Yoga Nidra is an ancient yogic practice designed to balance the subtle energies within our bodies, master the art of sleep and experience greater depths of meditation. The phrase Yoga Nidra literally means “yoga sleep.” While it does not involve actually sleeping, the practice emphasizes resting without movement. Yoga Nidra induces complete mental, physical and emotional relaxation and healing of the body by allowing it the rest and recharge it usually lacks in our all to busy lifestyles.
Cost - $16 +hst
BHUTAN is the flagship tour, the reason I founded Yoga Travels. We are very pleased to announce that for our 2019 tour Heather Garrod owner of Planet Botanix in Ottawa, Canada will be joining us and sharing her wisdom of natural oils and healing modalities. Click here for Heather’s full biography. When I first visited this country in 2008, I was absolutely captivated by the people and culture of Bhutan. Amazed by their ability to keep their culture intact while still allowing a VERY limited number of people to tour the country. Bhutan still holds that mystery, that excitement and joy every time I step off the plane in Paro. I look forward to showing you the people, the mountains and the Gross National Happiness that is Bhutan. There is ONLY 1 trip in 2019 and only 12 spots available. Reserve your spot now, for you can travel with many companies to Bhutan, however we have been going there for 10 years and we were one of the first to offer yoga in Bhutan.
What are you waiting for?
Travel through Western Nepal on a journey of yoga, culture, jungles and the Himalayas as we fly, drive and hike our way through this part of Nepal. Be amazed at the opportunities to practice yoga in the mountains, and by the riverside. Spend 2 days in the Chitwan National Park jungle searching for the illusive Royal Bengal tiger, the one-horned rhinoceros and other wildlife. Be awed by the spiritual aspects of Nepal and how this spirituality enters many parts of the Nepalis’ lifestyle. Enjoy meeting Nepalis as we visit their villages and homes. Nepal is a country of wonder with many parts still available to the adventurous traveller.
An ashram is a retreat center with buildings for eating, sleeping, studying, meditating and yoga.
We are pleased to have Judith Boucher yoga teacher and owner of HYER Destination Centre in Embrun, Canada co-lead with Janice Varuna (owner and founder of Yoga Travels) the 2019 Ashram Tour. Judith has an extensive knowledge of all things yoga and has travelled to India previously, living in an ashram. Click here for Judith’s full biography. Join us for this life experience of being in India, with like minded people as we learn about the Ashram way of life together. Each ashram we visit is unique however all of them follow the same basic daily schedule (see below). This is an opportunity to find some stillness in your mind and your life as we slow things down, and have the opportunity to practice being in the present moment.
Are you ready for this Ashram “experience/vacation”?
Are you ready to take your yoga practice to the next level? Are you ready to possibly be outside of your comfort zone and be humbled by your surroundings? Are you ready to stretch yourself emotionally, physically and spiritually? Are you ready for teachings from Indian swamis answering your BIG questions? This tour is for you if you answered yes to these questions and you are comfortable with at times, basic accommodation, a vegetarian diet, a daily schedule, some periods of silence and learning new levels of patience and tolerance for others and especially for yourself.
However, if you expect to have five star accommodation, with boutique hotel rooms, international cuisine and to be comfortable at all times, then this tour is not for you. Ashram life is not glamorous nor are the ashrams luxurious – they are very simple and basic. Yoga Travels strives to bring you real experiences and our Ashram tour has been designed to offer our clients an authentic Indian Ashram experience.
Does this sound intriguing? Every year we experience Ashram life in different ashrams in India. We will be there with you from start to finish, to answer your questions and pave the way for a unique and special experience.
Ashrams have been a place of worship, peace, learning and most importantly inner transformation and experience for centuries. Through various practices such as yoga and meditation as well as participation in ancient rituals and traditions, you will be fully immersed in the Ashram lifestyle. Here you will have the opportunity to join traditional fire poojas ceremonies, ayurvedic cooking courses, receive ancient ayurvedic massages and treatments to suit all aliments and help balance the body's energy points (chakras). With so many ashrams to choose from with varied quality and authenticity, Yoga Travels, with longtime experience in India, provides a tailored trip to bring you to ashrams that will ensure a diverse, streamlined and real Indian ashram experience.
We have it all on this tour of South India. The old city of Cochin, tea Plantations in the mountains, backwater boat tour by the coast, beach time in Kovalam, and a 4 day stay at an ayurvedic resort with full staff of ayurvedic doctors and assistants. Oh and did we mention Yoga everyday (and if your not a yogi no worries, come along you’ll get to sleep in, while we salute the sun). This is a rare opportunity to travel with Janice Varuna founder of Yoga Travels on this cultural and ayurveda tour. Janice Varuna has been studying ayurveda since 2004 and visiting ayurvedic facilities and ashrams in India since 2005. Now is the time for you to relax and rejuvenate on this tour filled with adventure and serenity. Sign up to reserve your spot for 2019.