I spent 5 days at the Sivananda Yoga Ashram in Neyyar Dam, set in the foothills of Kerala's Western Ghats. The area was beautiful, and wild lions lived in the forested surroundings that made up a National Park. It was definitely unusual to be practicing yoga to the (rather loud and consistent) sound of lions mating. A schedule of meditation, lectures, yoga asana, sattvic meals and karma yoga made for an interesting experience, and I especially enjoyed the 4 hours of yoga practice every day. Part of the terms of staying at the ashram included an hour or so of 'karma yoga' every day -some kind of work to help support the centre. Instead of cleaning the bathrooms or serving the food, I was lucky enough to be assigned the task of creating some new merchandise designs for the centre, and will continue to work with the volunteers there to see them go into production.