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Day 2 - Kundalini Yoga Winter Solstice 2016

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.

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I got to get my hands dirty mixing tabouli in 5-gallon buckets. Now that was fun! And meditative. And not nearly as exhausting.

So much fun! 

So much fun! 

Nicks a champ! 

Nicks a champ! 

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. 

Pausing to gaze at the orange and pink sunset at Winter Solstice.

Pausing to gaze at the orange and pink sunset at Winter Solstice.

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. 

Tonight's kirtan band

Tonight's kirtan band

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Day 1-Kundalini Yoga Winter Solstice

I'm at a point in my life right now where I just don't see 3am anymore. It's way too late for me to stay awake, and it's way too early to rise. But, today at Winter Solstice, I saw 3am. On purpose. And surprisigly, it wasn't difficult to get up and get going either.  

Nick joined me at that sacred ambrosial hour for morning Sadhana meditation with a few hundred others. He may or may not have fallen asleep during the second hour of chanting. I don't care, at least he has an open mind and open heart to experience everything new in life. 

When we finished at 6am we immediately took a nap in our trailer officially making it the earliest nap I've ever taken.  

After our breakfast soup we met with our service team and began to make lunch right away. We joined a service team and received a hefty discount on admission. We thought it would be an awesome way to meet people and diversify our experience through service. 

I spent a few hours rinsing buckets of sprouts, peeling ginger, and melting ghee. Nick got his hands dirty mixing up enough tabouli in 5-gallon buckets to feed 700 people.  

Kitchen crew chopping veggies! 

Kitchen crew chopping veggies! 

I was really looking forward to our afternoon workshop with one of my all time favorite musicians Snatam Kaur. She's a devotional singer with an angelic voice you've probably heard in yoga class.

My fave Snatam Kaur album

My fave Snatam Kaur album

I've been a fan of her forever but haven't seen her live since 2004. The best part is that Nick is also a huge fan of hers and gives her peaceful music heaps of credit for his emotional healing after his accident. He would spend hours listening to her albums on repeat with headphones in the middle of the night when he couldn't sleep. She kept him calm and grounded, and now 5 years later he's getting to see her play live. Priceless! As an aside, I absolutely love to sit behind Nick at events like this. Sometimes I'll open my eyes a little bit and watch him sway to the music catching glimpses of his side profile as he's chanting away in a deeply meditative space. 

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Our evening class was none other than a lesson on foot massage. I still can't believe Nick wanted to go with me. The teacher was such a sweetheart and suggested I massage Nicks hands when it was his turn after he did my feet. Great idea and very relaxing for him. The class was packed, and the teacher and her husband made us laugh hard explaining how beneficial learning foot massage can be for wives who aren't in the mood so it'll put their husbands right to sleep.

Overall we had a very full first day at Winter Solstice. So many beautiful conversations and meditations. Sat Nam.

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