Towards the end & graduation

A few more snaps towards the end of training and the graduation ceremony.

A “The Beatles Cafe” enjoying the river and warm weather:

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A hidden path off a hidden path:

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Cool signs everywhere:

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Oooommmmmmm:

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Guruji, my legendary philosophy teacher, spouting knowledge (satsang):

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Thali (vegetarian delight) – one of my few meals out of the ashram:IMG_1958

A walk through town:

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Naughty ashram dogs:

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Colorful spice cart:

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My favorite drink: masala chai

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An exciting drive to the airport – 160 miles, a nine-hour trip on dirt roads.

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Recents

A few snaps from around town and the latter part of teacher training.

At the Ganges:

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Afternoon coffee and cake:

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Getting ready to taste test the cooking my fellow trainers did in cooking class:Floor-Dinner

Afternoon adventures:Group

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Around Town – Rishikesh

Rishikesh in Northern India has a population of around 100,000 and is considered a highly spiritual place in India. The town is small and most activity is centered around the Jhulas or suspension bridges. The town mainly focuses on yoga, hiking and river rafting and below are a few pictures from some walks around town.

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View from an afternoon cafe stop overlooking the Ganges. India-flag

Scenes from an evening at Parmarth Niketon where there was an offering to gods in which people sent flowers and candles down the river.Parmarth

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River shot from a walk close to where I’m staying. It’s nice being around nature again!River-overlooking

Week Two Down

It’s the halfway mark for Yoga Teacher Training which calls for a celebration. It’s been much more intense and tedious than I expected. My expectations were a bit high to begin with. I thought yoga teacher training would be a big, relaxing yoga class with of course some learning interwoven. I imagined an idyllic setting where everyone was beyond relaxed. While there have been moments of relaxation there has also been a lot more ‘work’ and efforts than I anticipated. It’s been a bit tedious, very serious and my body is pretty sore. I thought I was in pretty good shape before this, but yoga always has a way to humble oneself. All in all, it’s been fine and I’m looking forward to tackling the last two weeks. A few pics below!

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all served at the ashram (what all yoga ‘studios’ are called). Everything is vegetarian and there is no meat or alcohol allowed in the whole town of Rishikesh. The food has been very good especially the chai tea but I’ll be ready for a little pig out when I’m back!

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In my training are four other very nice ladies. It’s nice being a small group especially as we all get along. Our classes start very early with neti pot (and at times other interesting ‘cleansing’ techniques), then breathing exercises, guided meditation and asanas or the physical yoga practices. Breakfast is at 9am and by that time I am absolutely starving. After breakfast we have two classes: philosophy and anatomy, then lunch. During the afternoon we have a nice break and then before dinner another asana class and sometimes more meditation. It does sound nice but the days are long and the body is tired! This schedule is Monday to Saturday with Sundays for rest. Most of our classes take place in the classroom below. Yoga-Room

Other than classes and practice there’s a lot of cafes around the Ganges River which flows through the town.Me-pic!

And monkeys! More to come on monkeys….

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I am here now

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After some visa hassles (more to come) and lots of travel I have made it to Yoga Teacher Training at Rishikesh Yog Dham.

Day 2 so far and it is not all fun and games (like I hoped) but I am still looking forward to learning. Kyle dropped me off and left today to go diving in Southern India. Part of me wants to go to the beach with him, but in the end I’ll be glad to have completed the training and have to 200 hour Yoga Alliance Certificate.

Early to bed now because a 5am wake up comes quick!

Missing family and friends – here’s to a quick 28 days!

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First Full Weekend of 2016

I don’t count last weekend as truly 2016. We were all coming down from New Years and likely our heads were not wrapped around the idea that it really is 2016 (I still feel a bit like this, still writing 2015).  The first fill 2016 weekend in Shanghai brought a nice, peaceful albeit smoggy (always) weekend.

From yoga, K-food, quiche and reading:

K-dinner with friends.

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Sunday morning quiche.

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Yoga-ing (so good).

Some of my favorite weekend reads: