Maa Yoga Ashram, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand: Yoga in the foothills of the Himalayas and on the banks of Mother Ganga!
Post in Progress!
The Morning Sun rises over the mountains of Tapovan, sitting atop the ashram-- where the sun god Ra takes a rest.
Monday, February 4
We chanted Gayatri Mantra today during afternoon session; it was wonderful. The cadence and rhythm built and built until there was a hum of energy surrounding me (us). My fingers tingled, and I felt love.
I brought my laundry into town yesterday. It's a drop off service and will cost around 400 rupees for my 1/2 load of clothes. Yes, that's wash, dry, and fold for about $5!
I had my first fresh Amla fruit yesterday! These ping-pong ball size fruits are also known as Amalaki or Indian Gooseberry. I believe they have the highest amount of Vitamin C of all fruits. There taste is hard to describe: good, but astringent maybe, sour, tart... appealing but not to all tastes buds. I have been eating Amla on and off for over a decade, but in the powdered form of Triphala and the sweet jam of Chyawanprash. I was so excited to experience the fresh taste of this rare-to-me fruit-- and the sour pungency of that first bite was definitely a surprise! Especially since it looks like a baby potato--which is exactly what I thought it was until that first eye-opening, taste-bud-startling bite!
Banyan Botanicals provides an excellent article with related scientific studies in the footnotes, for you Geeks like me! www.banyanbotanicals.com/info/ayurvedic-living/living-ayurveda/herbs/amalaki-amla/
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...meditating on the banks of Mother Ganges!