Journey to the motherland of Yoga and immerse yourself in yoga, meditation and ayurveda at the peaceful sanctuary of Maitreyi Vedic Village. Relax in the quiet and beauty of nature in the Tamil Nadu countryside away from cities and a busy pace of life. Take time to connect with your Soul opening to your innate radiance. Each morning of this 10-day retreat we will awake to greet the day with Vedic chanting, silent meditation and an Ayurvedic yoga class aimed at gently building the inner agni (internal fire) while balancing your body and mind.
This retreat includes a strong focus on Ayurveda, the sister science of Yoga, aimed at balancing the body through understanding of the five elements and 3 doshas. Participants will receive a consultation with the resident Vaidya (Ayurvedic Doctor) to assess your individual needs at the beginning of the retreat. Then you will be given seven Ayurvedic treatments (1 per day with a couple days off for excursions) aimed at deeply relaxing the body, calming the nervous system and restoring the body to balance and wholeness. Treatments often include abhyanga (relaxing oil Ayurvedic massage), shirodhara (oil streamed on the forehead to reduce stress and tension) and herbal formulas to support health. The regular Ayurvedic treatments for the duration of the retreat will support a deep rejuvenation process in your body and mind.
There is free time throughout the day to explore the retreat grounds, take a walk through the organic gardens at Maitreyi, journal, explore personal yoga practice, enjoy the resident cows or sit and simply Be. Afternoons include a gentle yoga and guided meditation session focusing on self-inquiry and some days will include a talk on Ayurveda or yoga philosophy. The evening sessions rotate between a spiritual talk, kirtan (chanting), and/or silent meditation. Three delicious Ayurvedic, vegetarian meals are served daily. Private sessions with the teachers can be scheduled during the retreat.
Other optional retreat activities include homas (fire ceremonies) led by the resident pandits (priests), and two excursions to nearby temples and a tea plantation.
This ten-night retreat begins with an evening meal at 6 pm on Monday, March 5th and ends mid-morning on Thursday, March 15th after a morning session and breakfast. This retreat is perfect for anyone with some prior yoga and meditation experience. If you have practiced yoga for awhile, but are new to meditation please feel free to contact us and check in.