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When you ask people why they are not completely happy in life, the answer of many is their weight. They are overweight, complain about excessive belly fat, are worried about their hips and thighs and are far away from their dream figure. For some it is less important, for others more but their extra weight brings insecurity in all cases and through that dissatisfaction and unhappiness in life. You have tried different diets, various sports and countless other approaches but you still have not reached where you wanted? We think that we can help you. How? With a retreat at our ashram, two or more weeks of daily walks and yoga practice, a light and tasty Ayurvedic diet and Ayurvedic massages for detoxification! If you have the strong wish to make a change now, you can find the willpower to come to India and finally lose weight. Stop struggling with your self, take a decision and just do it! In a different environment and all preconditions present that support your weight loss, the exercise wont feel like torture and the food will satisfy your stomach and taste buds. It will be fun, it will be a holiday in India and you will come back lighter and happier!
The ashram is very open, friendly and hospitable. The rooms are spacious, fully air-conditioned and have bathroom and shower facilities. There is also a beautiful lawn and patio. Any interested visitor to India is welcome to visit and stay at the ashram.
We are not promising any miracles, which is why we have kept a minimum participation time of two weeks. If you stick to the food plan and exercise presented, you will see a result and you will additionally have the knowledge and practical experience how you can continue losing weight or maintain your dream figure. What we have in mind for you is not weeks of torture and you will not get anywhere near starving. You will be in a beautiful place, enjoying exercise and tasty food. You will not have a grumbling, hungry stomach and although you may feel your muscles a bit more than usually, you will feel great about it and instead of feeling weak; you will feel stronger than before. Make losing weight fun with this yoga and Ayurveda weight loss retreat!
You will daily get two hours of intensive yoga for weight loss which will especially focus on all your problem areas. You want to reduce belly fat? Tone your thighs? Shape your hips or get slimmer upper arms? In these workout hours you will get to know which exercises are a massive attack on your extra fat and which ones bring out the muscles exactly where you want to have them. The best thing about yoga is: it is fun, wholesome exercise and you will enjoy feeling and seeing the effect of what you are doing!
While you are at the ashram, you will start every day with a beautiful morning walk around the town. Our ashram is directly situated at the Parikrama Marg, a popular pilgrimage way of approximately ten kilometers which leads once around the whole town. Even if you now think that ten kilometers is far too much and you wont be able to do that for weeks, dont worry! You wont even notice that you are walking this distance while you are passing by Vrindavans many different areas! Ancient temples and modern housing areas, mansions of the rich and straw houses of the poor, crossing busy roads and walking by the river Yamuna - so much to see and to experience that you wont even have time to get exhausted!
Swami Balendu was born on 14th October 1971 in Vrindavan. His Father Balakram Sharan is a famous preacher and, spiritually, a very advanced personality. He has devoted all his life to spiritual pursuits, to the raising of moral standards and to spreading the message of universal truth and spiritual knowledge. Swami Ji's grandfather Sri Bindu ji was a widely known speaker, scholar, writer, musician and poet. He was invited several times by Mahatma Gandhi to give lectures. Goswami Sri Bindu ji Maharaj gave lectures where up to two Million people attended. Therefore Swami ji was very much blessed to grow up in this atmosphere of deep spirituality. Furthermore this environment created an indelible imprint in the mind and heart of Balendu.
Learning from his father, Swami Ji gave his first spiritual lectures at the tender age of 9. Until the age of 25 he travelled throughout India, giving lectures in front of many followers and disciples. He spent time periods of up to three months practicing maun, silence, sometimes retreated in a forest and sometimes in normal daily life.
In 1996 Swami Balendu founded an Ashram at Vrindavan, the Shree Bindu Sewa Sansthan Ashram. On the Ashram premises an underground cave was built which Swami Ji entered on the 10th September 1997. In this cave he spent the following three years and 108 days fully isolated from the world, doing Mantra meditation and thus connecting with his inner source, the love and God in himself.
The man who emerged from the cave on the 24th December 2000 may not have changed much regarding his outer appearance but his view on the world had changed a lot during this retreat. He did not want to live the life of a guru anymore. He saw that nobody is higher or lower, better or worse, than anybody else. He just wants to be a friend and share the healing energy of love with anyone who needs it.
