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Nov 8, 2011 - Ayurveda Care

Ayurveda is a holistic healing science which comprises of two words, Ayu and Veda. Ayu means life and Veda means knowledge or science. So the literal meaning of the word Ayurveda is the science of life. Ayurveda is a science dealing not only with treatment of some diseases but is a complete way of life. Ayurveda is an Ancient Holistic medicine practiced 5000 years ago in India. "Ayurveda treats not just the ailment but the whole person and emphasizes prevention of disease to avoid the need for cure." Ayurvedic Medicine has become an...

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Feb 24, 2011 - Kovalam - last day in India

Kovalam was reported to be a touristy sea side resort - there is some truth in this but it is not touristy in the way parts of Spain are for example. It is very quiet here as is most of Kerala and Rajasthan despite being tourist season. We have walked up and down the small beach several times. There is an interesting mix of western tourists lying on sun beds getting a tan (or going red in most cases) and Indians who do not sunbathe but promenade up and down the beach, fully clothed and paddling in the water. That is much more our style too....

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Feb 22, 2011 - Sad to Leave Ashram

We left the Ashram today with mixed emotions. It would be easy to stay with the routine, the simplicity of the monastic lifestyle and the lovely people we have met but the thirst for new experiences in us both means we are ready to move on to the next part of our amazing journey and return to the strange habit of eating with cutlery. We donate our yoga mats to some friends and get our exit pass. The taxi journey to our next destination: Lighthouse Beach Kovalam is a repeat of many we have described earlier and we check into Hotel California...

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Feb 21, 2011 - Monsoon Rain and Power Cuts

The days start to blend into one another with the routine taking over as we make friends and chat between chanting, yoga, meditation and lectures. Today we tried gentle yoga which turned out to be slightly different but not that gentle. A full on storm with monsoon rains arrived and before long there is a power cut that lasts through the night.

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Feb 19, 2011 - Beware the animals

After a few days at Sivananda Ashram, we are now getting into the routine of things here and the routine of getting up at 5.20 for 6am chanting and meditation for 1.5 hours is a little less difficult. Tea at 7.30am is always welcome but after sitting cross legged John has a back pain and now has to go into a 2 hour yoga session. We make the mistake of emptying health hut bins (very heavy) as part of our Karma Yoga before going to a talk by a lovely if possibly slightly mad Russion woman on Vastra Architecture. At 12.30 we go to the health...

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Feb 18, 2011 - Visit to Lion Safari Park

Although we still had to get up at 5.30am for Satsung, Friday is the one day that we can escape from the Ashram as it is Free Day. Our plan was to visit the Lion Safari Park. We can see the sign for the Lion Safari Park from the Ashram and can even hear the lions roar when we do our yoga by the lake. Only the huge lake sits between us and the lion park. Amazingly though, no-one in the Ashram seemed to know how to get there. We asked around 10 different members of staff including those on the Information Desk but each one gave totally...

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Feb 17, 2011 - No cutlery

This was a busy day for us: up at 5.20am, chanting meditation and prayers at 6.00am and the same routine as described yesterday. 7.30 tea break. 8am two hours of yoga. 10am meal in silence cross legged eaten with right hand, distressingly sloppy. 11am Karma Yoga (i.e. doing work around the centre) we are allocated bin emptying. We empty bins into a shallow pit then local Indian staff put this into bags. 1.30 tea break, 2pm lecture. 3.30pm 2 hours of Yoga. 6pm Sloppy meal in silence with added problem it burns fingers as it is hot. 8pm...

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Feb 16, 2011 - Ashram - Neyer Dam

After several relaxing days in Varkala,today we woke up early and packed to go to the Ashram and then had a lovely lazy breakfast. Imagine the best breakfast you ever had: the smell, the taste, the feeling of contentment and that everything is right with the world. We then lay on a hammock outside of our room watching the sea, with the warm sun on our faces and a gentle sea breeze rocking the palm trees in front of us, listening to the waves crashing on the beach. Our driver arrived early and clearly had no idea where we were going, a bit...

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Jan 2, 2011 - Coimbatore/Fort Cochin/Varkala

Overnighted at Coimbatore, a rather dusty industrial-type town to enable us to get the train to Ernakulam then a ferry ride to Fort Cochin. Took Ali and Joe to the shop we (kinda) accidentally bought our carpet from last year - guess what - they bought one too!! Stayed for 3 days thank God, we'd just done 5 days of moving and felt a bit ragged. Nice little Portuguese influenced town, fairly clean and not too many touts. Next night was our big treat - a rice barge/house boat - had a fantastic time just cruising the Kerala backwaters, gazing...

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Jun 25, 2009 - Trivandrum

Today we saw all Trivandrum had to offer and the state's capital city did not dissapoint. We saw a beautiful zoological garden with a very wide variety of animals and reptiles. In the same area, there was the Napier museum and a nearby Palace. While on the tour of the Palace, we saw a live filming of a Regional Tamil movie. Pascal, to his dissapointment, tried to work his way into the movie and was denied. Towards the end of the day, we stopped at the beach and saw the Indian ocean.

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I Love India 2009

May 10, 2009 - Trivandrum to Kanyakumari

Welcome to the last entry of our nearly 2 1/2 months in India! We spent two nights in Trivandrum, where John's in-laws live. By the way, those of you who were in IVCF at UT, you may remember John. He later married his high-school sweetheart, Preethi, and some of you from Hope Chapel in Austin may remember the two of them (from many years ago). So these are Preethi's parents in Trivandrum. We drove from Trivandrum, passing the beautiful beach at Kovalim, seeing an interesting mix of tourists with local fishermen. We then spent the afternoon...

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May 8, 2009 - Thiruvella and Kerala backwater cruise

As so much of Kerala's geography involves water - a brackish fresh/salt water combo that varies depending on the tides and the season - a major Kerala hi-light is a boat tour or cruise through the backwaters. We took a short boat tour with John and some of his family, and it was cool (well, warm and humid, but really cool, nonetheless). John told us that when he was a child, most of the homes along the water were simple huts, but now a huge percentage are larger and made with more permanent materials. The reason for this has to do with...

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