Show me your Dolphin
Trip Start Nov 17, 2011
32Trip End May 01, 2012
Map your own trip!
Show trip route
Where I stayed
Having read the ashram information online, we knew that there was no drinking or smoking allowed at the ashram. This alarmed Femmy somewhat and she proceeded to smoke the best part of a pack of 20 out the window of the taxi.
Our first impressions of the Ashram were really good
The next day our schedule began. We thought we would just write out our timetable out to give you an idea:
05:20: Rising bell
06:00: Satsang (meditation and chanting)
08:00: Yoga asana
13:30: Herbal tea and fruit
15:30: Yoga asana
22:30: Lights out
The ashram had an 'outpass’ system which operated between Karma yoga and herbal tea but there wasn’t really anywhere to go
On Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings we were allowed out to have a silent walk to a nearby lake and chant there…lucky us!
So as you can see we were busy bees. The first couple of days went well, with us getting the hang of things, but Femmy was a bit grouchy as she decided that she wasn’t going to sneak around boarding school-style to the bushes to smoke every five minutes and was going to abide by the rules! She then downloaded Alan Carr’s Easy Way to Stop Smoking and became a happy non-smoker. Hurrah!
While we were there, we really got into the spirit of things. We loved the yoga and became the most bendy we will ever be in our lives. Karma yoga (selfless service) was interesting too. Ruth was assigned food serving and cleaning up in the dining hall and Femmy had toilet cleaning. Femmy discovered that toilet cleaning distracted her from nicotine withdrawal and boy did those toilets shine!
One mystery of the ashram that alarmed us at first was the VERY loud noises that always seemed to occur during Satsang and yoga. Theses could only be described as noises of the act of procreation. We were slightly worried that there was a sex cult nearby. It may well have been, but not of the human variety. There was a lion safari park opposite and it transpired to be some very vocal lion’s! Trying to keep a straight face whilst meditating is very hard when it sounds like there is a loud adult movie playing in the background
A nice surprise about the ashram was the standard of the food, which Femmy was very dubious about. The foods not allowed included meat, fish, eggs, alcohol, garlic, onion and most dairy products (except curd). Despite the lack of all the above, they magically made AMAZING food. We have put some pictures below of the kitchen.
Entertainment was scarce in the ashram but there was a talent show every Saturday night which was ample for the week. It was a bit like the first rounds of Britain’s Got Talent with modern interpretative dance, miming and acrobatics thrown into the mix.
We were also treated to two videos whilst we were in the ashram. One was entitled ‘The New Diet for America’. ‘New’ was a distinct overstatement as it was from the 1970’s. The second was to illustrate the lack of exercise we get in modern life and featured an interview with Swami Vishnu Devananda. This was also slightly dated. If you have time please watch it on YouTube. You will wet yourself laughing. It's called 'I was a 90 pound weakling'. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTUrHn6-3dI
Although we got on with everyone and the teachers were lovely we did have one nemesis
At the end of two weeks we were chanting along with the best of them and even cracked out a tambourine! It was a great two weeks and we’ll definitely be going back some day.
We have attached some pictures of us doing the twelve yoga asanas because we know we will never be this bendy again. Plus Ruth is proud of her headstand and Femmy is proud of her sitting forward bend and we want to show off!
And below is just a little sample of our chanting so we never forget!
Hare Rama Hare Rama, Rama, Rama, Hare Hare,
Hare Krisna, Hare Krisna, Krisna, Krisna, Hare Hare.
Shree ram, jaya ram, jaya, jaya ram Om
shree ram, jaya ram, jaya, jaya ram Om.
Om namoh bhagavade, Visnu Devananda
Om Namoh bhagavade, agasta munuye namah.