My first today was to be a part of the audience at the Yogashakti ashram in Queens, NY as several members of our yoga community shared about their recent trip.
Sue and I attended the Sunday morning yoga class per usual and then prepared to hear the tales of our fellow yogis.
The ashram is one of several as part of the Ma Yogashakti international mission. There are additional ashrams in Florida and in India.
In early March, 31 people joined our guruji, Mokshapriya, on a 15 day visit to India. Sue and I were not able to make this trip, so we followed along via their frequent posts on Facebook.
Our friends visited several of the iconic sites such as the Lotus Temple, the Taj Mahal, the Golden Temple. They participated in in celebrations on the banks of the sacred Ganges and experienced the full array and diversity of Indian life and culture.
Midway through the presentation, we enjoyed a vegetarian potluck where we shared more time with our friends.
A visit was made to the fellow ashram at Haridwar, where the group participated in aarti – a ritual performed in early morning & early evening and got to practice yoga in this studio. They spent quite a bit of time in the tour bus, each day started with ritual Indian chanting to set the energy for the trip.
They also visited Rishikesh, a holy city at the foothills of the Himalayas alongside the Ganges.
A visit was made north to Dharamshala on the edge of the Himalayas. The photos shows our yogis with their winter gear on as temperatures were in the 30s at that altitude. Dharamshala is home to the Dalai Lama, where he lives in exile, and a community devoted to preserving Tibetan culture.
There were many other stops & events they participated in and I could write for a day on all I learned from them. They all were gushing with energy over having made this trip of a lifetime, and their collective presentation inspired the rest of us to ensure that we’re on the next trip.