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TRAVEL HEALING COLLECTION INSPIRED BY ART & AYURVEDA LIFESTYLE

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

Ayurveda Trails & Ayurveda 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, Ayurveda Trails & Ayurveda Journals 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”!

TRAVEL WITH US
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spirit | INTERVIEWS

HARIVIHAR HERITAGE
Dr. Sri Kumar

ZUZANA ZWIEBEL

Harivihar, abode of the divine, is a 170 year old painstakingly restored royal heritage homestead located in Calicut. It offers unparalleled experience of staying in a heritage ambience and benefit from the goodness of Ayurveda and Yoga, two great contributions of India to mankind.

© 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.

© ZUZANA ZWIEBEL

story | 100+1 SYMBOLS

SACRED HINDU GEOMETRY

ZUZANA ZWIEBEL

Sacred geometry ascribes symbolic and sacred meanings to geometric shapes and proportions. It is associated with the belief that a god is the geometer of the world. The geometry used in the design and construction of religious structures.

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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.

© SUDHITH XAVIER

story | ROUTE COCHIN STORIES

Breudher - The Story of a Dutch Bread

ROUTE COCHIN

Tracing the culinary history of Breudher, a sweet bread which is a part of the Anglo-Indian cuisine of Kochi and also made by the Eurasian communities in Sri Lanka and South East Asia.

© ZUZANA ZWIEBEL

story | 100+1 SYMBOLS

AUM, THE SOUND OF CREATION

ZUZANA ZWIEBEL

The vibration of AUM symbolises the manifestation of God. AUM is the reflection of the absolute reality, it is said to be Adi Anadi, without beginning or the end and embracing all that exists. The mantra AUM is the name of God, the vibration of the Supreme.

© SEA EYMERE

AYURVEDA | ESSAYS ON AYURVEDA

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…”

© 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!

MOST READ ARTICLES

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.

THE COCHIN CARNIVAL

ZUZANA ZWIEBEL

Time of year when the city of Kochi transforms into a madhouse! The Cochin Carnival is the biggest gala of Fort Kochi and a great time for merrymaking and feasting along with hundreds and thousands of people before stepping into the New Year.

Breudher - The Story of a Dutch Bread

ROUTE COCHIN

Tracing the culinary history of Breudher, a sweet bread which is a part of the Anglo-Indian cuisine of Kochi and also made by the Eurasian communities in Sri Lanka and South East Asia.

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.

NAMASTE

ZUZANA ZWIEBEL

In Asian culture, people greet each other by joining their palms, termed as Namaste. When we greet one another with Namaste, it means, may our minds meet! The real meeting between people is the meeting of their minds!

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!

AUM, THE SOUND OF CREATION

ZUZANA ZWIEBEL

The vibration of AUM symbolises the manifestation of God. AUM is the reflection of the absolute reality, it is said to be Adi Anadi, without beginning or the end and embracing all that exists. The mantra AUM is the name of God, the vibration of the Supreme.

SPROUTED GREEN GRAM SALAD

GITA RAMESH

Green gram is a powerhouse of nutrition. It has high nutritive value and can be consumed by anyone for improving health. Hence, this superfood is one of the most vital detoxifying agent as well as an energiser that helps to enhance the immunity of the body.

THE TALK Nº1:
SwaSwara

MINI CHANDRAN

In SwaSwara you evolve along with the place. There's so much openness, that you yourself, start opening up and you see things in a new light. Slowly by slowly, you start opening up and you start loving yourself. That's what happens in SwaSwara.

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.

THE TREE, THE HERMIT & THE WOMAN

ZUZANA ZWIEBEL

The old legend says, that when the forest dwelling Hermit dies a seed is planted in his mouth. He is buried vertically in the earth from where an ancient tree begins its life all over again…But what if the soul of old Hermit reborn in a place, where are no roots?

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.

Varanasi Chai with drop of Soma

ZUZANA ZWIEBEL

Hidden Tea stall is telling its story. Dark narrow street in old Varanasi, the voice in the head is quoting the Rigveda: We have drunk Soma and become immortal; we have attained the light, the Gods discovered.

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.

PAINTINGS OF THE MALABAR COAST

SUSAN BEAULAH

As a landscape painter who paints outdoors from direct observation, Susan Beaulah has documented Chakara, a unique fishing phenomenon, gracefully captured the lives of the fisherfolk and other bustling activities on the coasts of Kerala.

ONAM
The Harvest Festival in Kerala

AYURVEDA TRAILS

Onam is the most popular festival in Kerala. It can be traced to the primitive harvest festival and also to the myth regarding King Mahabali - the benevolent asura ruler who brought peace and prosperity to his country. It is celebrated in August and September.

