" 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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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 web 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 a bit in India by combining it with a deep yoga training in India.
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" found in Traditional Chinese Medicine and other congruent "medicine wheel" methodologies found throughout the world. However, it is not enough to simply write about the elements to really express their healing and edifying powers ~which encompass the whole universe. They need to be experienced; which is a big reason for the type of "tour" [for lack of a better word] that is combined with this training . Nevertheless, please go to This Page for more details about the training aspects of this journey.
Goa is great for welcoming adventurous yogi-travelers from around the world. It will ease you into India comfortably; which for even some experienced travelers could be a shocking plunge elsewhere.
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 cut down for huts. The huts are built around the trees. In fact, some huts literally have trees growing right up thru them; and some 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. 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!
Dudh Sagar (milk falls) an almost nearby attraction. Yes! thats a train going in front of the falls! We will be taking that train to Hampi...
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.
Besides ancient stone ruins, Hampi is also considered the world's Mecca for Bouldering (a type of Rock Climbing). This is of course an optional excursion, and those who do it should not expect to have a lot of time for it. The thing that I am really glad about is our guide, Vikas (aka Jerry). Since i met him back in 2010, when he was about 16 years old, he has become a rock climbing rock star. We knew he was potentailly a great climber even back then before he was discovered ...back when he did it with barefeet!
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.
Our 200Hr Training/Tour ends at Hampi. So you may want to scroll on down this page to get to the next steps. However we understand that many people that come so far to do a training would also like to see more of India if they have the time. But as mentioned before, trying this without any help can get pretty wild! Therefore, for those who are interested we'd like to suggest the following in order to safely, efficiently and effectively make the most of their time of in India. We can also help you with transport and arrange accommodations; as well as advise you of the best places to visit within the following locations. ~We know it pretty well because every other year the additional extension of our trek that follows is part of our 300Hr training.
As far as Asana-Yoga, the city of Mysore and particularly the Palace is the most significant historical sites for the asana yogi. This is where Krishnamacharya taught, as commisioned by the King, and attracting students who later would spread asana, as a form of yoga, throughout the world.
is it French?
is it Indian?
it is definitely Unique!
Pyramid Valley is home of the worlds largest meditation pyramid. Though the pyramid has symbols for all 5 elements, a pyramid primarily represents the transformmative power of the Fire Element (as the word Pyramid comes from Pyr (fire) Amid (in the midst). Here is where we take our 300hr trainees to practice Vipassana Meditation for 3 days in silence. However if after clicking the link Vipassana seems a bit overwhelming for you, it can be enough just to Be Here! As one Trip Advisor comment put it: Every time I visit this place my mind runs 100 times faster, 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 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:
"Pondy" was occupied by the French and certainly left its influence. Mixed with Indian influence it has a unique charm that you cannot find anywhere else in India. But the biggest influence in Pondicherry is the world famous Sri Aurobindo Ashram which is threaded throughout the town. And just outside the town is Auroville...
Auroville is all about a vision for the future and Vision is the foremost quality of The Space Element.
Meditation Temple at the center of Auroville
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.
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 this...
It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves
- in finding themselves.
~ Andre Gide