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Day Fifty-Nine: Experiments in Seeking

"Yoga is the practice of tolerating the consequences of being yourself" 
-Bhagavad Gita

This past week has been a challenge in feeling normal energy levels – I’m talking tired and ready for a nap by noon kind of energy levels, and that’s all BEFORE doing yoga of any kind. Dr. Harsh told me to get some blood drawn to check on my iron levels, which will hopefully get to the bottom of it (the growing pains of a vegetarian yogi maybe?). In the meantime, we switched up the daily morning routine this week to test out other yoga schools, as the date to sign up is inching closer and closer.

Yogi Kamal of Tattva Yogashala, the school we've got our eye on. Doesn't he look like Prince?

Yogi Kamal of Tattva Yogashala, the school we've got our eye on. Doesn't he look like Prince?

We decided to start making breakfast at home, something I’ve definitely taken for granted since leaving New York. Breakfast consists of Wylie’s famous ghee and coconut oil-based pour over coffee and my new favorite mix of mango, pomegranate, mixed nuts and two hard-boiled eggs. Following breakfast, we take a 40-minute walk over to Ram Juhla on the opposite side of town to explore a new ashtanga class. Imagine as you flow through your asanas and as you come into cobra, the floor to ceiling windows reveal glimpses of cows drinking from the Ganga River while Indian children run around butt naked beaming in the sunlight.

Tools of the trade

Tools of the trade

Mmmmmmm gimme coffee!

Mmmmmmm gimme coffee!

So healthy and simple AND cheap

So healthy and simple AND cheap

As the week wore on, so did my body. As fate would have it, on Friday we took the motorbike out to Osho Gangadham, the center that we visited the week before to get a feel for the ashram and its particular style of meditation. I had no idea what I was getting myself into, but in no coincidental fashion, our visit overlapped with a workshop aptly called “Path of the Mystic” taking place that night and following day. Sure, why not?

Words of Osho

Words of Osho

In the course of one evening and morning that began with loud expressive wailing outside our room at 6am (which we found out later were the sounds of a private group doing dynamic meditation), something cracked open in me and all the energy that had gone missing from the week came pouring out. The exercises were intense in what they stirred up and the very specific music that accompanied them. Friday night had us doing kundalini, dance, and third eye activation. Saturday morning had us on dynamic meditation and chakra therapy – all with many chai tea breaks in between to keep our bodies warm and comforted. Trying to remember exactly what happened would be like recounting a freshly baked psychedelic experience, so hopefully these sketches will give you a glimpse into the surrealism of it all…

Back in my drumming days, I used to dance before getting on to the kit. This exercise reminded me why movement is everything, the ultimate warm up.

Back in my drumming days, I used to dance before getting on to the kit. This exercise reminded me why movement is everything, the ultimate warm up.

Let me remind you, this began at SEVEN am

Let me remind you, this began at SEVEN am

Highly recommend this one

Highly recommend this one

Rational understanding is just a very superficial understanding. Become more existential. If you want to know about love, it is better to go into love than going into the library and consulting what others have said about love. If you want to meditate, rather than going into the books and learning what meditation is all about, go directly into meditation. Feel it, enjoy it, enter into it, allow it to happen around you, allow it to happen within you, then you will know.
— Osho, "Yoga: The Path to Liberation"
Super easy exercise to get all your chakras moving and energized

Super easy exercise to get all your chakras moving and energized

Ashram garden is looking pretty good for the wintertime

Ashram garden is looking pretty good for the wintertime

My first ever ashram experience came and went just like that. What lasted less than 24 hours felt like days of energy and emotional release working itself through me and shedding off layers of old growth. We left the center before noon and made our way over the nearby waterfall to rest in nature and drink up the fresh Himalayan breeze. The mountains must have caught on to what we had experienced only several hours ago and decided to help us purify our bodies in the cold natural springs.

Winding our way up the Himalayas in search of Neer Waterfall. Found some mountainside locals enjoying their Saturday morning.

Winding our way up the Himalayas in search of Neer Waterfall. Found some mountainside locals enjoying their Saturday morning.

Made it!

Made it!

Going in for the kill

Going in for the kill

We ended the night completely refreshed and relaxed at Ramana’s Café for my favorite: pizza and movie night—no amount of third eye activation will ever satisfy quite like that. 

Tiffany Wen