WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?
In treatment, both yoga and ayurveda advocate for the regular practice of meditation as well as the use of herbs, body purification procedures, food and chanting of mantras for physical and mental health. Both practices are closely related and intertwined and recognize that keeping the body healthy is vital for fulfilling the four aims of life: dharma (duty), artha (wealth), kama (desire), and moksha (liberation).
The practice of yoga, meditation and Ayurveda has been used since ancient times to help reduce stress, relieve physical ailments, boost your physical strength, stamina and flexibility, improve self-control, and improve concentration skills. They also believed to enhance mental clarity, and boost the functioning of the immune system while improving overall blood circulation, resulting in healthy glowing skin and in making you feel younger. Meditation itself helps to infuse a sense of balance and peace of mind, and a more positive and peaceful outlook on life.
The word Ayurveda is derived from the two Sanskrit words Ayur (life) and Veda (knowledge) meaning the Knowledge of Life! Ayurveda is a 7000 year old ancient Indian medical science, which teaches how to live a life without physiological and psychological ailments by making simple changes in your lifestyle and diet.
Yoga, which is the union of mind and body, is more than just physical exercises. Learn about the different paths of yoga, the do’s and don’ts, the postures, breathing techniques and mediation to free you from stress, anxiety and physical ailments.
Meditation is the art of focusing your mind, restraining your thoughts and looking deep inside yourself. Meditating can give you a better understanding of your purpose in life and of the divine, as well as providing you with certain physical and mental health benefits.
WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
Your first week is designed to give you an opportunity to explore the history and culture of Goa through a dedicated introduction and orientation week. You will have the opportunity to visit some local sites, receive some basic language tuition, and gain a further understanding of practices that are central to Indian philosophy and way of life. You will also be given more information on the yoga and meditation week and have the opportunity to meet and befriend other participants.
Yoga and Ayurveda Weeks:
Your daily schedule will start early when the sun rises with a guided meditation session, followed by a yoga lesson. Mornings are often free for you to practice self-guided yoga and meditation or to explore the local region. Afternoons will consist of improving your physical and mental knowledge of Ayurveda as well as receiving an Ayurveda detox treatment. In the evenings, you will take part in guided meditation sessions, improving breathing techniques and concentrating on mindfulness.
Massage is a very important to Ayurvedic medicinal treatment, especially with the use of herbal oils and body scrubs which will help to improve overall blood circulation, remove toxins and improve the health of your skin. Other treatments include dhara, which is when warm oil flows slowly from a vessel over your forehead, soothing you inwardly, clearing sinuses and mental obstructions and assisting with relaxation.
You will have the opportunity to take long walks in the gardens and enjoy the surrounding nature in your free time, or simply kicking back and relaxing. Meals throughout the week are typically vegetarian and consist of lots of fresh fruit to complement the course. In addition to this participants are advised to refrain from smoking or consuming alcohol and soft drinks.