Paris Syndrome ?

Srivatsa Ramaswami is always at home, wherever he goes:) That was one of the lessons I felt more than all the vinyasa sequences this legendary teacher still teaches with precision. What he learned from studying over 30 years with Sri T Krishnamarcharya – directly, he shares. Awe-inspriring bio. and yet so so very … humble and … fearless. His expectations and intentions are so clear, there’s no room for fear. Very humble at the age of almost 80, it’s inspiring to learn from someone with such deep understanding and experience. I only have a snippet – scratched the surface only … I had to laugh when he’s noted as E-500 hrs. … I mean,it’s so silly – he’s beyond such certification. He’s studied with the master for 33 years; taught for over 20 years – Pleeaase, he’s a category of his own, way beyond. Is there something like 10,000 hours? That’s defined as mastery even though he would be so modest to decline such a title – as it’s obvious to see he’s not teaching out of ego; he’s teaching in service. There’s that same quality we can feel with BK Bose, founder of Niroga, a place I am currently a student of for the study of yoga therapy. What a blessing that teachers do really appear when you are ready:
Referring back to the video (credit to UpLift – from utube promo) I posted few times here, take the time to watch again and let the significance sink in. It’s a practice of a lifetime you can start any time … to cultivate fearlessness.

And speaking of fear, as seeing that girl with “I love Paris” T-shirt made me think of this interesting illness. It’s called the “Paris Syndrome”.

It’s defined in Wikipedia as:

Paris syndrome (French: Syndrome de Paris, Japanese: パリ症候群, Pari shōkōgun) is a transient mental disorder exhibited by some individuals when visiting or going on vacation to Paris, as a result of extreme shock derived from their discovery that Paris is not what they had expected it to be. The syndrome is characterized by a number of psychiatric symptoms such as acute delusional states, hallucinations, feelings of persecution (perceptions of being a victim of prejudice, aggression, or hostility from others), derealization, depersonalization, anxiety, and also psychosomatic manifestations such as dizziness, tachycardia, sweating, and others, such as vomiting.[1] Similar syndromes include Jerusalem syndrome and Stendhal syndrome. The condition is commonly viewed as a severe form of culture shock. It is particularly noted among Japanese travelers.


When I first heard of this syndrome, I thought it was a joke. But look at ourselves and how we welcome our visitors and immigrants … the “foreigners”, ourselves. And again re-look at visitors, newly arrived immigrants and long-time immigrants – and even Americans who are so-many generations rooted on this land. There’s dis-ease among some and it all comes from the sense of not fully being in their own skin; not fully occupying space, not really feeling at HOME. Then in these spots you dreamed about visiting, there’s this feeling of environments and people not meeting your expectations … that could create stress as extreme as Paris Syndrome I think to many who live here. It’s a place of hope and dreams, this place … but it falls short?

It’s not a full blown out Paris Syndrome but there’s a spectrum, a range to any disorder and I feel many here live in fear, experiencing their own version of culture shock frequently. Over time, there’s that sense of being disconnected within and outside of our body and mind. We need to be connected not only within, but within the community; we need a home away from home so many gather among themselves looking for that familiarity disdainful of differences … in a way, there’s that homesick blues those on green cards and even naturalized citizens experience when there’s a disconnect at whatever level. Here. Wouldn’t it be so American, so human, if everyone was a little more welcoming, a little less fearful, and a little more invested in that sense of community. I felt that when I spent the weekend at Niroga Yoga Therapist Advance Training as we heard incredibly service-oriented presentations of cohorts who are true healers. Then we delved into the issues of chronic pain and persistent pain. Lower back pains, shoulders, knees, headaches, the neck … the list is long – and Pain is real. It’s not imagined. It’s not all in someone’s head. With a huge toolbox we have been given, ultimately, it’s about finding safety within your own home, at the same time, welcoming the homeless with shelter and warmth. To be fully connected inside and out; to be integrated and feeling whole and enough. It’s yoga. It’s home:) Swirling thoughts amidst many homecomings this Thanksgiving week.

Rain Forecast Today

Precipitation is anticipated according to the weather report – it’s Autumn.

