Sharing v comparing

Posted on July 6, 2013

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I think I have died and gone to heaven. I woke this morning at the gorgeous Le Telfair in marvelous Mauritius. I opened the curtains to a feast for my eyes as right before me lay lush green trees, soft white sand, azure waters and complete and utter silence. Breakfast over conversation about all things running followed shortly. And then? Yoga, of course! My daily yoga fix. I went to a class and then spent another hour or so doing one to one with Rama, the wonderful teacher here.

We chatted for ages, sharing out passion for yoga, practicing our asanas together and doing some partner yoga. He said that he hoped I enjoyed the class even though it was quite an easy practice and he could see that I’m a fully fledged yoga junkie. ‘Of course‘, my reply. It doesn’t matter what level of difficulty in a class, which brings me to the point of this post.

Teaching a class in a hotel inevitably means that you’re teaching some complete newbies just wishing to relax and recharge in the beautiful grounds and some well-practiced yoga lovers who don’t feel complete without their daily downward dogs. Even those who are devout followers stem from different countries and have a history of practicing different types of yoga. Teaching in a hotel environment therefore, requires striking a balance and Rama, I have to say, struck it perfectly.

The truly wonderful thing about yoga is that it really doesn’t matter whether you’re fast or slow, strong or weak, thin or fat. It’s about the self. Inclusion not exclusion. Looking inwards rather than outwards. Sharing over comparing. This is what makes it such a wonderful antidote to our other sporting passions and to our lives in general. 

I strolled away post session feeling perfectly content and thinking that there was no place I would rather be than here in this utterly idyllic slice of heaven. The jam-packed schedules of life in Dubai already seem a million miles away. I could get used to this …

PS. I write this from the Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Spa Resort in Mauritius, who I can’t thank enough for an incredible opportunity to experience this very special spot in the world. I am here to run the Dodo Trail, Mauritius’s iconic trail race through the dramatic and very hairy trails to be found on this magical island. It is beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. And I recommend a stay on everyone’s Bucket List …
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