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Experience and practice the power of compassion, loving kindness, giving, and sharing. Earth Yoga Village is a conscious living community that strives to progress on the spiritual path together. They offer a unique opportunity to experience living and being with not only wonderful healers and yogis with all kinds of talents, philosophies, and inspiration but also friends from all walks of life. At Earth Yoga Village, they focus on unifying body, mind, and soul as they combine the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual layers of your existence.
Earth Yoga Village is strongly engaged in making the village more eco-friendly. It runs partly on solar power and they work hard on adding further eco-friendly measures. Their connection with nature is vital and they strive towards that connection in their everyday life and with every action.
The accommodation options for this program are either a dorm or a four-bedroom. The beautiful and comfortable village holds space for up to 55 guests, an on-site kitchen where the meals are lovingly prepared, two yoga shalas, two healing and rejuvenation spaces, a small library, and a chill-out area. There are bed linen, pillows, towels (not to be taken out of the village), and mosquito nets are all provided, as well as blankets if you need them.
This yoga work and study program offers a wonderful opportunity for anyone looking to dive deeper into the world of self-exploration and yoga and live in a community. You will be able to engage in the community as an active member and share your skills and knowledge.
During your 18 hours of Karma yoga every week, you will be helping in the village and supporting the community. The rest of your time is available for your yoga and meditation practice; to study and connect with the teachers, healers, and guests, progressing you further on your spiritual path.
At Earth Yoga Village, they believe in nurturing and nourishing the nature in each person and focus on tailoring the healing personally to restore balance, well-being, and happiness for everyone. This program is suitable for the people who want to embark on a journey within and explore living in a community.
From beginner to expert, the flexibility of the program allows for guests of all backgrounds and levels. You will be flowing through all of the different aspects and branches of yoga.
Often called the "royal road", it offers a comprehensive method for controlling the waves of thought by turning your mental and physical energy into spiritual energy. Raja Yoga is also called Ashtanga yoga, referring to the eight limbs leading to absolute mental control.
The chief practice of Raja yoga is meditation. It also includes all other methods which help to control body, energy, senses, and mind. The Hatha-yogi uses relaxation and other practices such as yamas, niyamas, mudras, bandhas, etc. to gain control of the physical body and the subtle life force called prana. When body and energy are under control, meditation comes naturally.
This is the most difficult path requiring tremendous strength of will and intellect. Taking the philosophy of Vedanta, the Jnana Yogi uses his mind to inquire into its own nature. You perceive the space inside and outside a glass as different, just as you see yourselves as separate from God.
Jnana Yoga leads the devotee to experience his unity with God directly by breaking the glass; dissolving the veils of ignorance. Before practicing Jnana Yoga, the aspirant needs to have integrated the lessons of the other yogic paths - for without selflessness and love of God, the strength of body and mind; the search for self-realization can become mere idle speculation.
Karma yoga is the yoga of action. It purifies the heart by teaching you to act selflessly, without thought of gain or reward. By detaching yourself from the fruits of your actions and offering them up to God / Universe, you learn to sublimate the ego.
The Bhakti Yogi is motivated chiefly by the power of love and sees God / Universe as the embodiment of love. Through prayer, worship, and ritual he/she surrenders himself/herself to God / Universe, channeling and transmuting his / her emotions into unconditional love or devotion. Chanting or singing the praises of God / Universe form a substantial part of Bhakti yoga.
When the body and the mind are constantly overworked, their natural efficiency to perform work diminishes. Modern social life, food, work, and even the so-called entertainment, such as disco dancing, make it difficult for modern people to relax.
Many have even forgotten that rest and relaxation are nature's way of recharging. Even while trying to rest, the average person expends a lot of physical and mental energy through tension. Much of the body's energy is wasted uselessly.
During complete relaxation, there is practically no energy or "prana" being consumed, although a little is keeping the body in normal condition, while the remaining portion is being stored and conserved.
Your physical body is meant to move and exercise. If your lifestyle does not provide natural motion of muscles and joints, then disease and great discomfort will ensue with time. Proper exercise should be pleasant to the practitioner while beneficial to the body, mind, and spiritual life.
Yoga teaches you how to use the lungs to their maximum capacity and how to control the breath. Proper breathing should be deep, slow, and rhythmical. This increases vitality and mental clarity.
Besides being responsible for building your physical body, the foods you eat profoundly affect your mind. For maximum body-mind efficiency and complete spiritual awareness, Yoga advocates a lacto-vegetarian diet. This is an integral part of the yogic lifestyle.
Here is the most important point of all, you become what you think. Thus, you should exert to entertain positive and creative thoughts as these will contribute to vibrant health and a peaceful, joyful mind. A positive outlook on life can be developed by learning and practicing the teachings of the philosophy of Vedanta. The mind will be brought under perfect control by the regular practice of meditation.
