"My favorite thing to do is to go where ive never been." Diane Arbus
On September 28th @ 1:30pm I boarded a plane for Bangalore, India to go live out my dream of becoming a world traveling Pilates Teacher. After 13.5 hours I landed in Hong Kong and after a quick dim-sum snack i found a quiet bench to sprawl out on. I awoke to the final boarding call for my flight to Bangalore, holy shit I almost missed my connection, good thing i wasnt listening to my books on tape! All well and good at about 1:00am on the morning of September 30th I landed in my new home. Expecting the raw bitter sweet smells I found in New Delhi, Bangalore's air had a very sweet almost plumeria smell to it, hmm how nice for my tired mind and body. The Lovely Kavita Prakesh and the driver Rekash swooped me up and carried me home to my sweet little bungaloo, in the neighborhood called Cook Town. At about 3am I put my head on a pillow and did not lift it until 6pm the next day, Yes that would be about 16 hours I slept!!! Transferring time zones coming west is pretty damn rough.
I spent my first couple of days helping at the studio un packing brand new reformers and chairs,organzing the studio, working out,and getting my nails done...tough life! Kavita and my now new friend Keela treated to me the most amazing tasting indian food ive ever had, the spices had my nose running and temperture turned up... I wanted more! We even went out dancing one night and shut the place down, India in the south knows how to throw moves to the floor, let me tell you. Of course, being out numbered ten to one male to female ratio, limits your ability to roam freely around the dance floor, unless you like being groped from all angles which is just not my thing, so tightly bound to my ladies I stayed.
For those of you who know how chaotic India is, you know how important being to able to come home to a sanctuary is, and if you've never been you now know...its important. Which is why I am thrilled on my space. I have a morning ritual where i sit out on my terrace listening to the worship from a temple in the distance, I watch the eagles fly over head and wave to my neighbor as he cares for his tomatoe plants. In the evening I go to the roof top and watch literally hundreds of dragon flys whizzing around on the flower ladden trees, its miraculous! It is a truly inspiring place this India, I feel more creative and alive here then in most places in the world...which seems odd to me because in some ways it lacks so many of the elements that I need, but maybe thats the lesson you dont need much, and there is a greater depth in challenge then in easement.