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Sacred Dance and Yoga Workshop in Greece

Have you ever wanted to escape to a Greek island surrounded by unspoiled nature? From June 29-July 3, 2015, we are offering our Yoga and Sacred Dance retreat. This Yoga and Sacred Dance retreat will focus on re-balancing energy and repairing problems within our bodies while going in search of the sacred. Sacred dances, meditation and dervish yoga coming from India and Tibet as well as other places, will be practiced and learned. It is a chance to treat yourself by focusing on stimulating and harmonizing all the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual resources.  This will allow you to be more at peace, more creative, and more joyful in their daily lives.

In the afternoons, the group will discover the island with its small villages, waterfalls, springs and beaches.

Join us in Samothrace/Samothraki, Greece! An enchanting experience awaits you.

Group Discounts available.

Yoga and Sacred Dance in Greece

Yoga for Peace and the Bishnois

Destination: Bishnoi Village

Go Inspired’s Yoga for Peace program will be held in a Bishnoi Village near Jodhpur, India. It is a fantastic opportunity for our participants to experience life in the village living alongside the Bishnoi.

Who are the Bishnois?

The Bishnois are an eco-friendly sect of Hindu religion. They are known for their rich cultural Rajasthani Life and their true love for nature and animals. The Bishnoi’s believe in conservation and respect for other animals and plants and are known as the first environment conservationists in the world. They do not support the idea of destroying (killing) life for satisfying human needs. Bishnoi was the first sect/religion emphasizing love, peace and harmony among not only human beings but also with Mother Nature, wild animals and trees.

They normally wear a white shirt, dhoti and turban. This dress pattern is ideal for the hot dry desert climate. They pay special attention to cleanliness in their houses. Only one crop of pearl millet  (bajra) is grown during the monsoon season. The bushes, which grow in the fields, protect the loose sand from wind erosion and provide the much-needed fodder for animals during a famine. Bisnois often live in little hamlets called Dhani and villages, with just a few round huts with intricate thatched roofs. The mud floors are plastered with cow dung to keep vermin away. The interiors are airy and clean. Bishnois in Haryana and Punjab are much wealthier than other castes.

The word Bishnoi is derived from bis (twenty) and nai (nine) i.e. followers of 29 principles given by Guru Jambheshwar. Guru Jambheshwar gave the message to protect trees and wildlife around 540 years ago. The principles were not only tailored to conserve bio-diversity of the area but also ensured a healthy eco-friendly social life for the community.

What are the 29 principles they follow?

  1. Observe 30 days state of untouchability after child’s birth
  2. Observe 5 days segregation while a woman is in her menses
  3. Bathe early morning
  4. Obey the ideal rules of life: Modesty
  5. Obey the ideal rules of life: Patience or satisfactions
  6. Obey the ideal rules of life: Purifications
  7. Perform Sandhya two times a day
  8. Eulogise God, The Lord Vishnu in evening hours (Aarti)
  9. Perform Yajna (Havan) every morning
  10. Filter the water, milk and firewood
  11. Speak pure words in all sincerity
  12. Adopt the rule of forgiveness and pity
  13. Do not steal
  14. Do not condemn or criticize
  15. Do not lie
  16. Do not waste the time on argument
  17. Fasting on Amavashya and offer prayers to Lord Vishnu
  18. Have pity on all living beings and love them
  19. Do not cut the green trees, save environment
  20. Crush lust, anger, greed and attachment
  21. Accept food and water from our purified people only
  22. To provide a common shelter for male goat/sheep to avoid them being slaughtered in abattoirs
  23. Don’t sterilise the ox
  24. Don’t use opium
  25. Don’t smoke and use tobacco
  26. Don’t take bhang or hemp
  27. Don’t take wine or any type of liquor
  28. Don’t eat meat, remain always pure vegetarian
  29. Never use blue clothes (Wearing blue cloths is prohibited because the dye for coloring them is obtained by cutting a large quantity of shrubs.)

Where are they located?

The Bishnois are presently spread over the western parts of Rajasthan, Haryana, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh.

Yoga for Peace is an incredible opportunity for you to learn more about yourself, incorporating peace into your yoga and about the specific world of the Bishnois. The workshop grants you time for practice as well as time for exploration.

