#8 – Breakdown

Our last night in Ft Kochi is our BEST and cheapest meal so far. The previous night we were seduced into an “in” looking hotel’s hip wine bar. I’m not drinking (antibiotics) but Mallory has the best and only glass of good wine either of us has had in India. In addition we order pumpkin … [Read more…]

# 7 – Ft. Kochi

Ft. Kochi is a coast town, a fishing village. Not really a beach town, the locals do bathe in the sea, but we tourists are advised its too polluted to swim – so do we eat the fish or not? I don’t but Mallory has been craving fish and orders it, only to wonder half … [Read more…]

#6 – Travel in India

Yeah, it’s challenging… Especially if you’ve basically done everything wrong as we have – packed too much and wrong things, bought too much and heavy things (6 table cloths – really?), not really done the right research into perhaps how big India is, how different the roads are, how they are truly less organized than … [Read more…]

# 5 – Mysore

Our first day in Mysore, which holds the distinction of being known as the cleanest city in all of India, we visit Chamundi Hill where the impressive gold temple to the goddess Durga, chief cause of creation, preservation, and annihilation is located. Like the Shiva temple in Triuvannamalai, the temple surroundings are chaotic, colorful, and … [Read more…]

# 4 – Yercaud and Beyond

When we planned the drive from Auroville to Mysore, it seemed like a good idea to spend the night in Yercaud, a vacation destination in the mountains we would have to cross. As we started up the mountain – you’ve heard about driving in India, right? – cars, trucks, buses – large buses, motorcycles, monkeys, … [Read more…]

#3 – The Yoga Part

Thursday, February 25 We had our last class of the retreat this morning at 6:30. I lay on the floor for most of it, too hot and tired to do more sun salutations. It has been lovely that we had the support to take care of ourselves. The yoga teachings, the classes, the talks, the … [Read more…]

The Bhagavad Gita; getting acquainted to it’s rich content and history

Mark Oppenheimer introduces us to ¬† The Bhagavad Gita Saturday April 2nd from 4:00- 5:30 pm The Bhagavad Gita is an ancient philosophical text from India. It is part of the voluminous writings known as the Vedic literature. Its 700 poetic verses, written in Sanskrit, present readers with practical, logical, enlightening teachings on topics such … [Read more…]

#2 – I Crashed My Bike

I crashed my bike. Both knees, both elbows, both hands – all skinned, pants torn, red earth embedded in my watch crystal, my ego bruised. We all have these stories. Lorraine road her bike into a huge bramble bush and turned up with a bloody arm. Karen too, returns bloody, when a cow (females have … [Read more…]

# 1 – Rough Landing

Suffice it to say, 30 hour travel with less than 5 hours sleep, by arrival I’m nurturing chest cold, next day, I’m down – hard. Having, stupidly left my miracle cure (oregano oil) at home, it is two days of accepting the offerings of my fellow yoga students, from echinacea oil to NyQuil ( I … [Read more…]