My special yoga spot

My special yoga spot

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.

       GAURA VANI, MUSICIAN WHO FILLED OUR HEARTS WITH LOVE      

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


      Name:  Gaura Vani   Age:  40   Profession:  musician, music/record producer      What do you love most about Govinda Valley?   My favourite thing is to be out in the nature, especially I like beautiful gardens. I like seeing beautiful plants and flowers. Around Govinda Valley is of course a lot of beautiful nature, surroundings, seeing cockatoos flying to the trees, the whole forest swinging in the wind. From most of the windows at GV you can look out across the hills, across the valley, so you get this beautiful view.      How would you describe the food at Govinda Valley? Did you have a favourite dish?   The food at GV was truly phenomenal. Every single dish was my favourite dish. Every dish was made consciously, not overcooked, the right mix of ingredients, beautiful colours, I mean, the soups were fantastic, pad Thai was incredible, salads, desserts. Vijay, your wonderful chef, made raw, vegan, sugar free cheesecake out of dates, nuts, bananas mmm. I cannot describe how incredible it was.      What advice would you give to someone considering a stay at Govinda Valley?   For anyone staying at Govinda Valley I would encourage them to make time in their schedule to go around in the surrounding nature; there are beautiful waterfalls, beautiful look outs over the ocean, just moments away. Spend time in nature, connect to the beautiful country side. Witness the incredible gift the country side has to offer.      What's the best way for a person to improve their health, beauty or wellbeing?   The best way for a person to improve their health, beauty and wellbeing is to work on inner transformation. To introspect, meditate, chant, do Kirtan, to awaken and grow their inner self. The inner landscape has so much effect on the outer landscape. If our inner landscape is suffering, then even maybe we are in a beautiful space but might not be able to appreciate it. So whatever we can do to focus on taking the beauty of this Gods creation and brining it in and filling our hearts with the beauty and the love that we can find from the spirit that can then flow out and feed our body, our minds and the world.      Where can we follow you?   Facebook -  Gaura Vani Music   Instagram -  gauravani     http://www.gauravani.com/

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.

Organic herb garden

Organic herb garden

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.

Healthy snack patties for food lovers

Healthy snack patties for food lovers

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!

New Moon Sister Circle

New Moon Sister Circle

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.

       NO MOTHER? NO WORRIES! - KOMBUCHA MADE EASY   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.  Kombucha is sugar sweetened tea that is fermented by a SKOBY (Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast) and results in a delicious probiotic drink.     

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     Boom! - Both delicious AND great for your gut health. Winning!  Most of us consume fermented foods in our daily diet. Foods such as olives, tempeh, miso, tofu, chocolat, wine, yogurt and many more common foods are all fermented.  Every culture in the world uses fermentation. Pre-industrial revolution, When crops were abundant fermentation was used for preservation and storage of foods. There is evidence of cultures fermenting foods as far back as 7000bc.  Fun Fact:  There is evidence that workers were eating fermented vegetables when building the great wall.  These days though we eat more processed foods, take more medications and often function under ongoing stress, all of which can put our gut bacteria out of balance.  There is evidence to suggest fermented foods are a vessel for good gut bacteria, which helps break down the food in your gut and keeps your skin in good condition (and who doesn’t want good skin right?). Some bacteria can also increase vitamin B levels available in the food we eat.  For me Kombucha was love at first taste. I adore the combination of tang and effervescent fizz. Sadly I haven’t yet had the opportunity to make my own. Plus the process seemed a little foreign to me. And when I first saw a picture of a SKOBY, I was a little taken aback by its unusual appearance, how delicate and alive (and perhaps a little ugly?) it was.     

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


     Adam from Milkwood team has helped me see the SKOBY in a whole new light. For starters he calls it the “Mother”, which immediately sounds much more friendly, wholesome and nurturing to me. Adam’s simple, no stress recipe and instructions made the process feel less daunting and more approachable. Why not give it a try yourself.  In our next blog post we will share with you Adam’s stress free Kombucha recipe and instructions.  … and don’t worry, even if you don’t have a mother, you can harvest your own.   Written by: Allahna Cosgriff     
  
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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.