 

Information for this article was taken from:

http://bakwaasandbakwaas.blogspot.it/2011/03/trip-to-village-near-jodhpur.html

http://www.bishnoivillagesafari.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bishnois

 

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Get to know Yoga for Peace Program instructor Sowmya Ayyar

An Interview with Sowmya Ayyar- Instructor for Yoga for Peace

 

Go Inspired is lucky to be working in collaboration with Sowmya Ayyar in our unique Yoga for Peace Program. Yoga for Peace takes place this September for 10 days in India near Jodhpur where participants will stay at a Bishnoi Village. Sowmya’s nature and background makes her a knowledegable teacher where students will thrive in a comfortable environment while also getting to experience the beauty and spirit of India.

A chat with Sowmya.

 

1) How did you learn about Yoga for Peace?

The day I moved to Peace School, someone asked me if I was a yoga teacher. She wanted to learn from me. So did others. We decided to start a weekly session. I thought it would be cool to focus each week on the theme that we were studying—Theories, Gender, Terrorism, Environment—and link it to the yoga practice. That turned into my term project, which turned into a full-fledged course. Now I adapt how I teach using peace concepts.

2)      What changes have you seen from Yoga for Peace (whether with people or experiences?)

I have gotten feedback that people now feel yoga is appropriate for them, for their culture, and for peacebuilding activities. I notice that people can relax better, and they are also more content with what they have. They become less greedy. I have also seen lightbulbs going off during workshops and sessions, where there is a realization of “I can be happy.”

3)      Why is Yoga for Peace important in your eyes?

Yoga has often been used as a tool for inner peace. I see it as a tool for world peace as well. I believe that if people in conflict zones practice yoga together or separately, they are more likely to turn toward peace.

4)      How does your background contribute to what you bring to a class?

I have a background in Sociology, Gerontology, Peace Studies, and Environmental Security. And then my yoga teaching background. Plus I have worked in large and small non-profits and NGOs. When I work with a particular group, I assess the group first (whether formally or informally). I collect relevant information about socio-economic status, geographic location.

5)      Where have yoga for peace programs been implemented? 

I have taught yoga for peace in different formats in universities around the world as short workshops; and then brought yoga to meet the needs of a variety of groups, from domestic violence survivors in California to HIV+ women and children in rural India, to special needs kids and corporate environments.

6)      What is special to you about India that you would like to share with participants in the program?

In India, you get a community sense of awe for any form of yoga. It is respected immensely. You get a chance to see a land where yoga is practiced off the mat, more often than on.

7)      What will be interesting for people participating living in the Bishnoi village?

The location we will be at is especially nice because the history and the culture of the people there is about environmental peace. They are known to be pro-nature and pro-women and children. We might be able to take our yoga practice out of the guest house and into the land—which is pristine and calm. And you never know if you will run into villagers walking with their cows or camels. The area is beautiful.

8)      Why should someone join the program?

You should join if you are a yoga teacher trying to do interesting projects and take yoga to diverse populations outside of studios. You should join if your NGO serves conflicted peoples and places (environments) and you want to find an alternative way of conflict transformation. You should join if you like yoga and you like peace!

 

Thanks so much Sowmya for sharing!

For more information regarding Go Inspired’s yoga programs, check out http://ventura.media/goinspired/programs/yoga-and-meditation-workshops/yoga-for-social-transformation/

If you would like to know more about Sowmya and her programs, take a look at her website! www.sowmyaayyar.com

Twenty Years From Now…

One of Go Inspired’s mottos is summed up perfectly by Mark Twain. “Twenty 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. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover”.

At Go Inspired, we recognize how hard it can be to do the things you really want to do when you have a job, school, family, etc. But we know how important it is to grow and gain new experiences. This summer, Go Inspired has a variety of options to EXPLORE, DREAM and DISCOVER.

Commedia dell’Arte & Italian Interior Design

If you are an art lover or just love Italy, join us in Florence for 3 weeks this June for our 2 hands-on workshops in Commedia dell’Arte and Italian Interior Design. It is your chance to stroll the streets of Florence, feel the energy that thrives in the city or take a trip to the Tuscan hills to take in beautiful views.

Yoga, Meditation and Sacred Dance

If you want to feel one with nature and help harmonize your body, join us on a sacred island in Greece where you will explore the beautiful Greek island while doing yoga, meditation and sacred dance.

English and Surf

If you are not a native English speaker and would like to practice, join us in England for our English and Surf course. There you will have an opportunity to learn how to surf in a surfer’s paradise and have fun English classes where you will improve your pronunciation and overall English.

