A cool breeze touched my face. I heard a voice from afar, “Have a smile on your face, slowly move your hands and legs, stretch your body…” It took me a moment to realise that was Dr. Selva Meenakshi, who was guiding our yoga session.
“We have successfully completed our first day of fasting” I was lying down in the yoga hall at college and it was the second day of fasting.
Chanting Omkara, we opened our eyes, looking into our palms, as instructed. The time was 5:30am, and sky was making arrangements to welcome the sun. Relaxed and feeling fresh, we headed towards our hostel to finish our morning rituals – oil pulling, brushing teeth, taking enema, washing clothes and bathing. Beaming and bouncing, we were back in college by 7.35am. The green grass with a blanket of dew drops over it was too tempting; we threw our bags and slippers in a corner and ran onto the lawn. Aah, the feeling of walking barefoot over wet grass! Nothing could be better. Except perhaps the juice we got immediately afterward!
Dr.B.Venkat Rao’s words “Drink your solids and eat your liquids” echoed in our ears as we enjoyed every sip of the juice. Like yesterday we were told to rest till 12pm. As soon as we finished our juice, we went to the terrace just to sit and do nothing. Some of us meditated for a few minutes.
On the way to the OPD later, we found some red seeds on the ground that looks like some gems. We collected as many of the seeds as we could find, and in the meantime, we donated our blood to mosquitoes. The mosquitoes here aren’t any ordinary mosquitoes. They’re wild mosquitoes. You have to see them to understand what we’re talking about. They simply huge!
After the sumptuous meals we ate yesterday, we were on a raw diet today. We had a plate full of vegetables, fruits and sprouts to eat for lunch. Remember yesterday I told you we were hoping to eat mango today? Well, unfortunately, no mangoes today. 🙁 We did have some bananas though. That’ll have to do for now.
After lunch, we got our gossiping sides out as we sat and discussed our future plans, whether we are planning to study further after BNYS, if we would set up an OPD, a hospital, conduct yoga class… finally it ended up with a discussion about the ideal character of a partner! One of my friends said that she wants her partner to be big hearted. We assured her that we will try and find someone for her with cardiomegaly! (That’s a medical condition where the heart becomes enlarged. Not to poke any fun at the condition, but we couldn’t resist teasing her.)
By juice time, I could feel my acids flowing, and we had a glass of lemon honey juice. We were all energetic and active, but starting to get bored of the juice! I wonder how easily we cant last for the next eight days, drinking only lemon honey juice…
The highlight of the evening was volleyball on the terrace! It was a risk, I know, but being the monkeys we are, we had a great time bouncing the ball around. There were people playing cricket, meditating and gossiping.
Until now, we’ve been having a great time. We’ve bonded well as a class. We took our time over dinner, because it was the last meal we are going to be eating in the next few days. We chewed every last morsel, like a meditation.
We’re eagerly looking forward to the next few days. Bring on the detox!
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