Part 1 of a 2 part column on India
I am very very grateful for the life I lead.
From mid-March to mid April, I had the privilege of leading a yoga teacher-training in South India.
Travelling is always something that brightens my world and allows me to open up and remember that the human experience is not characterized by only my life.
India is a vast land with a rich and vibrant culture which always holds many lessons that help me lead a healthier life.
Odd and ironic how a developing nation that struggles with pollution, garbage, and poverty, is such a platform for many interesting contemplations.
And that is the first lesson of India; embrace the paradox, as irony is simply a part of life!
The most important lesson India teaches me every time I go back, is to SLOW DOWN!
Again, another paradox, since there is so much happening on the streets. Yet, partly because it takes so long to do an errand or get from point A to point B, there is a surrender of sorts to time.
It seems that with the fast pace of western life we go so fast, that we miss what is before us. In addition, it seems that the need for speed creates a ton of undue distress in mind and body.
Whether it’s the high humidity and heat, or simply a part of the culture, it was wonderful to see an auto-rickshaw driver (see photo, left middle) taking a nap at midday, a farmer’s market on the side of the street, or someone sipping the water of out of a fresh cut coconut.
Modern distress creates headaches, back pain, insomnia, digestive distress, increased blood pressure, and increased anger and hostility. What would shift if we simply remembered to take a breath and slow something down, even for just one day a week?
Next time you sit for a meal, talk to a friend, or go out in nature make a commitment to put your phone away, take time as you chew, and speak more slowly. Experiment and see what happens with life at a slower rhythm.
More from India next week …
More about Danny Arguetty, M.A.
Danny Arguetty, M.A., a Nutrition, Health and LIFE (Living in Free Expression) Counselor, has been involved in the health field for the last decade. He guides and works privately with clients utilizing customized programs based on bio-individual needs and diverse life situations.
He specializes in yoga privates, weight loss, digestive disorders, healthy aging, sugar/caffeine dependencies, persistent fatigue, chronic stress, relationship support, life coaching and practical healthy living strategies.
Arguetty is also a faculty member at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, Adjunct Faculty at Williams College, and author of Nourishing the Teacher: inquiries, contemplations & insights on the path of yoga. He leads 200hr Yoga Teacher Trainings in Southern California and Advanced 500hr Trainings in Kerala, India.