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, they do not lead to change. 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 desired. Questioning brings about change in us. ‘Alchemy of Change’ introduces the chemistry of change. It includes exploration of mind, purification and strengthening of the body through Yoga and the selection of the right food.
Program is divided into 7 sections;
- 1. Exploration of Mind (Discussion & Sharing)
- 2. Yoga
- 3. Meditation
- 4. Pranayama (Breathing Exercises)
- 5. Healthy Food
- 6. Ayurvedic Massage (Abhyanga)
- 7. Karma Yoga
- 8. Exploring Wayanad
1. Exploration of mind
What is our mind? We have been asking this question for centuries. Many seekers across the centuries have shared their insights about mind. Their knowledge provides guidelines for us. But do we keep enquiring beyond what they have said? Other than collecting the knowledge of great men and valuing them as personal asset, are we able to know what is happening to us every moment? How is that made possible? People use various methods and techniques. Do they help us to know ourselves? Aren’t we moving away from the reality when we use methods and techniques to know ourselves and our actions? Do we meditate to know our bodily pain? Similarly, is meditation needed to know our mental suffering? Why do we need a method? Knowledge is a must for making a rocket, but is knowledge needed to know what is happening in us? Is knowledge required to see and know ourselves and the world? To know the truth or reality no methods or techniques is required. For when we try to see something through a medium, we know it only partially and mechanically. Is total perception of oneself possible? Are we able to observe what is happening in us? This is a simple matter really.
However, we have been taught in wrong ways for centuries. Nobody can teach you. If at all you are taught by others it is based on personal interest. Learning happens in you. It is inside you, not outside. Change is your own perception. If others want change in you, it is their interest only. The basic thing is to know oneself, which is real change. It is happening every moment. When you know yourself each moment, real learning takes place. That learning is authentic. It is living and creative.
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 improves blood circulation. Muscle fatigue is counteracted through proper breathing and relaxation. Various postures help the organs stay fit and vigorous. Breathing exercises relieve stress and promote the feeling of well-being.
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. Meditation helps in knowing ourselves better. It promotes mental clarity, purity and calmness. It means harmony of body and mind.
4. 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.
5. Exploring Wayanad
Situated at a height of 800 meters above sea level, Wayanad is a haven of exotic flora and fauna. It is the North-Eastern district of Kerala nestled in the Western Ghats known for its lush vegetation and evergreen forests. Wayanad is a land of diverse landscapes. It includes pristine forests, rich wildlife, mist-clad 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, Banasura Sagar Earth Dam, Karlad Lake, Pookot Lake, Chembra Peak, Soochipara Watefalls, Kanthanpara Waterfalls, Meenmutty Waterfalls, Karapuzha Dam etc. Adventure activities such as Trekking, Cycling, and Rafting etc. are also included. Awareness class on Forest & Wildlife, Ethnic Cooking experience, Tribal & Local art performance, Veg Farming etc.
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).
7. 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 leads to 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.
8. Karma Yoga
We usually receive reward for the work we do. The reward may be in the form of money or any other benefit. Sometimes we strongly desire it. If we do not get the desired reward we feel disappointed. Sometimes we try to resolve that disappointment intellectually. But if ever for once in our life we are able to do our work with complete satisfaction and sincerity without desiring any reward or without any motivation, it will perhaps turn out to be an opportunity for a transformation in life.
Alchemy of Change Daily Schedule
- Wake up: 6:00AM
- Yoga: 7AM to 9AM
- Brunch: 10AM to 11AM
- Exploring Wayanad / Karma Yoga / Exploration of Mind: 11 AM to 2 PM / 4 PM
- Ayurvedic Massage: 3PM to 4PM
- Light Refreshment: 4:30 PM to 5PM
- Dinner: 7PM
- Meditation: 8PM to 9PM
- 1. Sightseeing days, sightseeing spots and timings are subject to change according to weather conditions or other reasons.
- 2. 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.
- 3. Brunch: veg soups, different veg preparations cooked by steaming, poaching, boiling etc. Brown rice, germinated peas, salad, dessert and honey are included)
- 4. Light Refreshment: Cashew nuts, almonds, dates, raisins, tender coconut, ethnic snacks & green tea/tea
- 5. Dinner: Indian bread-chapatti/ roti, veg curry, green salad, veg soup etc.
- 6. Facilities such as Swimming pool, Ayurvedic Spa & Indoor games are available.
- 7. There is a king-size cot & a single cot in Deluxe rooms & a king-size cot & a divan cot in Premium cottages
- 8. We have 15-day and One-month packages also
- 9. Individuals and groups are welcome