The Yoga community at Govinda Valley Retreat, an hour south of Sydney, is an ideal location to encourage and nurture positive personal change.
As a restorative environment which champions personal growth and spiritual reflection, Govinda Valley Retreat inspires in all who visit, the importance of 'walking on the earth more gently" and treating all things with respect. Nonviolence, or 'Ahimsa', is a guiding yogic principle, making us aware of the food one consumes and your impact on the planet.
It’s a well known fact that spiritual creatures and spaces put great emphasis on giving back to the universe to balance what is taken. Good karma; the key incentive that should sit within all our hearts naturally, and if not, something we all must strive for!
Govinda Valley hosted their 2nd Annual National Trust Heritage Festival this month. It was an opportunity for local historians to share their knowledge and memories of what has gone into making their community.
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.