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Mindfulness Yoga Retreat
Earth Yoga Village is a conscious living spiritual community that offers a unique opportunity to experience living and being with not only wonderful healers and yogis with all kinds of talents, philosophies and inspiration but also friends from all walks of life.
At Earth Yoga Village we focus on harmonizing body, mind and soul by exploring each aspect of well-being. We combine physical, mental, emotional and spiritual layers of our existence. The programme aims to be the perfect refuge from your busy life cultivating positivity in your thoughts, feelings and emotions. We teach you how to practice positive thinking with an effect on your whole being including body, mind and soul. The programme is an ideal starting point towards a healthier lifestyle physically and mentally - not only for your own Self but the people around you that will be inspired.
This programme allows you to experience and practice the power of compassion, loving kindness, giving and sharing. Values that are based on all four paths of yoga as well as the five points of yoga. We will be discussing these aspects as well as insights into buddhist philosophies during lectures and interactive sessions.
4 Paths of Yoga
Raja Yoga - The Science of Physical and Mental Control (Asana and Meditation)
Often called the "royal road" it offers a comprehensive method for controlling the waves of thought by turning our mental and physical energy into spiritual energy. Raja Yoga is also called Ashtanga Yoga referring to the eight limbs leading to absolute mental control. The chief practice of Raja Yoga is meditation. It also includes all other methods which help to control body, energy, senses and mind. The Hatha-Yogi uses Relaxation and other practices such as Yamas, Niyamas, Mudras, Bandhas etc. to gain control of the physical body and the subtle life force called Prana. When body and energy are under control meditation comes naturally.
Jnana Yoga - The Yoga of Knowledge and Wisdom (Lectures/Workshops/Interaction/Discussion)
This is the most difficult path requiring tremendous strength of will and intellect. Taking the philosophy of Vedanta the Jnana Yogi uses his mind to inquire into its own nature. We perceive the space inside and outside a glass as different, just as we see ourselves as separate from God. Jnana Yoga leads the devotee to experience his unity with God directly by breaking the glass, dissolving the veils of ignorance. Before practicing Jnana Yoga, the aspirant needs to have integrated the lessons of the other yogic paths - for without selflessness and love of God, strength of body and mind, the search for self-realization can become mere idle speculation.
Karma Yoga - The Yoga of Action (Selfless service to community)
Karma Yoga is the Yoga of Action. It purifies the heart by teaching you to act selflessly, without thought of gain or reward. By detaching yourself from the fruits of your actions and offering them up to God/Universe, you learn to sublimate the ego.
Bhakti Yoga - The Yoga of Devotion or Divine Love
The Bhakti Yogi is motivated chiefly by the power of love and sees God/Universe as the embodiment of love. Through prayer, worship and ritual he/she surrenders himself/herself to God/Universe channelling and transmuting his/her emotions into unconditional love or devotion. Chanting or singing the praises of God/Universe form a substantial part of Bhakti Yoga.
5 Points of Yoga
When the body and the mind are constantly overworked, their natural efficiency to perform work diminishes. Modern social life, food, work and even the so-called entertainment, such as disco dancing, make it difficult for modern people to relax. Many have even forgotten that rest and relaxation are nature's way of recharging. Even while trying to rest, the average person expends a lot of physical and mental energy through tension. Much of the body's energy is wasted uselessly. During complete relaxation, there is practically no energy or "Prana" being consumed, although a little is keeping the body in normal condition while the remaining portion is being stored and conserved.
Our physical body is meant to move and exercise. If our lifestyle does not provide natural motion of muscles and joints, then disease and great discomfort will ensue with time. Proper exercise should be pleasant to the practitioner while beneficial to the body, mind and spiritual life.
Yoga teaches us how to use the lungs to their maximum capacity and how to control the breath. Proper breathing should be deep, slow and rhythmical. This increases vitality and mental clarity.
Besides being responsible for building our physical body, the foods we eat profoundly affect our mind. For maximum body-mind efficiency and complete spiritual awareness, Yoga advocates a lacto-vegetarian diet. This is an integral part of the Yogic lifestyle.
