The last month I:
– walked barefoot. A lot.
– gained much strength
– learned Pranayama breathing techniques
– have been such a happy vegetarian
– had pains in six of my joints
– became more flexible
– lost 7 kgs since leaving Brooklyn (!)
– gained friends
– sang many mantras
– had amazing meditation adventures
– learned about Ayurveda
– found out that I am a Pitta-Vata Dosha
– taught yoga classes
– learned some Sanskrit
– became even more excited about yoga
– fell more in love with the ocean
– ate loads of Ghee
– earned my certificate
– laughed. A lot.
The second yoga class I taught was based on the seven Chakras.
We also had a Chakra Yoga Nidra class
Yoga Nidra is a guided meditation where you lie on your back
With Chakra Yoga Nidra the focus of the meditation is on the seven Chakras, you start at the lowest one, the Muladhara and end at the crown of your head, Sahasrara.
When we focussed on the Anahata Chakra there was a waterfall bursting out of my chest and at the tip of the waterfall the water drops turned into stars.
At the Sahasrara Chakra all the energies from the other Chakras were flowing and twirling around my spine and bursting out of the crown of my head.
The feeling was amazing! I wrote the sequence down that our teacher did with us and I am going to try doing this on my own.
– walked to a neighboring beach; Palolem
– drank and ate coconut from Arca and her cheeky daughter Anisha
– Anisha showed us their home which is a small hut. She explained how unpleasant it will be during upcoming monsoon season.
– ate pineapple on the way back from Arca again because we loved her so much
– swam in the ocean again and again
– played with a baby chipmunk
– had an amazing organic lunch at Blue Planet like last week. Vegan chocolate cake!
– had good-bye drinks Saturday night with one of our classmates who left Sunday
– rented a scooter and drove to a waterfall
– got harassed by a drunk local asking my name over and over again and talking unknown things in Hindi
– walked through the jungle to the waterfall
– spent lots of time by the waterfall with many locals celebrating the weekend
– watched sweet little Indian boys bathing in the Bubble Lake
– ate an amazing Thali at a roadside restaurant
– saw some monkeys!
– went to Turtle Beach
– did as little yoga as possible
There is a man here in Patnem, Goa, who has not eaten anything in over 70 days! He is very skinny, walks the beach every morning with enough energy. His energy source is Prana, which is in the air, which is seen here in India as life-force energy.
Apparently there are people who don’t eat for years!
We have been learning a lot about Ayurvedic medicine.
These supplements are now a part of the Ayurvedic yoga diet, you can click on the herb for more information:
– Aswagandha this is to restore the muscles and joints.
– Neem for my skin and to keep mosquitos away (it works!).
– Brahmi this is to stay alert and awake.
These have been added to my diet as well:
– Ghee (clarified butter) for the joints.
– Flaxseed oil, also for joints.
It’s 37 Celsius now in Goa.
This is definitely a struggle during yoga/philosophy/adjustment/anatomy classes.
I also taught my first yoga class yesterday, which was a half an hour. The class consisted of twisting poses to stimulate the internal organs and to detox. This class is meant to be restorative since it’s from 5.30PM to 6PM and all of my fellow classmates, including myself, are exhausted and of course the blistering heat doesn’t help either. I was a bit nervous. Another try next week, for approximately forty five minutes to an hour, woo!
This one is for keeps! Not by me, but by the Yoga Shala. Her name is Shanti. Shanti, Santhi or Shanthi (from Sanskrit शान्तिः śāntiḥ) means peace, rest, calmness, tranquility, or bliss.
We have Saturday afternoons and Sunday off. Woo! School’s out for summer.
Here’s what we I’ve done this weekend:
– went to a yoga festival at an ecological farm/guest house and had a meditation class
– had great food at an organic vegetarian/vegan restaurant with some Germans, our Pranayama teacher, a Dutch girl, a Spanish girl and an American girl
– rode on an Enfield motorcycle with three people
– rode in a Rickshaw with four people
– had a beer
– went on a boat early in the morning to spot dolphins; we spotted a few and some babies too
– got sunburned
– ate a Masala Dosa and drank some Masala Chai in a hole-in-the-wall restaurant in the nearest town Chaodi
– started studying some yoga poses and their Sanskrit names
– started thinking about the class I’m going to teach on Tuesday
– drank a coconut that nearly fell on my head
– got followed by a dog for a long time