Our second day at yoga camp was incredibly fulfilling for both of us despite being bad yogis and deliberately skipping the Sadhana meditation at 3:45am. The extra sleep undoubtedly helped us make the most of the rest of our day and we didn't feel guilty at all.
We got straight to work in the morning on our service crew making lunch. Nick knew how badly I didn't want to stand over the hot stove stirring melted ghee so he took my job.
I got to get my hands dirty mixing tabouli in 5-gallon buckets. Now that was fun! And meditative. And not nearly as exhausting.
After lunch I left Nick while he was napping outside of our trailer to head out to the lake. At first I couldn't bring myself to get all the way into the cold water. The sun was tucked behind one of the billowing clouds so I grabbed a kayak and decided to go explore instead. I floated along the hundreds of lilly pads around the perimeter sprinkled with beautiful blooming white lotus flowers. I worked my body temp up to the point that the frigid water was actually refreshing when I got in. I haven't swam in ages so I took my time to savor the way the cold water tingled on my skin. What a gift!
Then we went to one of my favorite yoga classes I've been to in a very long time. Jai Dev Singh taught with the musical accompaniment of his wife Simrit Kaur. Oh my Guru!
"Getting Intimate with the Infinite" was such a powerful class, I just totally fell in love with them. Her angelic voice, his grounded and masterful presence, hundreds of people breathing and moving. So many challenging yoga sets, trying to keep up, being reminded that this is all just a mind exercise.
And then the rain came. It rained, hard, during a 22-minute chant of Wahe Guru. I had to get up off my pillow, step outside of the tent and turn my face to the rain. Still holding my hands over my heart, still chanting in the doorway, feeling the earth below my feet, and the rain soak through my clothes. It was magical. It's only day two, and I'm already experiencing magic.
3 days of White Tantric begin tomorrow. I'm nervous. It's going to be intense. But I'm really looking forward to feeling what comes to the surface as we work through the exercises.
At the end of the night Nick and I enjoyed 90 minutes of kirtan while sipping yogi tea. I'm in my element and trying to soak up every moment.