" This is indeed India; the land of dreams and romance, of fabulous wealth and fabulous poverty, of splendor and rags, of palaces and hovels, of famine and pestilence,
of genii and giants and Aladdin lamps,
of tigers and elephants, the cobra and the jungle, the country of a thousand nations
and a hundred tongues, of a thousand religions and two million gods, cradle of the human race, birthplace of human speech,
mother of history, grandmother of legend,
great-grandmother of tradition, whose yesterdays bear date with the mouldering antiquities of the rest of the nations
—the one sole country under the sun that is endowed with an imperishable interest
for alien prince and alien peasant,
for lettered and ignorant,
wise and fool, rich and poor, bond and free,
the one land that all men
desire to see,
and having seen once,
by even a glimpse,
would not give that glimpse
for the shows of
all the rest of the globe
Following the Equator, 1897
"20 Years from now,
you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones
you did do.
So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor.
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Vishwa Yoga and Vishwa Ayurveda (RYT 200 & 300hr Trainings)
T r a i n i n g & J o u r n e y O v e r v i e w :
You've come a long way! You are in !ndia. It's like the other side of another world! Were you planning to visit this other world for the classic "Yoga in India" experience -all at one cushy resort- and then just leave? Or were you thinking to stick around, to try to see India on your own? Sure, it seems like a great idea, but Please, take it from me, even for experienced travelers, going to India without experienced help is... well... You see that monkey on the right hanging on to that train? Oh, the stories I could tell! But this page is not about those wild stories. This page is about making the most of a deep yoga training in India, while making the most of traveling in India, by combining it with a deep yoga training in India.
The Vishwa Yoga Journey: Powerful Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher Training
Incredible Tour of South India & Bali, Indonesia
5 Elements, Ayurveda & The Meridians:
This unique and powerful training is based upon what the Indian system of Ayurveda refers to as the Panch Maha Bhuta (Five Great Elements) as well as the "Elemental Wisdom" in Traditional Chinese Medicine and other congruent "Medicine Wheel" methodologies found throughout the world. However, it is not enough to simply read and discuss the elements to realize their healing and edifying powers. They need to be experienced! Thus, we have conjoined an experintial "tour" [for lack of a better word] of the elements with the curriculum - via several magnificent locations. Thus, it is better not to think of this as simply an exciting gettaway while you do a typical yoga training. In fact, it is more like a very condensed Masters Degree program rolled into just 33 days of deep yogic immersion. (Please go to This Page for more details about the curriculum.)
It is not about touring India with Yoga.
This is about traversing India, Bali &
The Five Great Elements,
Yes, this is an infauxmercial, but It really gets at the spirit of our work!
The surroundings themselves are an integral part of the curriculum.
Goa Though there are amazing things we can say about all of these places, I think the thing many people that are escaping a cold northern winter will be happy enough to know is that our first destination is that of a warm tropical beach! Here we will have a rest from our long travel to India and a detailed orientation to Goa, India, the training, and to one another. Goa is a great for this, as it welcomes adventurous yogi-travelers from around the world. It will ease you into India comfortably; as opposed to what could be a shocking plunge elsewhere in the country.
Bhakti Kutir is a unique eco lodge, just one beautiful hiking minute from Goa's famous Palolem Beach. Here you can experience the luxuries of nature. Here the trees are not removed to build huts. The huts are built around the trees. Literally, some huts have trees growing right up thru them, and some (not all) have outdoor showers that, though still enclosed and private, allow you to shower under the sun or stars. (However, you can also opt for a more "normal", less adventurous, room).
The food is also amazing, with many delicious vegetarian, vegan and raw food choices. BK has its own organic farm from which the food comes; including a green smoothie bar!
Study nature, love nature,
stay close to nature. It will never fail you.
~ Frank Lloyd Wright
Please Note: All lodging throughout the tour is eco-friendly and double occupancy; unless you pay additional expenses for a separate room well ahead of time. Rooms with outdoor showers are limited and may all be taken. All Meals are vegetarian (with vegan options). Also, this training should not be used as an opportunity to detox. Alcohol, Tobacco or similar products are not allowed and such addictions should be overcome before coming. Furthermore, this is not a singles event. Any "hooking up" will have to transpire after the training. / Your room-mate will surely appreciate all of the above too!
Dudh Sagar (Milk Sea) is a 2-3 hour (optional) excursion from Goa. Yes! thats a train going in front of the falls! We will be taking that train to Hampi...
Training / Adventour
is NOT for everyone!
If you know you are prone to complain often ~ though knowing it probably isn't going to change anything;
if inconvenience & moderate discomforts disturb you to no end;
if you literally need air-conditioning;
if a dozen ants at the entrance of your bamboo hut can keep you from entering; if mosquito's throw you into conniption fits; if sleeping overnight on a rickety train sounds like punishment for a lifetime of bad karma; if using a squat-toilet illicit's a sense of horror in you;
if you're a shop-a-holic and cannot pass a great bargain, even though you already have more than you can carry alone; If barking dogs, crowing roosters, heat, traffic, crowds...
...you get the idea!
And all of the above is inherent in the nature of this experience:
the challenge, the unexpected,
stepping outside your comfort zone.
This is not a vacation!
Nor is this simply a tour.
We really mean it when we say Training; and we really mean it when we say Adventour!
One of our many Earth Element classrooms
"Hampi is located within the ruins of the city of Vijayanagara, the former capital of the Vijayanagara Empire. Predating the city of Vijayanagara, Hampi continues to be an important religious centre, housing the Virupaksha Temple and several other monuments belonging to the old city. The ruins are a UNESCO World Heritage Site." (wikipedia). Legend also declares it as the birthplace of Hanuman, the monkey god. I would add that the Hindu Flinstones must have lived here as well. Pictures really do not do the place justice, nor does the video to the right (though a decent attempt at the landscape). However the video doesn't cover any of the endless temples carved out of the land, like the one pictured above. This is best saved for real-time! Of all places in India, Hampi never disappoints. Many have come back to Hampi after the training/tour for a longer stay.
It is at Hampi that we will find our greatest classroom for studying and experiencing the Earth Element.
Besides ancient stone ruins, Hampi is also considered the world's Mecca for Bouldering (a type of Rock Climbing). Therefore we had to make it an option. Nevertheless, it is entirely optional! If so, our guide is likley to be Vikas. Since I met him back in 2010 (when he was only 16) he has become a rock climbing rock star. We knew he was potentailly a great climber even back then -before he was discovered- and back when he did it with bare feet!
Climbing OPTION (...on your day off!)
Though climbing is an incredible root chakra (earth element) practice that is about overcoming ones fears; with every movement being an intensely focused asana; that must rise above ones fears to conquer the task at hand; that naturally evolves into intense meditation; that inevitably cultivates into blissful exhileration; and probably the closest to NIrvana most people, yogi or not, will ever come; climbing is, nevertheless, just a 1 day option. And for those who are not up for it, they will find many equally amazing things to do there. But you might want to watch the video anyway just to see the amazing landscape.
This is only half of our Yoga Training - Adventour!
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(Pyramid Valley, Auroville, Pondicherry & BALI!) as well as other important information, including the amount of this investment!