"Because in the end,
you won't remember
the time you spent
working in the office
or mowing your lawn.
Climb that ***damn
mountain." - Jack Kerouac
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In terms of an asana-yoga pilgrimage, the city of Mysore, and particularly the Palace, i s a must see! It is the most significant of historical sites for the asana yogi. This is where Krishnamacharya taught, as commisioned by the King, and attracted students from around the world who would go on to spread asana, as a form of yoga, throughout the world.
is it French?
is it Indian?
it is definitely Unique!
"Pondy" was once occupied by the French. This left an influence that mixed with Indian culture to create a unique charm that you cannot find anywhere else in India. However, the greatest influence in Pondicherry is the world famous Sri Aurobindo Ashram, which is threaded throughout the town; and also has links to a very special place about 20 minutes outside fo the town: Auroville...
Pyramid Valley is home of the worlds largest meditation pyramid. Though the pyramid has symbols for all 5 of the great elements, a pyramid primarily represents the transformative power of the Fire Element (as the word Pyramid comes from Pyr (fire) Amid (in the midst). Here we will practice learn and practice Vipassana Meditation for 3 days in silence. However, if after clicking this link on Vipassana Meditation it seems a bit overwhelming for you, it can be enough just to Be Here on the pyramid grounds enjoying the peace and silence! As one Trip Advisor commenter put it:
Every time I visit this place I realize my mind is running 100 times faster than i ever imagined. This place gives me time to interact with my inner conciousness, most of the problems are solved when you find a solution within. Life runs real slow here... If you are troubled with lots of thought, this is a definite visit, to meet yourself, yes yourself! The Calm meditation gives you space [which kindles fire] to escape from a rushing life, slow down a little bit, and clear your mind of clutter. This place is worth visiting again and again.
For more information about pyramid valley and the power of meditation in a pyramid go to: www.pyramidvalley.org
Meditation Temple at the center of Auroville
Auroville is all about a vision for the future and Vision is the foremost quality of The Space Element.
Auroville is not just a village or city,
It is the soul of a people with a spiritual vision...
and just as an individual does not just lay her soul bare
to any and all,
Auroville only reveals her soul
to the sincere;
not the casual tourist.
Obviously, India is an important place of pilgrimage for any sincere yogi, but why add Bali?
You may have heard that Bali is called the Island of the Gods, but did you know these are Hindu gods? In fact, Bali is a Hindu island/state within the primarily Muslim country of Indonesia. This is a rather bizarre anomaly in itself, as most Muslim countries are, well, Muslim. But there is something really special about Bali! Anyone who has been there will tell you this. It is not just hyperbole. To me, India seems to hold the ancient ruins of yoga. But over the past 100 years India has been trading-in a rich history of Satsangh for Samsung. In other words, though the spiritual life can still certainly be found and the ruins still evoke a deeper spiritual quest, unlike Bali, India no longer surrounds the pilgrim in exemplary yogic surroundings. Bali, on the other hand, is like a yoga oasis that escaped the tarnish of a materially thirsting India to continue a Hindu / Yogic life in pursuit of harmony with the Elements and the Divine; and this pursuit has been mostly successful. I believe it is why the other Indonesian states do not try to convert Bali to be more like the rest of Indonesia. In fact, not only do they prefer to not mess with a very, very good thing, but the government has been discussing for the past few years an intention to make more of the other Indonesian islands more like Bali.
Bali and India are both are remarkable in their own distinct ways. However, Bali is far more comfortable and accommodating to travelelers; esp after just completing a trip across southern India. Thus, by the time you get to Bali you are likely to feel like you just can't get enough of it. (Actually, that would be the case whether you had just traveresed India or not). Therefore, we have created a couple of awesome options for you to stay a little longer:
1) A 12 day yoga retreat ! You might be wondering why you would want a yoga retreat after already doing a month of yoga traveling and training. But besides having more time to see Bali during the retreat, it's also way different than being in training where we are on a tight schedule of intense learning immersion. Thus, the retreat can be like a long exhale after breathing in so much training; allowing it all to soak in before going back to the potentially discombobulating distractions of the "real world" back home. Also, during this time you can get lots of massage because concurrent with this retreat we will be also be having a ...
2) 12 day Thai Yoga Massage training ! You might be wondering, why would I want to take a training in Thai Yoga Massage when this is already a part of the Vishwa Yoga & Ayurveda Training you will have just finished. However, the TYM aspect of the yoga training, though deep on many levels, is very limited when it comes to developing a bigger vocabulary of massage maneuvers and perfecting them; there just isn't enough time. However, if you stay for these additional 12 days of TYM training, your technique will have time to smooth out; you will learn more maneuvers and have time to refine them; as well as discover many greater ways to apply the vishwa ayurveda yoga training. Furthermore, you will receive a Level 3 Practitioner Certificate. (By just doing the VYJ training you receive only the Level 1 Certificate.)
Whichever you choose (the Retreat or the TYM training) the cost is the same. Simply an additional $500; which is less than half of what it cost for those coming for only the Bali Yoga Retreat or Bali TYM Training.
To learn more about the Yoga Retreat Click Here
To learn more about the Thai Yoga Massage (TYM) Training Click Here
Whether you stay an extra 12 days or not, you will still get to see some of the best parts of Bali. Particularly, Ubud, its cultural center and where we will be staying. In fact, we stay very close to the Saraswati Temple pictured above. And though tempted to add many more pics here, often it is better to just be totally surprised by how awesome a place is. Thus, I suggest you don't go searching for many more pics of Bali, especially Ubud. Instead, come without previews; and just be open to having your mind blown. However, having said that, as yogic educators I still just can't help but to show you one more place near Ubud that we will be exploring...
Bali Green School / Dream School
One of our staff, Badi, is an educator who started his own elementary school in Bangalore; and is currently running a large school in Zambia. But everywhere he goes he emphasizes sustainable living and Elemental Elementary education. Similarly, Green School is famous for the training of future "green leaders." Thus, in 2017 Badi was invited to come to Green School where he formed a close connection with some of its founders. Badi is also simply a great guy and so when he informed them that we would be coming to Bali they offered to give us a tour; showing our YTT students all of the amazing things that happen at this magical "dream school."
Ayurvedic Treatment Opportunities Throughout The Journey
In previous Journeys we usually went to Kerala, "the birthplace of place Ayurveda," But as Ayurveda is becoming more well known throughout the world (via yoga) Ayurvedic Spas have spread throughout India. Thus, even though we are opting to go to Bali instead of Kerala this year, there will still be plenty of places and opportunities for great massage and Ayurvedic Treatments.
It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves
- in finding themselves.
~ Andre Gide
You may have noticed that there are several links on this page leading you to more information about this life changing journey! Some of the links also lead to more links. Therefore, we present to you this summary of all of the most important links.
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There is also an opportunity to extend your stay in Bali to do a Yoga & Spa Retreat, which is a splendid conclusion to such a giant training/adventure.
Extend your stay to build upon the Thai Yoga Massage aspect of the Vishwa Elemental Yoga Training ~which also happens to include much of the Spa and Retreat benefits.
The above links should cover most all of your questions. Nevertheless, feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns whatsoever. We are happy to help!
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