Sonya Cottle Yoga

My trip to Mysore, India to study with Guru-ji and Sharath was one of the greatest experiences of my life. Nothing could have prepared me for the sights, sounds, smells, people, and beauty that make up India. My only regret is that I didn't stay longer.

My decision to go to India came after a few years of pondering what it would be like to go and how I could possibly make it happen. Once I had made the decision, however, everything else was easy. Those around me who had made this trip warned me to be as laid back as possible and to not stress too much about plans and logistics. That was some of the smartest advice I could have gotten as I believe it was my ability to simply go with the flow that made my experience that much more freeing and profound.

I returned from India more connected with the lineage of Ashtanga yoga, more grateful for my teachers, and of the life that I lead. I had some wonderful friends around me to guide and support me during my trip including a couple of teachers from Yoga Works, Heather Duplex and Joan Hyman.

My experiences in India are ones that I will never forget and carry with me, not just in my daily Ashtanga practice, but in my every day life. India taught me how to slow down, live simply, and truly enjoy each moment. I encourage as many of my students as possible to travel to Mysore to study with Guru-ji and Sharath, to honor the lineage, to experience the sadness, excitement, chaos, joy, and wonder that is India.

Don't think, just go.