My Living Room Shala. What to do when you have no Mysore Shala near you.
Don't worry I was home schooled too.
5 Years practicing in my underwear in my living room with my cat watching me. She was a good teacher.
First with the Mark Darby DVD and David Swenson book to learn the sequence. Then with nothing but breath. You do what you have to. I was fine. Sure sometimes it was really hard to be motivated but I did my best.
One time in conference a student asked what to do in this situation. Sharath said to hang a picture of Guruji on your wall and do your practice. (then go to Mysore each year)
Practice, practice, practice. It's 99% right?
When I moved to Vancouver for the first month I had so many questions. Tanya (my first teacher there, actually had to tell me to shut up). It kind of all just bottles up right?
Since I started the Ekaminhale email list I've had a lot of home practitioners email me. I feel an almost instant connection with people who don't have a shala and teacher.
I just love it when someone posts a pic on Instagram practicing in their living room, bedroom, bathroom or wherever. It's like "good for you". You're doing it. Keep going. Keep practicing.
It's ok to practice on your own but at some point you do need to see a teacher with experience. Before moving to Vancouver I would make trips to see Catherine Kovacs in Edmonton or Richard & Mary Freeman in Boulder or Tim Miller in Encinitas.
Then as you know eventually making trips to Mysore to see Sharath. In 2017 on my fourth trip he gave me me Authorization Level 2. Now my girlfriend and I have moved to Jasper Alberta Canada to live and teach.
If you want to come and learn from me please email me email@example.com for more details.
Clint "Home schooled" Griffiths.