Want to capture your inner elephant? Our writer heads for the backwaters of south India and unleashes her animal passions with a unique form of yoga
At sunrise I was standing on one leg at the edge of Lake Vembanad in south India, wobbly with jetlag, arms raised to the sky in a “tree” yoga pose while worrying about the potential for Wi-Fi reception in this remote area on the banks of Kerala’s backwaters.
“Relax shoulders?” came the despondent voice of Naveen, a yoga master from the nearby village. Unlikely. I was still on London time, muscles tensed against cold skies, public transport and deadlines. I took a deep breath as a kingfisher’s azure tummy darted from a mango tree and unearthly chanting kicked up from a Hindu festival across the water. Water reeds and white herons float slowly past in front of me, blurring dizzily. I quaver, and tip over on to my yoga mat.