He started travelling throughout the world together with his brother Yashendu Goswami, giving lectures, spiritual counseling sessions, chakra workshops and chakra dance parties, thus helping people to dissolve blockages and find peace and love inside themselves
Swami Ji believes in living in honesty and this is how he was honest in the time before the cave when he was living as a guru and also after coming out of the cave. This is how he does not fit into the image that you might have when you think of spiritual healers. Many changes happened in the time after the cave and Swami Ji accepted them as they came because he knows that change is a sign of developing yourself, your mind and consciousness. And the change that brought much happiness into his life was, when Ramona, his wife, became a part of his life. Together with her and his family he wants to spend his life in helping others throughout the world.
The funds that they raise with activities out of India fully support the children charity projects of his Ashram Shree Bindu Sewa Sansthan in Vrindavan. Next to the Ashram he founded the Swami Balendu e.V. Kindergarten in 2007 and just one year later the Swami Balendu e.V. primary school just with the aim to help children. Poor children of the neighborhood have the chance to get free education, food and everything that they need for the school absolutely for free so that their parents do not have to bear a financial burden.
The children are dear to Swami ji's heart as he says "In the wonderful love of a child you can feel the presence of God."
Swami ji wants to be a friend and help those in need. If he can help you in any way he will be very happy
In 1995 Swami ji founded an ashram in his hometown Vrindavan. On this land he built an underground cave, which he entered in 1997 to spend the following three years and 108 days in meditation. Today the ashram is home not only to him and his family but also to a number of students between the age of 8 and 20. They come from poor families who cannot afford their living or education and they thus become part of the Ashram family. They live at the Ashram which means that their families are free of this financial pressure. Additionally the students learn and grow in a positive, loving and spiritual environment.
They go to the Swami Balendu e.V. Kindergarten and Primary School right next to the building of the cave in the Ashram. The School and the Kindergarten were opened to provide education to children of poor families of Vrindavan. You can help the Ashram helping these children if you sponsor a child or the food for a day
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Apart from exercising, the second focus when wanting to lose weight is always on nutrition. While many diets still recommend reducing the food intake to a minimum, it has even reached the mainstream dieter that it is better to change your nutrition completely than starving yourself for a few weeks until you are thin and then enjoy your regular food and watch the yoyo-effect set in. Thats how a lot of diets suggest changing what you eat completely and thats what we are going to do with your diet, too! You will get healthy, Ayurvedic food as it is prepared in the Ashram kitchen every day just with the focus on using little to no fat and sugar. Practically this means that you will get to experience an authentic Ayurvedic diet, which serves its original purpose,to feed the body with everything it needs without overfeeding it. And the best thing is, it tastes great!
Visitors are free to spend their time as they please. You may wish to sit in the peace and tranquility of the ashram and enjoy the wonderful energy. You can also visit Swami jis cave, where he spent over three and half years in mantra meditation. Here you can experience very high loving vibration and absorb its healing qualities.
You may also like to visit some of Vrindavans many temples, other Indian ashrams or markets. Delicious meals are served and shared in a very loving way at the ashram.
You will receive an Ayurvedic massage every second day during your time with us. This may seem to you just like a special treat and it definitely is nice to get massaged, especially after a good yoga workout. There is more benefit to get from it though!
With the help of herbs, the oil that is being used causes heat in the tissues of your skin and stimulates the burning of fat. Additionally, the massage helps cleaning the body. When you lose weight, toxins are set free and they leave the body through the skin. With the help of herbal oils and the rubbing massage, you are freed of these toxins. On top of it you will receive an Ayurvedic steam treatment after your massage, if your body type allows, to further support the burning of fat.
"When I saw the Ashram, I already knew that its a safe and nice place. I felt like a member of your family and is sad that I did not have time to stay longer, one day was not enough. I reached very tired and it was the perfect place to recharge my energy, I tried ayurvedic massage for the first time and it was an amazing experience. The city is very nice, I spent 3 hours walking around the city saw beautiful temples and had a really great time."
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"Thank you so much for taking care of me and my little Leo. We received so much love and care here from all of you especially the kids, we left this place knowing that we found our second home here! Everything was great, the food, the ayurvedic massage, your kindness and patience with Leos wishes. I will never forget my stay here, I have really learned a lot from this experience. I love you all, and I want to give a special mention to my yoga teacher Pawan, you will be in my heart forever and I know one day, you will be the number one yoga teacher in the world!"
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"Thank you for a wonderful week here at the Ashram! Your place is lovely and feels like a little paradise! I loved the food and the peaceful environment, I certainly will come back and is looking forward to it."
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