October 31, 2008
October 30-31, 2008 – Panchakarma Day 7-8 – Just a Lazy Day
Yesterday was a quiet day compared to the few days which have just past, and I guess it was needed. I had my treatment, massage and sirodhara (oil on forehead) which I very much enjoyed this time, contrary to the first time. The doc gave me some tips about how to get the maximum benefit and pleasure from the treatment. Went to the internet as usual and then thought to go straight home to rest, but at the last minute jumped on a rickshaw and went to visit my friend Vivek who I hadn’t seen yet since I arrived. We had a pleasant visit, him showing me his new laptop (and lots and lots of family pictures) and his new digital camera with great pride. His family life is back in order and he looks happy and content. I stayed for awhile and then really felt tired. Went back home, had some fruit salad, and then rested the rest of the afternoon and evening. Reading, writing , playing games and finally, before going to sleep, watched a movie for the first time since last week. I watched “Ocean’s 13” which was pretty stupid but fun to watch and that’s all I needed. Slept well and I am now on my way down to today’s treatments but had a few minutes. I will not send this off today, but will combine it with today’s events in one post tomorrow.
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October 30, 2008
October 29, 2008 – Panchakarma Day –YESTERDAY’S MOTORBIKE ADVENTURE
Just a quick note about my treatment today and then the story of yesterday’s second (and last, at least for now…Shevach has gone home) motorbike adventure
Today’s treatment was just a massage, some tea and kitcheri, but apparently it was a very deep massage, like the first one, and I’ve been pretty much resting the whole day. Tomorrow is massage and Sirodhara (dripping on the forehead) again
Me the Biker
And now, to yesterday. After Shevach had his Reiki treatment the other day, he said he would really like to take one last “spin” before heading home, and would I like to join him. Of course I said yes. First he thought of Hardiwar for shopping and puja, but as it was during Diwali, it would have been crazier than usual, and we passed. I left it up to him to decide what we would do. I really didn’t care where I would be going, as long as I was on the bike again. I’ve taken a really good video (yes, I held the camera while speeding along at 80-100 km/h on the back of a motorbike…all the pics in this post were also taken like that which is why they don’t look particularly good…the day was also hazy with almost no visibility so basically none of the magnificent mountain views could be seen when we got to the top…anyway
- Me and Shevach
– I cannot upload the video until I get home, but the pics are here)
OK. So, he told me we would be going for a ride of about 2 hours up to the area of Uttarakashi to a Durga Temple at the top of the mountain range. Sounded lovely to me…
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October 29, 2008
October 27, 2008 – Panchakarma – Day 5 – VOMITTING!
A FUN EVENING WITH NEW FRIENDS –AND JOB OFFER
I am writing this 2 days after it happened as the last two days have been extremely busy and beautiful and I’m not sure I will remember everything but will give you some idea what has been going on.
To finish up yesterday’s day, After I had already posted yesterday’s entry, I went up to see Shevach and found him with another nice girl from Israel, and they had just gotten back from a ride up to Mussorie. They said the town was nice and the trip was lovely of course…I was jealous that I couldn’t have gone with him, but of course I was not available in the morning when he went. As we were talking two other lovely girls who were traveling together for 1 month also joined us, and then, Nandu, the owner of the Swiss Cottage who is very friendly with Shevach, came up to visit since he had invited Shevach downstairs but he didn’t go, so he came up and brought a bottle of whiskey with him. We began talking and he asked what my plans were. I told him I was doing a month of Panchakarma now and he asked if we could beging working together at the spa afterwards, and I gladly accepted the offer. I had already offered Shevach a Reiki treatment and Nandu told him I was really good and he should accept my offer. (which he did in the end)
The guys then began talking and in the end, the evening’s activity consisted of Nandu summoning his barber to come up to the room’s terrace where we were sitting to give Shevach a shave and haircut before he went home. In the end he shaved Read the rest of this entry »
October 26, 2008
October 25, 2008 – Panchakarma Day 3 – MOTORBIKE ADVENTURE!!
I woke up this morning feeling really good. Headache gone, energetic and ready for anything. I even noticed a difference in my joint movement during my yoga practice and this is after only 2 days of panchakarma. Who knows what will happen after 28 days!
After breakfast, while waiting up at my room to go down to my treatment, the guy I mentioned yesterday, Shevach, came up to say good morning. Said he was looking for me yesterday since he went on his bike to Hardiwar and thought I’d like to go, but yesterday I was really not up for anything anyway, so just as well. But we made a date to meet today at 1:30 after my treatment and he would take me on his bike up to the mountains.
I then headed off to Dr. Arora, and today had again a lovely massage, by both Devi and Manju…seems to be the regular thing now…both of them working on me…and then a treatment I don’t remember the name of but a kind of herbal mask was smeared acrossed my lower back up to my kidney area and then hot oils were dripped over it and massaged gently in. This was extremely comfortable and relaxing. Then I showered, had my tea – no ghee today – and my kicheri. While waiting for my tea and kicheri, Dr. Arora mentioned that he had a headache..didn’t sleep well at night…bad energies from dreams keeping him awake. So I offered to do Reiki and he was willing. After less than 10 minutes Read the rest of this entry »
October 25, 2008
October 24, 2008 – Panchakarma – Day 2
I slept soundly last night after a dinner of steamed veggies and 3 chapatis (fairly boring as I am not allowed potatoes, cauliflower or cabbage, so all that was left was carrots and string beans!). But is was satisfying with the chapattis and lots ghee and didn’t feel hungry when I went to sleep. Watch and episode of “House” and fell to sleep early. I felt a mild headache beginning but thought perhaps I didn’t drink enough, so drank more water and went to sleep. I awoke at 3 AM…that’s when I saw the lovely moon in the pics I posted, as I was cold and needed to close a window. Slept through till morning, woke with a headache still, did my meditation/yoga/pranayama, and went down for breakfast of porridge with my regular soaked raisins, prunes and almonds added. Spoke to an interesting guy named Shevach and eventually found my way down to the clinic.
Dr. Arora asked how I felt, and told him about my headache but also how extremely exhausted I was yesterday when getting home and he instructed Devi to
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October 24, 2008
October 23, 2008 – PANCHAKARMA BEGINS
I decided to begin panchakarma immediately as it lasts for 4 weeks and I prefer doing it before the weather gets cold. It is simply easier not to have to be bundled up in layer sof clothing and then lay naked in a cold room as Idid last time. It is also better not to do it in the winter, and Dr. Arora would not do it much later and I didn’t want to wait until February. I am pleased that I began today and will be done before the end of November. He has written out a daily program for me and if there is anything interesting to write about, I will, but will keep the coming posts general…more for my own reference than anything else.
Today I had a full checkup and according to Dr. Arora, I am generally in much better shape than I was last time he saw me. This is true. As a matter of fact, this is the very first time I have come to India (or returned home for that matter), without finding myself ill. My general health has been good the past number of months despite changes in weather, moving to a new flat, working, hectic times with family etc. And several weeks before leaving, I asked Verma, my Indian doctor in Israel, to prescribe something to keep me from getting sick from the pollution during my stay in Delhi. He gave me something to take prior to leaving which seems to have Read the rest of this entry »