India is a country I love to be in. The people are friendly and curious, the food is delicious, and every spice, scent and scene differs region to region. Returning to the country after 9 years, I found myself as exhilarated landing in Bangalore this past November, as I was back in 2008, when I arrived in Calcutta. I anticipate that gripping sensation when I travel to Asia, and I welcome it willingly. On that first trip I had no interest in seeking out yoga. My intention was to meet people, get a feel for what I'd read about in books by Rohinton Mistry and Amitav Ghosh, and see landscapes I knew I'd be rapt by. As a professional yoga teacher now, I'm glad I did love India. With its philosophies, history and spiritual insights a primary focus, the work genuinely feels complemented by my affinity for the country. When teaching, I try to convey elements of what I have learned while studying in India, Nepal, and Indonesia, and as a traveller and student, I continually strive to discover more, as the scope for experience and knowledge is infinite. Some of those discoveries are what follows, my tiny glimpse of India from a few different perspectives, and whether keen on history, culture, yoga or otherwise, this country categorically fascinates.
by Michelle Van Lare
We are explorers of the planet and ourselves, and on both subjects, I can't keep still.