Dr. Chavan's Neti pot in Los Angeles. My first yoga teacher and a humble life-inspiration, MH. India
If you love an image (whether it's yours or someone else's) and want to make sure others get a chance to see it, you can “feature” it by choosing the “Spotlight” button.
When an image is Spotlighted, it receives enhanced visibility in premium spots throughout the site. Spotlighted images are rotated through these higher-visibility positions to ensure the best opportunity for the images to be seen by JPG users.
If you see a great photo that would make a perfect entry for one of our Shoot Out photo contests but it was uploaded by another user, now you can enter that photo in the contest and, if it wins, you get to share in the contest winnings.
Like a photo editor, if you've got an eye for great work, find it and submit it to a contest. If it wins, since you staked the entry fee, you'll take home part of the prize (the rest, of course, goes to the member who shot the image).
Collections are a JPG+ feature. You must be a JPG+ member to create new collections and to add photos to collections.
Sign up for JPG+ to start using collections now!
Photo license: © All rights reserved
On February 2007 I landed at this town after what is described in my other story 'Lucky being lost' up here.
Dr. Chavan was mentioned to me by my guest house owner, Ravi, who's son had some motoric disability and was regularly helped by the yoga teacher.
Ravi told me: 'He's not asking for any fee or charge but you do have to arrive there every day'
A couple days passed and one morning as I sat with my Mondkar friends at their then Rickshaw and light truck auto financing little shop, a man came by the store front. He was lean and his easy smile exposed a missing tooth. I thought at first that he is a beggar. Then one of the brother said 'here is your yoga teacher'.
When I first arrived to the little parking lot under a two story building, there were the town's teachers and doctors practicing Asana's (yoga postures) on a carpet that lay over the two vacant car ports.
Dr. Chavan left the old students to practice on their own and dedicated all the time to me.
Each day he taught me new practices. He was my first Yoga, Pranayam and morning cleansing (Jala Neti and stomach rinse) teacher. But more then that, he was a life coach for me just by being who he is, leading by example.
This Neti pot I photoed this week travels along with me since then. It was Rs. 25 (Rupees) and was the only money I ever expensed with Dr. Chavan (not including the pair of chapples /flip-flops of the same model he wore, that I gifted him by my grateful will before leaving town).
Since then I emailed his son, sent a Diwali post card an recently, in 2011 visited him again as I stayed in town for a couple of months.
It's definitely hard to describe in words what he teaches with very little of those. I just know the feeling the expands through my body whenever I think of him.
My India: Where every village is home - Experience !
Also by Etan Doronne
Please Login or Sign Up
Login or Sign Up
Need contest credits? Get 'em here!
Payments are processed by PayPal and you will be automatically forwarded to PayPal to complete your transaction. It may take a few minutes after you complete your transaction for you contest credits to update. We will send an email to your registered email address once we have received a successful transaction from PayPal and updated you credits.
Select a Shoot Out contest credit package below.