Vishwa Yoga Journey
200YTT or 300YTT
India and Bali
December 13th, 2020- January 9th, 2021
Join Arielle Schmidt owner of Tranquility Rising and Will Brasher owner of the Cincinnati Yoga School on this unique journey.
" This is indeed India; the land of dreams and romance, of fabulous wealth and fabulous poverty, of splendor and rags, of palaces and hovels, of famine and pestilence,
of genii and giants and Aladdin lamps,
of tigers and elephants, the cobra and the jungle, the country of a thousand nations
and a hundred tongues, of a thousand religions and two million gods, cradle of the human race, birthplace of human speech,
mother of history, grandmother of legend,
great-grandmother of tradition, whose yesterdays bear date with the mouldering antiquities of the rest of the nations
—the one sole country under the sun that is endowed with an imperishable interest
for alien prince and alien peasant, for lettered and ignorant, wise and fool, rich and poor, bond and free, the one land that all men desire to see, and having seen once, by even a glimpse, would not give that glimpse for the shows of all the rest of the globe combined. "
Following the Equator, 1897
"20 Years from now,
you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones
you did do.
So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor.
Training and Journey Overview
Experience The Elemental Wisdom
5 Elements, Ayurveda & The Meridians:
This unique and powerful training is based upon what the Indian system of Ayurveda refers to as the Panch Maha Bhuta (Five Great Elements) as well as the "Elemental Wisdom" found in Traditional Chinese Medicine and other congruent "medicine wheel" methodologies found throughout the world. However, it is not enough to simply write about the elements to really express their healing and edifying powers ~which encompass the whole universe. They need to be experienced; which is a big reason for the type of "tour" [for lack of a better word] that is combined with this training.
The Journey Ahead
Please Note: All lodging throughout the tour is eco-friendly and double occupancy; unless you pay additional expenses for a separate room well ahead of time. All Meals are vegetarian (with vegan options). Meals are not included so you have the opportunity to order whatever you would like but in the spirit of the journey we would like you to try vegetarian.
Also, this training should not be used as an opportunity to detox. Alcohol, Tobacco or similar products are not allowed and such. Due to some detoxes medical assistance is required so addictions should be overcome before coming.
Furthermore, this is not a singles event. Any "hooking up" will have to transpire after the training. / Your room-mate will surely appreciate all of the above! If traveling with your patner you will obviously be roomed together.
Arriving in Goa
Though there is much we can say about all of these places, I think the thing many people that are escaping a cold winter in Jan/Feb will be happy enough to know is that our first destination is that of a warm tropical beach! Here we will have a rest from our long travel to India and a detailed orientation to India, the training, and to one another. Goa is a great for this, as it welcomes adventurous yogi-travelers from around the world. It will ease you into India comfortably; as opposed to what could be a shocking plunge elsewhere.
Bhakti Kutir is a unique eco lodge, just one beautiful hiking minute from Goa's famous Palolem Beach. Here you can experience the luxuries of nature. Here the trees are not cut down for huts. The huts are built around the trees; literally, some have trees growing right up thru them; and some have outdoor showers that, though still enclosed and private, allow you to shower under the sun or stars. However you can also opt for a more "normal", less adventurous, room.
The food is also amazing, with many delicious vegetarian, vegan and raw food choices. BK has its own organic farm from which the food comes; including a green smoothie bar!
Next Up Hampi
To the train we go!
Training / Adventour
is NOT for everyone!
If you know you are prone to complain often ~ though knowing it probably isn't going to change anything;
if inconvenience & moderate discomforts disturb you to no end; if you literally need air-conditioning;
if 5 ants at the entrance of your bamboo hut can keep you from entering; if mosquito's throw you into conniption fits; if sleeping overnight on a rickety train sounds like punishment for a lifetime of bad karma; if using a squat-toilet illicit's a sense of horror in you;
if you're a shop-a-holic and cannot pass a great bargain, even though you already have more than you can carry alone; If barking dogs, crowing roosters, heat, traffic, crowds...
...you get the idea!
And all of the above is inherent in the nature of this experience: the challenge, the unexpected, the unknown, stepping outside your comfort zone.
This is not a vacation!
Nor is this simply a tour.
We really mean it when we say Training; and we really mean it when we say Adventour!
"Hampi is located within the ruins of the city of Vijayanagara, the former capital of the Vijayanagara Empire. Predating the city of Vijayanagara, Hampi continues to be an important religious centre, housing the Virupaksha Temple and several other monuments belonging to the old city. The ruins are a UNESCO World Heritage Site." (wikipedia). Legend also declares it as the birthplace of Hanuman, the monkey god. I would add that the Hindu Flinstones must have lived here as well. Pictures really do not do the place justice, nor does the video to the right (though a decent attempt at the landscape). However the video doesn't cover any of the endless temples carved out of the land, like the one pictured above. This is best saved for real-time! Of all places in India, Hampi never disappoints. Many have come back to Hampi after the training/tour for a longer stay.
It is at Hampi that we will find our greatest classroom for studying and experiencing the Earth Element.
Dudh Sagar (milk falls) an almost nearby attraction. Yes! thats a train going in front of the falls! We will be taking that train to Hampi...
Besides ancient stone ruins, Hampi is also considered the world's Mecca for Bouldering (a type of Rock Climbing). This is of course an optional excursion, and those who do it should not expect to have a lot of time for it. The thing that I am really glad about is our guide, Vikas (aka Jerry). Since Will met him back in 2010, when he was about 16 years old, he has become a rock climbing rock star. We knew he was potentailly a great climber even back then before he was discovered ...back when he did it with barefeet!