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India Yoga Retreat

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India is the land of contrasts and provides a sensory overload for all those lucky enough to make the journey. The size of the country is overwhelming, the social demographics complex, the history engaging and the biodiversity unrivalled. Many a traveller has made the often life-changing odyssey to India and returned with their priorities realigned and horizons broadened.

For many, today's world can be fast paced and manic and many people have turned to traditional practices in an attempt to maintain a healthy balanced state of body and mind. More and more people are educating themselves about practices such as yoga and Ayurveda and incorporating those principles into their daily lives.

This week will teach you the basics of yoga and meditation and their positive effects on the human body. You will learn how you can make lifestyle and dietary changes to benefit your wellbeing and improve your energy levels. Of course, the techniques and practices you will learn are not a magic formula and the benefits can only be reaped through commitment, conscientious practice and lifestyle change.

  

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Experience the sensory overload that is India
  • Improve your understanding of an ancient facet of Indian culture
  • Take time away from your busy life and focus on your wellbeing
Airport Pickup Community Emergency Ground Transport Hotel Meals Family
FAST FACTS
Location India
Activities Yoga tuition
Ayurveda treatments
Meditation sessions
Massage 
Relaxation
Transport Airport pickup
Local bus to get to the project
Accommodation Shared volunteer house & dorm

WHAT'S INCLUDED
Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Food
Accommodation
Airport pick-up 
Ground transfers & in-transit accommodation
Local orientation and training 
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

In treatment, both yoga and ayurveda advocate for the regular practice of meditation as well as the use of herbs, body purification procedures, food and chanting of mantras for physical and mental health. Both practices are closely related and intertwined and recognize that keeping the body healthy is vital for fulfilling the four aims of life: dharma (duty), artha (wealth), kama (desire), and moksha (liberation).

The practice of yoga, meditation and Ayurveda has been used since ancient times to help reduce stress, relieve physical ailments, boost your physical strength, stamina and flexibility, improve self-control, and improve concentration skills. They also believed to enhance mental clarity, and boost the functioning of the immune system while improving overall blood circulation, resulting in healthy glowing skin and in making you feel younger. Meditation itself helps to infuse a sense of balance and peace of mind, and a more positive and peaceful outlook on life.

The word Ayurveda is derived from the two Sanskrit words Ayur (life) and Veda (knowledge) meaning the Knowledge of Life! Ayurveda is a 7000 year old ancient Indian medical science, which teaches how to live a life without physiological and psychological ailments by making simple changes in your lifestyle and diet.

Yoga, which is the union of mind and body, is more than just physical exercises.  Learn about the different paths of yoga, the do’s and don’ts, the postures, breathing techniques and mediation to free you from stress, anxiety and physical ailments.

Meditation is the art of focusing your mind, restraining your thoughts and looking deep inside yourself. Meditating can give you a better understanding of your purpose in life and of the divine, as well as providing you with certain physical and mental health benefits.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

Introduction Week:

Your first week is designed to give you an opportunity to explore the history and culture of Goa through a dedicated introduction and orientation week. You will have the opportunity to visit some local sites, receive some basic language tuition, and gain a further understanding of practices that are central to Indian philosophy and way of life. You will also be given more information on the yoga and meditation week and have the opportunity to meet and befriend other participants.

Yoga and Ayurveda Weeks:

Your daily schedule will start early when the sun rises with a guided meditation session, followed by a yoga lesson. Mornings are often free for you to practice self-guided yoga and meditation or to explore the local region. Afternoons will consist of improving your physical and mental knowledge of Ayurveda as well as receiving an Ayurveda detox treatment. In the evenings, you will take part in guided meditation sessions, improving breathing techniques and concentrating on mindfulness.

Massage is a very important to Ayurvedic medicinal treatment, especially with the use of herbal oils and body scrubs which will help to improve overall blood circulation, remove toxins and improve the health of your skin. Other treatments include dhara, which is when warm oil flows slowly from a vessel over your forehead, soothing you inwardly, clearing sinuses and mental obstructions and assisting with relaxation.

You will have the opportunity to take long walks in the gardens and enjoy the surrounding nature in your free time, or simply kicking back and relaxing. Meals throughout the week are typically vegetarian and consist of lots of fresh fruit to complement the course.  In addition to this participants are advised to refrain from smoking or consuming alcohol and soft drinks.
 

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

You will need to arrive at Goa Airport on the Sunday, where you will be met by a member of local staff. They will then take you to your accommodation where you will be based for the duration of your stay.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

You will find all of your accommodation to be simple, clean and comfortable. The rooms will be single sex and shared, and participants are asked to be environmentally responsible and use precious resources with restraint, and to help by keeping the living areas clean and tidy. The doors and windows are not mosquito-proofed, so don't forget your mosquito net!

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

All three meals during the day will generally be taken together and will be typical of the region. Breakfast will vary from rice to Indian breads, and lunch and dinner will include a range of Indian dishes, characterised by rice, vegetables and sauces. You should be prepared for some of the food to be spicy, it being India after all, but you will find that there are tastes to suit all palates.

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

In your free time, or after your placement has finished, you may have the opportunity to engage in a number of cultural and adventure activities. Attend Bollywood festivals and theatre performances, explore remote villages and visit magnificent ancient temples, test your nerve as you rock climb high above coffee and tea plantations and spot tigers and monkeys from the back of an elephant as you trek through the jungle.

COSTS

2 weeks US$ 1,445

Extra week US$ 645

DEPARTURE DATES

This project begins on the first and third Monday of every month, you will need to arrive on the Sunday ready to begin your project.

2016 Start Dates:

19th December

2017 Start Dates:

Jan 2nd-16th

Feb 6th-20th

Mar 6th-20th

Apr 3rd-17th

May 1st-15th

Jun 5th-19th

Jul 3rd-10th-17th-24th

Aug 7th-21st

Sep 4th-18th

Oct 2nd-16th

Nov 6th-20th

Dec 4th-18th

DURATION

2 weeks

This project is available throughout the Christmas period

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up 
  • Ground transfers & in-transit accommodation
  • Local orientation
  • Project training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Goa (GOI)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our project costs. However, Frontier have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with Frontier. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact Frontier’s dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

To apply for this project, or to register your interest, just click on the orange "Apply Now!" button at the top of the menu. Fill out and submit a short application form and then one of our advisers will give you a call back to answer any questions and to progress your application if you wish to continue.

There is no obligation when making an application, and you do not need to pay anything at this point.