What a great souvenir. Alex Medin has made a film of the yoga community in Mysore during the first two weeks of January 2012. Lots of people I recognise from my time there, great memories.
You can watch the trailer here
Here’s a few photos from our Christmas day here in Mysore
Yogi Santa’s waiting at the Shala Gate.
At Amruth for after practice Chai.
Yogi Anna with Chai, first of many glasses.
Scabs is always around now she’s feeling better.
After practice and Chai we watch the sun come up.
Lunch at Green Hotel
Then a walk round the Lake.
Saturday, the day to sleep in, have a leisurely breakfast, then decide what to do.
A few days ago I was talking to an actual “tourist” one of those rare species in Mysore who doesn’t get up before the sun to try and get their feet behind their head! She had a very bright silk scarf and I asked her where she got it, “the silk Factory” she explained. Yes it has the usual shop but also you are allowed inside the actual factory.
It’s a very interesting experience being inside a third world factory. You go through a security hutch where you get to write your name in a huge dusty book, the time you arrived and then sign, I was tempted to sign M.Mouse 🙂 You also have to hand your camera in. You are then given a ticket for your camera and a pass to enter the Factory.
The first thing to hit you as you go through the door is the noise, it’s incredible, it made Diwali seem quiet. Then you see the Looms and the ladies who keep the silk thread going round. To say the machinery is antique doesn’t really do it, there are wheels with no protection from hands, it looks like something out of a Dickens novel, the noise is something else, I imagine everyone who works there must be deaf when they leave, some have cotton stuffed in their ears, but most have nothing at all. Elf n safety at home would shut the place down in a second.
The photos were taken with my mobile phone, for some reason they don’t seem to mind that, so the quality isn’t great, but it gives an idea of what the Factory is like. All that said it’s well worth a visit.
Too fast for IPhone camera
Although there are quite a few dogs that hang out in Gokulam, there are three that like to interact with the yoga student community and who subsequently get lots of treats, two are owned, ie they have collars and go home at night, the third is a stray who lives on the street.
More recent picture of Scabs looking much better.
Scabs is the stray, she can usually be found somewhere between the Coconut Stand and the Temple. Scabs was named by my flatmate Laura. She is being treated for her coat at the Vet, some students clubbed together, thanks to the treatment her coat is now thickening up and she is much more lively and happy these days, even some mornings hanging out at the Shala with Butter Naan. I have no idea how many people feed this dog, but it must be the best fed stray outside of Battersea Dogs Home!
Butter Naan, named after her colouring, a cross between Butter and the local Naan bread. This pooch is always to be found in the road outside the Shala, especially early morning as the students sit outside waiting for the Gate to open. She runs down the road to greet each new student as they come round the corner. He likes to mingle with the crowd and even tries to sneak into the Shala, especially between shift changes on Fridays and Sundays when the practice is led.
Juanita is the most pampered pooch, she lives a cozy life at the Anokhi Garden Cafe, this one certainly doesn’t get fed by the students, well apart from the odd biscuit. She likes to say hello to everyone, but is very quiet and likes to just hang out in the sun.