Empty line-ups, warm water, plentiful waves, turquoise waters and long sandy beaches. Sound like the ideal surf trip? It did to me. I learnt about surfing in India a couple years ago from a surf video featuring Ishita Malaviya, known as “India’s first professional female surfer.” The peeling waves looked super fun and perfect for my longboarding love – surfing in India became one of those little subconscious goals that sits at the back of your brain until the right time comes….
Over two weeks ago I left the Sivananda Neyyar Dam Ashram to explore Varkala. I had planned to stay for their full 2-week “Yoga Vacation,” but ended up cutting my stay a couple days short. It’s been really nice to have a bit of time to reflect on my experience before writing this post. At times it was quite intense and tiring, but overall I really enjoyed my Ashram experience there. By reflecting on my own experience hopefully I can provide a bit of insight to anyone else interested in going to a Sivananda Ashram….
Wow! I can’t believe it’s been over a month since I left Vancouver Island and flew to Kuala Lumpur. I had the best intentions of updating my blog weekly, but alas it wasn’t meant to be. The server I use blocks many Malaysian IP addresses to decrease hacking, but also makes it very difficult to be a traveling blogger. Since being in India, I’ve had better luck accessing the blog, so hopefully I can update on a more consistent basis (and catch-up on some older posts).
I’ll start off with a post about one of the places I visited most recently: Varkala. Varkala is a much-famed beach town on the South-West coast of Kerala, India. After hearing a lot about it from other travelers, I thought it would be a good place to go and relax after being at the Sivananda Ashram for 12 days (more about this in my next post). Many of the guests at the Ashram thought the same thing – so it was really nice to see some familiar faces and meet-up with friends too.