Positive Thinking and Meditation
Here is the most important point of all, we become what we think. Thus we should exert to entertain positive and creative thoughts as these will contribute to vibrant health and a peaceful, joyful mind. A positive outlook on life can be developed by learning and practicing the teachings of the philosophy of Vedanta. The mind will be brought under perfect control by regular practice of meditation.
At Earth Yoga Village we understand that each individual being is special and unique with a different focus and at a different stage in their lives. For this very reason, our flexible programme caters for every guest’s personal needs. We believe in nurturing and nourishing the nature in each person and focus on tailoring the healing personally to restore balance, well-being and happiness for everyone.
This programme is suitable for the people who want to embark on a journey within and explore living in a community. From beginner to expert, the flexibility of the programme allows for guests of all backgrounds and levels. It is for anyone and everyone wanting to take a step towards a life in harmony and to grow physically, mentally, socially, emotionally and spiritually.
Working on cultivating positive thoughts and learning to deal with negative emotions
Real and inspiring experience of yogic philosophies
Experiencing community living
Witness your thoughts, attitude and life transform and form a new foundation
Beautiful and peaceful setting to connect with nature
Developing positive and healthy habits towards living the life you love and loving the life you live
Bringing balance back to your life by harmonizing our body, mind & soul
Connecting with like-minded people that may inspire you further
Grounding yourself on Mother Earth and developing trust
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20:00 - 21:30
Kriya,Pranayama and Meditation
Asana Practice (Yoga)
Asana Practice (Yoga)
The above is our daily suggested schedule at the village. Please check our weekly calendar for an overview of the different topics, classes and meditations.
Saturdays is the community day in our village where we encourage our guests to cook together in our communal kitchen utilising what we already have and bring in what is desired. It is also a great opportunity to explore the many other beach restaurants in Palolem and around.
On your day of arrival please feel free to check-in any time from 2pm.
You are welcome to join the programme according to our daily schedule at any point after that.
On your day of departure checkout is at 11am, but you may join activities throughout the day as desired. We will hold your belongings at reception.
During your programme you will be engaged in doing Karma Yoga for 4 hours each week.
*During this hour we gather to open our heart and mind with a focus on 'living the life you love & loving the life you live' through various spiritual activities such as lectures, interactive discussions, different types of meditation and Q&As.
All prices are per person in Euros. For an approximate conversion to another currency visit www.xe.com
What's included in the price
14 nights in your chosen accommodation
Brunch, dinner, tea, snacks as per daily schedule
Unlimited filtered drinking water
Daily scheduled yoga and meditation classes
What's not included
Airport transfer (We can organise pick-up on request at an extra charge of INR 1,600 (INR 1,800 from 8 pm to 8 am))
All deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable
Postponement of the course is allowed with 12 months of booking date
Cancellation only up to 60 days prior to commencement of the course
You must have a valid visa to enter India.
Places can be reserved by paying a deposit of 50% for each individual booking (non-refundable and non-transferable).
The balance is due on the day of arrival at our village (cash in EUR or INR).
It is advisable to take out travel and medical insurance in the event that you have to cancel due to unforeseen circumstances.
Earth Yoga Village accepts no liability for loss, damage, injury or illness which may occur while at Earth Yoga Village or when travelling to or from the village.
Earth Yoga Village takes necessary measures to ensure that students are not stretched beyond the limit of their capabilities. We ask that you tell the teacher if you have any particular pre-existing injury or illness that is relevant or if you are finding the class too difficult. We advise that if you are feeling any pain or illness during class that you stop and rest.
If you request for us to organise your taxi, transfers are valid between mentioned locations only. They are not transferrable to another location, nor refundable. Taxis can take no more than four guests per car with luggage. Please only take the taxi that has been booked for you as you will be liable to pay for the cost for the pre-booked taxi. Additional charges will have to be paid for delays over one hour.
Please refer to our Terms and Conditions for further details.