Day 2 - Monday, 13 November, 2006
Trip Start Nov 09, 2006
33Trip End Dec 21, 2006
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The morning asana class was really good with a Canadian lady called Durga. She has a lovely voice and led the class at a slow pace. It still absolutely killed my body though. I found out today that the yoga classes yesterday were general classes and not part of the course....no wonder I found them so bloody tough!! They were optional as well...so I didn't have to subject myself to four hours of tough asana classes. Some people went and had a nap in the afternoon...lucky buggers
After morning brunch at 10 am (this is the main meal of the day where they feed us the most...the next food is dinner at 6 pm) we had another lecture on the doos and don'ts of the ashram. This is about the third time they've gone through it all. Then I got given my karma yoga task...serving dinner....the task I didn't want to do. For some reason I am meant to be doing it. So many lessons for me! The only good thing about it is that ladies get to skip food serving when they are menstruating since they are not allowed to handle food. You can look at it in a negative perspective that they are unclean or from a positive perspective that they need to rest. I choose the rest option.
The afternoon asana class was just as painful. They took it slightly easier on us, but only barely. The evening satsang was quite a bore. I came to realise that every single evening is going to be the same (well not every...but most). Long meditation and singing the same long chants every day. It's certainly challenging my patience. I need to understand why I have to do this. Bernie, my room mate from the north of England is such a laugh. I'm having a great time getting to know her and enjoying her sense of humour. During the final chant tonight I nearly lost it in a fit of giggles. I'm not sure whether it was from the chanting or just enjoying her humour.