The Journey Begins… Rishikesh, India

Rishikesh India, The Journey Begins Blog

And just like that, I began this new journey, a new chapter in a book complete of blank pages. A unique experience that would change my life forever: 12 months of solo traveling in India, starting in the holy city of Rishikesh.

As I write my first blog post, I feel excited and terrified. “If it is scary, then you must do it!” is the only sentence that my mind could think on my 26 hours of travel while crossing the world. 

For those wondering who I am, my name is Maria Pia, but most people call me Pia. I’m a 35-year-old woman from Costa Rica who, after a horrible divorce, I closed my company and sold everything I got to start a new solo unplanned adventure on the other side of the world, beginning in India.

Why India? 

I asked myself. I’m not sure, but my heart knows what it wants. I need a complete change in my life, a whole new world; I want to see things I hadn’t even known existed. I want to start opening my squared, occident mind and letting go of my comfort and judgment as much as possible. I need to experience an extraordinary life and get to know myself in a different environment.

India has so much to offer. It is so old and so rich in culture, diversity, beliefs, religions, colors, and food. But I’m not going to lie. I’m terrified to know I landed here alone with no plan, or without knowing anybody. But it is beautiful to feel this freedom of opening my arms and inviting anything that life has for me without any control or expectation. So, I plan to embrace it all.

Rishikesh, India

I chose Rishikesh first because I love to practice Yoga and Meditation. This city is the world’s capital of yoga. And no kidding, my dear friend, it truly is a place to learn more about this practice. It is so beautiful in that sense; there are classes everywhere, courses, and you can meet so many like-minded people. It’s like yoga heaven in here.

As I landed here, I could see the chaos a place like India brings. Motorcycles everywhere, monkeys everywhere, people everywhere. It feels like there are no rules over here! And everybody practices the law of minimal order. IT IS CRAZY! And I love it!

In Rishikesh, the river Ganga begins, the Holy River of India. Known as Mother Ganga, revered as a goddess whose purity cleanses the sins of the faithful and aids the dead on their path toward heaven. Ganga River is a big deal, and it is beautiful. Want to know a fun fact? I cried the first time my feet touched this river. I’m not a Hindu, nor do I practice any Indian tradition, but I cound not deny the magnefience of this holy river. 

Indian women dresse up in the most beutiful colors and jewels. They smile a lot, also the man. Honestly I am surprise and delight with the kindness of Indian people, they look like if I am looking to a children’s eyes. It looks surprise, kind, but intense. Is like they are genuine interested in you. 

Food has been amazing, but my stomatch is still adapting. The smell of the spices open your senses! I have been eating quite a bit of curries and different fruit. 

Studyng in Rishikesh

I plan to stay here for about 10 weeks. The first two months I’ll be taking two courses that last one month each. The first one is to become a certified Meditation Teacher. And the second course is to become a certified Hatha Yoga Teacher. So, my dear friend, I will be living in an Ashman and learning from powerful masters for around 10 hours daily. I will be learning new tools for meditation, and I’ll be practiving yoga every day. It is 60 days of full spiritual inmersion. I feel so blessed and humble by this opportunity to really open my heart to the gods, to life and to the teachers. So please wish me luck in these challenges because I don’t know what I am getting myself into!

Oh, also, I’m starting a youtube channel. Yes, me, the one who does not know anything about how to make videos! Lol. But I guess that now that I’m here, I might film this crazy experience! 

Two months have passed since I’m in Rishikesh, so that I might post my first youtube video here! (if you want to support me, remember to subscribe!!).

Sending you tons of love from Rishikesh in India,


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