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WHAT IS AYURVEDA? HOW IS THIS ANCIENT MEDICAL SYSTEM CONNECTED WITH YOGA, MEDITATION, HEALTHY FOOD, RELAXATION IN NATURE AND MODERN LIFE STYLE?

Ayurveda Trails & Journals are dedicated to everyone, who would like to travel to India, Sri Lanka and Nepal and search answers to these questions. It does not want to be anything else, but art expression of healthy life style inspired by Indian ancient healing traditions, creating harmony with the dynamics of contemporary life.

The word ayurveda means "science of life" and our philosophy is "art of travel". We would like to connect science and art. For us ayurveda is also a symbol of personal evolution, a way how to heal not only our body, but also our soul. It is a quest for the right journey to reach a balance between human beings and nature.

TRAVELING & HEALING WITH AYURVEDA TRAILS

If you decide to travel and explore the world of ayurveda or if you search for healing solutions to your health problems, we connect you with our team of ayurveda doctors, yoga and travel experts who help you to choose the right ayurveda resort or hospital and design the healing and travel plan in India, Sri Lanka and Nepal for you. Say “Namaste”!

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© SUDHITH XAVIER

story | ROUTE COCHIN STORIES

VISHU FESTIVAL
NEW YEAR IN KERALA

AYURVEDA TRAILS

The Malayalam word kani literally means that which is seen first. The traditional belief is that one's future is a function of what one experiences, that the New Year will be better if one views auspicious joyful things as the first thing on Vishu.

© A.J. JOJI

story | URU ART HARBOUR

THE GRANDMOTHER OF THE JUNGLE

ZUZANA ZWIEBEL

Lakshmikutty Amma is called Vanamuthassi, The Grandmother of the Jungle in Malayalam. Her mission is to preserve the healing traditions of Kaani tribe, settled in the deep forest of Kallar in Thiruvandrum district in Kerala.

© CGH EARTH

AYURVEDA | CGH EARTH KALARI RASAYANA

TALK 02: Ayurveda Diet at Kalari Rasayana

DR.POORNIMA SREELAL

Eating the food is healing process and also internal meditation at CGH Earth Kalari Rasayana Ayurveda Hospital. The dietologist Dr.Poornima Sreelal in her talk with Zuzana Zwiebel explains, why if you are eating a proper food, you don't need the medicines.

© ZUZANA ZWIEBEL

AYURVEDA | CGH EARTH KALARI RASAYANA

TALK 01: Holistic Approach To Ayurveda Diet

DR.POORNIMA SREELAL

At CGH Earth Kalari Rasayana Ayurveda Hospital, the journey to healing is filled with many discoveries. Zuzana Zwiebel in her talk with Dr.Poornima Sreelal tried to unravel the path to healthy eating habits and focused on holistic approach to ayurveda diet.

© ANANDU RADHAKRISHNAN

story | THEYYAM TALES

THEYYAM: The Legend of Kelan

ANANDU RADHAKRISHNAN

The Theyyam dancer’s dark black mystic eyes are emphasised by the deep bloody red color of his face. The light of the fire reflects on his bare chest decorated by the drawing of two snakes. He is ready to jump into the fire and narrator is telling his story.

© ZUZANA ZWIEBEL

story | URU ART HARBOUR

KR SUNIL
The Seafarers of Malabar

URU ART HARBOUR

There aren’t many places in the world, to which monsoon winds and the smell of spices brought more sea trading ships than to the ports in Kerala. Their glory has faded, but photographer KR Sunil in silent portraits of sea sailors is capturing their stories.

© AGHIL MENON

story | ATHEENA WILSON'S STORIES

NEVERTHELESS REWIND

ATHEENA WILSON

I hesitated for publishing this story quite late, but there’s a beauty in rewinding. Makes me appreciate how all those days have become of me. The clever fall of dominoes of life events that led me to still standing. A very happy new year to all!

