Thursday, July 31, 2008

Masala Magic

It's the Thursday before a moon day therefore we practice as if it was Friday today. Very Indian logic. I woke up early for practice and as soon as I stepped out of bed onto the cold marble floor I felt it. A massive kink in the left side of my neck from sleeping funny. As I slowly got dressed I contemplated skipping practice this morning. I couldn't turn my head at all to the left and dipping my head back was completely out of the question. I got dressed anyway and went out the door.

All you can do, is all you can do.

As practice started even raising my arms over head was incredibly painful. I manged to crawl around on my mat and not make too much of a scene. I was glad when it was over. Stopped and had a coffee and then it was on to the cooking lesson.

I must say it wasn't the most stress free cooking lesson. There was a lot of information, and a lot of people so at times it felt chaotic. I was reminded how India food fits so perfectly in the science of yoga. Every spice and herb has specific healing properties in addition to the flavor for the dish. We made dahl (now I feel I totally get it), and cabbage, and spinach, and of coarse chapatis. Which are easier and harder than I thought they would be. After the lesson my friend Tomas and I took a long walk. I mean a really long walk, and now I am so tired. Tomorrow and Saturday are days off and many people have left Gokulam. It is quiet, and that it good.
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Anonymous said...

I hope that by now, your neck is feeling a little better and that you didn't over do it this morning. The cooking lesson sounds interesting.


Aunt MJ

jude said...

Hey Jill, can't wait to hear all about the cooking experiences. You will have to share the information upon your return. Hope you are feeling a little better by now. Stay safe and healthy. I love and miss you. Love and Hugs, judy aka mom

Diana said...

hi jill i am so jealous i want to learn authentic indian cooking, you will have to teach me. I love to cook. SOrry about your neck try some heat, and some gentle stretching.

sarajmays said...

Jill, I totally understand this pain in the neck! The same exact thing happened to me on Saturday morning, even the same side. It is killer, especially when you want to see what's going on beside you and need to turn your whole body! I've since worked it out by stretching, rubbing, and laying on two tennis balls in a sock at the base of my skull. I hope you're on the road to neck mobility as well!