During my first evening at Govinda Valley, I was invited to attend the weekly kirtan, and, truth be told, I had no idea what this was!
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.
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.
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.
In every household it happens that you prepare too many veggies for one meal than needed. Then you leave it in the fridge and think what can be done with it. If you find yourself in similar situation with too many carrots, zucchinis or broccoli you can easily put them together with some chickpeas or chickpea flour and spices and get these wonderful tasty patties for a snack or your dinner!
Some of you may be curious as to what volunteering at Govinda Valley is all about. Okay, so we host retreats and there's an emphasis on yoga, meditation and being close to nature. Without trying to build any specific expectations, I can safely say after being here for almost a month that there is a lot more to Govinda Valley than meets the eye.
Every 29 days, when the Earth, the Moon and the Sun are positioned in a line, women all over the world come together to focus their energy on their sisters through meditation and sharing of experiences. The new moon is an integral part of the monthly moon cycle, especially for women. It symbolizes new beginnings and is an important time to reflect on past goals and to set new ones for the future.
It’s been buzzing at Govinda as we’ve hosted Nick, Adam and the team from Milkwood for their Permaculture Design Retreat. Many people from various walks of life joined this eye opening retreat. When I heard they were teaching about Kombucha, I was a quite excited. Adam’s session about Fermented Foods was fun and enlightening. I’m going to share with you some of what I learnt about this delightful fermented beverage.
Temperatures are dropping low but spirits were running high today amongst our retreat guests and volunteers, as Mexican was on today's lunch menu. Our Mexican theme is one of the most popular of all the meals we make here at Govinda Valley and retreat guests always get extremely excited when they see the spread laid out in our dining hall.