India

Ayurveda & Yoga Retreat in South India with Dr. Alexina Mehta

A 5-night get-away for healing and rejuvenation March 7 - 12, 2018
Gaden Shartse Monastery Program A Light on the Path to Enlightenment with Juan Ruiz Naupari including Pneuma Breathwork March 1 - 7, 2018

Join Naturopathic Physician, Yoga and Pilates teacher, and Energy Medicine Practitioner, Dr. Alexina Mehta for a restorative and replenishing 5 nights at the world renowned Ayurvedagram.

This retreat offers you consultations with an Ayurvedic doctor, 2 treatments daily, 3 delicious meals a day, yoga and meditation practices as well as additional daily sessions with Dr. Alexina Mehta in the conference room at Ayurvedagram sharing yoga practices and lectures on awakening your inner healer. The winner of numerous excellence awards, Ayurvedagram Heritage Wellness Centre in Bangalore, India delivers true healing through authentic Ayurveda and Yoga. A pre-retreat program extension is also offered at Gaden Shartse Monastery with Juan Ruiz Naupari that focuses on unlocking intuitive knowledge on a path to enlightenment using Pneuma Breathwork among other tools. READ MORE

Tour Leader Dr. Alexina Mehta

Alexina Mehta is a Naturopathic Physician who inspires others to access their innate, creative healing potential. Through her teachings, she seeks to empower people to step into what is possible for them.

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About This Retreat

This retreat combines authentic Kerala Ayurveda with yoga practices for full mind-body-spirit healing and rejuvenation. Ayurvedagram Heritage Wellness Centre is an ideal location. Set in a serene 7-acres of sprawling lush greenery with more than 200 species of rare medicinal herbs, the centre has a tranquil, refreshing and healing atmosphere. 

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Part of the lush gardens at Ayurvedagram, India

Since inception, the centre has become internationally reputed for authentic Ayurveda treatments and long-term rejuvenation programs. Scientific implementation of pure traditional knowledge in a professional way is the secret behind this recognition. A perfect blend of time-honoured diagnostic methods including pulse diagnosis, conventional therapies, and effective herbal medicines from Kerala Ayurveda Limited (KAL), customized Yoga, Pranayama, and Meditation, and balanced vegetarian diet as per the classical Ayurveda scriptures is the core program at Ayurvedagram.

Your retreat leader, Dr. Alexina Mehta, will supplement this program with optional lectures and practices for body and mind around a popular subject which she often shares on: “Awakening Your Inner Healer”. 
 
Do you wonder how you can create conditions for optimal healing for yourself?
Are you interested in discovering who your inner healer is?
 
Specifically, Dr. Mehta will be sharing on:

  • Practices to Awaken Your Inner Healer: meditation, visualization, self-observation, and meditation
  • How a spiritual understanding of your health is necessary to become empowered and treat the root causes
  • Understanding the root causes of illness and what you can do about them
  • Virtue medicine: The nectar of healing
  • Honouring the divine feminine and divine masculine, mother earth, and her medicines
  • Natural medicine from around the world: A comparison of different systems and how they can help you (i.e. Ayurveda, Natural Medicine, Astrology, and other Spiritual Perspectives on Medicine from Mystical traditions)
  • Foods, herbs, and plants to support the Nervous system, Lymphatic system, Hormonal system, Skeletal system, Muscle system, Skin, Respiratory system, Cardiovascular system, Urinary system, Reproductive system
  • Self-care Tips for Optimal Health

Please click on "MONASTERY PROGRAM" above to learn more about the program at Gaden Shartse Monastery prior to the retreat at Ayurvedagram. 

Ayurveda: History & Treatments

Kerala Ayurveda: Pure Herbs

Ayurveda started with pure herbal preparations. Parts of trees, shrubs, and plants were freshly gathered and made into simple, safe, effective remedies for illnesses. These were applied externally and ingested and used along with touch-therapies, dietary interventions, and lifestyle alterations to keep Life Balance.

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The pharmacy at Ayurvedagram

Some 2500 years ago, the first of many add-ons to Ayurveda came in the form of using extracts/powders/burnt residue of metals, gems, minerals and poisons to cure chronic and difficult ailments. They could be effective but, unless carefully made and administered only by specially trained doctors, could harm as well.

Over the centuries, successive waves of invasions into the Indian sub-continent brought new systems of belief, which integrated with indigenous Ayurveda and changed it. Today Kerala remains the only bastion of pure ancient Ayurveda. This is because no one ever invaded her. Thus she preserved purely herbal Ayurveda. This form of Ayurveda is naturally gentle, completely safe and has no side effects. In its holistic purity it heals the full body-mind-spirit continuum.

Treatments Available at Ayurvedagram

The traditional Kerala Ayurveda therapies and herbal medicines can be used both to cure various ailments (Curative) as well as to improve general health (Rejuvenation). The effect of Kerala therapies differs with the oil, herbs, and other ingredients used.

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Shirodhara is a gentle but powerful Ayurvedic treatment

The highly trained staff at Ayurvedagram offers a number of massage-based treatments such as Shirodhara, the use of specific oils poured continuously on the centre of the forehead to induce deep relaxation and rejuvenation, and Abhyanga, a full body warm oil massage to promote overall good health. A full range of treatments can be seen on Ayurvedagram’s website.

