Celebrating my grand baby, Aurelia's 1st birthday was well worth the two-18hour travel days and difficult jet lag upon my return to the Sivananda Ashram in the Bahamas. It was wonderful to spend time with my daughter, son in law and little Aura. She has a very happy and sweet personality. Now that she confidently walks, she is very busy exploring everything.
It was a fun trip!
My return was greeted with a warm welcome by those I live and work with here. My new room also awaited me. All it needed was some time and organization to get it out of the chaotic state that I left it, from the sudden move on the day I left for London.
I love the room and feel very grateful, as I again have a desk! It is a very nice room, with plenty of closet space and is very close to the bathroom/showers - all very positive in my mind:) I hope that I will be able to stay put until my inevitable move when I take the teacher training course in November. Then, I will be back to a tent hut.
The first night I returned was a big celebration and puja ceremony for Swami Sivananda's birthday. The festivities ended close to midnight, and I didn't get to bed until shortly after midnight - a total of 26 hours straight being awake.
I woke the next day with a very sore throat that progressed throughout the week into a dry, hoarse cough and no voice for a few days. I was paying for pushing my body beyond its limits.
Luckily Dr. Govinda, who often visits the Ashram, checked me out and assured me that my lungs were clear. I was given a prescription for an antibiotic if fever developed, which luckily, it did not.
I continued to work each day, but with no voice. Meetings became an interesting activity, with a creative solution needed since I could not speak to lead the conference call meetings. I asked another member of our team to lead the meeting, and I was in real time, constant communication via chat to give input and ask questions, etc.
I frantically typed at times to be part of a discussion before it ended:) It's the first such experience I have had, and it worked out pretty well. It was good to listen more also.
Silence (yogis call it 'Mauna') for me is not easy, but we are encouraged to practice Mauna every day for a couple of hours. I hadn't been practicing it, so I guess I got a large dose of Mauna all at once to deal with:)
This week our new catalogs were delivered and can also be seen in full online www.sivanandabahamas.org.
It is our team that creates the catalogs and also schedules all the programs for the year.
The start of our new season of presenters and programs begins in October! It is an amazing lineup of presenters and a rich offering of programs. I encourage you to check it out.
There is everything from a neurosciences symposium to a healing trauma program to juice cleanses, veterans retreats, yoga for stress and anxiety certification programs, music and dance festival and so much more.
I am excited to have the opportunity to experience many of the programs while I am here. There's definitely lots to learn and do in Paradise:)
Sending You Love from the Bahamas,🌞
Thank you for taking this journey with me!
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