Yoga with a Taste of Mumbai.

Via on Apr 2, 2012

Yoga in the Midst of María Mulatas.

At 5:30 a.m. I saluted the sun with a series of Surya Namaskara at the Bhakti Ashram’s terrace—the spiritual center in Mumbai where I studied. The María Mulata birds contributed to the melody of my Ujjayi breath (ocean breath in asana practice).

As I was flowing, my imagination was captured by a tropical sun that colored the morning with a bright orange. Mumbai was slowly awakening…

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At 7:00 a.m. I relished my breakfast Prasadam, vegetarian dish offered to the god Krishna, full of Prana (life energy), where all devotees shared the same stage—men and women separately, without shoes, sitting on the floor, and eating only with the right hand; reserving the left for personal hygiene.

At 8:00 a.m. the red curtain opened and Mumbai appeared majestically…

The dialogues became poetry as I felt the boiling warmth of the Arabian Sea, and listened to the Mantras being offered to Lord Shiva together with a colorful basket of lotus flowers, roses, coconuts, and sacred cow’s milk.

A Muslim woman smiled at me, while a Hindu man shared a Namasté. The dialogues are enriched by the multiplicity of gods and dialects; I listened to the Gujarati, Hindi, English…

I feel grateful with life that Magical Realism does exist in India, yoga’s motherland.


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About The Global Yogini

As a multi-faceted artist, Carolina Daza (The Global Yogini) travels the world sharing her Yoga Art in a creative way. Her inspiring yoga teachers are Linda Munro and Gérald Disse at Ashtanga Yoga Paris , where she completed her 500HR Yoga Alliance Teacher Training in Ashtanga Yoga. A native Colombian, she studied abroad as a Rotary Scholar and later completed her M.A. at New York University while working as Artistic Director at the TISCH School of the Arts. She has embarked on various yoga/cooking teaching and training tours throughout Europe, including the Helsinki Yoga community with Kylli Kukk’s Joogakoulu Shanti; as well as living in Copenhagen, while staging in the kitchen of NOMA, one of the world’s top restaurants. Carolina's yoga trips has taken her from medieval mystical Ethiopia where she taught Yoga & Ayurveda to the fiery sunsets of India where she taught at the Ashiyana Retreat Center in Goa, as well as deepen her yogic studies at The Yoga Institute in Santa Cruz—the oldest yoga center of the world.

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  2. Thanks girl! It's inspiring to share experiences like this one with the all those living inspired by healthy living :-)

  3. Andrea Balt Andréa Balt says:

    Before moving to Mumbai indefinitely, I just posted this to "Featured Today" on elephant culture.

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