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Grace’s Indian Yoga Retreat Experience

After landing in in Delhi  (our first stop), we were immediately swallowed up by the madness of the city. The colours, the smells. Traffic rules didn’t seem to exist, other than to try and avoid the cows whom share the road with the other vehicles and are a sacred animal in India.

Delhi was to be just a stopover so we could take a day trip to the Taj Mahal in Agra.After hearing mixed reviews about the Taj, we were unsure what to expect. Was it going to be an anti-climax? Would it be a tourist trap?

The latter was correct, however nothing prepared us for the beauty of what we saw when the sun rose. Such a peaceful, breathtaking and calming experience. The positive, happy vibe of the Indian people radiated. It truly was amazing.

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After spending 3 days in Delhi, we then made our way to Goa for some yoga. My friend wasn’t taking a course, but was just going to practice some yoga and enjoy a holiday in Goa.

Day one, My alarm went off at 6.30 and I was up and in the shala for my first practice- 2 hour Ashtanga primary series, followed by an hour of pranayama and meditation before breakfast.

Having not practiced a lot of Ashtanga prior to this, I was shocked to learn that the teacher had removed all of the vinyasas, but would reintroduce them within a few days. In 34 degree heat, I didn’t know how I was going to make a 2 hour practice but afterwards, the prana that pumped around your body outweighed the doubt in your mind prior to taking the class.

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Puja / Fire Ceremony

After our vegan breakfast, we then had a Puja fire ceremony, where we were welcomed into the community by Hare Krishna’s. What an experience. We danced, sang and laughed. Everyone equal. Everyone at the same stage.

Going forward, we would have teachers training workshops, philosophy lessons, anatomy classes and technical workshops for the rest of the day after breakfast. This would be my routine for the next 3 weeks.

The first week flew by in a blur. It’s crazy how you go through so many emotions. Some days you feel strong and proud of your achievements, some days you feel weak and useless, as if you’re going backwards in your practice, then the anger and frustration comes in, as the ego takes over. All of these feelings are apparently natural and part of the learning process.

I then unfortunately contracted the dreaded ‘Delhi belly’, which completely wiped me out. I was gutted and angry that it had happened to me. This experience was something I’d been waiting for for so long and here I was holed up in the room.

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Lessons Of Yoga

In the end I had to accept being unwell was out of my control and I had to trust the universe that perhaps the timing wasn’t right for me at this moment in time.

I may not have quite made the full 200 hours, but being unwell taught me one of the most important aspects of practice- being kind to your body and listening to it. It helped me practice compassion and understand something that we all seem to struggle with in the western world- yoga is not a competition. It is called a practice as we are always learning.
My physical practice took a back seat but it allowed me to read lots, think lots and really delve into the spiritual side of yoga which to me personally is the most important aspect.

Sunil had said to me ‘you’ll start learning after you have completed the course’ and he was so right. My journey is only just beginning…

We look forward to hearing more of Grace’s experiences in India 🙂

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My Yoga Story

A guest post by Yogini Jill

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Thursday Night Yoga Is Here

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Ideal for Beginners and those new to Yoga

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£8,000 raised in one day of Sun Salutations

The power of giving shines through Yoga and this was beautifully demonstrated recently by our little group of Hertfordshire Yogi’s. Continue reading £8,000 raised in one day of Sun Salutations

Monday Night Yoga In Hertford

Mondays 8:15pm until 9:15pm

After months of looking for the right location I’m pleased to inform you that Yoga classes will now be available on Monday evenings in Hertford. Continue reading Monday Night Yoga In Hertford

5 golden rules for cultivating your Sadhana

This post is for those of us that LOVE our Yoga practice. For the obsessive ones that might travel a distance to make a class, will try any type of yoga and still take something positive from it, who after a day of not practicing start to feel strange.  Continue reading 5 golden rules for cultivating your Sadhana

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If you landed here because you were searching for meditation classes in Hertford – you’ve probably read or heard of meditation as a means of relaxation, improving mental health or even productivity at work. Don’t worry this post isn’t going to be about how meditation can make everything in your life better, instead I’ll go into some detail on the type of meditation that you can expect when you come to Yoga and Meditation at the Mill Bridge Rooms, Hertford. Continue reading Learn To Meditate in Hertford

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Yoga Hertford: What To Expect

This post is based on the most frequently asked questions that people email me about. It will help give you a quick breakdown of the general things you can expect when you come to Yoga Hertford.

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Yoga Weight Loss

Yoga for weight loss has been a recurring theme of late, after the fifth person this month asked:

“Can Yoga help you lose weight?”

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What is Kundalini?

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How To Advance Your Practice: Yoga Hertford

If you are new to Yoga Hertford you probably have a lot of questions like; what is yoga? Or what are the different types of Yoga? These types of open questions are a useful device because it means we keep an open mind as we practice, that’s super important. Continue reading How To Advance Your Practice: Yoga Hertford

Is Yoga bad for you?

Yoga can be bad for you if you have an preexisting health condition and through the practice of certain positions your condition becomes worse. It is the role of the teacher to keep you safe. There has been a lot of research into Asana (Yoga postures), and with the guidance of Osteopaths and other body work specialists there is no reason why anyone’s health should be compromised when practicing Yoga. Continue reading Is Yoga bad for you?