A yoga retreat involves traveling to a place that is surrounded by natural beauty, we choose beautiful locations such as Matheran and Alibagh. Through yoga retreat, your body, mind, and soul are relaxed by taking the practice of yoga and meditation on the beaches or in the shadow of towering mountains. Come along with us in these amazing experiences and connect closely with nature, feel an intimate sense of rejuvenation, health, and happiness. Our retreats are generally 5 to 10 days long.
Retreats are curated thoughtfully; they provide a completely different travel/vacation experience. It’s an opportunity to gain a new perspective from the people you’d perhaps otherwise not have met, to explore, and learn/do something new.
The inception of yoga was in the lap of nature, in the woods. We all know yoga’s ancient tradition was priceless; it was developed by pure observation in nature’s laws, the animals and the balance between man and the 5 elements. The five basic elements of which nature is made of (earth, water, fire, wind, space). Knowledge of the five elements allows the yogi to understand the laws of nature and to use yoga to attain greater health, power, knowledge, wisdom and happiness.
Each element is representative of moods and physical processes. The first element earth represents grounding and calming self, keeping the ego in check of an individual. It is associated with the energy of bones, muscles, tissues, and “hot” illnesses, such as infection. Water provides the ability to adapt, flow, act selflessly. It is associated with rules in your blood, other bodily fluids, and “cold” illnesses, such as joint pain. Fire brings confidence and courage. The energy of metabolism, drive, and creativity are associated with it. Air/Wind represents a channel for clear communication and self-expression. It influences your ability to act from a place of compassion and love; jealousy occurs when out of balance. The last element ether/space is representative of a container for all the other elements. the source of intuition and wisdom from the universe, it is associated with magnanimity and expansion.
We all are well aware of the fact that the act that yoga can play a huge role in making a person healthy, both mentally and physically also yoga connects body, mind and soul. Being in nature has a positive effect on our psychology. Practicing yoga in nature is the most effective way that not only helps us to deepen our practice but more so helps us to reunite with nature and furthermore to our relationship with the Divine.
Practicing yoga amidst nature brings us into a whole other dimension. When we are in a natural environment, we function in the most optimal way. Being in nature forces us to become fully aware and develop our senses .The scent of nature, the observation of the sea, the view of the endless sky, the colours of the trees, the sound of the birds, the feeling of the wind in our skin, these experiences have a relaxing effect on our nervous system. Being in nature is being totally alive in the present. Nature offers us inspiration, everything we are, everything we have developed as a progressive human race, we have derived from nature. While being in natural surroundings we experience ourselves in more depth, thus we have a deeper experience of our practice.
In clean and divine surroundings, by conscious breathing, we bring pure oxygen directly to the lungs, heart and brain function. Using the breathing techniques in nature we release toxins, tension, negative feelings while increasing our cell’s life. Environmental consciousness is developed. We create an interdependent relationship of love and care with nature, which continues lifelong.
Being in direct contact with the earth, we profoundly train ourselves in balance, because the ground forces us to make the right effort. the sense of proprioception is increased which is the feeling of positioning the body in space. Also, the practice concentration is sharpened, which takes our practice to the next level.
We are at ease, the mind quiets easily so we can cultivate inner peace. A spiritual relationship with ourselves is developed, we learn to adjust, to feel and live in harmony with the surrounding, not competing to survive, but co-exists. All these make the feeling of happiness grow, here we are truly out of the box.
Retreats are not just doing some random asanas in some exotic locations. It is an experience that connects you to yourself; your body, mind and soul resonate with each other. The invisible shell we trap ourselves in is shattered, old patterns are changed, it is a whole new experience, which freshens you. And the best way to do anything is doing it the way it was originally intended, and yoga is supposed to be in the lap of nature. This experience just cannot be expressed in words, to understand this you have to experience it!