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.
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.