© PAULA BRACONNOT

spirit | INTERVIEWS

PAULA BRACONNOT: The Alchemist Eye Blooms In The Heart

ZUZANA ZWIEBEL

I have an obsession with the EYE. It can be a mirror but also a window into one’s soul. My universe is quite eclectic: I’m drawn to old engravings, botanical art, alchemy and surrealism. If you look closely at the photo you’ll see that I have a third arm…

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THE GRANDMOTHER OF THE JUNGLE

ZUZANA ZWIEBEL

Lakshmikutty Amma is called Vanamuthassi, The Grandmother of the Jungle in Malayalam. Her mission is to preserve the healing traditions of Kaani tribe, settled in the deep forest of Kallar in Thiruvandrum district in Kerala.

TALK 01: Holistic Approach To Ayurveda Diet

DR.POORNIMA SREELAL

At CGH Earth Kalari Rasayana Ayurveda Hospital, the journey to healing is filled with many discoveries. Zuzana Zwiebel in her talk with Dr.Poornima Sreelal tried to unravel the path to healthy eating habits and focused on holistic approach to ayurveda diet.

FRIDA'S GONE HIGH

ZUZANA ZWIEBEL

Thoughts inspired by Atheena Wilson's booty shaking anti-bachelorette tea party with wine. The journey of womankind from being ripe for the marriage market to become the Goddess. All in Frida Kahlo style with blessings of Her Highness Princess Gouri Parvathi Bayi.

NEVERTHELESS REWIND

ATHEENA WILSON

I hesitated for publishing this story quite late, but there’s a beauty in rewinding. Makes me appreciate how all those days have become of me. The clever fall of dominoes of life events that led me to still standing. A very happy new year to all!

LOTUS MUDRA

AYURVEDA TRAILS

The lotus blossom represents heart opening, growth and enlightenment. The lotus is rooted in mud and darkness, grows up through water and blooms beautifully above the surface. Through experiences we grow toward the light.

VISHU FESTIVAL
NEW YEAR IN KERALA

AYURVEDA TRAILS

The Malayalam word kani literally means that which is seen first. The traditional belief is that one's future is a function of what one experiences, that the New Year will be better if one views auspicious joyful things as the first thing on Vishu.

THEYYAM: The Legend of Kelan

ANANDU RADHAKRISHNAN

The Theyyam dancer’s dark black mystic eyes are emphasised by the deep bloody red color of his face. The light of the fire reflects on his bare chest decorated by the drawing of two snakes. He is ready to jump into the fire and narrator is telling his story.

THE TALK Nº1:
What is Ayurveda for you?

ZUZANA ZWIEBEL

Ayurveda is the science of helping a common individual to understand how to live comfortably throughout his life. Using what is available in this universe. I call it as a universe because Ayurveda is universal. Ayurveda is me and I am Ayurveda.

KR SUNIL
The Seafarers of Malabar

URU ART HARBOUR

There aren’t many places in the world, to which monsoon winds and the smell of spices brought more sea trading ships than to the ports in Kerala. Their glory has faded, but photographer KR Sunil in silent portraits of sea sailors is capturing their stories.

MUDRA VIGYAN HEALING

AYURVEDA TRAILS

The Mudras are used to affect the energy flow within the body. They appear to be merely physical gestures, but we can experience mudras as attitudes of energy flow intended to link the individual pranic force with the universal or cosmic force.

PAULA BRACONNOT: The Alchemist Eye Blooms In The Heart

ZUZANA ZWIEBEL

I have an obsession with the EYE. It can be a mirror but also a window into one’s soul. My universe is quite eclectic: I’m drawn to old engravings, botanical art, alchemy and surrealism. If you look closely at the photo you’ll see that I have a third arm…

The Walking Trail: RED CROWN GREEN PARROT

MEYDAD ELIYAHU

The walking trail through the historic Jewish urban area of Mattancherry. It deals with the vanished and forgotten cultural heritage of the Malabar Jewish community from the personal viewpoint of the artists Meydad Eliyahu and Thoufeek Zakriya.

RANAKPUR JAIN TEMPLE: 1444 Pillars & 108 Snakes

ZUZANA ZWIEBEL

Nestled in a valley amongst the Aravalli Hills, Ranakpur Temple dates to the 15th century. Local legend holds that construction began in 1437 following a divine vision received by Dharna Shah, a local Jain business person.

