2010-09-11

The Rain Main


Because of the heavy rains in the north there are handy body wraps (ponchos) that you can buy for 10 rupees (25 cents). India’s rain were said to have broken a 15-year record with many roadways shut down because of landslides and floods.

So here’s to the rain man . . . and to the hundred of Rudrakshas in the background.

In Haridwar there are about as heavy sales on Rudraksha as there was the rain. I had never seen such an array of styles, sizes and colours. Usually they are deep red but for the fashion-oriented and deviant obtain wooden and clear ones are also available.

Rudrakshas represent the third EYE of SHIVA and are understood to ward off evil spirits. Sometimes men wear up to 5-6 necklaces at a time or wrapped around their wrists.

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Life is an adventure and yoga is the greatest one of all. Here I share my love of Yoga, travel, practice and becoming a part-time cook. My life adventures have taken me from growing up in Toronto to living and working in South Korea to studying in India, marriage and finally closing my Yoga school of 15 years.

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