Before coming to India I had semi-joked that I wanted to become a pretzel. That is, to have bronzed, sun-kissed skin, lightly salted from a dip in the ocean, with limbs that could be contortioned into any pretzel shape. So it wasn't entirely a coincidence that my yoga teacher training happened to be located on … Continue reading Yoga Teacher Training: Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow
Two days before I left the UK, I read the "solo female traveller" section of Lonely Planet, panicked and booked on a group tour through South India in an effort to avoid becoming a feature story in that section of the guidebook. I arrived on the tour fresh out of the ashram, feeling as though … Continue reading South India: Coconuts and Group Travel
Auuummmm. Auuummmm. Auuummmm. It's 5:30am and it's still dark. Two hundred and fifty people are silently filing into the open-air hall for morning Satsang. Following suit, I sit down cross legged on the floor. I close my eyes, settle down and try to meditate to the slow hum of the universal mantra "om". I take … Continue reading Ashram Life: Sivananda Ashram, Kerala, India
Starting out my trip with a little hand-holding.