THE KARNI MATA RAT TEMPLE

ZUZANA ZWIEBEL

Karni Mata is worshiped as one of the strongest warrior reincarnation of Goddess Durga in India. She might be powerful and fearful, but only until you see her army of 20.000 rats! If you are lucky, you can see the white rat, manifestation of Karni Mata herself!

A Jewish Autumn in Kochi

ANANYA RAJOO

Celebrating the Jewish Fall Festivals - Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkoth and Simchat Torah - with Cochin Jews, a small community trying hard to keep alive the most sacred and revelous days of Jewish life in Kochi.

NICK UT: The tears of the Women

ZUZANA ZWIEBEL

It's a strange feeling to compare the "Napalm Girl" and Paris Hilton photo, I know I will never take another photograph that's as good as Kim’s photo. The big difference I grew to love Kim, whereas… frankly, I don't give a damn about Paris Hilton.

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AYURVEDA | MUDRA VIGYAN HEALING

MUDRA VIGYAN HEALING

AYURVEDA TRAILS

The Mudras are used to affect the energy flow within the body. They appear to be merely physical gestures, but we can experience mudras as attitudes of energy flow intended to link the individual pranic force with the universal or cosmic force.

© AYURVEDA TRAILS

AYURVEDA | MUDRA VIGYAN HEALING

LOTUS MUDRA

AYURVEDA TRAILS

The lotus blossom represents heart opening, growth and enlightenment. The lotus is rooted in mud and darkness, grows up through water and blooms beautifully above the surface. Through experiences we grow toward the light.

© ZUZANA ZWIEBEL

story | THE JEWS OF INDIA

The Walking Trail: RED CROWN GREEN PARROT

MEYDAD ELIYAHU

The walking trail through the historic Jewish urban area of Mattancherry. It deals with the vanished and forgotten cultural heritage of the Malabar Jewish community from the personal viewpoint of the artists Meydad Eliyahu and Thoufeek Zakriya.

© NICK UT

story | KOCHI-MUZIRIS BIENNALE

NICK UT: The tears of the Women

ZUZANA ZWIEBEL

It's a strange feeling to compare the "Napalm Girl" and Paris Hilton photo, I know I will never take another photograph that's as good as Kim’s photo. The big difference I grew to love Kim, whereas… frankly, I don't give a damn about Paris Hilton.

THE TALK Nº1:
Ayurveda in Travancore Kingdom

ZUZANA ZWIEBEL

If you expect stories which starts: "Once upon a time, there was a princess..." stop reading. Her Highness Princess Gouri Parvathi Bayi of the Travancore Royal Family will introduce us very modern and open minded view on today's Kerala society and ayurveda.

ART & AYURVEDA LIFESTYLE

ZUZANA ZWIEBEL

What is ayurveda? How is this ancient medical system connected with yoga, meditation, healthy food, relaxation in nature and modern life style? Ayurveda Trails is dedicated to everyone, who would like to travel and search answers to these questions.

JAIPUR: Galtaji Monkey Rebel Temple

ZUZANA ZWIEBEL

They are Rock Stars! Action heroes of National Geographic Channel series Monkey Thieves! Galta Gang! They jump out of the windows and run around Jaipur’s Pink City like action movie heroes! They are modern soldiers of god Hanuman!

NAVARATRI
Festival of Nine Goddesses

ZUZANA ZWIEBEL

Navaratri is a nine night festival that honors the Mother Goddess in all her manifestations. The worship, accompanied by fasting, takes place in the mornings. Evenings are for feasting and dancing. Each day has a different ritual associated with it.

Meet the Artist: BIJU IBRAHIM

URU ART HARBOUR

Biju Ibrahim captures the essence of rustic geographies, the people who are now becoming archive of the earth, the mythic and mystery of spaces and places, broken vessels and torn fabric, alleys of now filled with the density of then or before.

KOCHI-MUZIRIS BIENNALE 2018

KOCHI-MUZIRIS BIENNALE

KMB 2018 seeks to invoke the cosmopolitan spirit of the modern metropolis of Kochi and its mythical past, Muziris, create a platform that introduce contemporary international visual art theory and practice to India.

