It was only a few years ago when I first became curious and wondered what India would be like. For those yogis out there, you might relate that the more you deepen your yoga practice, the stronger the pull to India becomes.
I had been waiting for the right time to head over and when my teacher suggested that I join his India trip this pasted September in the Himalayas for more training and to explore the more subtle aspects of yoga, I knew in my heart that it was meant to be.
India is a crazy, magical and beautiful place. I had no idea what to expect but went with an open mind and heart and left with a bright soul beaming with warmth. I definitely feel that the mountains have helped awaken my meditation practice and also taught me to be quiet and more content with myself.
Here are some pictures from the teacher training of where we were based and what we got up to:
The view from here is pretty spectacular and worth the three hour car drive up the windy roads. We met and started the training in the beautiful town of Mussoorie.
Franks and Zoe taking it all in.
We stayed at Monal Guest House for the first half of the training. Uttarkashi is on the doorstep of the Himalayas. We had our morning meditation and asana practice every day up on this roof with the most glorious view of the mountains and the Ganga.
Homemade Gomutra in the making; Gomutra is cow urine that is used for therapeutic purposes in traditional Indian medicine.
Walking through the village.
This is one of my favorite photos of the trip. Natural mobile bodies do exist in the mountains of the Himalayas.
Market Life in Uttarkashi
It took one sticky, sweaty afternoon session in the market for me to adjust. After that the chaos evaporated and I was able to find my way around.
We received blessings after a visit to our first temple.
Local barber shop.
Hiking in Uttarkashi
We spent one day hiking in Uttarkashi. The first stop was this beautiful temple in the middle of the forrest.
Hard workers at the construction site by the temple.
Our second stop was a secluded Ashram at the top of the Mountain.
We were invited to have some chai with the Swami-ji.
En route up to Gangotri, we stopped here to take a bath in the natural hot springs.
Blowing off some steam.
Food for the soul
Getting some street food on the way up to the Mountains.
The food in India was delicious. Northern cuisine is mainly vegetarian and would usually consist of dal, a curried vegetable and lets not forget the chapatis.
Taking recycling to the next level! Plate and bowl was made from dried leaves.
Sweet Tooth Heaven.
One day when we were walking around the Village, we were invited into someones home for a drink. They kindly offered us some home made Lassi which is a popular traditional yogurt-based drink.
Chai. Yes please!
We stayed in an Ashram just outside of Gangotri in the center of the most majestic mountains.
Our room in the Ashram.
Every morning we would wake up to a view of those snowy mountain tops.
In the early mornings and evenings the temperature would drop to -2 degrees.
Sitting by the Ganga.
This was the highest bridge in India and if you look over the left side you were able to see Tibet.
I have always found sitting quietly pretty challenging which was one of the reasons I was so keen to explore and practice more meditation. The Himalayas is such a special and spiritual place that created the perfect environment to find stillness.
The view for our morning meditation overlooking the Ganga.
Selfie with the Swami-ji of the Ashram.
My India experience would never have been the same without these beautiful souls. I learnt so much from each person and catch myself reminiscing of our adventures and sweet memories daily.
We had a closing ceremony down by the Ganga and tied thread around our wrists, binding us to this experience forever. I feel so grateful for the opportunity to be a student again and learn from my wonderful teachers Jim Harrington and Raghavendra Adiga-ji.
I left the training feeling more grounded than ever and excited to share my new experience with all of my students. I can’t wait to plan my next trip back to India. Until we meet again…