Tea for two and waterfalls too

Today is day release! We go on a day trip and we are off to a tea plantation. The 1 1/2 hr trip brought us back through the busy windy roads that brought us here and then up and into the hills. The last part was very windy and narrow and I wondered how the…

I think my chakras are clogged

The song freak by muse is resonating in my head whilst I try and breath through the pain of sitting cross legged and completely still during meditation. You know the line, “what the hell am I doing here, I don’t belong here”. It’s short lived as a chipmunk joins us for class and starts shrieking…

Day 1 – Prison routine

We are woken up at 0730 by a gentle ringing of a bell outside our rooms, we are quite keen and eager as it’s day one, so we rise immediately, get dressed and head down to our first yoga session. We all quietly choose a mat, one at a time, and sit down ready for…

Introductions – my spirit name is Blackfoot

As I sit down and cross my legs in the yoga shala for our first gathering, I look at me feet and I’m immediately drawn to the fact that I have what looks like black marker pen on my feet in the exact same pattern of my flip flops. What the F, how has that…

Follow the yellow brick road

Outside the station we were met by our driver and swiftly joined the queue of traffic to get out of the station. I asked if it was quieter than Colombo and the guy replied, no traffic same as Colombo. Bugger. He didn’t lie, it was just as busy but here there are only single carriageways,…

Train spotting for beginners

We arrived at a crowded Colombo train station, eager to jump onto our train to take us up the mountain. We were greeted by a rickety, rusty old train with no doors and only some windows. Panic did not set in as I know that we had paid for first class tickets! When I contacted…

Ready, steady, tuk tuk race

Waking up this morning in a luxury apartment was very nice but I am fully aware that this is not what the next week is about, or at least I don’t think so. We rise early, get showered and head out for food. There was a nice looking cafe on the corner when we came…

AirBnB and what to have for tea

I’ve always been a sickly child when it comes to car journeys, whenever we went anywhere in the car, grandad would always carry bottles of water to wash down the side of the car after I had thrown the contents of my stomach down it. Hell, I’ve been know to make myself feel sick when…

Planes, taxis and noise cancelling headphones

I was unsure whether to pack my noise cancelling headphones or not, I don’t really think they are in keeping with a yoga retreat. What is even less likely to be in keeping with a yoga retreat, is murdering a small screaming child. I packed them. Having never flown with Qatar airlines before I was…

My name is not Hannah and other things that keep me awake

It’s 0503hrs and I’m awake, that’s pretty unusual for me, I do like to sleep. It wouldn’t be unusual for me to be up very late due to my fear of missing out syndrome but early mornings, they don’t start until 0600 hrs. My heart is thumping through my chest and I’m trying to get…

Chapter 1 – Yoga Prison

In 3 days time I fly to Sri Lanka for my first ever yoga retreat (something I have started to rename “yoga prison”). As I stare at my empty bag and a massive pile of yoga clothes I am starting to wonder how this happened. In August 2018 my husband (my fiancé at the time)…