We were going to wait to study Yoga in the North at an Ashram.

It was supposed to just be a drop in class when we visited Swami Shiva Nand Jee’s class on Patnem Beach. We followed the painted fabric yoga signs to a tranquil hut behind Mountain Palms Restaurant. Three and a half bamboo thatched walls enclose a yoga studio. Large beach mats lay over the sand with rows of yoga mats facing centre.

Swami Shivan Nand Jee

Many people are intimidated by the photos of our instructor pasted on the walls. His body is contorted in all directions. Legs over his head, postures where he is shaped like a pretzel. He’s not going to make us do that is he?

Swami Shivanand is a master of yoga. We has won national competitions, he is a high priest and his Guru has sent him away to share is knowledge and message of peace.

Yoga is something that I have practiced on and off at home. I always went to class for the workout though. Bikrim (hot) Yoga has been my practice of choice.

The west has adopted and accepted yoga with open arms, but we have lost the spirituality along the way. This is something that we are learning from Shivanand Jee.

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