|Fort Cochin traditional fishing nets|
Update 15-11-2013: Although I had a really nice time practicing yoga with Sajee a very dear friend of mine and an experienced yogini had recently a very negative personal experience while having some private classes with him. For that reason I no longer recommend his classes
I didn't have time to go to his class the day that I arrived in Fort Cochin but I decided to still go to his yoga studio to make sure that I would know the way for the next morning yoga class.
I arrived at his studio after the evening yoga class had finished so there was nobody in the studio. Luckily his wife came and took me to him. Sajee and his students were all standing next to the main street looking at a Hindu festival. Young Indian people playing drums and dancing. We stayed just for a few minutes and then he asked me to come with them back to the yoga studio.
Dinner at Sajee's yoga studio in Cochin
Sajee was very welcoming and he invited me to join them for dinner although I didn't have joined the yoga class. After every morning and afternoon yoga class Sajee likes to offer a free home made vegetarian meal to his students. It is a really nice experience and everybody loves the food. We all sat together in a circle on the floor of his humble and cozy yoga studio and then after a short prayer we started to enjoy dinner.
Incredible Indian festival
|Elephant at Hindu festival in Fort Cochin|
I couldn't believe everything that I had experienced in one single day. Early in the morning I was still in Coimbatore after three amazing days visiting a dear friend at Swami Dayananda's Ashram and by evening I was having a great time in Cochin with new friends and enjoying an amazing Hindu festival. I felt alive and grateful
Video of Hindu Festival in Cochin
If you would like to have an idea of how this Hindu festival looks like just take a look at this short video that I shot on my iPhone. Every time that I see it I just think how incredible Kerala and India are.
|Video of a Hindu Festival in Fort Cochin|
Sajee's Yoga Classes in Fort Cochin, Kerala, India
I stayed for two more days to be able to join Sajee's Yoga class. In the morning he gives a gentle yoga class in a hotel not so far away from his studio. In the afternoon he gives a longer and more advanced yoga class, almost three hours I think but it is awesome. He likes to ask you to try harder, to push yourself and go beyond your limits. I normally don't like this approach but I did feel good during and after the class and I managed to do things that I never do so I left with a nice feeling of accomplishment. If I ever have the opportunity I wouldn't hesitate to join his class again.
And although he likes to show off just a little bit and in a fun way when demonstrating some advanced asanas he is not just focused on the physical aspects of yoga. He loves the philosophy and tries to integrate it in his daily life. You can have a really nice talk with him about yoga. You can also tell that he gives his 100% when teaching and he does it with an open heart.
Sajee's Yoga Class Contact details
Santhi Yoga School
Arackal House, House number 1/1790,
Cherattapalam, Fort Cochin, Kerala,
India Pincode: 682001
PH: +91 9846 273 982
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
You can find more information about Sajee's yoga class in Fort Cochin on his website: santhiyoga.in
I had really good time in Fort Cochin but after two days it was time to go to my next destination. I moved to a place called Arsha Yoga and amazing Yoga spot not so far away from Fort Cochin where I had several peaceful days just next to a paradise beach.