Incredible India – The Birthplace of Yoga
Back to the Source…
Experiencing India is often at the top of many yogi’s wishlists – and it is easy to see why. As the homeland of yoga India is a dream destination, it offers a unique opportunity to really immerse yourself into the rich history of yoga and experience a colourful and diverse land like no other!
From experiencing ancient rituals to visiting breathtaking temples and palaces, exploring incredible nature and wildlife to being blown away by India’s bustling cities, floating on mythical rivers to conquering majestic peaks – you could visit India a thousand times and never run out of new sights, sounds and smells to be amazed and enthralled by.
Imagine the opportunity to deepen your knowledge and practice yoga in the very place of its origin – immersing yourself in authentic teaching in surroundings specifically created to support and enhance a nourishing yogic lifestyle.
We know visiting such an exciting land of vivid contrasts can be a little daunting on your own – which is why we have teamed up with Govardan Eco-village to facilitate our Santosha Back to the Source Yoga Teacher Trainings. In one step they will not only book your room in their hilltop retreat centre – but also arrange return pick up and drop off to Mumbai airport, only one hour from the lush hills the village is nestled in.
For those who wish make the most of this opportunity to immerse yourself in the culture and spirituality of this anncient land and explore further, Govardan can assist you with onward travel arrangements – either solo or with your new yoga friends.
Transform your mind, body and soul – experience the wonder and charm of Mother India with Santosha in 2019.
Yoga Living at Govardhan Eco-Village
“This is really heaven on earth. Such dedication to turn vision into reality is rarely seen. No doubt, this will become a beacon of spiritual life for all of us.”
Govardhan Eco-village is a spiritual oasis that illustrates the principles of ‘Simple Living & High Thinking’ – which is not just a principle but a way of life that has to be adapted in the current fast-moving world – to connect with our roots again to experience not just happiness but sheer bliss. Govardhan believe in the concept of service and preserving our mother earth for a better living for all.
The Eco-village is situated amidst the lush green Sahyadri mountain ranges in Wada district, just a two hour drive from Mumbai. The Eco-village is equipped with large yoga studios, eco stay rooms, swimming pool, Kerala Ayurveda Center, beautiful shelters for our cows and horses and many more amenities ensuring a comfortable stay.
Imagine spending 24 Days immersed in the hills of India – soaking up the healing nature for body and mind… and dining on loving prepared Ayurvedic meals for the belly. You will leave not only with the knowledge you take away from the training, but an experience of intuitive yogic way of living based on ancient principles of well being that will last you a lifetime.
The Eco-village contributes to numerous initiatives in tribal welfare, women empowerment and supporting the community of kids in Lady Northcote Hindu Orphanage within our campus.
Humbled to be recognized by UNWTO for promoting sustainable tourism, Govardhan Ecovillage is a perfect place to find inner peace.
Radiant Living in Harmony with Nature
Govardhan Eco-village is a model farm community and a wellness retreat that signifies the importance of living in harmony amongst ourselves and the nature. Being a community that adheres to the rules laid down by the nature, we thoroughly believe in vegetarianism and offer pure sattvic vegetarian food to our beloved devotees and visitors.
As part of your Accommodation package you will be lovingly served three hearty fresh and delicious meals a day – to support your ultimate health of both body of mind while with us on the training. Sattvic food is light and easy to digest, giving your body and digestive system an opportunity to detox and reset during your time on retreat.
Being a ‘Pure Vegetarian Resort’ is one of our many unique charms, which we take pride in. Today, more people have decided to go vegan for ethical, environmental or health reasons and adhering to this notion of being an animal and nature friendly retreat, we at Govardhan Ecovillage promote a sattvic vegetarian diet that not only fulfils your physical needs but also enlightens the sanctity within yourself.
Ancient Wisdom for a Healthy Happy Life!
If you are looking for authentic traditional Ayurveda, Govardhan Ecovillage is heaven – where even the morning tea is made only from herbs like ginger and tulsi, the ground is painted with the traditional cow-dung solution and the lotus of Ayurveda is immersed and well-nourished from its very roots, Govardhan Ecovillage is the place where your search for the true essence and experience of Ayurveda comes to an end.
According to Ayurveda, the body is merely a reflection of the mind and the mind is but a reflection of the eternal soul. Ayurveda is not just a bundle of herbal medicines and massage techniques. Healing of mind is the first step in an authentic Ayurvedic treatment. With a spiritual environment and refreshing natural beauty, you will instantaneously feel relief from stress, anxiety, grief or fear.
At Govardhan Ayurveda, the detoxification process starts with your first breath inside our campus and the first bite of the food that we serve. The food that we serve is prepared from fruits and vegetables that are home-grown and completely organic. At Govardhan Ayurveda, your every bite is a step towards better health.
Ayurveda is not only a traditional medical science but a complete lifestyle. Apart from offering a complete range of Ayurvedic, yogic and Vedic services, we also help our guests to gain an insight into the basics of Ayurveda. With basic Ayurvedic knowledge, we try to empower our guests to make wise food and lifestyle choices and stay healthy forever.
