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Day 238: Long-ass layovers, Getting up to speed on my blogs, My iPad, the AA Admirals Club and MasterCard’s Free WiFi Zone at JFK…

Ok, I’ll keep this short but sweet. Today I’m grateful for long-ass layovers. Long-ass layovers means time to reflect, time to get back up to speed with this blog, and plenty of time to read Autobiography of a Yogi,¬†which has been impossible to put down except to write this blog (something, in case you haven’t noticed, I am equally passionate about! Apart from furthering my yogic studies that is :p ). / Grateful for the AA Admirals Club, not because I can get in, but because from the outside, it’s the perfect place to steal a bit of free WiFi if you know where to sit ūüėČ It might be slow and frequently cut off as it’s sensitive to the throng of moving bodies around Miami airport and JFK. But at least it’s something! / Further grateful for the airport officer that informed me of the MasterCard WiFi lounge ‘just around the corner’ (:p) from where I’d been sitting near the AA Admirals Lounge. Another good reason all travelers should invest in a MasterCard-endorsed Cash …

Day 226: Grand Central Station, Baked by Melissa micro cupcakes, Grey Dog’s with Sam, Lunch with Calvin, Sue Menon, Sarah and Jill!

Grateful for having finally seen and sat on the floors of Grand Central Station, loitering and squatting, indeed, like a pseudo tourist. / Grateful for these delicious, micro cupcakes Baked by Melissa… Like little heavenly, guilt-free explosions in your mouth ūüôā / Grateful for lunch with Chan and another opportunity to catch up with an old friend over veggie tempura and soba! / Grateful for spending the afternoon with Sam, an even older friend from my Singapore days… / Grateful for Grey Dog’s cafe. I could sit here for hours reading a book, sipping on hot chai tea, eating sweet pumpkin pie and people watching to my mind and eye’s delight. / Grateful for No. 58, which has been home and provided me with more than sufficient R&R over the last 10 days. Glad Sue and I managed to catch up and stay up (well, for the most part!) until my hire car picked me up at 4 am. Glad I finally got to meet Danny, and that I had the absolute pleasure of coming …

Day 224: Day 9, DY LOAY TT 200-HR Intensive.

A younger Dharma Mittra demonstrating a variation of Dhanurasana (full bow pose). 1 of the 908 postures he personally demonstrated and recorded in his Master Yoga Chart. One of the greatest contributions made to the yoga community, this Asana table hangs in most prestigious ashrams, yoga centres and schools worldwide. 126 hours of yoga complete. / 6 hours of asanas. / 2nd group teaching opportunity, teaching Dharma Gentle this time. As always, grateful for the feedback and looking forward to teaching many more classes in the future =) / Grateful for my home-made power green smoothies, exactly what I needed to limber up and get this body loosened up and vibrant again. Man, you think after 9 days of yoga you’d get more flexible… but my hamstrings have shrunk to about the length of my thumb! What gives! / You know what I’m grateful for? – Yoga Straps! Sometimes you just gotta let go of the ego and make the most of the tools that are given you. Because when you do, then you can …

Day 223: Day 8, DY LOAY TT 200-HR Intensive.

112 hours of yoga complete. / Grateful for my stolen moment with Dharma, and talking all things book-related. I am forevermore convinced that something very special happened that day I started writing The Fallen. A light dropped into my life and since then has never burned out. One day I will finish editing this book and making it better; adding to it all the things I have further learned since I put pen to paper (fingers to keyboard), tying up all the loose knots. All in due course… Everything perfect in its time and place… =) / Grateful for having the most wonderful group to work with – Paul, April, Liz, Gabriella, Maria, Christine, Meredith… you guys make practice, and learning, effortless and a pleasure. / Kim, thank you for the detailed and honest feedback you’ve been giving everyone so far. / Meredith, thanks for bringing in the pitted dates today. YUM! / Grateful for my new tank top:¬†No yoga. No peace. Know Yoga. Know Peace. Now study time! Namaste. x

Day 222: Day 7, DY LOAY TT 200-HR Intensive.

98 hours of yoga complete. /¬†Had probably one of the best and most inspired and powerful classes of my life… so far! / Grateful for experiencing my first holy Satsang (a gathering of people in the presence of the wise). / And again, I am continually grateful for everyone on this course who is on this journey with me. These are the most beautiful people, with the biggest hearts, and the bestest of intentions. That’s how you know they will make good teachers =) / Every day, ¬†including today, I am grateful for being in the presence and proximity and guidance of Sri Dharma Mittra. You do not have to be religious to recognize a saint. And you only need be receptive, to feel the wisdom from his practice; the truth behind his words; the love, radiating from his heart. I have the utmost respect and reverence for this soul. And I am so, so grateful to be here. /¬†Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you…

Day 221: Day 6, DY LOAY TT 200-HR Intensive.

84 hours of yoga complete. / Bowels moving wonderfully. / Footsteps – featherlight. / Toes are touching head upon limit of Cobra. / Upper, cervical spine loosening up. / Shoulder stand much, much better. / Padma Halasana (lotus in shoulder stand) achieved. / Body not so stiff anymore (thank god for flaxseed oil!) / Ohm’s getting longer. / Dharma Gentle training begins. / Pranayama (breathing techniques), Dharana (focused meditation) and Psychic Development workshop successful. / Feeling, very high…

Day 220: Day 5, DY LOAY TT 200-HR Intensive.

70 hours of yoga complete. / 2.5 hrs of asanas. Many many pincha mayurasanas =) Many thanks to Paul for those intuitive, subtle, subtle cues to finally get me in this pose – and hold it! Ohhh that class was so worth it just for that glorious triumph at the end! Grateful. / Grateful for anatomy class. Now at least I have a better understanding of what’s going on inside the body as well as out when getting into the poses. / Grateful for my first set of mala beads. Thank you DMJ for preparing them for me to wear. I will cherish these always. With love and gratitude, k. x

Day 219: Day 4, DY LOAY TT 200-HR Intensive.

56 hours of yoga complete. 5 hours of physical practice today alone. / Grateful for the opportunity to teach my first Dharma I class today. It’s scary and inspiring to realize that, as a teacher, you really do have the power to influence and encourage the atmosphere and mood in the space you’re given. I set out today with one goal: Do my best. Accept that I will inevitably make a few mistakes. Remember that that’s alright. And call upon Agustin, Mark and Dharma Ji ¬†to try and give to others what these three mentors bring forth in me: an emotional response. Today I fulfilled that goal, and for that I am grateful.

Day 218: Day 3, DY LOAY TT 200-HR Intensive.

42 hours of yoga complete. That’s more hours in 3 days than I do on an average work¬†week! / Grateful for every moment. And this is turning out to be far more emotional than I thought… / I remember in Year 8, a friend telling me about the moment he first stepped into a church and was filled with this almighty sense of surrender and conviction. How the emotions were so strong he couldn’t help but express himself with silent tears. I first felt this during my early Dharma yoga days with Augustin in St Lucia… Then my New Year’s practice earlier this year with Joakim in Hong Kong… Every time Mark plays Krishna Das’ sweet, sweet music and reminds me of all the reasons I am standing on that mat at that particular moment in time. Today, it was clear that for me and many other people in the room, this thing that we’re all going through together is something so deep and so special that there simply are no words. Only tears – …