May 21, 2018
Bouncing Back into Yoga in Rishikesh
Location: Raahi The Travelers Nest (hostel), Tapovan (village), Tehri Garhwal (district), Rishikesh (city), Uttarakhand (state), India
Yoga at Haari The Travelers Nest Hostel
After my dust-induced ailment in Kathmandu, I have not been able to resume my yoga. But with a spacious yoga space in Haari hostel and my resurgent strength, yoga was once again in the works. First session was with Cecilia (from Germany) and Ai (from Japan), both fellow guests at the hostel.
Theoretical Cornerstone for the Practice
Since both of them were relative beginners, it felt more important to establish the foundational cornerstone for their practice - asana all the way to their safety edge, synchronizing breath with movement, mindfulness of body sensations, intention of what we want to accomplish in the asanas, and lastly, stilling the reactive mind. The session wasn't about doing body contortions but more about applying those principals in the simplest of poses.
Initially, my classes were entirely free and it lasted sometimes for 2.5 hours, depending on how the students can cope. At some point, I accepted donations - it was still a free class though, but those who wished to donate, can. The donation part addressed the awkwardness of those who attended daily and felt they had to give back something. For me, it was a blessing in the face of dwindling cash flow. It all worked-out for everyone.
This class began a series of daily classes where hotel guests (and non-guests) can join from 6:15am to 7:45am - 90 minutes of asana, pranayama (with nauli) and finishing off with meditation. Sometimes, it could be a class of 8 (it was a small hostel), and when they all left for other destinations, I would do a self practice. The important part was to be on the mat.
I am hoping that after Rishikesh, everyone who attended my classes can still default to the 5 basic tenets of the practice as they deepen their yoga - safety edge, breath, awareness, intention and the equanimous mind. All those elements can still be factored-in regardless what kind of yoga they do or who is teaching it.
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Next stop: Ganga Aarti (devotional fire ritual) at Parmarth Niketan Ashram
Rishikesh (city), India
Travel Tips for Rishikesh
- During the cooler season when any of the hugely popular gurus or babas visit to give a satsang, eg. Prem Baba, Mooji Baba, all rooms are fully booked from Rishikesh to Hardiwar!
- short power outages frequently happen during the day
How to get to Rishikesh from New Delhi by bus
- Bus - take the Metro Yellow Line and get off at Kashmiri Gate. Exit the station from Gate 7 and enter the ISBT building - this is the bus terminal. Go down one flight and go to Platform 14. This is where you buy the bus ticket and board the bus. A/C bus, INR 454, 6 hours. You can take the 10:30pm bus and arrive 5am in Rishikesh.
scam alert! - over the ticket counter, the guy may verbally charge you INR 765 - this is usually the online price of the bus ticket. But I looked closely at the printed ticket, and found the price at INR 454. I demanded more change! The guy knew he's been discovered and gave me back the rest of the change.
You will arrive in Rishikesh at Adarsh Gram. To get to your hotel, travelers usually share a tuk-tuk (called Vikrams) for INR 10-20/passenger if shared. Since I arrived 5am, there was no one to share so I ended up paying a negotiated INR 150.
Travel Tips for India
- e-VISA - visa on arrival is no longer done. Tourists should apply online for an e-VISA. Tourist e-VISA for 60 days = US$51.25 (including surcharges, non-refundable). NOTE: e-VISA is only honored in 25 designated airports and 5 designated seaports (Cochin, Goa, Mangalore,Mumbai,Chennai). You CANNOT do a land crossing using an e-VISA.
- US$1 = Indian Rupee (INR) 67.18
- nearly every food served is spicy...there is no escaping it
- other travel destinations in India
- always good to have an Indian SIM. It's handy to get wifi in some cafes
General Travel Tips
- avoiding scams - as a general rule, I ignore the touts or anyone I don't know who call out to me. The calling comes in many forms - "Hi! Where are you from?", "Excuse me! Excuse me!", "Where are you going?". I don't look them in the eye and I remain non-verbal with them. If you reply to them, you just gave them an 'in' to hound you. In order not to look rude, I smile and wave the 'not interested' hand to them, without looking at them.
- power bank - hand-carry your power bank. Do not check it in. You can be called in when you are already inside the plane to go all the way to the loading dock so you can personally remove the power bank...and chances are, you'll have to surrender it to them. And you might delay the plane departure!
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