I have finally arrived in Rishikesh, after a 7.25hr flight (very comfortable might i add with Jet Airways) and a 7.5hr car journey to Rishikesh…i left at 10.20pm Milan time, arrived at 9.25am Delhi time, and arrived in Rishikesh at 7.30pm!
My 200hr Ashtanga Vinyasa Teacher Training course starts tomorrow, Sunday 5th October, at 5pm.
So far, my initial thoughts on Rishikesh are great…where we are, swargashram, is just by the Ganges river, there’s a hustle and bustle of motorbikes, endless honking, people everywhere, cows, cow dung and monkeys! Ashrams everywhere, so many! As well as the endless little shops on either sides of the street, holy men walking around, music playing…it’s so alive!
I’m going to my first ashtanga vinyasa class today at 5pm taught by Yogi Kamal Singh….overlooking the river and tomorrow i decided to get an ayurvedic massage done – 300Rs for 1hr & 10mins.
I’ve also come across a lovely cafe to eat, Moon Dance cafe i believe it’s called, will double check and let u guys know…an ondulating set of metal stairs lead you to the restaurant, a big terrace…and they serve everything, and i mean everything…from american/british breakfast to mexican, to nepalise & tibetan food! I had some Nepalese food which was delish and just 120Rs.
The best exchange rate i found was 1 euro = 66.50Rs
and just to give u an idea of costs, here are a few i remember:
Nepalese lunch 120Rs
Ayurvedic Massage 300Rs
Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga class 300Rs
1 bottle of water 20Rs
internet 20Rs/hr – skyping 40Rs/hr
Taxi ride from Delhi airport to Rishikesh 3,000Rs
I will try to upload some pix and i’ll give you feedback on the yoga class as well as tomorrow’ ayurvedic massage! 🙂
Christiane has been practicing yoga for over 10 years. Her yogic journey began in 2000 as a student of Swami Nirmal (now at the Satyananda Centre in London) at the Fitness First gym in Kensal Rise, London. She experienced various teachers in different Fitness Firsts in Central London and around Clapham Junction before changing gyms and meeting Alexa Kho at LA FItness in Piccadilly Circus, London. Christiane attended Alexa's Anusara classes as well as her workshops.
In January 2011 she enrolls in a 200hr Vinyasa Flow Teacher Training course with Rebecca Ffrench at YogaLondon. Vinyasa Flow is a modern form of yoga that comes from Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and follows Sri K Pattabhi Jois. She quickly become passionate of this discipline and wants to deepen her knowledge; this brings her to meet and attend many workshops with Stewart Gilchrist, Shiva Rea, John Scott, Danny Paradise...all very famous teachers around the world. Being in the presence of such teachers is a significant experience for Christiane, in terms of her yogic journey, personal transformation and growth as well as understanding of yoga.
After 11years in London, she moves to Milan to deepen and continue her journey. In Milan she teaches privately (1:1 and group classes) as well as in various yoga and dance centers. Milan is where her love for Ashtanga Vinyasa deepens and grows, bringing her to attend workshops with Lino Miele, Sharath Jois and most recently Kino MacGregor...all original students of Guruji, Sri K Pattabhi Jois. All of this culminates with a long awaited and long overdue trip to India, the birthplace of Yoga. Here Christiane deepens her practice and knowledge of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga by doing a 200hr Ashtanga Vinyasa TTC with Yogi Kamal Singh at Tattvaa Yogashala in Rishikesh India. After the monthlong course, her travels take her around India practicing with various other world renown teachers, namely with Sri V. Sheshadri in Mysore and with Rolf and Marci Naujokat in Goa.
In 2013 Christiane decides to embark on yet another yoga adventure, this time in Aerial Yoga! The course was divided into two weekends: level I in April and level II in June, after which she becomes a qualified Aerial Yoga teacher.
Teacher and student of yoga, writer, adventurous soul, creative mind, curious world traveler & lover of the outdoors. Current HQ: Milan, Italy.