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My Favourite Yogis in Rishikesh

Rishikesh is a little piece of heaven nestling at the base of the Himalayas on the banks of the holy Mother Ganges. It is known to be one of the most spiritual places in India and also referred to as the “world Capital of yoga”, and for good reason. From the moment you arrive in Rishikesh you can sense there’s something different about this place, a very special kind of energy resonates here. The Ganges flows through the centre of the town and on either side the banks are lined with Ashrams, yoga centers, cafes, jewelry and book shops, and places offering massage or other ayurvedic therapies. The great thing about staying in Rishikesh is that there is so much yoga to choose from, from Ashtanga to Iyengar to Kundalini to traditional Hatha. I’ve been to many different teachers in Rishikesh, but these are my two favourites… Surinder Singh (Hatha Yoga) My absolute favorite teacher is Surinder Singh… an inspiring teacher who teaches Hatha with an Iyengar influence. His yoga to me feels like an art …

Rishikesh – Land of the Sages

I am lucky enough to have been to India three times so far. I still yearn to go back and explore more, that’s what this magnificent land does to you. My first trip was back in 2008, and I went with my yoga teachers and a group of other students from the Jivananda Centre. I’m glad I didn’t go alone the first time, as it can be quite a shock. But now I feel confident to travel alone in India and actually prefer it, it’s such a spiritual experience and sometimes you just need the space to be alone with yourself. (The Mother Ganges river)  We spent one night in Delhi and caught the early train to the holy city of Haridwar. From there we travelled by taxi up to Rishikesh, often referred to as ‘the world capital of yoga’, and for good reason. Rishikesh is located in the foothills of the Himalayas, and embodies a very special kind of energy, you can try just about any kind of yoga and the town is abound with ashrams and …

The thing about Expectation…

Today I find myself in Mumbai International airport yet again, 5 months and 1 week too early. I arrived here exactly 3 weeks ago with the intention of completing a 6 month Advanced Ayurveda & Yoga course at a reputable institution in Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu) and ofcourse lose myself in yoga and meditation bliss. Things didn’t turn out quite as planned. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE India… this is my third visit, and every time I come I fall more in love with this intriguing  country. It’s like nowehere I’ve ever been before and yet feels like home. This time would prove to be a completely different experience. So, three weeks ago I arrived in Coimbatore, super excited and ready for my next adventure. I wasn’t expecting much from Coimbatore, it’s an industrial hub afterall and not the kind of place that attracts tourists. But I could handle that, I wanted traditional teachings passed down through direct lineage taught in an authentic environment – I had even prepared myself for the cold showers. The …

India!!!

(Photo: Mike Matas) User-Interface Designer, Mike Matas puts together a collection of stills (3000 that is!) of his 30 day trip around India, covering 2000 miles. Beautifully done. Check it out: Journey Across India video I will heading back to India in June this year for a 6 month stay. This makes me want to go to now!