A Typical Day at Ayurvedagram

6.15 – 7am: Awake to the sound of birds and proceed for a morning walk along our beautiful 1-kilometre pathway
7am: Prabhatacharya – The morning regimen with Nasya, Gandoosha, Netraseka, Karnapoorana, etc.
7.30-8.15am: Group Yoga Session
8.30-9.15am: Breakfast
10-11am: Ayurveda Therapy
12.15-1pm: Group Pranayama Session
1-2pm: Lunch
3.15-4pm: Group Meditation Session
4-4.45pm: Ayurveda Therapy
5.30-6pm: Evening walk
6pm: Doctor Visit
7-8.30pm: Dinner

The above schedule is subject to change according to the needs of the patient and the therapy prescribed by the Doctor. Your retreat will also include discussion and lectures with Dr. Alexina Mehta.

Accommodation & Guest Facilities

There are 2 types of room available for this retreat: Heritage or Classic. 

Classic rooms are all found in one large house called Kuroor Mana, a 160 year-old ancestral home that once belonged to the famous Kuroor family of Trichur in Central Keralawhich. Today it also houses the Yoga Hall. The rooms all have ensuite bathrooms, cable TV and a desk. They are comfortable and provide everything you need for an enjoyable stay. 

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A classic room at Ayurvedagram

Heritage rooms are in 18th and 19th century cottages. Some of them have high rafters and a traditional vaulted ceiling while others are filled with beautiful rosewood and teak, with wooden walls. Some rooms have “open bathrooms”, open to the sky in a private garden with high walls; some are semi-detached (meaning you step onto your own little veranda inside your cottage but outside your room, into a courtyard garden, from which you step into your covered conventional bathroom). Heritage rooms are all spacious and atmospheric transporting you back in time while ensuring today’s needs are fully met. 

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The Poet's Cottage, a heritage room at Ayurvedagram

Ayurvedagram also offers a wide range of guest facilities and amenities including a 1-km walking track, a gym, an activity centre and library, a yoga hall, restaurant, and more. See the Ayurvedagam website for full details.

Getting There

The program at the Monastery finishes at 12:00 noon on March 7th. You will then take a late afternoon flight from Hubli (HBX) to Bangalore (BLR) (own expense, please book the 4:30 pm flight), and from there be transfered to Ayurvedagram. The transfer from Bangalore Airport to Ayurvedagram is included in the Retreat Price.

Your dinner and overnight stay at Ayurvedagram on March 7th are included in the Retreat Price. Treatments and workshops begin on March 8th and continue through March 11th. You will depart Ayurvedagram on March 12th after breakfast. Your transfer to the Bangalore Airport is included in the retreat price.

Please click on "MONASTERY PROGRAM" above to learn more about the program at Gaden Shartse Monastery prior to the retreat at Ayurvedagram.

Gaden Shartse Monastery Program Details

Learn more about the program at Gaden Shartse Monastery in this video. 

Gaden Shartse Monastery Program: A Light on the Path to Enlightenment with Juan Ruiz Naupari including Pneuma Breathwork

March 1-7, 2018

Please join us for a special course in South India in March, 2018. Your 6-night stay at the Gaden Shartse Monastery in the Doeguling Tibetan Settlement in Mundgod, Karnataka, South India includes teachings and Pneuma Breathwork.

If you are considering attending, please apply now for your Protected Area Permit as processing take 3 months. Please see the "Getting There" section below.

The essential purpose of "A Light on the Path" is to help us achieve enlightenment. More specifically, it allows us to update the paths of intuitive knowledge that can lead to illumination. "A Light on the Path" will be presented at Gaden Shartse Monastery in India from the vision of Pneuma, the path of knowledge, by Juan Ruiz Naupari.

Atisha was one of the great masters of Tibetan Buddhism. Throughout his life he wrote, translated, and edited more than 200 books, out of which 79 have been preserved in Tibetan. One of his most outstanding works is the poem, "The Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment”, which originated the Lamrim Tradition; the gradual path towards enlightenment. One of his most important legacies was the development of the Lobjong mind-training practices, and the importance of the concept and practice of "bodhicitta".

Juan is also very happy to be celebrating their 25 years of collaboration with the Gaden Shartse Monastery and he looks forward to your presence in March!

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Your program leader Juan Ruiz Naupari with His Holiness the Dalai Lama

What is Pneuma Breathwork?

Pneuma Breathwork is a powerful technique for expanding our consciousness. The majority of ancestral traditions have sought to engender these transpersonal states as a tool for healing, inner development, and inner guidance. You may experience any of the following benefits from this practice.
 
