The yoga shala at Daku has been a work in progress for the last few months, and we completed it in time for Mark Whitwell’s Heart of Yoga course in December. Mark himself conducted an opening ceremony and blessed the shala, in particular thanking the men who had built it – Tomi, Samu, Rupeni, Jorgi and others. It’s a fantastic structure, set back into the hill behind Daku, with a soaring view over the bay. The main support poles have been cut from the raintrees on Daku land, carried by hand and shoulder up the hill and levered into the ground. The shala has a wonderful feeling of space and tranquility, and Mark and his yogis loved it.
Mark is an exceptional teacher and his week was very successful. The morning practice started relatively late, around 8.30 am, and the evening practice usually ran late as he explored all sorts of ideas with his students – life, health, sex, whatever affects your living. I wasn’t at his course which I was really disappointed to miss – I’ll be there next year. However, I’ve been going up to the shala most days to do my own practice, enjoying the views of the sea to the west, the coconut palms directly in front and the green hillsides to the east. We’re also using it for our spa massages – and even, rather more casually, for card games and a couple of parties.