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Writing from Rishikesh! (*Note: not pictured. That’s still Mumbai)

Ric Duncombe, you were right when you said time didn’t matter, but I’d know in a moment if I liked the place . . . and with Rishikesh, it was more like love at first sight!

Gorgeous. A bit cooler than Delhi. Yoga-filled.

Grace is content.

The area in Rishikesh near Laxman Jhula is an earth-child//tourist’s dream, much like Thamel, Kathamandu. . . It is all you could ever want and the world is made convenient and peaceful.

More to come later. . .

[Photos: Driving around Mumbai//Grace Farson]

missing:

here’s a list of just a few of the things i’ve been missing lately:

+ a more consistent yoga practice

+ hearing this song and making memories in new zealand

+ hearing this song and walking through the streets of kathmandu

+ feeling fully healthy, happy, and flexible

+ exercise

+ feeling like a rockstar every time i walked down the street {i used to hate it, but to be honest, i sorta miss it now}

+ grace time

+ cooking good and elaborate food

+ journal/sketching time

+ trying new things

+ time

+ change

+ snooping good blogs {i need recommendations blog world!}

+ friends from abroad

+ spending most all of my time outside

+ reading books for fun

+ being ambitious

+ my family {so happy kelsey lives close, but i miss everyone and i’m sad we all have to grow up and leave}

+ davidson worship

+ painting

+ being passionate

+ that desire to wake up early and fill my days with what i love most

+ dusty sunsets

+ having no set routines

+ mountains!

+ swimming

+ cooking in tt’s kitchen with her

{image 1: morning yoga in one of my favorite spots in the whole wide world – a certain rooftop in bapatla, southern india. image 2: mel, alicia, louise, and i down by the river in chitwan, nepal. image 3: one of the big ones. this guy was right outside our window in manang, on the annapurna circuit. image 4: a sketch i did in india of my cute home in davidson. image 5: dusty sunset in magical varanasi – this was right after a massive dust storm had just blown through the city}

what i wore wednesday: week 6

this past wednesday = a busy day. didn’t try too hard to wear anything fun or fabulous. i wore a skirt/lungi from india and a white t-shirt during the day and ended up in this. {p.s. altheta yoga tops and solomon’s are the greatest}

yoga class wednesday night turned out to be enlightening. i learned that i’m truly sleep deprived.

*fell sound asleep during savasana and stayed asleep on my mat a good 5 minutes after class finished. yes, true story.

oh well. . . hope you’re having a happy saturday!

p.s. today has been amazing. . . plus it actually felt and looked a bit like fall.

yoga in kathmandu

“you cannot do yoga.  yoga is your natural state.  what you can do are yoga exercises, which may reveal to you where you are resisting your natural state.” 

– sharon gannon

{i love crazy sharon gannon and her crazy spin on yoga in the states. i have only ever tried jivamukti twice, but i did love how thorough and thoughtful it was}

. . .

yoga in kathmandu was brilliant.

the rooftop pictured here was the place i practiced most frequently while abroad. almost every morning i would wake up, climb the stairs and practice for a while. after my yoga, i would read, and my friend ram would bring me a steaming glass mug of chai {nepali chai, of course}. i think that ending my 5 poses from my time abroad series with kathmandu is appropriate . . . all things considered.

the hotel red planet in wonderful, wild thamel, kathmandu was my home away from home for so long. not a day goes by where i don’t think about it and miss it.

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1.) bakasana, crane pose {i will never forget the first time i saw this pose. i was convinced it was impossible. now it is a favorite of mine. best pose for a confidence boost. *shakti = the word for power in nepali. also my favorite nepali word}

2.) utkatasana, chair pose {my pose. during yoga training, all the teachers were assigned a pose for the entirety of our training. mine was utkatasana. it was a pose i had to do every day for 9 months. i still am learning, but i have come to love the way it makes my legs burn. great for toning up the thighs and butt as well as strengthening the core}

3.) salamba sarvangasana, shoulder stand {most yogi’s “desert island” pose. you know, the pose you’d bring with you if you only could bring one. . . for good reasons too. one of the greatest inversions of all time. if you cannot, or don’t feel comfortable in shoulder stand, at least practice legs up the wall regularly.}

4.) dhanurasana, bow pose {happy, bendy back here! your spine will thank you. start off trying to just grab one leg and then try both at the same time. if you cannot touch, try using a strap or even a tie}

5.) supta pandagustansana, a variation of big toe pose {a fabulous restorative posture! stretches out the hamstrings as well as hips. hold for several long breaths. be comfortable but active}

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+ no. 1 thing people shouldn’t do on the subway: yoga {thx abby for sharing this. it made me laugh. i love where americans have taken yoga and this idea of yoga}

. . .

as i said, this is the last yoga post from my time abroad, but i will continue to post some about my practice in the future.

i am no expert, but i do know some things.

is there anything you would like to see my try and do? answer any questions? share any thoughts on specific topics?

i would love to know!

. . .

“yoga is 99% practice and 1% theory.”

– sri krishna pattabhi jois


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get out there and start practicing! {* currently sitting outside on my travel mat in the quad [the very same mat i was on in these photos!]}

. . . namaste friends have a beautiful day.

remember, you are unstoppable.