DIWALI
Festival of Lights

ZUZANA ZWIEBEL

Diwali is the festival of lights, it spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair. It is is celebrated by Hindus, Jains, and Sikhs and some Buddhists.

THE TALK Nº1:
Ayurveda in Travancore Kingdom

ZUZANA ZWIEBEL

If you expect stories which starts: "Once upon a time, there was a princess..." stop reading. Her Highness Princess Gouri Parvathi Bayi of the Travancore Royal Family will introduce us very modern and open minded view on today's Kerala society and ayurveda.

© SWANOOP JOHN

story | ZUZANA'S OWN GODSSSIPS

ART & AYURVEDA LIFESTYLE

ZUZANA ZWIEBEL

What is ayurveda? How is this ancient medical system connected with yoga, meditation, healthy food, relaxation in nature and modern life style? Ayurveda Trails is dedicated to everyone, who would like to travel and search answers to these questions.

© BIJU IBRAHIM

story | URU ART HARBOUR

Meet the Artist: BIJU IBRAHIM

URU ART HARBOUR

Biju Ibrahim captures the essence of rustic geographies, the people who are now becoming archive of the earth, the mythic and mystery of spaces and places, broken vessels and torn fabric, alleys of now filled with the density of then or before.

© KOCHI-MUZIRIS BIENNALE

story | KOCHI-MUZIRIS BIENNALE

KOCHI-MUZIRIS BIENNALE 2018

KOCHI-MUZIRIS BIENNALE

KMB 2018 seeks to invoke the cosmopolitan spirit of the modern metropolis of Kochi and its mythical past, Muziris, create a platform that introduce contemporary international visual art theory and practice to India.

© KR SUNIL

story | URU ART HARBOUR

KR SUNIL
Mattancherry Series

URU ART HARBOUR

My impressions of Mattancherry was informed by the widely available images and representations. But while shooting for “Mattancherry Series” all my perceptions shattered. I felt that every space is created to encourage cohabitation and togetherness.

© ANTO FRAMES

story | THE TALK WITH PRINCESS GOURI

THE TALK Nº1:
Ayurveda in Travancore Kingdom

ZUZANA ZWIEBEL

If you expect stories which starts: "Once upon a time, there was a princess..." stop reading. Her Highness Princess Gouri Parvathi Bayi of the Travancore Royal Family will introduce us very modern and open minded view on today's Kerala society and ayurveda.

© SUDHITH XAVIER

story | ROUTE COCHIN STORIES

THE MAN WHO SAVED 1000 HERBAL PLANTS

ANANYA RAJOO

This is not a wonderland with fairies and elves. But here, one can find lots of singing birds, dancing squirrels and sweet smelling flowers. The place becomes truly magical because it exists in the heart of a city. Our wonderland is called Alungal Farms.

© ANTO FRAMES

story | THE TALK WITH GITA RAMESH

THE TALK Nº1:
Ayurveda in Kairali

ZUZANA ZWIEBEL

The Kairali Ayurvedic Group was established in 1989, when we opened the first ayurveda center in Delhi. We pioneered in setting up the center, at a time when ayurveda was nearly fading away and people of India also was not aware of subject, what is ayurveda.

© ANTO FRAMES

story | THE TALK WITH DR.VENUGOPAL

THE TALK Nº1:
What is Ayurveda for you?

ZUZANA ZWIEBEL

Ayurveda is the science of helping a common individual to understand how to live comfortably throughout his life. Using what is available in this universe. I call it as a universe because Ayurveda is universal. Ayurveda is me and I am Ayurveda.

SOMATHEERAM
Baby Mathew: Nº1

ZUZANA ZWIEBEL

The World’s First Ayurveda Tourist Resort: Baby Mathew, in 1985 together with his brother Dr.Pauly Mathew, has founded the world’s first ayurveda tourist resort Somatheeram in Kerala. How has this journey started?

QUTUB MINAR
Birds of the Holy Quran

ZUZANA ZWIEBEL

Birds… a lots of birds flying on the sky and warm gold round sunset in late crispy February evening, like this I remember my first visit of the Qutub Minar, symbol which marks the beginning of the Muslim rule in India, built in 1193 by Qutab-ud-din Aibak.

