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The Anahata Yog Utsav is an event that brings together wellness experts in the field of yoga, Ayurveda, soulful music, healing and nature therapies from all around the world. It has been designed for the enthusiasts, beginners and advanced level practitioners alike. Those in search of alternate healing therapies may also find cures for long standing issues at this event.
Nestled in the lap of luxury, the Devaaya Ayurveda & Naturopathy Resort is an oasis of wellness and rejuvenating energy that at once heals and relaxes. On the serene and peaceful island of Divar, Devaaya is the only resort and sits pretty amongst the peace loving, happy and ever-smiling population of a few hundred Divar’s residents. A short boat ride from mainland Goa, Divar is adjacent to the acclaimed Salim Ali’s Bird Sanctuary. Backwaters of the beautiful Mandovi river surround the island, enriching our experience with a spectacular view at all times.
During the course of these magical 5 days, you will experience pure and authentic forms of yoga like Hatha, Ashtanga Vinyasa and Kundalini yoga. Apart from these, you will be able to attend workshops and lectures with revered Ayurveda doctors, chakra healers, pranic healers, etc. Your enriching experience comes in the form of a perfect daily schedule that offers back to back yoga sessions all day long interspersed with sprinkles of wisdom with the speakers during the entire length of your stay with Anahata Retreats.
Laura is a Teacher/Consultant/practitioner of Yoga Sadhana, Vedanta, Ayurveda, Jyotish... developed Ganga Yoga Sadhana with the Parmarth family to cultivate the power of the Divine Feminine to heal and nourish our world. She is the author of the forthcoming book Veda Cleanse, host of a new series called Divine Yoga, and writer/creator of the Ayurvedically inspired site Food-ALoveStory. Com. She offers a wealth of free resources at her website http://lauraplumb.com to support your most sacred, sumptuous life. Laura has been teaching internationally and at yoga festivals around the world including the International Yoga Festival in Rishikesh. She is eager to share her wisdom and knowledge with anyone who aspires to transcend and evolve.
Yasmin Karachiwala is a Pilates Master Trainer for Balanced Body, USA and is the only BASI Pilates instructor in India with more than two decades of teaching experience behind her. She is the co-author of her Pilates book,” Sculpt and Shape”
Yasmin is one of the most reputed celebrity fitness trainers in the country and her client list includes several of India’s top celebrities like Deepika Padukone, Kareena Kapoor Khan, and Katrina Kaif amongst others.
Apart from being associated with Miss India Pageant, Get Gorgeous and other Fitness programs on television, Yasmin has also been bestowed with the ‘Best Fitness Instructor’ award at Vogue Fashion Awards 2013, Elle Beauty Awards 2015 for Best Fitness Expert and several others.
A Kundalini Yoga teacher certified by the Kundalini Research Institute, Los Angeles, Bijay combines the wisdom gleaned from his years of practicing Hatha, Ashthanga and Iyengar Yoga and exposure to ayurveda and naturopathy to offer a holistic programme geared towards enhancing the health and happiness of his students. The underlying philosophy behind all his teachings is love and the key role that our Anahata Chakra has to play in the happiness quotient of our lives.
He was introduced to Kundalini Yoga for the first time by Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa in 2012, and this was the turning point in his life. Apart from teaching regularly in India, Bijay has also been teaching in countries like Mexico, Canada and the UK.
Bijay recently completed a book titled ‘Mindlessness to Mindfulness’, scheduled for release in July this year.
Renowned spiritual guide, coach and mentor Maa Gyaan Suveera from Rishikesh conducts healing and meditation sessions. She is the founder of the Ci Plus (Cosmic Intelligence +) Evolutionary Path.
Maa Gyaan Suveera is a Healer at heart, a gifted yogini, astrologer, Tarot Reader and a specialist of Life Force Energy. With more than three and a half decades into her blissful journey, she has transformed the lives of numerous souls that have sought her wisdom. Maa has conducted numerous workshops in India and all over the world; she now takes personal processes and transforming retreats for seekers. Having mastered various applied versions of the healing streams that benefit people; 'Energy' is her core pursuit. People from all parts of the world come to learn different forms of Healing, divination, and a string of Indian, western and Zen practices at her center. She has been conducting satsangs, training workshops on self-attainment, self-healing and meditation, guiding people to recognize & optimize their true potential.
Zia has been in the study of ancient sacred dances since 1994. Her journey started with Gurdjieff movements, Sufi dances and whirling. In 2006 she embraced the study of Odissi Indian Classical Dances and in 2008 originated her show Sufi Splendour, recently relaunched as Realms of Dance™, presenting Sacred Dance & Whirling Mandala, rendered to music and poetry of renowned artists and mystics. Zia has performed at prestigious festivals and events across the country and internationally, sharing the mystique of our sacred heritage.
The Sacred Dances workshop invokes the awareness of energy and forces that are continuously forming our body. It brings us to a state of continuing presence. The body is here now. Working with the body from a space of meditative awareness develops within us a ‘presence of being’. In the practice of this work, our perceptions clarify; we become aware of the different qualities of energy that moves in our body, how it shifts and how it settles into coherency; an experience of one-ness; the dances do not end in themselves, they become a bridge to our higher consciousness.
