We made it!! which isn't as easy as it sounds. I won't bore you with all the details surrounding catching and travelling by bus, suffice to say we won't be rushing to do it again. Trains and taxis from here on in - plus, we won't make the schoolgirl error of turning up, at night, in a strange place without the address of where we are meant to be going nor a phone or internet between us!
The welcome at the Ashram has so made up for it though. First impressions of hospitality etc. are outstanding. As welcome tonight though is my bed! We start our first 'lesson' at 7.00 in the morning.
Up at 6.30 for first class, meditation for an hour. Immediately followed by an hour and a half of yoga - very hard. All this before breakfast. curried vegetables, chapatis, cucumber and watermelon. Next first 'consultation' which was emotionally tiring, then lunch. Another curried vegetable concoction. A massage like no other followed lunch, more yoga, then dinner and bed - exhausted.
This day I discovered is then repeated with slight variations. So day two we walked to a beach to do our meditation and on day three we are doing some sightseeing after lunch.
The toughest bits so far have been the yoga, particularly the pressure on wrists and arms. I recognise I have a lot to lift before anyone comments! Harder still is getting used to the food. it's all organic and freshly produced in line with a healthy detox and like at home equates to lots of food you wouldn't normally eat, and don't particularly want to.
Now for confession time: Less than 48hrs in, me and Jaquie decided to 'break out'. We dipped out of the afternoon yoga class early when everyone had eyes shut with chanting and concentration and went into the village for coke and a sandwich. We were back in time for dinner, but strangely enough found we weren't that hungry!
One final thing to confess before I get some well needed sleep - we are smelling!