Is a laptop allowed in Amrita

Without dad and mom in India

Amrita Chiara Kellner is a sportsman through and through. The 15-year-old plays soccer at JSG Wörpetal, she regularly goes horse riding, cycles around with the family dog ​​Pamuk, and she has also played handball once. That sounds like a lot of exercise. It's hard to believe, but there was a time in her life when she did a lot more sport - in a boarding school in India.

When she was twelve, she attended an American boarding school in Amritsar. That is in the state of Punjab and is quite a long way from Germany and her parents. Today's eighth grader hardly missed the homeland of her father and her mother of Turkish origin, because before her adventure in India she grew up with her brother in France, where her parents worked in an ashram.

Chiara's Indian life began in September 2012. She already knew the boarding school from several short visits with her parents. Both are yoga teachers and followers of Yogi Bhagan, who founded the school 30 years ago - to relieve the parents who study his teachings. Chiara's mother Simrat Kellner explains: “When children are through puberty, the parents have nothing more to say. You just disconnect and need other caregivers in this phase. "

Chiara had this in the person of her three roommates - they came from Singapore, Australia and Thailand - and their teachers. Meanwhile, her family lived in Europe. But the distance did her good, says her mother: “That was impressive when she came back after nine months. There she was completely on her own and learned to come to terms with the others and to be considerate. "

“The school was pretty strict,” says Chiara. After getting up at five to five, the children and young people must first read the scriptures, in English, of course. Then it goes for one and a half hours to sport with circuit training and intensive muscle training. Then off to the shower, into the school uniform and then to breakfast. Lessons last until 2 p.m., after which there is lunch. And from 3 p.m. yoga is hip, as well as football, basketball and frisbee. Dinner followed, followed by meditation, after which all students were given their laptops for an hour to skype or chat on Facebook. “We are only allowed to use cell phones on weekends,” says Chiara, but without a limit from Friday evening to Sunday evening. On Sundays, everyone is allowed to wear their own clothes. “The time without a cell phone wasn't that bad,” she says, because she was allowed to use her iPod after all. Listening to music is allowed.

She fondly remembers the Miri Piri Academy in Amritsar, which Chiara attended until May 2013: “I enjoyed it there very much. I've always been very athletic and I wanted to try it out, being without my parents for so long. ”On May 24, 2013 Chiara landed at Amsterdam Airport, one day before her little brother's birthday. Incidentally, he has no ambitions to go to India. He would have needed a little more discipline. Discipline and order are kept high in the boarding school: "In the afternoon the teacher comes into the room and checks the cupboards and checks whether everything else is tidy."

Now that she lives in Bülstedt, what does she miss most? “The friends, the many sports and especially the mixed-age soccer team.” She quickly got used to the KGS in Tarmstedt. “She is curious and sociable,” says her mother. She immediately found a friend who she took along with her. In the beginning she found the German lessons particularly difficult, because until then she had only spoken German, but hardly written. “The teachers didn't even know that,” says Chiara, who then promptly wrote a six in dictation. But after repeating the seventh grade, things got better. On the other hand, she has no problems with English and French. She speaks both languages ​​so perfectly that she even gives tutoring.

Chiara and her family ended up in Bülstedt because they wanted to return to northern Germany after the years with Grenoble. "My grandma has a holiday home in Horstedt that we were able to live in in 2012 without a job and without money," says Chiara's father Jan Singh Kellner. Waiters lived in Tarmstedt for a short time before they moved into their little house on Schulstrasse in Bülstedt a year ago.

The time in India was very important for Chiara, says her father: “There she learned a lot about personal responsibility, organization and independence. Exchanging ideas with people of the same age is a very important element of yogic education. When the upbringing by the parents has largely been completed, impulses come mainly from other young people. "