Physical Benefits:

  • Purifies the blood, cells, expels toxins from the lungs
  • Strengthens the nervous system
  • Balances the cerebral hemispheres
  • Expands lung capacity
  • Strengthens the nervous system
  • Increases physical endurance
  • Produces an extensive alpha rhythm in the brain
  • Helps control stress
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Juan Ruiz Naupari teaching Pneuma Breathwork 

Psychological Benefits:

  • Helps to break addictions and cleanse physical and psychological influences
  • Liberates fears, phobias, obsessive compulsive tendencies
  • Increases self-esteem
  • Unlocks pent-up emotions from a space of understanding and forgiveness without the need for painful catharsis
  • Leads to the progressive integration of the qualities of consciousness, producing a significant boost in our inner transformation
  • Allows us to establish ourselves in a permanent centre of consciousness, from where we are able to reframe all those circumstances pertaining to our personal history

Energetic Benefits:

  • Stimulates energy centre and allows for a free movement within this centre
  • Produces alertness and directs vital energy to the whole organism
  • Recharges the electromagnetic field
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At the Gaden Shartse Monastery, India

Transpersonal and Spiritual Benefits:

  • Activates the spiritual memory through the direct experience of higher consciousness
  • Produces states of recognition with Love, Peace, and Happiness
  • Produces extra-corporeal experiences, memories of past lives, experiences with Archetypes, Myths, Symbols of diverse ancient traditions and provides an understanding of our life processes and activates the inner Wisdom and recognition of the meaning of existence and our life mission

Contraindications:

  • Pregnant women and those with cardiovascular problems, severe hypertension, glaucoma, detachment of the retina, severe psychiatric disorders (individual cases should be discussed directly with the facilitator), epilepsy, fractures, osteoporosis, and recent surgery 
  • In the case of asthma an inhaler can be brought to the session
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Juan Ruiz Naupari with monks and other participants at the Gaden Shartse Monastery

 

Getting There

Getting to Gaden Shartse Monastery

You will be met at Goa (GOI) airport by Dr. Alexina Mehta and travel as a group by van to the Gaden Shartse Monastery on March 1st (4-5 hour drive). Please note the cost of the transfer by van is not included in the monastery program price. 

Protected Area Permit (PAP)
The Gaden Shartse Monastery is located within a government protected Tibetan settlement within the state of Karnataka, in southwestern India. Therefore, it is required to have both a Protected Area Permit (PAP), in addition to a Visa. Permit processing time takes 3 months. If you are at all considering attending this course, we suggest you submit a permit application now. This is to ensure that if at a later point in time, you do decide you would like to go, you will be able to. The PAP application will be sent to you upon registration.

From Gaden Shartse Monastery to Ayurvedagram

The program at the Monastery finishes at 12:00 noon on March 7th. You will then take a late afternoon flight from Hubli (HBX) to Bangalore (BLR) (own expense, please book the 4:30 pm flight), and from there be transfered to Ayurvedagram. The transfer from Bangalore Airport to Ayurvedagram is included in the Retreat Price.


Ayurveda & Yoga Retreat in South India with Dr. Alexina Mehta

March 7 - 12, 2018

Gaden Shartse Monastery Program: A Light on the Path to Enlightenment with Juan Ruiz Naupari including Pneuma Breathwork

March 1 - 7, 2018

Ayurveda & Yoga Retreat Includes:

  • 5 nights’ accommodation in either Classic or Heritage room
  • Arrival and Departure transfers, Bangalore airport/Ayurvedagram
  • Doctors’ consults 
  • One consult with the yoga acharya on check-in 
  • One major and one minor treatment every day (unless otherwise prescribed by your doctor)
  • 3 meals daily in onsite restaurant (diet individualized where necessary)
  • Tea/coffee 
  • Low bandwidth Wi-Fi

Added Features:

  • Workshops and lectures with Dr. Alexina Mehta, ND, on awakening your inner healer
  • Yoga practices
  • The company of a group of like-minded travellers

Ayurveda & Yoga Retreat Does Not Include:

  • Airfare to/from Bangalore (BLR), India (see the Getting There sections for more info)
  • Costs to obtain valid passport
  • Cancellation & medical insurance (ask us for a quote)
  • Any items of a personal nature 
  • Any item that is not specifically detailed on our website or in the final retreat itinerary

Gaden Shartse Monastery Program Includes:

  • 6 nights' accommodation in Gaden Shartse Monastery
  • 3 meals daily at Monastery - Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Added Features:

  • Special Puja for protection for all participants with a group of monks
  • Pneuma breathwork, led by Juan Ruiz Naupari, in a group setting with monks, children, and adolescents

Gaden Shartse Monastery Program Does Not Include:

  • India visa
  • PAP application – special permission by Indian government to enter the Monastery
  • Transportation to and from the Monastery
  • International flights to Goa (GOI) and return flights home from Bangalore (BLR) (see the Getting There sections for more info)
  • Personal Pujas at Monastery
  • Costs to obtain valid passport
  • Cancellation & medical insurance (ask us for a quote)
  • Any items of a personal nature 
  • Any item that is not specifically detailed on our website or in the final retreat itinerary

 

Tour Price:

  • Ayurveda & Yoga Retreat: Classic Room
    • Double Room: USD $1,290 per person
    • Single Supplement: USD $130
  • Ayurveda & Yoga Retreat: Heritage Room
    • Double Room: USD $1,350 per person
    • Single Supplement: USD $190
  • Gaden Shartse Monastery Program

    • Double Room: USD $1,400 per person
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