Yoga for Peace

If you are looking to see how Yoga and Peace tie together, join us in India for our Yoga for Peace course. There you will live in a Bishnoi Village practicing and learning about Yoga for Peace.

All of these are opportunities to add amazing experiences to your lives. These programs will introduce you to people from other places as well as allow you experience life in a different country.

So as Mark Twain said, “So throw off the bowlines” and join us for an incredible summer experience!

Yoga For Peace

YOGA FOR PEACE IN INDIA

Go Inspired is proud to announce it’s partnership with yoga instructor Sowmya Ayyar who will be providing Go Inspired with an amazing Yoga for Peace program. We are thrilled to have this course taking place in India in a village where our participants will have a chance to get to know the culture and its people. Stay tuned to our website for more information.

The course will be 10 days in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India. The course will be 3 hours a day for a total of 30 hours on Sept 2-Sept. 11, 2013. This course is designed around the theories and concepts such as child rights, gender & peace, environmental security, religious diversity, diplomacy, and so forth.

Sowmya Ayyar

The course includes:

  • Daily readings from academic and non-academic sources
  • Lectures, discussions, and classroom activities such as readings, journal writings, and short small
    group and individual presentations.
  • Practice of yoga methods, including sound, breathing, exercise, and meditation/ reflection
  • Papers and presentations

Types of Yoga

The course runs through a wide variety of forms of yoga. Each class includes ethical discussion (yamas and niyamas), sound (mantra), breathing (pranayama), hand gestures (mudra), poses (asana), and meditation (dhyana).

Each class is centered around a theme of life (Compassion, Strength, Balance), an area of peace work (eg., Environment, Gender, War, Children), a moral consideration moral consideration from yoga (eg., Yamas, Niyamas), and a type of yoga (Gentle Flow, Power, Restorative, Yin, Kundalini).

Accommodation

Participants will be staying at an eco-friendly resort with 3 meals a day provided. Delicious traditional Rajasthani dishes are prepared by a Bishnoi family. The evening is livened up by camp fire with music and dance. Accommodation will be double occupancy in a comfortable hut with air conditioning and attached bathroom providing hot and cold running water.Each hut has its own individual character and furnishings.

The location is situated in the midst of Bishnoi villages, about 22 kilometers from Jodhpur city on the route of Jodhpur to Udaipur. The Guda lake, where the migratory birds comes every year, is about 2 k.m. from the Resort.

This is a chance of a lifetime to experience India on a local level, learn about Yoga for Peace, and get to know participants from different countries.

We hope you can join us for this amazing adventure.

Discover Samothraki – Samothrace, Greece this summer!

Join us on a Sacred Greek island this summer!

Are you looking for something different to do this summer? Travelling across Europe and want some time relaxing where you won’t be surrounded by tourists? Want to experience a yoga and meditation practice like no other? If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, Go Inspired has a perfect option for you.  Join our 10-day yoga, meditation and sacred dance course on Samothrace/Samothraki, a spiritual Greek island.

Samothrace/Samothraki is an island that has long been a vacation secret of northern Greeks. Samothrace beckons those looking to enjoy unspoiled nature,  picture-perfect beaches, enchanting villages and historic ruins. This 11 mile-long island is one of the most rugged Greek islands with its Mt. Saos-the highest mountain on the Aegean island. It is home of the Sanctuary of the Great Gods-a site of important Hellenic and pre-Hellenic religious ceremonies.

Visitors can explore the modern port town called Kamariotissa and also the Old Town. For lovers of water sports or just sunbathers, Samothrace has both rocky and sandy beaches with crystal clear water for snorkeling or diving. There are hidden waterfalls to be discovered while hiking as well as rivers and streams. There are also the famous sulfer springs of Therma to be visited for better health. At night, most villages have entertainment as well as taverns throughout the island.

Samothrace is perfect for nature lovers as it boasts abundant physical beauty with its forests and mediterranean landscape. There are plenty of outdoor activities such as trekking, mountaineering, rafting, kayaking, mountain biking and paragliding. Samothrace has something for everyone!

 

How to get there:

To get to Samothrace, you can take a ferry from Kavala which is offered several times per week. Another option is a boat from Alexandroupoli, which operates four boats per day during the high season. There is no airport on the island.

For more information regarding Samothrace, check out the following links:

http://www.greektravel.com/greekislands/samothraki/index.htm

http://www.justgreece.com/aegean/samothraki.php

http://www.visitgreece.gr/en/greek_islands/samothrace