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11-Feb-2010

Mantras et Madeleines

Je t'aime Kundalini

In the height of summer the streets are warm, almost sticky. The humidity makes you wonder how many times you need to shower just to cool down. It's late July and the sounds of the bustling city – along with the sweet aroma of the local patisserie – remind me I am indeed in one of the most romantic cities in the world. But I am not in Paris for long.

Two hours south of Charles De Gaulle airport, I find myself in the middle of a lush green forest. I climb the steps of the chateau, reporting for duty at 3HO’s European Yoga Festival, and am greeted by a grandiose chandelier and great, winding staircase. Over the next days, the heat brings out the quiet city of tents popping in the dense countryside, like bubbles in a boiling pot. Seemingly overnight, more than 1300 yogis arrive from all over Europe, more each starry morning as we gather for sadhana at 4 a.m. in the dewy grass.  

In a climate of so many cultures, instructions in each class take a few minutes, so that the six translations can be delivered. What a feast for the ears! Altogether there are more than 30 languages spoken here, but I feel right at home, especially when we begin chanting mantras together. It truly is a global family, I recognize all at once, as the sound current sweeps us up and away in one unifying wave. Later, with mantras still playing, I go lie down on the soft green by the lake and let the music lull me into a much-deserved nap.

Haridass Kaur
Adventurist, Retreat Guide, Travel Enthusiast, Lover of Life
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Raghubir commented on 12-Feb-2010 06:34 AM5 out of 5 stars

I love your travels and I love how you write about them!

Fannie commented on 12-Feb-2010 08:43 AM4 out of 5 stars

What a wonderful experience! This proves how globally connected we all are.

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