Listed in: Ayurveda Yoga Holiday
Stayed at the Ashram from 20th to 26th November 2011
I chose the Ashram after extensive research on the internet for the final week of my stay in India. Everything I read on-line from the pages of the website seemed to reach out to me, so I went along with my instincts and booked a yoga/Ayurvedic break for the end of November 2011.
feeling quite exhausted from trekking in the Himalaya, I arrived in Vrindavan wondering what I might expect. From the moment I stepped through the gate from the busy streets outside and walked through the garden, up the path, I felt a peace descend on me.
There is the most amazing calmness about the place, which gathers you up and pulls you into its daily rhythm with meditation, yoga and ayurvedic massage. Each day was a wonderful experience starting with early morning meditation in the cave with a focus for the evening Chakra meditation/dance party. Then up to the rooftop for yoga, some days with the fog swirling around which was quite surreal. A scheduled ayurvedic hot oil massage each day was absolute heaven - especially the hot oil poured on the forehead. I was well and truly scrubbed and pampered with hot oils especially prepared for me after the consultation with the doctor on arrival.
Our meals were all home cooked using ayurvedic recipes and fresh ingredients. Initially unsure, I have to say that the food was so beautifully prepared and presented and extremely tasty. It was a wonderful experience, sitting round the table and eating with the family and was one of the many highlights of the week.
There is plenty of time to rest, relax and do whatever makes you happy. I sat in the garden and read, I rested a lot, caught up on my sleep after my travels, chatted with the other guests, visited the kindergarten school and helped serve dinner to the children at lunchtime. Some days, I ventured outside the Ashram, to go shopping at the local Bazaar, visit some of the many temples in Vrindavan or to see one of the ceremonies on the banks of the Yamuna River.
My stay has been a truly memorable experience and one that I will never forget. So, it remains for me to thank you all from the bottom of my heart - Yashendu, Ramona & Balendu, Parnendu, the rest of the family, friends and staff at the Ashram for all the love, care and attention so freely given.
My warmest regards to you all and best wishes for the coming year 2012.
Halifax, United Kingdom