Experiences of Meditation and Ayurveda Yoga Retreats at the Ashram - 24 Nov 11

24 Nov 2011  Vrindavan, India

Category: Ashram

Retreat at the Ashram

At the moment we have a full Ashram and enjoy the time with our guests very much. They have come for different retreats, the Ayurveda yoga Holiday and the meditation retreat. It is an international group and we daily have fun with different languages, talking about customs in different countries and comparing whether the vegetables that we eat here are available there or not. They are from Germany, Australia, France, Portugal and the UK.

Most of the participants take part in daily meditation classes. Twice a day they either go into my cave to meditate or they enjoy Chakra dance, a dynamic meditation to energize and stimulate their energy centers. Nearly all of them also take daily Ayurvedic massages and have daily yoga classes. They get Ayurvedic food that fits their body type and of course my mother, in charge of the kitchen, loves to make another special dish every day so we are always surprised about a new item on our dining table. Yashendu is busy guiding them through their programs and I am there for everyone if they have any problem or issue they would like to talk about. After talking to the participants, I thought I share some of their experiences with you so that you get a better idea of how they enjoy their time here.

“During the massage, I felt like a child. It is beautiful to be taken care of so completely from head to toe! You feel so loved, as an individual person! Someone is there, only for you! I never had this feeling in any massage at home!”

“In the beginning you have to get used to not doing anything but now, after a few days, I really like it! I can imagine how difficult it will be to get back to work after my holiday!”

“From the very first email contact I felt special and important. It is a feeling that I still have now.”

“My skin is so soft from this oil! I love it!”

“Normally my nails break really easily and they are thus always very short but here they grow and I have the feeling they get stronger. I don’t know whether it is the climate, the massage oil or maybe the Ayurvedic food but my hair and nails are stronger!”

“I never realize the time during our meditations! One hour goes by so quickly, I feel as though it was only twenty minutes.”

“It is difficult to get so fresh food at home every day. And when I buy spices there, they just never have this taste! I will definitely get some spices here and take them home!”

“I enjoy being just me. I don’t have to pretend to be anyone else!”

“The beautiful thing about the yoga classes is to see how much you improve every day! I was fully stiff when I came one week ago and now I already feel so much more flexible!”

“How beautiful to see the children here every day! Living with them, being with them, it makes you feel alive.”

“There is always someone around whom I can talk to if I want to. And if I don’t want to, I can find a quiet place just for myself, too.”

“I love to have the meditation in the morning and then yoga, some movement to start the day. After that time for yourself to explore the town or just relax before a nice massage and another meditation. Perfect!”

“You see monkeys, squirrels, so many birds and butterflies, we hear the cows in the surrounding and sometimes even some puppies come in. It feels like we are fully in nature!”

It is beautiful to hear all this and to see that they are happy. They interact with the Ashram boys, they laugh and enjoy and while we are sitting here in the office I can hear them giggling outside. We are having a good time together and are happy to have them here.

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I was reading what other people say and could vaguely reconnect with my own experiences when I visited your Ashram. For example I had completely forgot how strange it felt seeing large monkeys climbing up to the second floor of the Ashram in hope to steal something. Seeing so many cows freely walking in the streets was also unusual. How do actually people get milk if cows do not have owner?

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