Govardhan Ayurveda is a perfect destination for a comprehensive health holiday – one that bestows well-being to the body, peace to the mind and evolution to the soul!
Explore Diverse India – A Yogi Dream Destination
Stay on and explore homeland of yoga! Here are a few yogi faves to start your planning:
Known as ‘world capital of yoga’ Rishikesh is home to Ashrams and Centers, both ancient and new. Sitiuated alongside the banks of the mighty Ganges this is an ancient holy city – it is believed that meditating here brings one closer to Moksha (Enlightenment)
Nestled in the surrealistic Himalayan ranges, Rishikesh resounds in natural beauty near the flowing river Ganga. The world-famous Sivananda ashram is located here, along with Parmarth Niketan Ashram and Swarg Ashrams on the banks of the Ganga – these are yogi must-visits!
Jhula and Laxman Jhula, suspension bridges across the Ganges are landmarks worth seeing themselves. The highlight of the city is the evening Aarti (Prayer) at the banks of the Triveni Ghat. for the adventurous, fun trips can be arranged to raft down the Ganges, or visit the picturesque and quirky abandoned “Beatles Ashram”.
Beach loving yogis will want to head to Goa on the coast – a favorite for decades amongst the alternative set. Here you can find plenty of opportunities for yoga – alongside pristine beaches, hill-trekking, cosy beach huts and picture-perfect sunsets and sunrises.
North Goa is huge on yoga, with places such as Arambol rich in retreats and yoga opportunities. Do bear on mind in Goa the season is only from Oct – Mar; so plan accordingly.
Considered to be is the birthplace of Modern 20th century Yoga. Sri Krishanmacharya – whose lineage Santosha’s teachers continue to pass on to this day – began teaching here, and it is here where his student Pattabhi Jois created the Ashtanga Yoga center which still attracts thousands of yoga students every year from across the globe.
Mysore’s World Heritage–listed palace brings most travelers here, but the city is also rich in tradition with a deeply atmospheric bazaar district littered with spice stores and incense stalls. Chamundi Hill offers breathtaking views of the city; and is also a fine place to contemplate your time in this diverse and stimulating land.
Yoga evolved in the Himalayas and practicing Meditation in these revered mountains is a dream come true for yogis! Dharamshala is located amidst the mountains towards North India and was the place of refuge for Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama. Thousands flock here every year to visit the life changing-meditation centers, yoga retreats and treks in the stunning mountains surrounding Mcleodganj.
Mountain top Dharamshala and Mcleodganj boast crisp air, majestic views and everything else that the mountains offer. Mcleodganj is a mini-Tibet with Buddhist temples, monasteries and cafes serving delicious thukpas and more. Triund Hill trek is fantastic – there is snow here through the year!
Dharamshala is one of the cheapest and most fantastic options for anyone who would like to spend their time in nature and immerse in meditation and yoga. You can also visit nearby towns like Bhagsu, trek waterfalls and take cooking courses
Kerala is a land of gods, yoga and Ayurveda in South India. Offering many varieties of landscapes from beautiful beaches, forest lands, backwaters and hills,.
The state of Kerela has nearly 600km of Arabian Sea shoreline. It’s known for its palm-lined beaches and backwaters, a network of canals. Inland are the Western Ghats, mountains whose slopes support tea, coffee and spice plantations as well as wildlife. National parks and sanctuaries, are home to elephants, langur monkeys and tigers.
Kerala is also home to many Hindu temples that hold Temple Festivals with unique traditions.
Gokarna is a very spiritual temple town located towards the western coast of Uttar Kannada and has many beautiful beaches. Gokarna is home to fantastic yoga schools, meditation centers, ashrams and retreats.
The city’s charm attracts tourists in large numbers to experience it’s fun and enchanting energy. The sandy beaches and palm trees provide a beautiful setting to rest and restore.
I attended the 300 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Santosha in incredible India. The team of Santosha was there for me I felt from day one until the last day… their support and love was like an ocean.
This course has inspired, challenged and pushed me to be more at peace with my physical practice, my spiritual and mental wellness. I have learnt to appreciate each moment as it comes and not to worry about the small things in life. The teacher training also helped me gain valuable knowledge into the art of yoga and yoga philosophy. This course will help anyone who is interested in exploring yoga and deepening their practice. I have noticed dramatic difference in my practice and peace of mind.
The Asana classes are inspiring. There is a lot of focus on alignment, how to give instructions and adjusting students. The teachers are very approachable and take really good care of you. Sunny & Peter have a lot of experience and are very knowledgeable, they shared their knowledge with love. Children, Pre & Post Natal and the Pranayama teaching I received is so rich of knowledge and very helpful.
The meditation and Zen philosophy was very interesting while Kirtan, Mantra, Yantra and the Puja was not to be missed.
The journey was marvellous the experience I gained was and is tremendous.
More importantly, it has taught me the art of teaching and being a teacher, and continues to inspire me to learn more!
I am blessed to had this opportunity and THANKS to all for this wonderful month.
Miranda El Shentinawi xx