Yoga Teacher Training Begins - Day 1 of a MonthFirst let me apologize for the coming month as I go through Yoga Teacher Training here in the very top NW corner of Thailand where the border intersects with Laos and Burma (Myanmar). In case you didn't know, this is the where the notorious Golden Triangle is or at least where it used to be. Where drug-lords grew, opium, smuggled it and fought with government forces for decades. Long lawless and dangerous to visit, it is now peaceful and tourist friendly.
I flew in from Bangkok to Chiang-Rai yesterday and then took a shuttle ride into the mountains. Hard to describe how beautiful and amazing it is here. Long views of the valley and perched on the side and top of a commanding hill. The Jungle is just alive and totally verdant. It breathes. If you listen carefully you can hear distinct rhythms in the sounds it makes. There are also rhythms within the rhythms building into crescendos and then beginning again. Pic below is the reflection in the window of my room from the veranda. Views of the valley beyond are magnificent.
|Reflection in the window of my cottage/room.|
|The veranda on my cottage. Amazing views of the valley beyond|
|Coy pond - some sizable lunkers lurking around in there.|
|Looking out on the valley beyond from the terrace complex in the resort part|
|View from the amazing Infinity Pool - very refreshing in the heat too|
The practice area at the Ashram is this wonderful covered outdoor platform/temple sort of structure. It's where we'll be spending the vast majority of the time. Sorry I don't have pics yet, but will what I can do as soon as I can. Meanwhile here are a few more..
|Some of the stuff you find in the jungle. Guessing WWII vintage, but who knows.|
|Place is full of wonderful little details, flowers, plants, sculptures etc.|
|Still need a name for my fuzzy little mascot here...|