Music and poetry, Rhythm and Stillness, Silent sitting are important elements that condition and refine our experiences.
Shraddha is one of the rare Iyengar Yoga teachers who has had the blessing of having learnt yoga directly under Shri.B.K.S.Iyengar.
Her life’s passion is Yoga and as a teacher she shares the experience and benefits of yoga with others through the instruction of Asana and Breath awareness. Each student is motivated to understand the essence of Yoga and not restrict the learning only to Asanas.
Shraddha takes a personal and individualised approach to teaching yoga, influenced by her own experience as a practitioner of Iyengar yoga. The basis of her teaching philosophy is that yoga can benefit all body types; if you can breathe, you can benefit from yog. The base of her classes is the focus on breath, while leading students through a series of Asanas. The sequence and intensity of the class varies in accordance with students’ experience, energy and prowess.
She is a certified Level 1 & 2 Kundalini Yoga Teacher. After practicing Hatha Yoga for 10 years she switched to Kundalini in 2011 and is teaching on a daily basis ever since via her own Yoga Shala; Kundalini Yoga Amsterdam, which in a short time became one of the most popular yoga schools in the Dutch capital. In 2013 she also completed her Kundalini Yoga Therapy training and was chosen to be Yogi of the Year in The Netherlands by Yoga Magazine. In the Netherlands she appeared on several TV shows, in magazines and in 2011 she shared her passion in a TedXWomen talk. Marieke has taught in several yoga festivals, organises workshops on the yogic lifestyle and teaches Rebirthing Intensives. She also leads yoga journeys and retreats to France, Italy, India and Nepal.
She loves to share her broad knowledge about yoga wisdom & lifestyle in her classes to empower everybody to live healthy and happy lives using yoga as a key to overall well being of body, mind and spirit.
Sian Pascale is Yoga Alliance and Yoga Australia certified teacher with over 14 years of practice and study. Her interest in meditation and yoga goes back to her teenage years in Melbourne, Australia where she was born. In 2012 Sian Pascale moved to Mumbai and began training and teaching with one of Mumbai’s most inspirational teachers, Vandana Yadav. Vandana’s dynamic teaching style opened her up to a practice and teaching method that incorporated many lineages of yoga – including kundalini, vinyasa, hatha, and kalaripayattu (South Indian martial arts).
In 2014, she consolidated her 2 years of training with Vandana by undertaking a certified 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training course in Goa, India. From there she travelled to Rishikesh, North India, where she studied chanting and yogic philosophy, as well as tantric yoga and meditation and since then, Sian has been working full-time for Humming Puppy, a luxury studio in Melbourne which uses vibrational frequencies to enhance yoga techniques. Her classes are characterised by the inclusion of her diverse experiences and training in chanting, mindful asana, yoga nidra, prayanama and chakras. Sian now spends her time teaching her students in Australia, Bali and India.
Dr Arun Gupta is a professor of Ayurveda and head of the Panchakarma department at Choudhary Brahm Prakash Ayurved Charak Sansthan, a renowned Ayurvedic medical college in Delhi. He specialises in Panchakarma, the classical system of detoxification.
Dr Gupta is an advisor to the Hungarian Ayurvedic Medical Foundation and has spent many years working in Hungary. He believes that through a deep understanding of our body systems and following Ayurvedic principles, we can open the channels to radiant, glowing, abundant health.
With decades of experience, Dr Gupta makes the ancient science of Ayurveda simple, accessible and enjoyable. His lucid introduction to the subject is a boon for all students in general and Yoga teachers in particular. Dr Gupta shows people how to adjust their diets to best suit their bodies and simple home remedies that can be used to fight off disease, decay and even battle chronic illness.
Goa is connected to Mumbai (Bombay), the commercial capital of India by 45 minutes long daily flights besides being connected to other important cities within India such as Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai (Madras) etc. Nestled amidst five acres of lush greenery, swaying coconut palms and embraced by the mystical river Mandovi - "Devaaya" is located on a beautiful island, where is a perfect location. Located nearby is the beautiful Mediterranean capital city in Goa known as Panaji. The resort’s unique location on an island embraced by the meandering Mandovi river is accessible by road cum river ferry or by a 20 minutes boat ride from Panaji.
The menu for the esteemed guests is personally prepared by Bijay J. Anand, in consultation with Ayurveda and naturopathic doctors of Devaaya. Delicious vegetarian Indian cuisine, balanced to nourish the three doshas of kapha, vata and pita. The cuisine is designed to be healing and detoxifying. Food prepared for Anahata Retreats is specially designed and structured to be providing optimal nutrition and health benefits to its participants. No one is allowed to bring in outside food into the retreat and consume such food that is not provided by Anahata.
For those who wish to enhance their festival experience with some authentic Ayurvedic treatments, such as abhyanga massages, facials and shirodhara, Devaaya offers the best therapists, who will pamper you and use their considerable knowledge, experience and expertise for treatments.
As a special offer to all the participants, Anahata will be offering the following complimentary treatments: