Spiritual Journeys

Spiritual journeys to sacred India. An adventure into a lifestyle of meditation and celebration.

Spiritual Journey to Sacred India with Yoga Beyond The Mat

Introduction

After traveling through India for over 25 years, nearly on a yearly basis Betty and me think we love Mother India enough to continue travel through the land AND to share it with a few friends and fellow travelers.

10 years ago we started with a Yoga teacher training in Puna and travels through Maharashtra and Goa. It was such a success that half of us who went on this journey are still friends and see each other on a regular basis.

After we joined Byron Yoga center we organized Yoga trips through Bali, Vietnam and of course India For the last two years we brought groups to Pondicherry and Tiruvanamali South India. The main focus of those groups were Yoga teacher training’s with limited spare time. They were great , but what i felt missing was not enough time to really imbibe the uniqueness and special flavour that India has. You have to stay at a place for a bit longer, get to know the locals, merge in the daily activities of the temples and market places and so on.

Flavour of the Spiritual journey

Of course there will be daily yoga classes with Betty and talks on philosophy with me. We always will be open to the spontaneous unplanned that is the very flavor of the trip.

Our daily plans

Maybe we do that in the open or sitting in a temple with monkeys watching us. Our good friend Swami Uphaha and his beautiful Italian wife will join us for a few days singing Bajans, reading Sufi poetry and performing fire ceremonies .

There could be talks from Sadhus or Brahmins, or sessions from palm readers or Indian astrologers, the list is endless.

Preparation

So what do you need to be prepared for ?

  • Be willing to enter the “madness” that is India.
  • We will organize as much as we can, but there always will be the unpredictable.
  • Keep your mind open.
  • Be prepared to be transformed by this journey.

We decided to give a few friends just that, a dive into the rich culture of India:

  • Not so much hanging around the pool but more chanting the holy names in Temples.
  • Not eating in sterile hotel restaurants , but eating from Banana leaves on the floor with your hands (sometimes!!)
  • Not just handing out “bakshish” to small children but maybe working for a day or two in a real orphanage or an animal shelter.
  • Not just be an outsider but making an effort to understand the culture and their religion.

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