We wake in Rajasthan and arrive at the base of the Amer fort, get loaded up on elephants and ride up to the Amer fort to the sound of drums and song, just like the ladies of Raja Man Singh I would have in the 15th century. Amer Fort is known for its artistic style of Hindu elements. With its large ramparts, series of gates, and cobbled paths, the fort overlooks the Maota Lake upon which a saffron garden once grew.
Our tour concludes with a lovely lunch of Valentine's Day pizza and local cuisine on a rooftop courtyard where we happened to watch a group of teenagers training homing pigeons. After a brief respite back at the hotel, we dress in our Indian finest for a special light show and history lesson at the Amer fort and lovely buffet meal in one of the palaces.
I attend Cheryl's class regularly and feel that my practice has improved immensely over the past few years due to her expert coaching. Her teaching style is clear and compassionate and her previous experience in teaching adults is evident in her organized approach and easy to understand instructions. I also appreciate that Cheryl not only teaches us about how to correctly position ourselves, but also touches on many aspects of yoga philosophy, which in turn has deepened my personal practice and heightened my awareness of the connection between mind and body, breath and relaxation.