Perhaps at Pondicherry N°3

ATHEENA WILSON

On our first day at Pondi, we imagined cycling through Rue Suffren till Paradise Beach, rather we found ourselves going around in circles. Riya and I never got our hands on bicycles, but we had a better experience with the rickshaws.

THE MAN WHO SAVED 1000 HERBAL PLANTS

ANANYA RAJOO

This is not a wonderland with fairies and elves. But here, one can find lots of singing birds, dancing squirrels and sweet smelling flowers. The place becomes truly magical because it exists in the heart of a city. Our wonderland is called Alungal Farms.

THE TALK Nº1:
Ayurveda in Kairali

ZUZANA ZWIEBEL

The Kairali Ayurvedic Group was established in 1989, when we opened the first ayurveda center in Delhi. We pioneered in setting up the center, at a time when ayurveda was nearly fading away and people of India also was not aware of subject, what is ayurveda.

DHANVANTARI
The God of Ayurveda

ZUZANA ZWIEBEL

Dhanvantari, an incarnation of the God Vishnu, the immanent Divine consciousness, represents Divine healer in the tradition of ayurveda. Within all of us is a Divine healer. To heal ourselves we must set this Divine healer in motion within ourselves.

Dr.Binod Sydney
01: Ayurveda is a lifestyle

ZUZANA ZWIEBEL

Ayurveda is a lifestyle. I don’t look at it as a treatment. It’s a treatment for the body through lifestyle. It includes all forms of medical treatments, yoga and many other practices. Whatever can positively influence our body, mind and soul, it is ayurveda.

Nº2: Mission of Ayurveda

DR.GEORGE EASSEY

Your body’s resistance lies on three pillars: your ability to breathe freely, good food, and your happiness and contentment. There is no medicine for an unhappy and restless mind. Ayurveda teaches something very profound: Be a good human being.

79 IN TIME
Nº1: Prologue

ATHEENA WILSON

You wear a saree only when you become a woman.” It sounds like a sentimentally wise thing to say, but let me break it down to you. In other words, it also meant, “When you’re ripe enough for the marriage market.”

Perhaps at Pondicherry N°2

ATHEENA WILSON

A flurry of auto drivers rushed to us chattering away in Tamil. Dawn seeped in, the sun rose fairly early at Pondicherry. It was another day of sun, but there was a sweeping wind of laziness that suddenly slowed down time.

Nº1: Meeting with Ayurveda

DR.GEORGE EASSEY

At some point, everyone must encounter life, what we in India call ‘ayus’. My first experience with real life came from meeting with various spiritual teachers. After many years, I found out that the best piece of wisdom I had learnt was; “Do not hurt yourself…”

SPIRITUAL INDIA
By TolisArt

TOLIS FRAGOUDIS

A journey in to an ancient world of India, divided in 10 short-films. It was not only a journey to India but more a journey in to another world. For some reason I was literally falling in to a unknown world in which I will find a flow to create a bunch of videos reflecting how deep I was touched by all that beautiful things going on in this world.

Perhaps at Pondicherry N°1

ATHEENA WILSON

My uncanny taste for flamboyant textiles hailed from a land of curious glances. Markets always stir these peckish desires in you to experiment, it’s the one place where you can tailor your dreams. But that’s not what I loved about markets.

79 IN TIME
Nº1: Prologue

ATHEENA WILSON

You wear a saree only when you become a woman.” It sounds like a sentimentally wise thing to say, but let me break it down to you. In other words, it also meant, “When you’re ripe enough for the marriage market.”

NARENDRANATH
The Medicine Man

ROUTE COCHIN

Narendranath is the guardian of a dying heritage. At his tiny shop in Fort Cochin, shrunken in the course of time, he reigns as the devoted practitioner of an age-old system of medicine, a rich and valuable legacy left with him by his forefathers.

KR SUNIL
Mattancherry Series

URU ART HARBOUR

My impressions of Mattancherry was informed by the widely available images and representations. But while shooting for “Mattancherry Series” all my perceptions shattered. I felt that every space is created to encourage cohabitation and togetherness.

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