I have been blessed to be able to travel & practice with some of the most incredible teachers at their yogashalas.
There is nothing though quite like returning back to Los Angeles for the weekend & practicing with my teacher , Jorgen C. at his yogashala , Omkar108 ; specifically for his Sun. AM Mysore class. It always feels like coming home.
The practice room was pretty packed today , with almost 40 people practicing at one point. We are also coming towards the tail end of summer here in the Westside of Los Angeles , & even though it is only in the 80s ( vs. the 100s I've been subjected to recently in Atlanta & Salt Lake City ) , it was pretty steamy in the practice room.
But even if everyone was in close quarters & experiencing physical & hopefully spiritual " Tapasya " as well , it still felt pretty amazing.
There are a couple of experiences that consistently provide glimpses of " Ananda " in this material world for me ; a focused / fluid Mysore class with an ujjayi soundtrack & a transporting / ecstatic artik or kirtan.