We direct our steps for the SUN! Varkala is located near the very southern point of India - Kanyakumari (8 ° to the equator).
Kerala is a state in southern India on the shores of the Arabian Sea. There is a legend that after the Gods created the Earth, they decided to create something for themselves and created Kerala. Kera means "coconut palm".
Varkala is a quiet, cozy place, ideal for practicing yoga, communicating with nature and peaceful relaxation. Known in Malayalam as Papin Nashini (“the destroyer of sin”), the beautiful white sandy beach of Varkala Papanasam Beach has long been associated with ancestral worship. Believers come here after a prayer in the temple of Janardkhana Swami (the Temple is over 2000 years old, dedicated to Vishnu). The Red Rocks are another Varkala landmark. They were called red because at sunset, the rocks burn with red fire. The sources of the Red Rocks are healing and among the cleanest in India. It is mineral water that you can drink or shower after the salty ocean (located right near the beach).
Well, of course, Kerala is the birthplace of Ayurveda (the science of life). According to legend, it was created by Brahma (God of creation of the Universe) before the creation of human. Ayurveda is a holistic science and considers a person as a whole, and health as harmonious relationships of all components. Imbalance leads to disorders, diseases. Ayurveda and yoga are closely interrelated and complement each other. Ayurveda deals with the reason for disorder instead of curing symptoms unlike allopathic medicine. Therefore, Ayurvedic medicine is becoming increasingly popular. Among its tools are amazing oil massages and cleansing procedures that promote rejuvenation of the body.
The practice of yoga will focus on knowing and accepting oneself through the body. The body is the Temple of the Soul and we will try to find the "gate" for the entrance to this Temple. As usual, in the morning - the practice of asanas, kriyas, pranayama, concentration and meditation, mantrayana; afternoon and evening - meditative practices, incl. dynamic and tantric. All this is to ensure that our Soul goes deeper into our body, in each of its cells, and we could, feeling the body, be aware of the Highest. The surrounding space, the beauty of nature and our intention will help us in this. For a more effective impact, we will try to tune in to the rhythms of Nature: to wake up with its awakening - with the sunrise and morning birds singing, and to go to s1eep with it.
THINGS TO EXPERIENCE
Katakali - theater art and dance. Katakali literally means "presenting stories"; This is a performance in which the episodes are presented by two singers and are complemented by actors who help with facial expressions, gestures and movements that have the source of acrobatics and dance. It expresses the emotions and plot of the Indian epics. To learn this art - it takes years. Actors only make up themselves put more than two hours. It is possible to observe this process before the presentation.
Kanyakumari is the southernmost point of India and the Indian subcontinent. It is a sacred ablution site for all Hindus, since the waters of the Arabian Sea, the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean merge there.
It is believed that many thousands of years ago on the banks of the Kanyakumari demon Banasura annoyed people. And the gods began to pray to the supreme Goddess, Parashakti for the destruction of this demon. The goddess took the form of a young girl to kill Banasura. She was so beautiful that Shiva fell in love with Her, and a wedding was arranged. The gods decided to upset the wedding, because it would have prevented the killing of the demon - the goddess, having married Shiva, would have lost her energy.
Sage Narada took up a solution to the problem: he turned into a rooster and crowed at an inopportune time. Shiva, having heard the rooster, decided that the favorable time for the wedding was missed, and returned to Suchindram. The goddess went to the island near Kanyakumari and stood there on one leg for, as usual, thousands of years. Then she killed the demon. Her foot remained on the island.
If you wish, we can arrange a trip to Kankumari with a visit:
Kanyakumari Devi temple at Swayambhu Devi. Vivekananda Island - there is a goddess footprint Kanyakumari and the temple of Swami Vivekananda (initiated yoga popularity in the West) .Suchindram - Temple Ling combining Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma, in a single form, Marutuvamalai mountain that brought Hanuman and so on.