it. Seems like a small thing, but for my health, and especially my back, the impact has been immense. I no longer even think about back surgery for the slipped disk that I had several years ago.
2. Cherished friends
Yogi in Varanasi, India
3. Room with a view
4. Adventure, just the way I like it
5. Twenty-eight thousand Kodak moments