Preparations for India

As I prepare for my trip to India, to study at the Ramamani Iyengar Yoga Institute in Pune, I am inundated with advice from all quarters as to what medicines to take, prevention against illness and disease and advice about safety, eating, drinking etc. I am very grateful for all the help and advice! The important thing is to take precautions and use common sense without become paranoid and letting the fear of getting ill over-ride the experience of being in this wonderfully vibrant country not to mention the opportunity to study at the “mother ship” Institute of Iyengar yoga with the Iyengar family.

So I have been taking extra vitamins to boost my immune system, probiotics to boost my digestion and ecinacea to prevent me getting sick from the plane travel – it’s a bit of a monster trip as I am first flying to the States to train with Manouso Manos, then back to London to connect with my sister Hannah before we both fly to Mumbai and finally meet our driver that we booked through Roots and Wings for the 2 hour drive to Pune and our accommodation.

While in Pune, I have my homeopathic anti-malaria tablets, my grapefruit seed extract, again for stomach bug prevention, a good mosquito repellent for the skin as well as a plug-in for night time, hand sterliser, some Immodium (thanks mum), aspirin and good old Lemsip. Last time, in 2014, I lived on Lemsip and almonds for a week when I had a bad chest infection and totally lost my appetite. The Lemsip helped me to sleep through the night and was a comforting reminder of home.

As before, we will stay for a month studying and learning as much as we can, absorbing as much as possible and connecting with friends old and new from all around the world. These blogs will be updated weekly so you can keep up with news and stories from our time there. Hope you enjoy reading!

Rachel at the Iyengar Institute in Pune, India
Rachel at the Iyengar Institute in Pune, India