31 March, 2015

Journey to Goa / Voyage à Goa

Mumbai is the port of entry if you are on your way to Goa. The new Mumbai international airport is beautiful, and is a far cry from my first experience in 1988 (which I will happily describe to you one day!):


The city flashes by in an overstimulating bombardment of lights. If you look closer you will see all sorts of things...


But on your first visit, you may prefer to just let the beauty of the lights wash over you.


Or give Mumbai a miss altogether, and head directly on to Goa…


The Retreat Center I stayed at is unusual for Goa (which is usually very touristic and leans far more toward the 'Yoga Holiday' than toward the more 'authentic' ashram experience I had the good luck to find.


I chose the low budget, row houses -- which were perfectly fine.


Though I thought the cottages seemed very appealing with their pleasant front porches to relax on.


The food was fantastic! Indian vegetarian mostly, though they made some wonderful noodles the night I started to return to reality and thought of taking any photos. Clean, not too spicy but full of flavor, made with the best quality ingredients of the season.


If you want an ayurvedic massage, a consultation with their ayurvedic doctor, or a full week-long treatment, the facility is on the grounds and the doctor seemed very good to me.


In between classes, meditation sessions, lectures and Karma Yoga (service) (which I enjoyed doing in their lovely gardens), there is the 'Fake Beach' where you can chill, sun, read, snack and chat. Groups went down to the Night Market, the Flea Market and the beach during the week as well.


I preferred taking a stroll in the jungle nearby, where fresh cashews grow wild, and monkeys swing and swagger.


The center is entirely eco-friendly and is the dream child of its founder, Gyan. He has built it from scratch and brought in his colleagues from the Bihar School of Yoga to help him in running its year-round programs as the Center grows.

I look forward to sharing some of these experiences with you, and to introducing you to India, if you have an interest. I hope, also, to introduce you to Atma and Ganga (the lovely couple who taught the Chakra Workshop that you might have heard me mention). They, along with all of the teachers and staff at the Center, were helpful, knowledgeable and kind.


--
Ann


28 December, 2014

WINTER/SPRING
COURS COLLECTIFS / OPEN CLASS SCHEDULE:
lundi / Monday 12h30-13h45 - Hatha Flow, workshop series (M° Porte Maillot) by reservation
lundi / Monday 19h45-21h00 - Vinyasa Yoga, all levels in English (YYP, beginning January 5)
mardi / Tuesday 12:30-13:30 - Hatha Integral Yoga, all levels (M° Arts & Metiers, CYM)
jeudi / Thursday 10:15-11:30 - Hatha Flow, all levels (M° George V, PYS) NEW TIME!
samedi / Saturday 11:00-12:15 - Vinyasa Yoga, all levels in English (M° Ecole Militaire, YYP)


STAGES / UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

8 mars 2015: Equilibrium / Balance ce Deuxième dimanche
10:00-12:00, pour tous niveaux, 25€
en français/anglais, drop-ins welcome
à Espace Oxygène (M° Gambetta)
4 Impasse Cordon Boussard, au niveau 247 rue des Pyrénées 75020


10 December, 2014

Ellora Caves

From extraordinarily ornate and elaborate Hindu temples….


With more private spaces, like this quiet and hidden temple to Shiva…



As well as Buddhist temples where you can hear sound, not echo but pour through the arc of the space like a living stream...

Quiet and simple spaces for the Buddhist monks to sleep


To study, to chant and to eat

A place to root and grow...











All photos © Ann Moradian. All rights reserved.