“Grace surrounds us and holds us like the sky holds everything in it … and as soon as I find a way to let go of my story, I keep seeing over and over again that grace is always here and it includes the forgetting and the remembering. The practice is the opening of the hand to catch the raindrops, which are always falling. If you don’t open your hand, you get wet, but you don’t get much to drink.”

– Krishna Das


Rain to put out the fire, allowing us to capture the fleeting moments of abundance whilst sustaining a loss so great. Getting wet, drink up, shake it off and then we will welcome with courage, this season of abundance. Gratitude.

Fire & Air Quality*

Check your local air quality and take care of yourself and your family:)

A grocery store cashier and I struck up a conversation – he says he’s glad to stay indoor because he has asthma. Confides he’s had trouble breathing since 4am Monday morning when he was getting into work (they start early!) – then he says, I have nothing to complain though. Those people lost everything and I’m here okay, he says, as he bagged the apples and basil. There’s so much humanity out there. So truth be told, me too I say – since Monday morning, I’ve been sneezing uncontrollably and my eyes are itchy and if I am like this, I could imagine what inhaling denser smoke can do to you at the sight of devastation. We nodded and agreed. Praying for the winds to quiet down to give the Napa/Sonoma residents the needed relief. Dear Nature (though it’s usually human’s own doing even if it’s called “wild” fire) – please settle down and heed them – have some mercy.

Speaking of relief, the air quality of the studio I teach is so … PURE, I am practically in tears, so grateful. It’s heavenly when you come in from the smoke and dust. It’s something I had taken for granted – I did not know they had installed a special filtering vent system !!! OMG, just read this – I am tearing up with gratitude – I need this kind of purity when I practice – and same for the students. Breath we take is everything:

Our new climate control system is state of art and the best in the Bay Area. Designed by the leading industry consultant, our system combines the optimum ingredients of consistent, evenly distributed heat, cleaned fresh air and warm humidity. It also has CO2 monitoring, allergen removal and pathogen control. The room is virtually odor free.

The system removes contaminants and allergens before they get introduced into the yoga room. Germicidal ultraviolet light rays eliminate and destroy: Bacteria, Odor, Mold & Mildew, Viruses, V.O.C.’s, Cleaning Chemicals, Smog and other Airborne Pollution. The benefits of a clean air environment are enormous, clean air will; help prevent colds and influenza; prevent headaches after class; provide relief from asthma, hay fever and sinus problems; reduce fatigue, and breathing problems; and relieve sore throats, runny noses, wheezing and sneezing. In addition to constantly purifying the air from harmful bacteria, we also installed a humidity system designed to remove excess humidity when too high or to add moisture when too dry. As a result, our students are energized and can focus on their yoga practice without being concerned about the room environment.

Our flooring is anti bacterial, prime cherry wood look-alike, however, is in fact made from 100% recycled rubber. This flooring is used in many hospital operating rooms because of its cleanliness. It also has a slight texture for gripping during postures. It is 100% sealed and therefore easy to keep cleaned. We use an energy efficient gas powered furnace, NOT radiant heating. We do NOT use sweat absorbing carpets.

Wow, just wow in awe. I am so grateful for this place and looking forward to finding refuge there tonight to be connected to that “humanity”.

As I take refuge indoors, I am reminded how much I really need to get out of this smoke filled air that’s giving me a migraine headache and a sore throat. Being super sensitive to scents and dusts, I too now suffering from asthma as I work so distracted with a brain fuzz.

Praying – May we all have clean fresh air to breathe soon.
Mantra of the day – Inhaling Pure white light – Oxygen; Exhaling stale grey smoke …

Break out of that dullness and inertia with a fitness program that does not drain you but rather, recharges you.

To our respiratory health for all this Autumn day – Namaste.

*Told local AQI (Air Quality Index) reached over 100 (out of scale of 500) – while yesterday, it was 60 … for those with respiratory issues, masks that filter out up to even 99% is apparently NOT recommended as you have to breathe even harder with masks creating more stress …stay calm, stretch, yogic heart openers, stay indoors, if lucky enough, find space with air purifiers. Check with your healthcare provider if you need more protection.

This is a helpful link … Breathe

* Here’s another … LINK