Yoga & Meditation

Alchemy of Change

Life is a journey. It is ever new and pure like a flowing river. However, a mind which perceives life is the residue of the past. That’s why there are many conflicts in our daily life. How will we free our minds from the shackles of the past? Probably some day science will find a way to tackle this crisis. If that happens, what will happen to mankind’s existence? Undoubtedly, the most miraculous creation in the universe is the human brain. It has evolved through millions of years. In simpler terms, our brain carries a residue of every action of our daily life. It is like a carbon copy stored in the brain. The evolution of the human brain itself is repetition, a repetition that is comfortable, familiar and safe. It happened through millions of years of repetition. But when faced with obstacles the brain has the capacity of opening up new paths, as the brain’s inherent nature is to survive. Life flows like a river but the mind travels along the familiar, safe and comfortable paths of repetition. This creates contradiction and conflict.

How can we free ourselves from these contradictions? Though temporary solutions give us relief from the conflicts, a complete change will not happen. Why are we not able to see the conflicts within us? Why are we not asking questions to ourselves? Are we afraid of questions? There should be questions if change is inevitable. Questioning brings about change in us. ‘Alchemy of Change’ introduces the chemistry of change. It includes exploration of the mind, purification and strengthening of the body through Yoga and the selection of the right food.

The origin of 'Alchemy of Change'

Our teacher is Mr. Binu Kumar who firmly believes that a person’s real change happens not outwardly but inwardly, through self-awareness. Since childhood Mr. Binu Kumar has been a person of inquisitive and explorative nature. Though he was attracted to many ideologies, he was never really satisfied with any of them. He went through adverse situations and led the life of a wanderer for many years with unusual thoughts and questions continuously arising in his mind. One day he happened to perceive his own mind in its totality. That was the moment of self-realization. Thereafter he has maintained that real change happens not outwardly but inwardly which brings peace, tranquillity and clarity in one’s daily life. He believes that there are no methods, beliefs, rituals or any other medium that can help you know yourself. In 2008, Mr. Binu Kumar founded an organisation named New Journey Hill Foundation with the aim of helping people free their minds from all conditioning.

Program is divided into 6 sections;

  • 1. Yoga
  • 2. Meditation
  • 3. Pranayama ( breathing exercises)
  • 4. Sightseeing Trips
  • 5. Ayurvedic Massage(Abhyanga)
  • 6. Healthy Food

1.Yoga

Yoga means union of the body and the mind. It’s an ancient science which has a holistic view of health. Yoga is practised by many sportspersons around the world as it is the only exercise that enables all the organs to function perfectly under the intelligent control of the mind. There is an inherent wholeness where the body and the mind function in organic unity. Yoga strengthens the muscles and increases the volume of blood circulation. Muscle fatigue is counteracted through proper breathing and relaxation. Various postures help the organs stay fit and healthy. Breathing exercises relieve stress and promote a sense of well-being.

2. Meditation

Meditation belongs neither to the past nor the future. It happens in the present. It can’t be separated from our daily life. All our actions are meditation if done in awareness. However, all actions in our daily life are either incomplete or mechanical. Meditation is neither repetitive nor boring. It is an energetic, tranquil, beautiful and pristine state of mind with great clarity. It is not intentional. All our daily actions become meditation if done in awareness. Meditation helps in knowing ourselves better. It promotes mental clarity, purity and calmness. It means harmony of body and mind.

3. Pranayama( breathing exercises)

Our breath and thoughts are intimately related to each other. The pace of breath increases when we become emotional. Actually, are we breathing in the right manner? Great importance is given to right breathing in Yoga. We lead a very emotional life owing to the incessant thoughts arising in the mind. As a result the physical body is subject to faster decay. It causes fatigue. The breathing exercises advised in the Yoga sutras enable the purification of the respiratory system and promotes vitality and vigour. If performed excessively it can cause adverse effects.

4. Sightseeing trips

Situated at a height of 800 meters above sea level, Wayanad is a haven of exotic flora and fauna. It is a North-Eastern district of Kerala nestled in the Western Ghats known for its lush greenery and evergreen forests. Wayanad is a district of diverse landscapes. It includes pristine forests, rich wildlife, mist-claden hills, rivers, waterfalls, coffee and tea plantations, paddy fields, etc. It is the land of aborigines of various ethnic groups. The major sightseeing places are Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, Edakkal Caves, Kuruva Island, Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary, Thirunelly temple, Pazhassi Tomb, Basasura sagar Earth Dam, Karlad lake, Pookot Lake, Chembra Peak, Soochipara Watefalls, Kanthanpara waterfalls, Meenmutty Waterfalls, Karapuzha Dam, etc.

