Week 3 of Ashram Life

This week started off with a huge Hindhu festival called Kavadi.  We were expecting 20,000 people to attend, but we think the numbers were closer to 10,000 and it wasn’t as crazy as we thought it would be.  However, there was definitely still some crazy things, like the hooks in this man’s back:There are strings attached to the hooks which another man holds on to when they dance.  These men dance for 4-5 hours in a parade of a chariot around the temple.  The man have been preparing for this event in advance with meditations, fasting etc. so that they enter a trance on the day of Kavadi and do not feel pain and do not bleed when the hooks are inserted.  You can see them dancing in the photo below:

The festival was full of food, music, worship and pretty saris, so here are some more photos:

And while there is much more happening at the Ashram (not including 4 hours of yoga, 1 hour of meditation and 6 of chanting and lectures daily) and in my practice, I will just share a few more photos for now, perhaps some stories next post.

I will have better photos when my camera arrives this week, these are just from my phone.  Onto the final week of my life in the ashram, I can’t believe I’ve been here for 3 weeks and while one week seems short, I have a feeling some of the hours of these 7 days will feel like forever.  Bring on Scorpion pose.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Kat on July 23, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    amazing. is that you in the headstand pic in the yoga hall? it’s gorgeous.

    can’t wait to see all the pictures and hear all the stories!

    xoxox

    Reply

  2. Posted by Don Harris on July 23, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    very cool…I guess U’ll come back as a new person.

    Have Fun

    Reply

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