I have been doing loads of interesting things in India so far, learning to cook curries, trekking in the mountains, and of course doing lots of yoga. There are so many things to learn here it is hard to know where to start!
I was asking after a meditation class at the Sivananda center the other day and was told there was none on. The monk talking to me told me that I would be welcome to go and meditate on my own in one of the temples, that I did not need any instructions or a group. In this sacred place all I had to do was sit and listen to my inner voice for guidance. The sitting and listening is all that is required, to be present. It was a beautiful reminder to me and I am thankful for the lesson.
I have been staying in Santosh Puri Ashram, India for the past few days. I felt held in this sacred place and would recommend it to anyone wanting to have authentic teaching in a family environment. The yoga practice in the morning was simple and at first try a childlike approach but in time I really got in to the spirit of things. We were encouraged in each posture to be the animal, be the cat, be the eagle, be the camel, letting each form emerge from the infinite in to the finite and then return, in this way confronting death, rebirth, any the many forms of the formless. Each posture was accompanied by the noise of the animal! There was much giggling had out of class about this but once I allowed myself to get past feeling really silly, I got in to it. I felt this approach got close to how the yogis of old thought up the postures, being inspired to take the forms of animals. Why don't you try it out (in your personal practice!) and let your imagination run free and wild.
Kristina is a Yoga teacher and artist who lives in Braunton, North Devon with her husband, two children and a cat.