At Earth Yoga Village, they understand that each individual being is special and unique with a different focus and at a different stage in their lives. For this very reason, the flexible program caters to every guest’s personal needs. They believe in nurturing and nourishing nature in each person and focus on tailoring the healing personally to restore balance, well-being, and happiness for everyone.
This program is suitable for the people who want to embark on a journey within and explore living in a community. It is for anyone and everyone wanting to take a step towards a life in harmony and to grow physically, mentally, socially, emotionally, and spiritually.
The above is the daily suggested schedule at the village.
During this hour, you gather to open your heart and mind with a focus on 'living the life you love and loving the life you live' through various spiritual activities such as lectures, interactive discussions, different types of meditation, and questions and answers sessions.
Three hours per day or 18 hours per week are dedicated to your Karma yoga practice, engaging in community work. The work can include reception and kitchen help, cleaning and housekeeping, building online and offline awareness, assisting classes, and other activities, etc. Your Karma yoga work will be scheduled between 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. whenever / wherever help is needed.
This is designed for the people who are on a budget and love to be involved in a community contributing three hours of work in order to have a 45% discounted price on this yoga holiday. You are requested to think through before signing up as you'll be signing up for three hours of daily community volunteering work. If you like to have more free time, please reconsider.
Anand is an ex-banker who said goodbye to his office job in 2012 to start his journey back to his inner self through yoga, meditation, and other spiritual practices. Anand trained and graduated from Sivananda Ashram in Kerala in 2012 and finished his master of yoga in 2016. He lives by the motto of love the life you live and live the life you love.
Kathrin grew up in the beautiful Austrian countryside, which laid the foundation for her strong connection to mother nature. Having experimented with different nutritional systems for more than 10 years, she came in touch with Ayurveda during her first trip to India in 2007. This very individualized approach of Ayurveda deeply resonated with Kathrin and she decided to return to India to study the art of Ayurveda right where it’s coming from. For the past 7 years, she has deepened her knowledge in Ayurveda, yoga, meditation, and energy work.
Anushree has graduated with honors in yoga philosophy and specializes as an anatomist and yoga therapist as well as the biomechanics of yoga body and breath. She has been training yoga enthusiasts to understand themselves and there practice for the last five years. Her approach towards teaching is friendly as well as firm blending strong tradition knowledge with a modern approach. She was introduced to yoga by Doctor Om Anand and her learning still continues from life, as she resides in her Gurus ashram. At present, she is pursuing her research on yoga and the nervous system.
Olivier discovered yoga while living in London in 2003. Suffering from back pain and running injuries, yoga became an essential tool in his recovery and later a passion in its own right. Always a student at heart, he recently completed the advanced yoga anatomy course with Tom Myers, building on his understanding of the body and yoga practice even further. Over the years, Olivier has found that the key to a successful practice is honoring the physical body’s limitations and moving fearlessly into the possibilities of greater strength and flexibility.
Dr. Praveena Shetty is from India, she has been known for her multiple masters/diplomas and a doctorate in Yogasutras and other Indian philosophies. She had been a professor for a long duration with K. J. Somaiya Sanskriti Peetham & K. J. Somaiya Buddhism center Mumbai for and has been teaching yogic philosophies for a decade now. She received a Gold Medalist in Patanjali Yoga Sutras. While she was working as a professor at a senior college teaching human resources and development, life changed for her. She had bouts of migraine and so she sought the help of yoga therapy for physical respite.
The retreat will be held in Palolem Beach, Goa, India. Palolem Beach is largely unspoiled and is inhabited by both local fishermen and by foreign tourists who live in shacks along the shore or in the main village. The location offers an ideal place to explore the stunning beaches, beautiful local villages, and surrounding nature outside of your retreat schedule.
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Daily breakfast, lunch, dinner, and fruit are included in the package. At Earth Yoga Village, the staff understands the incredible benefits of nutritious food, as Hippocrates rightly said, and consider food to be a powerful healing tool.
By using only fresh, seasonal herbs and vegetables from regional farmers, the daily menu of wonderfully nourishing vegan food supports self-healing of the body, enhances detoxification, and leaves you feeling strong and rejuvenated.
They offer three buffet-style, healthy, and wholesome meals per day (Indian, Goan, and Continental cuisine), herbal tea throughout the day, and unlimited filtered drinking water. Everything is made with love! They know.
Saturday is the community day off in the village where they encourage the guests to explore the beaches, restaurants, and markets in and around Palolem. You may choose to add therapies or massages from the wellness section.
Goa International Airport
Transfer not provided
Please book your flight to arrive at Goa International Airport (GOI). Earth Yoga Village can organise pick-up on request at an extra charge of 1,800 INR and 2,000 INR from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. The driver will assist you all the way to the village with your luggage without any extra charge or tips. In case of flight delay, you will have to pay 200 INR per hour after the first hour extra.
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