20 September, 2020

Here, The Mind Is Without Fear

This Karnataka town being a yoga hub, peace of mind is just another asana for foreigners

Nilotpal Baruah
Here, The Mind Is Without Fear

People of various nationalities, their well-toned bodies glistening with sweat in the early morning sun, gather around Imran’s mobile tender coconut shop for a ritual drink in an upscale Mysore locality. There is natural as well as a cultivated calm as they respond to questions about their safety following the blasts at the German Bakery in Pune last week. All these people are in Mysore to learn and practise yoga. In more than a decade, the city has emerged internationally as a centre for yoga training.

David Robson, a seventh-year yoga student, has come with his pregnant wife from Toronto. “When I read about the bakery blasts,” he says, “I did think about it. Terrorist incidents like these heighten your awareness. They do create a scare. We may be soft targets, but how much security can one really expect?” Anna Azilli is from Hong Kong but she grew up in London. “When I was growing up in London,” she chips in, “the Irish Republican Army was very active. Once, during pre-Christmas shopping,...



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