ANURAG

by Carlos Risco July 2017 LIFESTYLE Read in PDF format N14/2017
ANURAG THIS ITALIAN NATIVE HAS BEEN LIVING IN IBIZA FOR OVER 40 YEARS AND YOGA CHANGED HER LIFE. ANURAG, WHO TEACHES ASHTANGA YOGA IN IBIZA, GOT HOOKED ON YOGA AFTER SHE QUITTING COMPETITIVE SKIING.

“I was thirty years old and had just won a giant slalom, and I was very excited. While training, I had an accident and broke both legs near my ankles. I gave up skiing and took up yoga,” explains Anurag from her house/yoga school in San Miguel, with its white-washed walls covered in exuberant bougainvillea. It took her a long time to recover from that accident:“It was a broken fracture and recovery took nine months, then I was in a wheel chair and when I finally manged to stand, a therapist had to come teach me how to walk again... I shrunk at least 10 centimeters.” But she never thought she would walk again:“If I want something, I fight for it. To the death,” she says, full of determination.

She recovered thanks to swimming and yoga. “At first I went to a place where they did classical yoga. Then I met Baptiste Marceau, the son of the famous mime, in Ibiza, and I started practicing ashtanga, the type of yoga I do now. It’s a very dynamic style yoga, much tougher, and I really like it a lot.” Anurag says that ashtanga yoga is really healing. It’s a style of yoga that, “gives you a lot of energy and works the meridians” by involving the breath, alignment and being in the moment. “It is a wonderful yoga practice for body and mind.”

IN INDIA WITH OSHO

Anurag traveled to India to meet Osho, a mystical guru and spiritual leader. “At the time there was an Osho center in Ibiza, in Santa Gertrudis, and this American guy used to lend me tapes of Osho’s talks. His words resonated with me, so I decided to go to India to meet him.” It was Osho who gave her the name Anurag. Meeting Osho was a transformative experience: “I left my husband and the comfort of my home to go see him. I realized that Osho was my teacher.” Unhurriedly and without pretension, without batting an eye, Anurag affirms that yoga changed her life: “I used to have a husband and a nice house, a very comfortable life. I left it and had to start over again, and I’ve never regretted it. My previous life of partying had left me nothing inside.” Today, her life revolves around her yoga practice, her retreats, and welcoming visitors from all over the world who flock to her school in San Miguel. The day of our interview she had an Australian yoga teacher and a Nasa engineer visiting. “I never leave this place and I have visits from interesting people.”

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