5. Ayurvedic Massage(Abhyanga)

Abhyanga is an Ayurvedic holistic healing massage therapy with innumerable health benefits. It eliminates body impurities and helps in reducing weight. It calms nerves and promotes deeper and better sleep. Abhyanga softens and smoothens skin and reduces the effects of aging. It also improves blood circulation and stimulates internal organs. Duration is one hour (45 minutes massage and 15 minutes steam bath)

6. Healthy Food

What is right food? Humankind has been enquiring about it for centuries. We follow ideas relevant to the times we live in. An animal doesn’t seem to have doubts about its choice of food. If it happens to see something edible, it at once knows if it is suitable for its organism. We haven’t been able to do it even after millennia.

We are often ruled by stimulants and we fill our stomach with tasty foods. Gradually it becomes a habit and disease. Again we start enquiring about safer and better foods. But the choices are based on stimulants, which is part of the old habit.

What could be our right food? We find varieties of food around us. But not all of them are suitable for every individual. Self-knowledge leads us to the right food. In short, we should eat only when we feel hungry. One shouldn’t eat at fixed times. When one feels hungry he/she should eat the right food in the right manner. When properly chewed the food passes through the digestive system we feel energetic and healthy. Proper and timely elimination of waste from the bowels is a clear indication that we have eaten the right food.

Daily Schedule

  • Wake up: 6:00AM
  • Yoga: 7AM to 8AM
  • Mini Refreshment: 8AM to 8:30AM
  • Brunch: 10AM
  • Sightseeing: 11 AM to 4 PM OR Ayurvedic Massage: 3PM
  • Mini Refreshment: 4:30 PM to 5PM
  • Dinner: 7PM
  • Meditation: 8PM to 8:30PM

Packages

  • 1 Day & 2 Nights Alchemy of Change
  • 2 Days & 3 Nights Alchemy of Change
  • 3 Days & 4 Nights Alchemy of Change
  • Booking Details

1 Day & 2 Nights Alchemy of Change

Package inclusions:

Dinner on the day of check-in (7 PM to 8 PM, Indian bread -chapatti/ roti, veg curry, green salad, veg soup, etc)
Meditation: 8 PM to 8:30 PM

DAY 1

  • Day begins with a glass of fresh lemon juice
  • Yoga: 7AM to 8 AM
  • Mini-refreshment: 8Am to8:30 AM (tender coconut/ seasonal fresh fruit juice)
  • Brunch: 10 AM (Veg soups, different veg preparations cooked by steaming, poaching, boiling, etc. Brown rice, germinated peas, salad, dessert and honey are included)
  • Sightseeing:11AM to 4 PM( Pookot Lake and Banasura Sagar dam) OR Ayurvedic Massage:3PM to 4 PM
  • Mini-refreshment: 4:30 PM to 5 PM( cashew nuts, almonds, dates, raisins, green tea/tea)
  • Dinner: 7PM to 8 PM( Indian bread-chapatti/ roti, veg curry, green salad, veg soup, etc)
  • Meditation: 8PM to 8:30 PM
  • Day begins with a glass of fresh lemon juice
  • Yoga: 7AM to 8 AM
  • Mini Refreshment: 8AM to 830 AM(tender coconut/ seasonal fresh fruit juice)
  • Brunch: 10 AM (Veg soups, different veg preparations cooked by steaming, poaching, boiling, etc. Brown rice, germinated peas, salad, dessert and honey are included)
  • Check-out

Note:-

  • Sightseeing days, sightseeing spots and timings are subject to change according to weather conditions or other reasons.
  • We provide Vegetarian food. We use organic sunflower oil, coconut oil and olive oil for cooking. Vegetables, fruits, rice and other ingredients are organic too.
  • Package rate per person $240

Package Inclusions:

Dinner on the day of check-in (7 PM to 8 PM, Indian bread -chapatti/roti, veg curry, green salad, veg soup, etc) Meditation: 8 PM to 8:30 PM

DAY 1

  • Day begins with a glass of fresh lemon juice
  • Yoga: 7AM to 8 AM
  • Mini-refreshment: 8Am to 8:30 AM (tender coconut/seasonal fresh fruit juice)
  • Brunch: 10 AM (Veg soups, different, veg preparations cooked by steaming, poaching, boiling, etc. Brown rice, germinated peas, salad, dessert and honey are included)
  • Sightseeing: 11AM to 4 PM (Edakkal caves)
  • Mini-refreshment: 4:30 PM to 5 PM (cashew nuts, almonds, dates, raisins, green tea/tea)
  • Dinner: 7PM to 8 PM (Indian bread -chapatti/ roti, veg curry, green salad, veg soup, etc)
  • Meditation: 8PM to 8:30 PM
  • DAY 2

