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This year Yoga Retreat Ananda again offers a program, specifically tailored to those who wish to spend their holidays in wondrous, unforgettable location of Tamil Nadu, a southern Indian state. This remarkable location offers a unique opportunity of total relaxation, full recovery, ultimate purification of the mind and rejuvenation of the body, the discovery of balance and harmony.
Accommodation is assumed in traditional South Indian cottages, surrounded by beautiful vegetation and their wonderful fragrances, and framed by mountain peaks. It is one of the most beautiful moments of your stay in the Vedic Village, built along the principles and rules of Vastu! You will live in cottages planned in the traditional style of the ancient Vedic India, from people- and environmental-friendly materials. All the building materials are natural and very pleasant to the touch.
Every home is divided into two rooms, while each can accommodate 2 people. The rooms are quite spacious with comfortable seating. The decoration of the houses is kept simple and sufficient for comfort and convenience. Cottages include private bath and hot water shower.
The program is prepared in such a way, that not only would you enjoy your stay here, but also find great benefits for your body. This program is designed in the perfect manner, so as to allow you to achieve full rejuvenation and relaxation of your body, mind and soul:
Ayurvedic massage and other treatments, individual support by a professional
Training and practice in the arts of Ananda yoga, meditation and Ayurveda
Indian music and dancing
Numerous excursions into the cultural and spiritual landmarks of India
Tea, coconuts, juice, sun and just fun
A remarkable Ayurveda center has recently been built on the village campus, where everyone can take a course of rejuvenation and purification. The program includes 12 sessions of Ayurvedic massage and other treatments.
If required, anyone can receive individual consultation and medicinal treatment from the professional Ayurveda doctor. The Maitreyi has a team of highly friendly, Satvic Ayurvedic massage therapists trained in professional schools. Tipping the staff is not accepted, so you will never feel an excess, or a lack of, attention on that basis. Everyone is equally welcoming and always positive. If, however, you wish to thank the Maitreyi staff as a whole, you can leave your tip, or a reward, at the end of the program at the reception. All employees will be awarded an equal bonus, as a team. This strict rule allows for maintenance of a special atmosphere that is very rare to find anywhere else in India, where most of all services are exclusively tip-based.
For the purpose of increasing the effectiveness of awareness and acceptance of the Ayurvedic procedures, a series of lectures are prepared, providing basic knowledge and principles of healthy life, or Ayurveda. The lectures will be held by Dr. Kavita Vyas, author of books on Ayurveda, which have a lot of practice. The yoga lessons will be held together with Ayurveda seminars, with an aim of integrating the principles of Ayurveda into the daily practice of yoga, and balancing the three doshas in the body.
Yoga is one of the key approaches in Ayurveda for the healthy life. Asana practice stimulates and enhances the process of purification and rejuvenation, creating harmonious flow of vital energy into the body. Yoga and Ayurveda classes will be integrated, allowing you to better practice your doshas balance.
Ananda Yoga adds new meaning to the classical Hatha yoga: not only does it mean working with physiological processes, but also achieving the psychological, emotional and spiritual level, using positive affirmations and healing exercises, with invigorating energy to help raise the level of consciousness.
Meditation reaches the deepest level, bringing much desired peace and joy for your souls. There are three basic ingredients in Ayurvedic formula of a healthy life: diet, yoga and meditation. If you are a beginner, you will learn to practice basic arts of Kriya yoga, as taught by Paramhansa Yogananda: how to focus and concentrate the mind and enter the state of an expanded consciousness. If you are already meditating, you can join daily morning and/or evening group meditations.
Parallel to teaching, healing and relaxation, Yoga Retreat Ananda organizes several trips to visit ancient Indian temples in Southern India. Among them, a thrilling elephant ride through the jungle to the beautiful National Park of South India, and to the mountaintop of the ridge near the town of Valparai.
The South India is famous for its manufacturing of cotton saris. You will have an opportunity to visit the farm where the organic cotton is being grown and produced, as well as purchasing the luxurious, freshly made, saris. The program also includes a visit to the Royal Palace (which is more than 800 years old) of the acting Raja (King) of the region. Indian classical dance and music will embellish your presence in this prime location.
This wonderful place is called a Vedic Village Maitreyi. It was fairly recently built, however according to all the rules and canons of the Vedic India. Everything from the project itself, and its location, every little detail was planned and created in accordance with Vastu - the ancient architectural science - the roots and sources of which lie with the Indian Vedas - the Indian culture and religions most ancient writings.
As you travel here, you find yourself in a something of natural fairy tale, surrounded by the sounds of the vast imaginable variety of birds and animals. The village is located on the border between Kerala and Tamil Nadu, at the foot of the mountain range. The 25 hectare-large territory of the campus allows you total seclusion, without exposure to outside presence. You can enjoy the delight of silence, surrounded by nearly untouched nature; you can meditate in practically any corner that you would possibly want. Such a pristine natural landscape it virtually impossible to find anywhere nowadays.
Maitreyi isn't situated on the ocean coastline, just how a true Ayurvedic clinic should be. This provides a particular peacefulness and exclusivity to the location. Any Ayurvedic procedures exclude sunbathing, and especially swimming in the sea. One of the most famous and expensive Ayurvedic resorts in the world, the "Ananda, is situated at the same altitude as the Maitreyi.
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Dietary pattern is kept in the satvic style, without excesses in fat-laden and saturated food. Everything is kept simple and useful for a healthy lifestyle. Every morning, you can delight on the fruits of the season, freshly collected from the organic garden, drink fresh juice, enjoy the Indian dosha (pancakes, made from a wide variety of flour). And, of course, the loved-by-everyone chapatis will always accompany you.
There is a whole coconut and mango wood farm on the Maitreyi campus, counting 250 mango trees. You will be able to enjoy unlimited coconut juice every day and even try an unripe coconut - a very healthy and delicious meal! Unfortunately, the mango season starts in April and ends in June. This time of the year is not very beneficial in terms of climate to mango, so perhaps you will receive a mango dried fruit instead.
Field trips from Maitreyi Village include a visit to the National Park of South India, the Valparai mountaintops, cotton farms, the Palace of Raj and elephant rides through the jungle.
The program includes 12 sessions of Ayurvedic massage and other treatments.