Thursday, September 2, 2010

More From India

I am finally back home, but I thought I would share with you a few more of my experiences from my time in India.  It was truly a trip of a lifetime.  Thanks to Phil who encouraged me to pursue this dream.

Traditional  musicians from the area came to entertain us one evening

A sign in Coonoor for Shentil's yoga studio. 

Mohanji and Choganji, the chefs and servers of all our meals.  They are incredible cooks and also warm, welcoming and hilarious.  They make the retreat such a fun place to be.

August 15th is India's Independence Day.  It was on a Sunday this year which meant I had the day off from classes.

Jessie and I walked to Sim Park.  Lots of people asked to have their picture taken with us.  It's fun to be a celebrity for a day.

We decided celebrating independence should be done with an onion bhaji and a chai.  It's really the only proper way.

He pours the milk for the chai from great heights.  The result is basically a masala tea cappuccino creation.  Delicious.

A day in the clouds

Early evening in Coonoor

A temple visit

Cibele, Shentil and me at the temple

Ayurveda and Yoga graduation evening
Miriam, me, Mary, Aziza, Cibele, and Anaise - a wonderful group of ladies
We all received our certificates and Ayurveda cook books.  Mary and Anaise sang beautifully and it was a really special night.  I took a short Reiki course while I was staying at the retreat as well.  For completing this, I also received a certificate and I am now a Reiki channel.  

A few pictures Ganesh took of me in class with his camera phone:

It was fun to try poses for 2 people when Selje came to the afternoon class.

Me and Ganesh

My 6 weeks away were incredible.  I am so grateful for the experience and for the opportunity to meet all the interesting and thoughtful people there.  I am also happy to be home with Phil, Sahara and Tuna before the big move to England.  Hopefully the weather in Uganda will warm up and dry up.  I'm sure Manchester has enough rain in store for my future.


  1. Wonderful! Your chefs look like great fun. All your moves are impressive! I hope we can have a short course over Christmas. So glad you went!!

  2. Yay! I'd been waiting for a new post... I'm so impressed by your yoga-skills!