THE BEACH. PART 2
Where do I start? Well, first I made it. I am now a certified Ashtanga-Vinyasa Flow, Meditation and Pranayama teacher. 200 hours of back bending, sweating, studying, crying, laughing and well yoga, yoga, yoga. So I seem to be attracting my tribe with my vibe, as the saying goes as I once I found myself staying at a real life movie set, with a gorgeous cast of yogis from all around the world. We represented Australia, Poland, Germany, UK, USA, Canada, Greece, New Zealand, France, Spain, Holland, Ireland, and Norway. All of us brought together to experience a month of intense learning, not only of Yoga but of our true selves. Thrown into the deep end of learning, sharing, pushing boundaries, opening up, letting go, facing fears, twisting our bodies into inhumane positions, standing on our heads, we did all this whilst still trying to wake up every morning, smile and twist and contort our bodies again without attempting to run away. It’s a journey like no other that can only really be explained by experiencing it. I can say I meet a bunch of international beings who will always hold a place in my soul, as going through what we went through creates a bond stronger than any distance could ever break. However, one thing that can be explained is where I was. Kranti Yoga on Patnem Beach in Goa, India. Kranti Yoga is a yogi community, village, oasis, home away from home, sanctuary. It’s completely out of a movie. Split into two sections, Garden View and Ocean View. Both sections are surrounded by cute shacks that are found on beaches all around the world, these shacks are built around outdoor yoga studios. You can also find a tree house chill out zone, a common area where we all ate and chatted convincing each other that we could make it to the end. It's fully equipped with a laundry, a kitchen where the local staff produces three yummy vegetarian meals a day. The beautiful India staff work tirelessly day in and day out to keep all us tired yoga students happy. Now with all the different nationalities and temperaments, that is no easy task, even though we should be Zen with all the yoga. The two sections of Kranti are exactly what they are named, Garden view is built in the gardens surrounding the property and Ocean view is built right on the edge of the sand to the beach. There is even a Yoga studio right on the edge of the sand, so there are moments when the sun is setting over the ocean while you're saluting the sun and getting in the zone, moments like this can't be described only felt. Since I felt them first hand I can say that you're missing out if you never experience a moment like this in your life. Kranti Yoga is built on Patnem Beach with its rolling waves and perfect water temperature that in our lunch times and after class it became our personal massage therapists. The two sections of the commune are joined by a dirt path, that where on any day you can see a variety of cows, monkeys and the local stray dogs who love escorting you from one side to the other. It’s like being in the Jungle book. Kranti the creator, the Master, the Guru himself, is a smiling entity who presence was felt before you saw him by his charming positive energy that poured out of all his pores. Being the creator of this home away from home for us like-minded yogis, he created something that only script writers could dream of creating. What Kranti has created is a reality, and could not be made for TV. Now Goa I know is considered the Gold Coast or Miami of India but for me, this was a perfect introduction to India. Even though the beaches are similar to my home, Australia, we definitely don't have cows that hang out on the beach, with packs of stray but friendly dogs, ladies selling you homemade jewelry and massages being offered galore. Driving also is different, beeping isn’t a sign of road rage in Goa, it means I’m coming through or the past and I hope no one is coming the other way. I learned just to hold on, close my eyes and chant. Cows come to the restaurant at the same time each night for their feed, walk down the street, through the shops and stop traffic as they are scared. Monkeys come and watch you study yoga, they also are game enough to go into your room and steal your food and tease the dogs. Electricity also isn’t a given. It cuts out at anytime it wants and could be off for 20 secs or 20 hours, brilliant when you are trying to sleep and the humidity is 90%. Look India isn’t for the faint-hearted even though I really was only on level 1. However, I can't wait to revisit this wonderfully spiritual, dirty, moody unpredictable destination. But for me next stop is Kuwait!