Routine and Simplicity

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It’s unbearably hot this evening, I can’t wait to turn off the light.

I feel like I’ve been in India for so long already. I can only put it down to the 04h30 wake up routine, An additional 3 hours in a morning can have that effect and with the pace of a peaceful day can put you into a blissful eternity.

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A morning tea – boiled water infused with lemon, honey and mint or honey and ginger awakens the spirit. After nasal cleansing, which isn’t as bad as I had first envisioned but has us bending over an earthy gutter spluttering nasal fluids, we are now prepared for our first yoga class of the day. It’s now only 05h30.

Yog Peeth Ashram is surrounded by lush green mountains as far as you can see, and our yoga studio is on top of Krishna Cottage (a multi-level building painted shades of mint green). Our location is a short way from town but is still sprinkled with noise and activity. You cannot help but feel rejuvenated and strong here – co-existence between man and nature is what it is…cows and monkeys on your doorstep.

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The support of yogi’s and teachers is more than I could have asked for. Philosophy and anatomy classes are revealing the true nature of the human mind to all of us in a real and even scientifically correct way and it’s creating a flow of emotional energy. The energy is tapping into the heart strings of each one of us individually but in a very relatable way and gatherings of students proclaiming their ‘good news’ are happening all the time.

I’m slowly being able to decrease the amount of food portions – today I was hungry but couldn’t eat much and I’ve dropped from the initial 6 litres of water to 2/3 which I’m comfortable with and will adjust if need be.

A second yoga class after lessons, lunch and afternoon break (shopping or outings) and then dinner is followed by meditation. We’re training our bodies to be still so we can activate our conscious mind – the heart of the mind. It’s quite painful on the knees, but I can feel the strengthening effects of the yoga each morning (especially on my back) and I’m determined to keep pushing.

I’ve resigned myself to no luxury here. No coffee, tea, nicotine, alcohol, meat, bread, sweets, eggs, fish…the list goes on and on, but somehow its a comfortable routine and I’m not having any cravings, albeit I was thinking about an ice cold strawberry Yogi Sip today, yum! What I own fits on two shelves thankfully, because there’s nothing else in the room to put things in or onto. I have a make shift laundry line using my elastic cable ties and do a bit of laundry each day using 2 buckets in a shower/toilet (hole in the ground)…depending on circumstance keeping it simple is what we should all strive for. I’m very happy and content at the moment.

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