18 February 2009
yoga art by sweetmango. sweetmango was surrounded by the fires in Australia. buy her art!
a place to teach, a place for props
a place to sit
Buddhist altar with Buddha statue given to me when I first took the Five Precepts; giclee of the Dalai Lama bought in Santa Fe, New Mexico; framed picture of my teacher Gelek Rimpoche; antique bronze Buddha bought in Chennai, India
close-up of antique Buddha -- it's heavy!
Hindu altar with bronze statue of Kali standing on Shiva, bought in Chennai, India. It is rare to find a statue of Kali in Tamil Nadu. Front row left to right: bronze statue of Parvati, bought in Pondicherry antique store; wooden statue of Kali bought in Varanasi, sent to me by a friend; picture of Shiva and Parvati; clay statue of Ganesha; mala on Kali bronze is over 30 years old, given to me by a dear friend.
These words from the Taittiriya Brahmana are painted on the walls:
"Let my life force be linked to my heart,
and my heart be linked to the Truth that lies deep within me.
Let that Truth be linked to the Eternal
which is unending joy."
When we came to look at the house I saw this room and said "this is my yoga room." I also immediately "saw" those colors -- I wanted a deep orange (since I'm a second chakra gal) and grass green. You can't see it very well, but on some of the walls there's a "plastic bag technique" with the paint. The only down side to the room is how the roof slants -- I can only fit so many people for a vinyasa class, not good for raising the arms overhead!
But I love the space, it has good energy, all the time.