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Every day, it starts in silence till 10am. After 10pm, it's in silence till 10am the next day. We start at 630am for 2.5hrs of asanas and end at 930pm with breakfast and lunch in between. I woke up daily at 515am (was actually surprised I could do so 😬). Slept at 945-1030pm and spent the free time studying or practicing. .
From Day 1, we were taught to serve one another first before we looked after ourselves. That meant, pouring for your fellow yogis water first before you filled your glass, clearing plates for one another, taking only what you needed to eat. Food was so delicious and we had to control ourselves and not take more smoothies or overnight oats than we needed..
We ate, wrote and did things with our left hand (or less dominant hand). Reason behind this - to do things with mindfulness. I got really comfortable eating with my left hand and I can write slowly with my left too. When we got sloppy with being on time, Dylan went military style so we had to do plank holds, running etc if we were late, by the minute 😂. I got ticked off once for giggling while we were centering in and saying the ohm..
We did meditation and pranayama daily. My favorite was walking meditation outside in the cold, barefooted. I saw the dewdrops hanging delicately on blades of grass, inhaled the freshness of the morning air, felt the damp grass beneath my feet as I slowly walked across the fields in silence. That experience was unforgettable. Once, we looked at another person straight into the eye just thinking of love and guess what? I found out that if you do it long enough, you'll land up crying. We chanted mantras 108 times around the mala till the sheep looked at us as though we'd gone mad. We did various pranayamas out in the cold and indoors. We meditated before practice and I had to learn to still my mind..
We cried as we bonded and shared during Satya circles, prodded each other as we struggled to stay awake after 2.5hrs of asanas, lunch and listening to anatomy and philosophies. We studied together during our breaks or helped each other with handstands. We made friends and built bonds.