Ahh I remember it .. I smell it .. I go back to this place again and again, specially when I want to run away from a crazy reality, I run away to this sacred space (with a population of 2 billion people!) …I go back sometimes every day, sometimes every month … India, this place that I am sure saw me a few life times ago … I made this book when I returned in 2010, no Photoshop, just pictures that don’t express what I felt .. impossible! .. but they are dearly next to my heart, and printed in this book. A Journey Called India
I created an album honoring the amazing experience I had in India. That was my first post in this blog: … a Journey called India, my book! which has the compilation of pictures and a few thoughts that I took and wrote, while realizing a dream, a big one … a dream that took me to the other side of the world, just to see, smell and feel what India is like …
Why India? … I don’t even remember the moment in which I decided to pursue this dream, I just found myself loving a country that I’ve never visited before … it was yoga, it was the “largest democracy” in the world, it was their colors, their food, their religions, the way they dress, their music, their mysticism … I don’t know, but I had to be there …
I haven’t travel as much as I would like, 3 countries in Europe, (Italy, Spain and France – a few cities in each country -), some cities in USA, and a few more in Canada … besides my own country, Mexico, I haven’t had the chance to visit another developing country so I knew what to expect in India regarding the poor conditions… I knew how it feels to see tough images of the poor, and their living conditions…
Well, since I love photography, and since I love my yoga, and since I also love this mysticism that I felt India had, I wanted to explore a bit of everything, unfortunately for a month and a half it was going to be hard to do all what I wanted to do, but I decided to enjoy it as much as I could! And I was absolutely surprised by what I found!
It was the trip of my life! (so far) … once back, it took me a while to get used to Vancouver again, actually to the people mostly … our behaviors are different! .. I loved the way Indians looked at me. They looked into my eyes in a different way … people keep asking me about the highlights of this trip … it’s just hard to pick a few moments! India has lots of problems, but their spirituality, traditions, the way they see things, they are just “alive” all the time, no matter what … I met tourists that were very disappointed by the country, but I also met tourists that just decided to stay for a few more “months” there! (I wish I could do that!) … India has been the most interesting country I’ve ever visited, I met fantastic people there, I made good friends, and somehow I feel that I went to India to meet with myself, maybe a past life, maybe my heart was so open that I felt that way … I came back happy, inspired, with a new God to pray to, with a new perspective of life! .. Namaste!
… Inhale, two, three, four, hold …
two, three, four, exhale …
two, three, four, hold …
two, three four…
Simple, but it’ll change your life!
By Dr. Kristin Shepherd -Yoga Journal –
In the foreword to The Yoga of Breath by Richard Rosen, Rodney Yee writes that pranayama, or breath work, is the one component of his yoga practice that he has not missed for 15 years. He says it is more precious to him than asanas or meditation.
At the risk of sounding melodramatic, squared breathing teaches me everything I need to know about myself each day.
Here’s how it goes:
- The Inhale. For some reason, I gulp and grasp air during the inhale, filling myself in the first two counts, pushing and yanking the entire universe for the last two counts. This improves slightly with each cycle. Perhaps not coincidentally, I eat the same way, talk the same way, and treat money and some relationships the same way. It’s possible there is something to learn here.
- The Hold. I love this part. Except for gagging a bit when tense, I’m most content when I’m full of air. Same with food, talk, money, and relationships.
- The Exhale. The first two counts of the exhalation are heaven, a release of enormous pressure. During the last two counts, panic begins with the realization that everything is leaving me, and I’ll die if this letting go continues. I’m once again unhappy to note an uncanny similarity with food, talk, money, and relationships.
- The Hold. This one is agony. It feels as though I’m six years old again and Larry Aitkenhead (sorry, Larry) is holding my head under the water in the pool. I’ll die if this goes on. I feel the same way every night before dinner is ready (how much longer? No, I’m not hungry, I just want to eat), at every social occasion (hi, how are you? What’s new? Can I go yet?), whenever my loved ones are unhappy with me, and whenever I feel short of money (which, in my experience, has absolutely nothing to do with how much money I actually have).
- Inhale, and begin again.
This is not as awful as it sounds. Within 60 seconds, squared breathing hands me my life’s work on a platter. Within five minutes, my practice softens my resistance to every one of these issues, even to Larry Aitkenhead, who probably has issues of his own and doesn’t need my continued judgment. By the time I finish my pranayama for the morning, there is room for joy in this body and mind.
I hope you’ll try this breathing, or share your experience with it.
Thanks to breath for being there all day long (so far) and for teaching so much.
My first photography book! ..It’s finally in my hands! .. it took me 2 months to finish it; it wasn’t easy selecting 100 images (from 600) and writing a little bit about my experience in India … but I enjoyed the process, it’s like I was traveling again .. all the memories and experiences were vivid in my mind again … and here it is! . printed, with all my love ..
Check it out!