Original Post Created on 13/04/2013 10:43
The last few days have been really intense. We have been continuing to start our day at 6am with yoga practice followed by pranayama and meditation. After breakfast we have been taking it in turns to teach our group until lunch-time. We finish off our day with a couple of hours kundalini yoga and then have more things in the evening. There has not been much time for anything but working, studying and sleeping. Really intense. It is now all finished though and the final afternoon is ahead of us.
Our taxi comes at 9.30am tomorrow morning to take us to the airport which is about an hour and a half away and we fly to Gatwick at 1pm. Hopefully we will get to Newcastle at 9.30pm and Mike should be waiting for us to take us back home. I am so looking forward to seeing him as a month is the longest we have been parted in 25 years.
How do we feel?
A little numb if I’m honest. It has been such hard work and quite an emotional roller-coaster. We have studied anatomy, philosophy, asanas. meditation, pranayama and much much more. I feel I have learnt a lot about myself and hope I will have changed a little for the better upon my return.
Andrew is full of the joys of spring (or in fact summer as it is really hot here now and I feel the pool calling before I get on with my packing!) He has changed both physically and mentally. He is taller, broader and looks more grown up. He says he feels more confident and that after this experience he can cope with anything now. He told me last night that he came to India as a boy and is travelling home as a man. I am so proud of him, he has really challenged himself by undertaking this intensive course and has never been found wanting. When I organised this trip I hoped that I would give my son a gift that he would carry with him all of his life, that would help him cope with the stresses and strains of modern living in the Western world. I think it has lived up to my dreams. On top of that I have had the privilege to share this journey with him. He is an amazing young man and I am so proud of him. What a guy!
Am I glad I came? Absolutely. It has been a trip of a life-time and I have learnt so much about myself. I am hoping that I will continue to use these lessons when I get home, get stronger and find peace.
I would recommend Sushumna Yoga Centre to anyone, whether you are looking for a yoga retreat or even just a bit of a break. If you are interested in taking yoga that stage further then this course is excellent, even if you are only looking to expand your own learning. It is challenging but this only makes it even more of an achievement when you reach the end. The team are very professional, the teachers excellent and Sonja has pulled together a really demanding and well thought out course. Well done to them all.
I hope you have enjoyed joining us on our adventures. Off now to pack and then dip in the pool before the final afternoon session.