I have about an hour to kill nearly every morning while I wait my turn to start my yoga practice. This was my was of entertaining myself one morning, rather than counting my space in line over and over.
The puppies were still sleeping when I arrived at 5:53 am.
It feels a touch warmer than yesterday, so that's a nice change. The line is at the bottom of the two flights of stairs. Two students have already left since I arrived. I guess the whole waiting in line situation is not unlike getting breakfast at The Paramount in Beacon Hill. There's a crazy long line, and you order food while waiting in it. Miraculously, by the time your order is ready a spot opens up at a table. It's a system that defies logic and feels like it shouldn't work, but it does.
In terms of yoga fashion, it looks pretty much the same as it does at home. Hoodies. Birkenstocks with socks. Flip flops with socks. Small canvas totes printed with the name of people's home shala. The Chinese women have those socks with the articulated toes - socks that are more like gloves rather than mittens. There are a lot more harem pants here, but not a stitch of tie dyed anything, which surprises me. One woman is wearing this amazing full length windbreaker with a crazy bright, multi color geometric pattern along with a wide brimmed hat. Her sun protection game is fierce and the sun isn't up yet. I didn't expect to see so much Lululemon, but it’s here in force - the clothes and the shopping bags, too.
6:19 am - I just want to go back to bed.
6:21 am - The earliest batch of students is finishing up and a couple of them are chatting while have their post practice coconut waters in the dark.
6:33 am - Daybreak. I’m now seventh in line.
6:40am. Puppies are awake. Yes, I read the article about the woman who died from rabies after a street puppy in India bit her. And, yes, I do keep my distance. I think there are monkeys in the trees...and puppies are barking at them.
6:50am. Dalmation guy, who walks by the same time every day.
6:51am. Second in line.
6:52 am. Next one in...
8:45 am. Practice done, and back at the guesthouse. Now on to the rest of my day…