The Ashram in Prayagraj in Maharashtra is the place where a yoga master is supposed to teach.
In many places around the country, you’ll find similar yoga retreats, but few are as prestigious and expensive.
But for many of us who find yoga to be a joy and a source of strength and happiness, we can’t live without it.
For the past year, I’ve been living in Praysag, a town in Maharashtra that’s a part of the state of Gujarat.
It’s an Indian-run school of yoga called the Ashram, founded in the 1930s.
When I was a student there, I had to attend classes at the same time as other students.
This is a place where there are no classes for women.
We used to be taught to sit in the courtyard and do our best.
We were taught how to bow.
We had to make a lot of noise, like we were making a song.
Then we would play with the balls and hold it.
Today, there are about 100 students and all the teachers.
Today the yoga master says that if you come here for your first class, you should do the yoga for 15 minutes.
If you come for the second class, there is a little extra practice for 15 to 20 minutes.
There is no class for women here.
So the teacher is there for women, too.
He’s a very gentle person.
If a woman comes, he’ll teach her a few yoga moves.
It can be challenging, but he teaches you things that you might never have thought of.
But in my case, the teacher taught me a lot.
I felt like I was being given a life lesson.
Now, I go to the school every year and go to class.
I feel that my body is stronger, I feel a lot more connected to my mind, I get more energy and more focus.
I do yoga because it gives me strength.
In the past, I would have done some exercises like sit-ups and sit-downs.
But now I do them because I feel so much more connected with my body.
I also use yoga in my daily life.
I try to go for 10 minutes.
But it’s difficult.
There are many places in the country where you can do yoga for less than five minutes.
Sometimes, there’s no one in the yoga room.
I don’t know why.
I think I’m very lucky that I have this place that I’m able to go to.
The teacher was a very kind and caring person.
I was very happy.
I have no idea how I could have gotten here.
I know that if I come to this school, I won’t go to a bad place.
My friends and I used to go there.
Now we go there for the teachers’ retreat, which I have to do every year.
My father came here when I was about nine years old.
He was a good teacher, so I was taught by him.
We came from different families, so there was a lot going on in our lives.
We would go to different places and have different activities.
I had my first class with my father, and we went to a mosque.
The next morning, he was crying.
It was a moment of weakness.
I used a lot to cry, but now I feel more calm.
I learned to walk after that.
When we were living in Gujarat, we used to walk for five hours on the roads, and sometimes we used the bus to go shopping.
Now I feel like we have walked for three hours, but we used it only for shopping.
We’ve used it for walking to and from the mosque, and it has been really good for me.
Now that I am a teacher, I can do this.
I am happy.
The teachers at the Ashrams teach many things, including meditation and yoga.
I learn to meditate by doing yoga.
And if I feel weak, I will meditate.
The Ashrams are very open.
I can go and meet with the teachers every week.
I want to learn the different forms of yoga.
Sometimes we will do yoga in the room.
It is a wonderful place to study yoga.
If I have a problem with something, I ask the teacher.
I’ll do yoga, and then I will do some meditation.
I get so much energy.
I’m in the process of getting back to normal life.
Today I was with a friend and she asked me to sit at the kitchen table.
I started thinking, What is this for?
Then I sat down.
There was no need to sit, because I already did yoga.
My friend is very busy, so it’s a good way to meet.
I just want to see her face when she smiles.
I thought, It’s not for her to look at me.
But then she smiled and said, I’m happy to meet you.
Today is the first time that I meet my mother.
She has gone to the Ashraums regularly.