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Mysore to the Mountains

Clare Nicholls

The Colour and the Chaos

Mysore to the Mountains

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ISBN 9781781327739

Published Apr 2018

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229 x 152mm (300 pages)

Yes, some people came to watch me, standing way back or squatting and talking in hushed tones. No one seemed offended, no one mocked; most people just seemed curious. It was one of the most profound asana practices I have had. I felt for that time completely absorbed in the movement of my body. I really was held by the universe and I understood and felt peace. // When I concluded my practice with pranayama and meditation I felt such contentment. I sat with eyes wide open looking at nature framed by stone and there was nothing beyond my breath and the stillness of my mind.

India: colourful, chaotic, historical and multi-layered. With an acute eye, affection, humility and curiosity, Clare’s journey around India from Mysore in the south to Ladakh in the Himalayas is described in a way that interweaves the myths, values, beliefs and landscape of this extraordinary country.

As a solo woman traveller, Clare’s adventures range from learning yoga in an organised shala to practising on her own in ancient temples; using local buses to negotiating with rickshaw drivers; exploring cities to the secret caves of Ellora and the temples of Hampi; and beach time in Goa to volunteering at the Students Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh. This engaging first book shows the reader many of the facets of India, and how a woman alone can experience the cultural, spiritual and everyday life of India today.

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