  • Day begins with a glass of fresh lemon juice
  • Yoga: 7AM to 8 AM
  • Mini Refreshment: 8AM to 8:30 AM(tender coconut/seasonal fresh fruit juice)
  • Brunch: 10 AM (Veg soups, different veg preparations cooked by steaming, poaching, boiling, etc. Brown rice, germinated peas, salad, dessert and honey are included)
  • Plantation Walk: 11AM to 2PM (optional)
  • Ayurvedic Massage: 3PM to 4 PM
  • Mini-refreshment: 4:30 PM to 5 PM (cashew nuts, almonds, dates, raisins, green tea/tea)
  • Dinner: 7PM to 8 PM (Indian bread (chapatti/roti, veg curry, green salad, veg soup, etc)
  • Meditation: 8PM to 8:30 PM
  • Day begins with a glass of fresh lemon juice
  • Yoga: 7AM to 8 AM
  • Mini Refreshment: 8AM to 830 AM(tender coconut/seasonal fresh fruit juice)
  • Brunch: 10 AM (Veg soups, different veg preparations cooked by steaming, poaching, boiling, etc. Brown rice, germinated peas, salad, dessert and honey are included)
  • Check-out
  • Note:-

    • Sightseeing days, sightseeing spots and timings are subject to change according to weather conditions or other reasons.
    • We provide Vegetarian food. We use organic sunflower oil, coconut oil and olive oil for cooking. Vegetables, fruits, rice and other ingredients are organic too.
    • Package rate per person $410

Package inclusions:

Dinner on the day of check-in (7 PM to 8 PM, Indian bread- chapatti/ roti, veg curry, green salad, veg soup, etc) Meditation: 8 PM to 8:30 PM

DAY 1

  • Day begins with a glass of fresh lemon juice
  • Yoga: 7AM to 8 AM
  • Mini-refreshment:8Am to8:30 AM (tender coconut /seasonal fresh fruit juice)
  • Brunch: 10 AM (Veg soups, different veg preparations cooked by steaming, poaching, boiling, etc. Brown rice, germinated peas, salad, dessert and honey are included)
  • Sightseeing: 11AM to 4 PM (Edakkal caves)
  • Mini-refreshment: 4:30 PM to 5 PM (Cashew nuts, almonds, dates, raisins, green tea/tea)
  • Dinner: 7PM to 8 PM (Indian bread-chapatti/ roti, veg curry, green salad, veg soup, etc)
  • Meditation: 8PM to 8:30 PM
  • DAY 2

    • Day begins with a glass of fresh lemon juice
    • Yoga: 7AM to 8 AM
    • Mini Refreshment: 8AM to 8:30AM (tender coconut /seasonal fresh fruit juice)
    • Brunch: 10 AM (Veg soups, different veg preparations cooked by steaming, poaching, boiling, etc. Brown rice, germinated peas, salad, dessert and honey are included)
    • Sightseeing: 11AM to 4 PM (Banasura Sagar Dam)
    • Mini-refreshment: 4:30 PM to 5 PM (Cashew nuts almonds, dates, raisins, green tea/tea)
    • Dinner: 7PM to 8 PM (Indian bread-chapatti/ roti, veg curry, green salad, veg soup, etc)
    • Meditation: 8PM to 8:30 PM

    DAY 3

    • Day begins with a glass of fresh lemon juice
    • Yoga: 7AM to 8 AM
    • Mini Refreshment: 8 AM to 830 AM (tender coconut /seasonal fresh fruit juice)
    • Brunch: 10 AM (Veg soups, different veg preparations cooked by steaming, poaching, boiling, etc. Brown rice, germinated peas, salad, dessert and honey are included)
    • Plantation Walk: 11AM to 2PM(optional)
    • Ayurvedic Massage: 3PM to 4 PM
    • Mini-refreshment: 4:30 PM to 5 PM (Cashew nuts, almonds, dates, raisins, green tea/tea)
    • Dinner: 7PM to 8 PM (Indian bread-chapatti/ roti, veg curry, green salad, veg soup, etc)
    • Meditation: 8PM to 8:30 PM
    • Day begins with a glass of fresh lemon juice
    • Yoga: 7AM to 8 AM
    • Mini Refreshment: 8AM to 8:30 AM (tender coconut /seasonal fresh fruit juice)
    • Brunch: 10 AM (Veg soups, different veg preparations cooked by steaming, poaching, boiling, etc. Brown rice, germinated peas, salad, dessert and honey are included)
  • Check-out
  • Note:-

    • Sightseeing days, sightseeing spots and timings are subject to change according to weather conditions or other reasons.
    • We provide Vegetarian food. We use organic sunflower oil, coconut oil and olive oil for cooking. Vegetables, fruits, rice and other ingredients are organic too.
    • Package rate per person $550

    Booking Procedure

    • Send us a mail to mail@pranavamhomestays.com
    • Or call us: +91 8547 255 308, +91 9526 403 330