There have been many that have extolled the power of yoga, and regretfully I have ignored that advice for over a year. Not any longer. I went to my first (of many I hope) yoga class this morning at 6am, literally out the back of my building in an open-air venue used for wedding ceremonies. As an aside, I have encountered multiple weddings since my arrival, apparently December & January are ‘good’ months to get married, so it’s been kinda neat to follow along with a wedding party’s procession through the streets. I really need to start to bring my camera with me every day, so sorry no photos! But I digress …. back to yoga.
Firstly, this is not anything like a yoga studio we westerners are used to. It’s freezing (open air and 6am in winter time) and the class is free to members of the community. It takes place every morning except Mondays, so now I have no excuse but to attend a few times a week. It’s nothing like the hatha yoga I have experienced on Bowen. We spent 15 mins warming up with a rather vigorous series of exercises, remember it’s COLD! Only then do we get into the yoga. All instructions are in Nepalese so I just snuck a look at the people around me and copied them. It was invigorating and I felt great after it – I think I will make this my morning routine! I am in bed early as it’s so cold at night-time (thanks for the warning Katherine D)so the early start should not be a problem. In any event it’s a sleep in compared to my waking time for my work at PHNIC! So if there is a lesson I have learned thus far, it’s to do more yoga and smile so others will smile back.
After another hearty breakfast (chapati & omelette followed by banana/apple & yogurt), I managed to catch the right bus and get off at the right corner on the road, walk up the hill to SIRC. I met the same kids along the hill as yesterday, so they now giggle and shout hello whilst I bid them namaste. Then their tiny hands come together in front of their hearts and bid me namaste, after which they break off into oodles of giggles again. Very sweet!
Yesterday on the walk down the hill to the main road, I was escorted by a group of small boys skipping along beside me grinning from ear to ear. The Nepalese are a happy bunch for sure, always have a smile on their faces. A lesson for us all for sure – if we smile more, then others will smile back.