I’m on my way to India to do a Tantra Yoga Teacher Training and It’s going to be epic!
On new years day 2014 I headed to India. As a female traveling alone, and this being my first trip away from Canada, I have to admit I was pretty nervous. I planned to spend 4 weeks at a Yoga Ashram in Galgibaga Beach, Goa, India (Shri Kali Ashram). Seeing as yoga originated from India, I figured it would be the best place to learn!
Tantra Yoga Teacher Training
Honor and Cultivate yourself
8:00a.m. Wake up, personal hygiene, and tea
8:30a.m. Traditional Ayurvedic Walking Massage
(Exchange massage to prepare the body for āsanas)
9:15a.m. Morning āsanas
(A compact set of āsanas designed to integrate relaxation into life/Practicums mid-month)
10:30a.m. Prāṇāyāma and/or Bandhas
(To optimize your internal system)
12p.m. Rest and Study Time
(Culture personal growth and study/relax and rejuvenate your whole system)
1:00p.m. Lunch and Interpersonal Communication
(Engage and grow in the community as you develop your abilities to honestly interact with others)
2:00p.m. Rest and Study time
3:30p.m. Tri-dosha balancing āsana series
7:00p.m. Shower, Dinner, Social Development
(Participate freely in developing skills to interact honestly in the group dynamic setting)
8:00-10:00p.m. Lecture, Satsang, Goddess worship/Puja, Sanskrit chanting/study
10:30p.m. Personal hygiene and sleep
**All Wednesdays are free days.
For a solid month, I had such a balanced and peaceful time doing Tantra Yoga. I really enjoyed the chanting classes we had at night, where everyone got together and sang out of our comfort zones like we were in a tribe. Puja goddess worship was a very beautiful ceremony I was always excited to do. If you ever get the chance to experience such a ceremony, it is something to remember. I loved the 2x daily tantra yoga sessions, a chance to make my body the most limber its ever been with my stress-free month. Learning the Sanskrit language was very interesting as well, a language that has been around for so many years, and has such beauty when written in its alphabet. Ahimsa, the word below has been a tattoo I wanted to get since I went to India.
The food at the ashram was absolutely delicious, made daily by local talented Indian ladies. Breakfast was always delicious papaya, poorage and tea. Dinner was usually something like the meal below; green beans, tempura greens, daal, basmati rice, assorted vegetables, black beans, etc. Meal time was always my favorite, it was when everyone got together, hung out and talked about life 🙂
Shri Kali Ashram was a GREAT yoga ashram that I would definitely suggest to anyone wanting to do a course in India. It is based a 20 minute scooter ride away from Palolem but far enough away to be a nice quiet location where we could just hangout in serenity. The scooter rides to Chaudi/Palolem/Patnem/Etc were something I always looked forward to. Roaming the free open road all alone, dodging cows/chickens/wild dogs… India is just a magical place. A time I had a love/hate relationship with was when the wifi went flat at the ashram, it was an uneasy way of forcing myself to stop checking up on what everyone else is doing. I soon began to enjoy the serenity of not looking at a phone so much, even to this day I feel so good whenever I shut my phone off for a day.
If there’s anything funny I remember about my stay at Shri Kali Ashram, is the random coconut falling off the trees and landing on my steel cabin roof scaring me awake, to the wild dogs that would chase us down the street as we went for a jog, and I cant forget about the daily the roosters reminding us that its time to wake up. I can’t forget about yoga on the beach, and watching the sunset over the Indian ocean.
When I decided to go to India, I wanted something very different from the western world. That in fact is exactly what I got, a very different, yet magical and spiritual journey through a new country. India opened my eyes to have faith and trust in the process. Let life unfold as it will, some days will be bad days where we must learn a lesson or feel uncomfortable for the day. Some days we won’t be able to take the smile of our faces, but that is what life is, a roller coaster of experiences, lessons and memories. If an unfortunate event happens in your life, it is a lesson or mountain we had to overcome in order to learn something.