I never expected to be interested in yoga, it had always seemed to me as a series of complicated contortions reserved for the extremely flexible, and so I took my first steps cautiously, practising alone or with the help of a good friend who just happens to be a yoga teacher so as to avoid the intimidation of large classes.
The diverse and ever-changing community at Govinda Valley means that you meet a variety of people, each with their unique experiences to share and lessons to teach. I would like to share one such lesson, learned here from my friend Yadira who recently mentioned to me her morning ‘tea ceremony’.
For me, Govinda Valley is the easiest and most perfect place to support a state of yoga (the experience of connection) and has an abundance of special spots to practise yoga techniques in.
I found my special spot the first day I arrived and have been going there every morning ever since, to practise my asanas, pranayama and mantra meditation and to connect with myself, mother nature, tranquillity; with my bliss.
Green is known to be a relaxing and emotionally positive colour, that inspires calmness, relaxation, peacefulness and harmony. It is a wonderful balancer of our mental, emotional and physical energies; renewing and restoring us when we feel depleted; revitalising us when we are feeling physically, emotionally or spiritually drained and exhausted.
Just a week ago, Gaura Vani flew from America to take part in kirtans and yoga workshops in Sydney. Together with Jules Febre and Jivamukti yoga school he led an amazing weekend retreat, filled with love and joy.
Gaura Vani is a musician, known world wide especially in the yoga communities. He answered few questions for us about his experience of Govinda Valley and few tips for staying healthy in mind and body.
Food plays a critical role in providing fuel for the body as well as nourishment. It is important that we feed our bodies foods that are free from pesticides and other harsh chemicals that can cause adverse effects to our health. At Govinda Valley, we maintain an organic garden which features vegetables such as kale, spinach, lettuce, pumpkins and also contains a variety of herbs.
Just like the seasons, Govinda Valley is ever changing, and with winter well on its way we are dedicating this time to showing a little more love to the property grounds. Fallen trees are currently being cleared out to make space for the new greenery that will arrive in spring.
At Govinda Valley, our kitchen wizard Vijay makes a delicious toasted muesli for breakfast. Sure, there’s porridge and fruit salad and yoghurt – sometimes there’s even vegan pancakes – but this muesli is something else. At the end of this article, you can find the recipe so you can make this for yourself at home.
Here at Govinda Valley we follow the teachings of Ayurveda to bring ourselves and our guests into balance. In general terms we achieve this by practising yoga daily, engaging in kirtan (meditative chanting) and abstaining from unhealthy habits and substances.