An Ayurvedic journey of a lifetime: India Immersion 2020

By Jamila Colozzi 26 November 2019
At Kerala Ayurveda, we have a phrase for what happens when our Immersion participants enter the gateway of Ayurveda in India for the first time: they have a “heart experience.”

 

Do you remember the first time you touched the soil and roots of a plant you ate, and connected with its wisdom? Perhaps in the harvest season, you look forward to visiting a favorite orchard for picking fresh fruit. If you’re lucky, maybe you have a garden of your own and enjoy the medicinal benefits of what you grow on a daily basis. This connection to the source of life is a heartfelt vibration, and the underlying current of our upcoming India Immersion 2020: Journey to the Heart of Ayurveda and Yoga.

Ayurveda’s principles as a life science are universal, which makes them relevant and adaptable to wellness seekers and practitioners everywhere. We call it the “common sense science” for this reason, for we all contain the mechanism and intelligence to heal within us. This awareness is the first step of the healing process – connecting with the inner Vaidya. In the west, we are searching for answers to chronic lifestyle illnesses. Ayurveda tells us: we can find the mechanism within! To guide this process, Ayurveda provides an elegant framework for understanding and supporting the inner healer. The ancient people of India who documented the Vedic texts, including Ayurveda, lived and breathed this science every day. Many of our trip participants feel they are “coming home” during their visit to India. For immersing themselves in a culture who fully embraces a holistic health science is an initiation for the heart – the true seat of consciousness.

As Ayurveda is a 5,000 year-old tradition, it manifests in the everyday customs of the Indian people. Every ritual of daily life represents a fluid relationship and understanding of nature. For participants who are familiar with Ayurveda’s principles, your heart experience will bring to life the principles and ingredients you have studied. If you’re new to Ayurveda, our Immersion offers the best foundational introduction possible to the science of life!

 

For the first time in 2020, we’re inviting India Immersion participants to tour India from north to south!

The journey begins with the breathtaking sites and cultural gems of the north, including Delhi, Agra, Rishikesh, Haridwar and Jaipur. You’ll behold the magnificent architecture with in-depth city tours and visit the lifeline of India: the sacred Ganges River, which enters the plains from the northern Himalayan Mountains.

 

An insider’s pass to Ayurveda’s full spectrum practice at Kerala Ayurveda Limited

After seven days of sightseeing, our India Immersion heads south and arrives at Kerala Ayurveda’s Health Village in Cochin, Kerala. Here you’ll be introduced to authentic Ayurveda in India with an insider’s pass to Kerala Ayurveda Limited’s healing services, gardens and product manufacturing process.

 

Study the herbs up close with an Ayurvedic master Vaidya

You’ll be guided by our Trip Leader, Vaidya Jayarajan Kodikannath – an Ayurvedic scholar, clinician and our academy director. In this rare opportunity, you can learn about the healing herbs documented in the Vedas in a hands-on botanical tour. Our factory will open its doors to show you how we produce the traditional Ayurvedic formulations and products, from seed to shelf.

 

Observe Ayurvedic therapies up close

Ayurveda is practiced as fully-fledged medical system, and we bring our India Immersion participants right into the healing sessions! You’ll have the unique chance to see special techniques practiced only in India during special therapy demos and support Kerala Ayurveda’s doctors in consultation camps.

 

The natural wonders of Kerala

Then we’ll hit the road to discover the natural wonders of the Kerala countryside! From the summits of Periyar National Park, you’ll view miles of surrounding nature – where the spices of the Vedas grow wild. In the Western Ghats mountains, you can connect with the soul of Kerala, known by its people as “God’s Country.” It is thanks to these majestic peaks that Ayurveda has been preserved for thousands of years and practiced continuously by the local people, protected from outside influence.

 

Cruise the Kerala backwaters in traditional houseboat style

The backwaters of Kerala offer one of the most enchanting sights of the region. You’ll view this natural phenomenon in style – by traditional houseboat – gliding through the network of canals, lagoons and lakes. We stay on the shores of Vembanad Lake with every India Immersion group, the largest lake in Kerala. Migratory species of birds come through the area seasonally, filling  the atmosphere with their song.

 

Enter the heart of healing – award-winning AyurvedaGram resort

The trip concludes with a personalized Ayurvedic Yoga retreat, workshops and cultural festivities at award-winning AyurvedaGram Heritage Wellness Centre – among the top five Ayurvedic health resorts in the country. The lush medicinal gardens and antique Kerala homes compose a classical healing complex – a serene ambiance to elevate the soul.

Your stay at AyurvedaGram includes a Complete Rejuvenation Package including an Ayurvedic Doctor consultation, personalized Ayurvedic bodywork therapies, herbal formulations if required, daily Yoga, meditation and Pranayama (breathwork). AyurvedaGram’s dining establishment is an exclusive vegetarian restaurant famous for its Kerala-style preparations and other South Indian delicacies. In this heart of healing, you’ll experience the power of Ayurveda and Yoga as they were traditionally practiced for thousands of years – an immersive mind-body-spirit approach .

 

We designed our India Immersion to offer all levels of knowledge an opportunity to witness firsthand the holistic soul of India. It is a rich cultural heritage we are proud to uphold at Kerala Ayurveda. Is your heart calling you the Vedas’ birthplace?