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after spending a week in an ashram in the north, i was curious to see what others were like. i received a recommendation for one in the south and so as soon as i landed in Trivandrum i was off to expereince another week in solitude and contemplation, or somewhat solitude. the ashram was located in neyyar dam, which is about 30km north of the city and is pretty off the beaten path. its set on this beautiful lake and is probably one of the most tranquil places i have ever been to. i was lucky that it was off season, so there was only about 50 or so people there, but i hear it can hold around 300, which to me seems pretty intense. this ashram compared to the one in rishikesh, was much more strict.
the rest of the day was filled with lectures, karma yoga (aka...chores) and time to contemplate how you ended up here. we then ended our days with another afternoon session of yoga and before bed another hour of mediation and chanting. by the time lights rolled around at 10:30, i was exhausted and also amazed at how much i accomplished in one day. i had only planned on staying for 3 days but that turned into 6. i was sad to go, but realized that if i wanted to see anything of the south i had to move on. i do understand how people can spend months there. it's a place where you can finally slow your life down and start to think about what is important, focus on the present and stop trying to live in the past or be consumed about what the future will bring.