Meet Mala and Colin. Â Could they be any cuter? Â No, there is no possible way they could be. Along with being a totally connected and copaesthetic couple, they are also a spicy transcontinental blend of Indian and Irish, and as such, had themselves a beautiful Indian Fusion wedding.
As a yoga teacher and someone who has admired Indian culture from afar for years, this was a fun opportunity for me to get to participate a little more closely in a (albeit highly condensed) slice of Indian ceremonial life.
The way the ceremony worked is that I started out by welcoming everyone to the event – especially those far-flung relatives of Mala’s who’d travelled all the way from India to be there. Â Then, Mala’sÂ Aunt, Rajani Singhal, managed to condense what would normally be a 3-day experience down to about 15 minutes. Â There was fire, there was rice, and there was a significant quantity of cloth binding these two together.
Rajani found a way toÂ preserve the fundamental essence of the ceremony – an honoring of the alchemical blend of love and duty, commitment and bonding, friendship and love which make up any good and successful marriage.
Then I stepped back in and concluded with the traditional Western ring-and-vow portion of the program.