Made in India: Preview

The decision to complete my 500 hours yoga teacher training certification in the foothills of the Himalayas, within chanting distance of the Dalai Lama’s home, happened very quickly.

India wasn’t even on my list of possibilities until my pilates/yoga friend, Michele, suggested it. When research produced nothing that really leapt off the screen, she looked at me and said, “You need something meaningful. You need to go to India.”

Okay, then. A week later, I’d found my yoga school, booked my flight, and started getting familiar with how many rupees there are to the dollar.


It’s arrived! My Indian visa is here.

And I’ve been too busy with the blur of inoculations, Indian visa and flights, to create any grand expectations or desires of what it’s going to be like, or what I want it to be.

My usual modus operandi is to arrange everything in advance, expertly researched and organized and coordinated (did I hear anyone say perfectionist?) and then my next thing is to romanticize the hell out of it, so that the screen on my mind resembles peaceful scenes of yoga bliss and esoteric enlightenment, to the backdrop of kirtan chanting and Buddhist monks praying. This would be somewhat of a contrast to the stories of despair and poverty I hear from some people when I tell them my “I’m going to India” news.

Bacon ButtyBut it still hasn’t sunk in, and now, as I sit at Heathrow airport in the club lounge (the happy air miles gift of a business class flight), waiting to board the flight to Delhi, it feels contradictory and incongruous. I’m enjoying my cappuccino and bacon butty (yes, I’m one of those yoginis who hasn’t made it to the vegan side) and the irony of my luxurious surroundings as a contrast to how I’ll be living for the next 6 weeks is not lost on me.

So, as I’ve not allowed myself to put this trip on a pedestal, or think in advance of everything I’d like it to be, or what it may reveal to me, I have few expectations beyond being safe and being open to everything presented to me.

All I know is that it will be the “something meaningful” my friend suggested. After years of learning asanas, reading yoga texts and scriptures, and attending workshops and classes with some of the most credentialed (whatever that means) yoga teachers in the US, I am actually going to The Source, the place where it all began, the reason all yoga activity should have a “Made in India” trademark on it. I’m going to be hanging with Patanjali’s peeps! Absorbing the legacy of the many yoga teachers who came before us! Excuse me, I need to go – they’ve called my flight and to me it sounds like someone reciting from the Bhagavad Gita 🙂



About Yogaressa

My yoga practice has brought me more awareness of how I live my life, kept me sane during insane times, and provided endless opportunities for discovery, gratitude and joy. I see yoga as a way for anyone to reach their full potential and I'm inspired and humbled by the positive impact of my Yoga Nidra work.
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12 Responses to Made in India: Preview

  1. Karen Pagano says:

    Julie you are so brave, adventurous, and amazing!

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  2. Kim Canavan says:

    Eagerly awaiting your return, with stories and photos!

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  3. Sondra Skolnik says:

    Julie I am so happy for you! My heart kept when I got your email. Isn’t life a gas!!
    Especially so unexpected & what you really needed to do. We all miss you & can’t wait to see you & hear about your adventure. Big kisses & hugs! Be well

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  4. Dana Beach says:

    I am so excited for you, Julie. I was supposed to be in India in the Himalayas. Goodness, we could have met for a yoga lesson or you could have met my Indian guide who has a home in the Himalayas. I believe I will be going next summer, but you will have left by the. I’m sure you are enthralled with what you’re learning and the instructors from whom you are taking. Continue with you blogs. I will forward this to Amy Lee and Sharon McGuire whom you taught last year. They have asked about you several times. Can’t wait ’til you return to continue your instruction with us!
    Loved hearing from you, Julie. Fondly, Dana

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    • Yogaressa says:

      Dana, what a strange coincidence that we were nearly in the Himalayas at the same time! It’s beautiful here; you’ll have a wonderful time if you come next year. Glad you’re enjoying the blog, and please say hi to Amy & Sharon. Sending a Himalayan hug to you!


  5. Nicole says:

    I am so excited for you Julie! I am really looking forward to catching up and looking at your photos! Your writing is very amusing, keep us all posted on your adventure. You are so amazing for just going for it! All your students are certainly in for a treat when you return 😉

    Mr. Milo says hi and sends some love and wags!


    Nicole and Milo

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    • Yogaressa says:

      Thank you so much, Nicole. It’s been an extraordinary experience – so much to share when I get back! And Milo would be quite at home here – lots of monkeys to chase!


  6. Jim says:

    Julie, great hearing from you. Hope it’s everything you wanted it to be.

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