I am often asked, 'can I learn Yoga even though I am stiff, unfit and unable to sit cross legged?'. My reply is always the same, 'if you can breathe, you can practise Yoga'. The constant in our lives, our bodies, our being is our breath. The great Yogis realised this and passed on the gift [...]
Ananda is a resort in India situated at the Himalayan foothills in Northern India. Located on a 100 acre Maharaja’s Palace Estate, Ananda is surrounded by graceful Sal forests and overlooks the spiritual town of Rishikesh and the Ganges river valley. Ananda, one of the best luxury wellness retreats in India, integrates traditional Ayurveda, Yoga [...]
The main intention behind the construction of the Hawa Mahal (palace of wind) was to give the royal women an opportunity to view everyday life through the windows, as they never appeared in public. The royal women followed the purdah system and were not allowed to appear in public or in front of strangers.
India’s ancient science of healing is, at a conservative estimate, about five thousand years old. Ayur means herbs and Veda means science. According to Ayurveda there are five main elements in nature: earth, air, space, water and fire. Combinations of these elements give rise to three main ‘doshas’ or constitutional types, Vata (air), Pitta (fire) [...]