Yoga with a Taste of Mumbai.

Via The Global Yogini
on Apr 2, 2012
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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

Carolina Daza is a multi-faceted artist and globe-trotter spreading her love for yoga and the arts in a uniquely creative way. She completed her 500HR Ashtanga Yoga teacher training (Yoga Alliance) in Paris with Gérald Disse & Linda Munro at Ashtanga Yoga Paris and has been leading retreats for numerous years. Carolina has a Master's in Contemporary Arts from the Université Paris VIII and completed a second Master's of Arts at New York University (NYU). While her studies at NYU, she lived at the Bhakti Center prime ashram in the Lower East Side of Manhattan together with her teacher Divya Alter, founder of the Bhagavat Life. Carolina has studied with senior level Ashtanga Yoga teachers such as Chuck Miller, Ron Reid, David Garrigues and Kino MacGregor. Besides her artistic projects, she is also part of YALACollective.com a worldwide community of creative wellness, organizing Yoga journeys and workshops around the globe. Currently she is based in Medellín, Colombia.

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10 Responses to “Yoga with a Taste of Mumbai.”

  1. Tanya Lee Markul says:

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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. Andréa Balt says:

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

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