Sivananda Yoga Retreat - Paradise Island
11.12.2010 - 22.01.2011 21 °C
Back in Paradise at the Sivananda Yoga Retreat… (I'm currently writing this blog entry from back home and it is a bit of a challenge to get back into the mindset, but here goes…)
First and foremost, I must admit that none of these pictures were taken during my RTW trip. I didn't take my camera out a single time while in the Bahamas this December, so the pictures are either from my trip in 2008 or from my TTC earlier in 2010.
So after a quick stay in Seattle, I arrived for 11 days of relaxing at the Yoga Retreat. Normally, they ask a few quick questions at customs, but as the guy could see that I'd already been there twice in 2010, he just stamped my passport and waved me through. From there, leisurely taxi ride to Mermaid dock where I got to take a boat across to Paradise Island.
Getting onto the boat, seeing the beautiful blue waters of the bay and Paradise bridge, it felt like I was home at my home away from home in the Bahamas and a smile crept over my face.
I stayed in a tent hut, which is basically a large tent in which they set up up a bed with a mattress, as well as some furniture and electricity which can be used for a lamp as well as to recharge computers, cell phones etc…
After checking into my tent, I made a b-line directly to the beach and just stood there ten minutes getting my feet wet and staring at that beautiful horizon of blues. It was good to be back. After that, I headed back, noticing that they'd finally fixed the beach platform and headed to the kitchen to see some familiar faces - and ended up volunteering for a while to prepare the evening meal. I would return several following afternoons as it somehow felt right to be there. It was great to see Radha again as well as see other familiar and new faces.
The next day, I started off with a morning yoga session on the beach platform given by Shanti. I hadn't had a proper asana class since I left India. It was great to have a good proper yoga class with other people given by a good teacher. The wonderful view onto the beach and the sounds of the waves breaking on the beach didn't hurt either!
Later in the day, I went for a swim. Unfortunately, the water was rather turbid making it difficult to do any interesting snorkelling and of course, it was colder than it had been in May. What I didn't realize then was this was going to be one of my only two swims the whole time I was there as the weather took a turn for the very windy and cold by Bahamian standards with 30 mile/hour winds and temperatures falling as low 12C at night.
So… I spent most of my time there reading in the mornings after asana classes and helping out in the kitchen in the afternoons. While there, I got to hear a few evening concerts given by Karnamrita Dasi. It was great to chill in a familiar and relaxing place. I loved just walking up and down the beach. It was blissful!
I also took an introductory course of Thaï Yoga Massage. This was a bit of a mixed experience as on the one hand, it was only 3 days long, for a total of 12 hours which is very short and I felt the course wasn't very detailed as a result - not to mention it occasionally flew in contradiction to what I'd learned at Wat Po in Bangkok, home and birthplace of Thaï massage, but on the other hand, led to people being able to give competent massage after only 12 hours.
But as most things, my time in the Bahamas came to an end and I flew back to Kingston to see my family and friends I hadn't seen in 6 months.