So to begin with, my less yogic like journey to Rishikesh itself was something entirely different. I had been in contact with Raine, Franzisca & Susie online through the Rishikesh Yog Peeth (our school) website and group emails. It was so great knowing that I would arrive to Delhi once again having people there to meet me and that we would all take this journey together. After two short flights but a long transit overall, I arrived In Delhi for the second time during the trip, only this time my flight was late. I wandered around through the exits to find my new yogi’s and the private car that would take us to Rishikesh. I was so late, but when I arrived we all were so glad to see each other. We finally left in the car, which then took a further 9 hours on familiar bumpy roads, with a few stops along the way for food and toilets etc. The route to Rishikesh had been changed due to the Shiva festival which saw thousands of people dressed in orange marching from Rishikesh to Delhi, and this was the reason for the longer than usual transit to Rishikesh.
With the four of us in the car, we alternated between conversations, listening to ‘Im a Barbie Girl’ on the stereo and taking well deserved nap times, before finally reaching Rishikesh at around 10:30pm Aug 3rd. Our course would start on the 5th but our orientation would be on the 4th therefore we were super happy to have arrived with some time to spare. We were all so relieved when we were shown to the Krishna Cottage where we would be staying, and furthermore to our private rooms. I was ecstatic to see my large room, complete with King size bed, Balcony and En suite which I could finally unpack, having been used to on the go travelling for the previous 4 weeks. Krishna Cottage itself seemed beautiful and had a jungle setting, with a grassy courtyard, a dining hall, and overlooking balconies surrounding it. We all decided to get a shower and head straight to bed. The next morning breakfast was at 8:30am, unbeknownst to me, so I didn’t wake until 9:30- I much preferred the extra sleep anyway! I met the girls down at reception where we gave our documentation, filled in some forms and paid our fee. We paid USD$1250 for our 6 week course which included all your food, your private room and your training which was incredible, as I would probably spend that on a general trip with no training included.
It’s always hard to hand over your beloved credit card when you know how much you are spending and are on a budget but working t out at around $20 per day is an absolute bargain. When all the serious stuff was done, we decided to head to the market stalls in and around Ram Jhula and Laksman Jhula which are the areas surrounding where we are staying in just near Rishikesh. After a long walk around, popping in and out of quirky shops and admiring scenery of the Ganges and mountains along the way, we handed in our laundry in one of the only laundrettes we could find and right next to a beauty parlour, which we were also looking for. After a bit of waxing and threading, we were on our way onwards through more of the somewhat busy streets, when we decided to stop for some lunch in Lucky Restaurant, where we all had amazing meals including Paneer Butter Masala, Palak, Mushroom Masala & Cheese Dosa along with plenty of naan breads. The food was amazing, and the waiter wasn’t bad either. We laughed a lot yesterday and it seemed like we were all quite similar people with a similar sense of humour. It was at the orientation ceremony later that evening after a rest and a shower-It was scorching in Rishikesh,-,that we met the rest of our group from Krishna Cottage and the other half from Surya Palace, which we had been divided into at the beginning. The orientation began with a prayer at the top of the room and we all watched in awe at the ceremony . During the prayer we were each given a red bracelet on our right hand, markings on our foreheads and some Indian sweets. Towards the end we were invited to come to take part in the prayer by gathering at the front and two by two, moving a chalice of candles in circular motion in front of the statue. Im not quite sure of the meaning of the prayer but it was an amazing experience and it was so nice to be able to take part as a group. All of us who are in the same boat experiencing the same things here.
After the prayer, we had a talk about the schedule we would be undertaking in our 6 weeks. It goes as follows
-5am- wake up
-5:30am- Herbal Tea
-5:45-6:00am- yogic cleansing (using a Neti pot with salt water to clear the nasal passages)
-6:00-8:00am- Mantra/Asana/Pranayama (yoga, breathing, chanting)
- 8:30am- Breakfast
-10:45-11:45am- Anatomy and Physiology
- 1pm- Lunch
- 5:30pm-7:pm- Asana and Paranayama (yoga and breathing)
- 7pm- silence to be observed onwards
- 8:30pm-9pm Meditation
-10pm -Lights out
We then headed back to Krishna Cottage, while the other half stayed at their homes away from homes at Surya Palace. I really loved that we were brought to Krishna Cottage and that we were altogether, It is an amazing place and setting here. I was so excited to start on my new journey, for whatever reasons I have been brought here, for whatever experiences I am destined to learn and whomever I am supposed to cross paths with along the way! Our first day would be tomorrow! 5am let's be having you!
I AM SO READY!!!