Yoga as a Tool to Develop Consciousness

More and more people are now practicing yoga than ever before and this has to do with the fact that yoga deals with the evolution and development of the human personality. The very word ‘yoga’ in Sanskrit means to join together but what are we joining together? Different parts of our self and different parts of our personality.

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Annie Wyatt
Your Retreat Host Veechi Shahi

Veechi’s mission is to inspire women to live life to the fullest. She is an exuberant, joyous and deeply-connected Life and Wellness coach & trainer, who believes in the wonder of Life. She offers Life and Wellness Coaching, Stress Management, Women Empowerment Workshops and Meditation for Individuals, Groups, Institutes and Corporate clients.

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Annie Wyatt
Clarity on Yoga

Yoga is an entire system of practises designed to bring about complete Self Realisation. There are many ways in which we can apply yogic knowledge in order to attain this deep understanding of the Self. Some would say that everything is yoga. The great sage, Patanjali authored the Yoga Sutras which is the main text that yoga practitioners (yogi’s or yogini’s) refer to on the path of yoga.

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Annie Wyatt
Juice Fasting to Develop Consciousness Awareness

Fasting is a practice that is as old as time itself. Mainly people would fast for spiritual reasons. Fasting cleanses the body while it purifies the mind. It stands to reason then that to be aligned with one’s spiritual nature which is clean and clear, one’s body also needs to be clean and clear in order to be a kind of channel for the spirit to manifest.

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Wellness Travel

Wellness Travel is all the rage these days and for good reason. The world is becoming smaller and smaller especially for seasoned travellers. Even if you’re not used to travelling, we are living in the information age which means that we’ve investigated every part of our trip even before we take the trip. Oftentimes we are looking for a rest from our holiday abroad and with trains, planes, automobiles and itineraries, we need a vacation after our vacation.

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Annie Wyatt
The Goddess Ganga and The Ganges River

Regarded as sacred by Hindus, the river is personified as the goddess Ganga in ancient texts and art. Ritual bathing in the Ganges was and is an important part of Hindu pilgrimage and the ashes of the cremated are often spread across her waters.

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Orange, Red and White

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.

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Annie Wyatt
Retreat, Pray, Self Love

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.

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Annie Wyatt
Travel to India for a Transformational Retreat?

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.

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Annie Wyatt
Transformation means Parivartan

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.

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Annie Wyatt
The South of India

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.

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Annie Wyatt
Is Curry an Indian dish?

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.

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Two Million Temples in India

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.

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Annie Wyatt
Emotional Catharsis

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.

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Chanting Mantras

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.

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Make a delicious Green Juice

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.

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How to prepare for your trip to India

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!

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Annie Wyatt
Welcome to the Yoga Capital of the World

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.

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Annie Wyatt
Temples and Beaches in Gokarna

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.

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Yoga for your health

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).

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Annie Wyatt