India never fails to astound with it’s onslaught of sights, sounds, smells, colours and tastes. It is an extremely visceral place as I once again on my twelfth trip discovered. I was in India in March to co-host a retreat with my extraordinary partner in Namaste Retreats India, Veechi Shahi. As always, India offers experience after experience and even a seasoned India traveler like myself, is transported to another world in another time and on what feels like another planet.Read More
When we retreat (from the world) into ourselves, something deep within us is accessed. We nourish ourselves in a new way. In a way that we long for in our very active lives but in a way that perhaps we’ve glimpsed but not yet delved into. When we retreat, our senses are sharpened, we become more in tune with our inner selves, our inner voice, our intuition and something changes.Read More
Incredible India has a mystical allure that is unsurpassed by any other country in the world. In fact India compels one to visit, calling and calling and our hearts desire cannot be quelled until we go. Being the country of ancient wisdom, the birthplace of Yoga, Meditation and Ayurveda, India has so much to offer. Everything is vibration and different vibrations have different frequencies.Read More
Transformation is a fundamental change in a person's sacred or spiritual life. In psychology, spiritual transformation is understood within the context of an individual's meaning system, especially in relation to concepts of the sacred or ultimate concern.Read More
Shaped like an inverted triangle South India is bound by the Arabian Sea on the west, by the Bay of Bengal on the east and Vindhya and Satpura ranges on the north. The Narmada river flows westwards in the depression between the Vindhya and Satpura ranges which define the northern spur of the Deccan plateau.Read More
India is the second most populous country in the world, so food, language and culture greatly vary from one region to another. There is no official national food or dish of India. Curry was adopted and anglicised from the Tamil word kaṟi meaning "sauce", which is usually understood to mean vegetables and/or meat cooked with spices with or without a gravy.Read More
India is a land of diversity, with varied cultures, festivals, and beautiful temples. Temples can be found everywhere—from the hilly areas of the Himalayas to the mountains of Ladakh and from the forgotten villages of Tamil Nadu to the caves of Maharashtra. You can even find them in the deserts of Rajasthan. Every street in India has at least one, be it big or small.Read More
Emotional catharsis is an unconscious emotional reaction in which our suppressed emotions are displayed in all their rawness on someone. It is often associated with situations where we’re feeling vulnerable or triggered. Find out more about Emotional Catharsis and how it can help you, read this blog post by Veechi Shahi, co-founder of Namaste Retreats India.Read More
A "mantra" is a sacred utterance, a numinous sound, a syllable, word or phonemes, or group of words in Sanskrit believed by practitioners to have psychological and spiritual powers. Mantra meditation helps to induce an altered state of consciousness. A mantra may or may not have a syntactic structure or literal meaning.Read More
Annie Wyatt of Namaste Retreats India is making a delicious Green Juice. Watch her easy-to-follow step-by-step video to get an idea of the kind of juices you'll be enjoying during your detox and cleansing retreat in India.Read More
Do yourself a favour before going to India: be prepared! Get into the right mindset and you'll never forget the things you experience there. Knowing a few India travel essentials before hitting the ground will help you adjust more quickly.
Although India can be a challenging place to travel for the uninitiated, fortunately, the reward is well worth the time it takes to adjust to such a vastly busy, exciting place!Read More
Located in the foothills of the Himalayas in northern India, Rishikesh is known as the 'Gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas' and 'Yoga Capital of the World'.It is known as the pilgrimage town and regarded as one of the holiest places to Hindus. Hindu sages and saints have visited Rishikesh since ancient times to meditate in search of higher knowledge.Read More
Gokarna means cow's ear…It is believed that Lord Shiva emerged from the ear of a cow (Prithvi, the Mother Earth) here. It is at the ear-shaped confluence of two rivers Gangavali and Aghanashini.
Gokarna is known as one of the seven important Hindu pilgrimage centers as well as a holiday destination. The town is full of coconut, banana and other trees, blue seas and clean sands.Read More
The first priority in life is good health. Good health is a determining factor for both material and spiritual satisfaction. Yoga is an integral system bringing good health to body and mind as well as spiritual union or contentment with one´s own self.
The origins of Yoga are in the Vedas, the 6000 year old scriptures of India. ´Yoga´ comes from the root word yuj, ‘to yoke’/’to connect’. Merging oneself with the universal soul is Yoga. An unripe individual has ego, jealousy, anger, etc. By overcoming these negative qualities, the individual soul (microcosm) becomes purified and can unite with the universal soul (macrocosm).Read More
Ayurveda, a natural system of healing wisdom, originated in India more than 5,000 years ago. This Sanskrit word Ayurveda translates as “the knowledge of life” (ayur means life, while veda means science or knowledge). Ayurvedic medicine is practiced widely today in modern India and now also extends its influence worldwide, including the practice of following an Ayurvedic diet.Read More
Fasting has long been practiced by so many who have come before us who have fasted as a tool to access their deeper selves, to cleanse the body and purify the mind. This has a strong effect on us as we open to a deeper connection within and without.Read More
India - the birthplace of Yoga, Ayurveda and meditation - is a place of ancient wisdom and incredible beauty. Come along on a journey to discover and explore, not only the country but yourself and meet Veechi and Annie - an experienced, mindful duo who will guide you through body cleansing, mental and spiritual upliftment and transformation.Read More