Experiences to cherish: visiting the heart of Ayurveda and Yoga

By Jamila Colozzi 21 November 2019
“The plants, falling from heaven, said ‘The man, whom living we pervade, will not perish.'”

—RIG VEDA

 

In the summer months, the weather is warm and balmy in Kerala, land of the coconuts. Rains feed the vast network of life flowing from the Western Ghats, the majestic mountains lining the Kerala state of southwestern India. Thousands of medicinal plants grow in this tropical paradise. The mountains have supplied the people of this region with healing as well as protection from outside influence. Here the Vedic traditions have been practiced, passed on from generations of healers, known as Vaidyas. Though medicinal plants grow throughout the natural world, it is only in the birthplace of Ayurveda where a 5,000-year-old legacy of health science is still practiced. As preserving the ancient wisdom is our mission at Kerala Ayurveda, sharing the heart of Ayurveda and Yoga is sharing our heart with yours.

 

Our India Immersion program offers rich cultural and educational opportunities, though we observe a common theme amongst everyone’s favorite memories: they cherish the connections.

 

Connection with the community

Lunch service on a traditional Kerala houseboat cruise through the backwaters

 

Connections with Kerala’s noble creatures

Elephant encounters in the Kerala jungles

 

Connection with nature

Rapids in the untouched nature of Periyar National Park

 

Connection with something greater

Hike in Periyar National Park, Western Ghats mountain chain

 

Connection with new friends met along the journey

Chenda Melam – traditional Kerala percussion group

 

Connections with current friends, deepened

Walking paths in the gardens of AyurvedaGram Heritage Wellness Center

 

Connection with the Self

Yoga class at AyurvedaGram Heritage Wellness Center

 

We are proud of our lineage and the dynamic resources we have to offer – a vast network of Ayurvedic clinicians, herbals gardens, cutting edge research and a herbal manufacturing unit. But what we are most gratified to share is the space to connect with something profound, which manifests in all of the above ways. The inner healer, or Vaidya, is within you always, and simultaneously all-pervading. It sprouts in plant form, flows in water, awaits us in silence and spreads through the joyful vibration of human laughter.

 

Our next India Immersion is coming summer 2020!

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