My time in Mysore is almost up. My last practice was this morning and it was a good one, focused, unruffled.
Already I've had a couple people ask what I've learned here. The short answer is that I don't know yet. I'll find out what lessons have really stuck once I've transitioned through the reentry process. I suspect that lessons that were planted here as seeds will sprout up in unexpected moments for some time to come.
However, there are a couple threads that are as much reminders as new lessons that have woven themselves throughout much of the month here.
Here are a few:
1) talk less
2) the poses are a tool, a way in to learn to quiet the mind, not an end in themselves.
3) stay where you are for a whole breath, especially if it's uncomfortable--this is as true in life as it is in asana
4) the fastest way to quiet the mind is to avoid getting it all riled up in the first place--see #1...talk less
...and I'll end this last post from Mysore with some great quotes from Sharath:
"Always we should think, we are not supreme."
"You've come here to learn, not to flirt with yoga."
"In this life, you need 4-wheel drive because the terrain is always changing. Sometimes you are on-road. Sometimes you are off-road."