Yoga Ashram and How To Complete an Organic Gastro Cleanse

Erin Shows the Way!

Yoga?  Check.  Meditation?  Check.  Organic Gastro-intestinal Cleanse?  Um, check.  Yup, we did it all during our 6 day/6 night stay at a yoga ashram and we’re still standing with a few good stories to tell, too.  My in-laws are going to get the biggest kick out of this one, that’s for sure.  So, Rick and Deb, this one’s for you…

Thanks to generous wedding gifts, Erin and I were able to “check in” to Sadhana Yoga Ashram in Pokhara, Nepal.  Perched on the side of a mountain, the 5-story orange, purple and white behemoth is pretty hard to miss, even from town center.  With killer views of Phewa Lake below and delicious organic vegetarian cuisine, it felt like we were at a serious health retreat.  After the good, healthy living with loads of exercise we had during the Annapurna Circuit trek, we had slipped into some well-deserved indulgences.  Comfort food, room service, beer o’clocks and whiskey combined with a steady diet of loafing around and getting caught up on internet became part of the daily repertoire in Pokhara.  It was time to clean up our act again and we intended to do just one thing while at Sadhana — get healthy.

The Daily Schedule

5:30 – Wake Up to Gong (so cool)

6:00 – Pre-meditation Practices

6:15 – Morning Meditation

7:00 – Tea Time

7:20 – Yogic Cleansing (Neti Pot)

7:30 – Morning Yoga

8:30 – Morning Walk

Group Shot During Morning Walk

9:45 – Breakfast

10:00 – Steam or Mud Bath

Schneids and JV Gettin' Dirty

12:00 – Pre-meditation Practices

12:15 – Afternoon Meditation

1:00 – Lunch

3:30 – Karma Yoga (Chores)

4:00 – Tea

4:30 – Chanting

5:30 – Evening Yoga

6:45 – Dinner

8:00 – Bedtime

Day 1 is the Toughest and Our Experience

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Kneading Thailand

A rainbow of tropical fruits, decoratively sliced with a scalloped-edge knife, gleam from their bed of ice. Road side carts all specialize in their famous Thai cuisine, be it skewered chicken satay, sweet banana rotee or salty fish cakes. Tuk tuk taxis zip tourists through street meat smoke clouds toward glowing, golden temples and outdoor clothing markets.

A fun-loving local dresses Jason from items in his store!

Buddha statues, constantly fed and maintained, live in almost every building and home’s entrance, welcoming all gusts with a scent of incense.  In this kaleidoscope of Chiang Mai life, it can be difficult to choose what to do next, but one tradition can not be missed. It is advertised on signs hung on every block, in all corners of the city. Thai massage reins. Continue reading “Kneading Thailand”