I’m busy preparing for my upcoming trip to India and contemplating being back in an ashram environment. Life is pretty hectic as I get ready for this extended trip. I have friends and family to catch up with, planning to be done for the cover of my weekly yoga classes and monthly workshops, getting my business admin up to date as well as attending a number of meetings for future projects.
I feel both excited and apprehensive but I know the trip has come at the right time for me. My destination is Anandprakash Yoga Ashram in Rishikesh, just a few mintues walk from the sacred river Ganga (the Ganges).
Ashram living follows a strict daily routine which can prove challenging at times but reinforces the need for a regular daily practice. The ashram removes the distractions of everyday life so is the perfect opportunity to re-focus and to re-establish good habits.
The deepest learning comes from having this time to dedicate to our sadhana (practice) and to experience a much deeper personal enquiry. Sadhana is a discipline undertaken in the pursuit of a spiritual goal using mind and intelligence in practice towards this goal.
This extended stay in the ashram is a perfect time to get journaling and to focus on svadhyaya (self study). I know from previous trips and retreats that journaling is so creative and useful. Without regular distractions, really powerful realisations can come up.
I will have the perfect opportunity to evaluate what is important for me right now. Have the space to review my vision for the short to longer term. This is the perfect opportunity to make internal and external changes to generate greater fulfilment and happiness.
There will be the opportunity to meet fellow yogis and spiritual travellers all undergoing the same life changing experience. Great friendships to be formed.
(Anandprakash Yoga Ashram Tapovan)
Just to mention that regular classes and workshops will continue whilst I’m away so there will be no change to your programme. Weekly classes will be covered by Exeter based Carol Fentimen and Yoga Nidra workshops will be taught Christine Dumbleton. All bookings will be managed in the usual way so please book via my online shop or you can email email@example.com. I have admin cover for this whole period so your message will be dealt with by Wendy.
Have a wonderful couple of months and I look forward to seeing you all in the New Year!