When I released Practice last October, I ordered 1000 copies and mailed them to random yoga studios throughout the country. It was my dandelion marketing plan to just let it go and see what grows. While the books were landing, I was landing back in Rishikesh.
A few weeks into the trip, I received the following message from a stranger: “Good morning! Well, good evening to you actually. I’m sitting in a hotel room in Dharamsala awaiting the sunrise on Thursday morning, Thanksgiving in the U.S., I brought your book with me (it found me, it was offered up as a pass along from a studio owner in NH). From the sketch of Rishikesh I was intrigued, and as I read on I was brought back to my trip last year, where I also stayed at Parmath Niketan Ashram! As you unfold your experience I drift between fond reminiscence and new curiosities! I’m not finished reading, I’m about to read part 3 and hear about your TTC. Yet, I’d love to revisit Rishikesh through your eyes! My next trip back may have to be on my own rather than with my sangha! Thank you for sharing!”
I responded to my new friend, Shivani, by saying, “Well good morning to you too. I am back in Rishikesh for another 6 weeks. My trip ends on Dec 3. I am so glad that my book found a way into your hands. Pure magic. How long will you be in India?
Dharamsala is located about 300 miles north of Rishikesh and is home to the Dalai Lama. We continued to communicate and agreed to have a follow-up phone conversation when we were both back home.
A few weeks ago, we had our first chat. Shivani asked me if I had any interest in co-hosting a nine day yoga retreat in Rishikesh for this November. About ten seconds later, my intuition kicked into overdrive. It looks like my new friend and ten more people will be seeing Rishikesh through my eyes. We have created a nine day excursion from Nov 4-13. We will practice yoga each day and then enjoy the sights and sounds from this holy city on the banks of Mother Ganga (Ganges River).
I have no idea how this all happens but know that when synchronous events are happening in my life, it is an affirmation that I am on the right path. If you feel called, please consider joining us as this story continues to unfold in a natural manner. It just may bend your life!