Imagine this… waking up to the sun piercing through a small window in your tent, as another stunningly unique day dawns in a place you’ve never been before. Shuffling out of the cosiness of your warm down sleeping bag, you find yourself undoing the zipper of your tent to reveal a world so fresh it literally takes your breath away.
It’s another day in the Himalayas, and your yoga mat is waiting for you!
As you wander over to the loosely arranged cluster of mats placed carefully to find the flattest surface in a terrain not known for flat, you find the colour that resonates this morning, and settle into warm up stretches, as the others also wander over casually. Its too serene to rush and the scenery demands you take time to breath it in. There is so much to take in that a gentle approach to feeling into the grandeur is required… much like breathing into a pose that requires total focus and clear attention.
It starts to make sense, actually… Yoga and the Himalayas go hand in hand, as if they were meant to be experienced together.
Easing into child pose with eyes closed, taking a few deep lungfuls of the good stuff, it’s easy to forget, for a moment, just how startling it is to open up the visual senses. And then, just when it seems safe to move forward into a gentle cobra stretch, breathing in the crystalline air and bringing the gaze forward, one is again startled by jagged peaks as they burst back into existence, set against a sky so blue its hard to imagine they haven’t been touched up in Photoshop. A few more breaths, then pulling the hips up into a downward dog, eyes close for another moment of reprieve.
Some time later… no one seems to be counting, someone yells out… Breakfast!
The smell of bread being freshly toasted on the hot coals of the smouldering fire only enhanced the anticipation as Gene, the gentle giant of yoga, gently but firmly worked everyone into a warm and limber condition. How good does it feel to feel this good!
Organic fresh eggs, muesli, porridge, home made jams and the afore mentioned toast are waiting as we bound up the slope to the breakfast “table”. Actually, its a couple of boxes with a cloth on top dressed up with ornate Tibetan carpets spread on the ground on either side. It wouldn’t matter if we were eating at the finest buffet in India, we could not feel more luxurious than we do right now. Organic healthy food in an outrageously healthy environment, our bodies tingling from being expertly stretched… it really is hard to imagine that it could get any better than this.
But then… I wonder where we’ll wake up tomorrow?
Full details about the next Himalayan Yoga Trek available here: http://yaktrak.com/package/hyt15a/