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story | 100+1 SYMBOLS

NAMASTE

ZUZANA ZWIEBEL

In Asian culture, people greet each other by joining their palms, termed as Namaste. When we greet one another with Namaste, it means, may our minds meet! The real meeting between people is the meeting of their minds!

© ZUZANA ZWIEBEL

story | FESTIVALS & EVENTS

THE COCHIN CARNIVAL

ZUZANA ZWIEBEL

Time of year when the city of Kochi transforms into a madhouse! The Cochin Carnival is the biggest gala of Fort Kochi and a great time for merrymaking and feasting along with hundreds and thousands of people before stepping into the New Year.

© ZUZANA ZWIEBEL

story | FESTIVALS & EVENTS

BURNING OF PAPPANJI

ZUZANA ZWIEBEL

Burning of Pappanji is a public celebration on the midnight of December 31 to usher in New Year’s festivities and carnival at Fort Kochi. It is a symbol of Kochi’s secular and festive spirit. The tradition started among the local people of Fort Kochi in the 1980s.

© ZUZANA ZWIEBEL

story | PHOTO STORY

PAINTINGS OF THE MALABAR COAST

SUSAN BEAULAH

As a landscape painter who paints outdoors from direct observation, Susan Beaulah has documented Chakara, a unique fishing phenomenon, gracefully captured the lives of the fisherfolk and other bustling activities on the coasts of Kerala.

BURNING OF PAPPANJI

ZUZANA ZWIEBEL

Burning of Pappanji is a public celebration on the midnight of December 31 to usher in New Year’s festivities and carnival at Fort Kochi. It is a symbol of Kochi’s secular and festive spirit. The tradition started among the local people of Fort Kochi in the 1980s.

OUT OF PLACE BY RIYAS KOMU
Virtual Exhibition

VENKITESWARAN C.S.

In a way, all these icons, symbols, sites, figures and images are all out of their place and time, it is as if they are all gathered here to create certain intersections of memory, thought and feeling to prompt reactions and reflections in us.

SACRED HINDU GEOMETRY

ZUZANA ZWIEBEL

Sacred geometry ascribes symbolic and sacred meanings to geometric shapes and proportions. It is associated with the belief that a god is the geometer of the world. The geometry used in the design and construction of religious structures.

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…”

SADHYA
THE ONAM FEAST

AYURVEDA TRAILS

The importance of the feast to the Kerala's Onam celebration culture is captured in the famous Malayalam proverb: Kaanam Vittum Onam Unnanam - which means: One must have the Onam lunch even by selling one's property, if need be.

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.

01: Ayurveda in Kairali

GITA RAMESH

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.

© AJAY MENON

story | FESTIVALS & EVENTS

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.

© ROHIT SINGH

story | FESTIVALS & EVENTS

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.

© ZUZANA ZWIEBEL

story | PHOTO STORY

Varanasi Chai with drop of Soma

ZUZANA ZWIEBEL

Hidden Tea stall is telling its story. Dark narrow street in old Varanasi, the voice in the head is quoting the Rigveda: We have drunk Soma and become immortal; we have attained the light, the Gods discovered.

© RIYAS KOMU

story | URU ART HARBOUR

OUT OF PLACE BY RIYAS KOMU
Virtual Exhibition

VENKITESWARAN C.S.

In a way, all these icons, symbols, sites, figures and images are all out of their place and time, it is as if they are all gathered here to create certain intersections of memory, thought and feeling to prompt reactions and reflections in us.

© RAKESH ANAND

story | ZUZANA'S OWN GODSSSIPS

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.

© A.J. JOJI

story | FESTIVALS & EVENTS

SADHYA
THE ONAM FEAST

AYURVEDA TRAILS

The importance of the feast to the Kerala's Onam celebration culture is captured in the famous Malayalam proverb: Kaanam Vittum Onam Unnanam - which means: One must have the Onam lunch even by selling one's property, if need be.

© AGHIL MENON

story | ZUZANA'S OWN GODSSSIPS

THE TREE, THE HERMIT & THE WOMAN

ZUZANA ZWIEBEL

The old legend says, that when the forest dwelling Hermit dies a seed is planted in his mouth. He is buried vertically in the earth from where an ancient tree begins its life all over again…But what if the soul of old Hermit reborn in a place, where are no roots?

© KAIRALI GROUP

AYURVEDA | THE AYURVEDIC COOKBOOK BY GITA RAMESH

SPROUTED GREEN GRAM SALAD

GITA RAMESH

Green gram is a powerhouse of nutrition. It has high nutritive value and can be consumed by anyone for improving health. Hence, this superfood is one of the most vital detoxifying agent as well as an energiser that helps to enhance the immunity of the body.

CGH EARTH
SWASWARA

ZUZANA ZWIEBEL

SwaSwara means your inner voice, this is a place of natural harmony to release, refocus and recalibrate the self. Inspired by the first sound of creation, the resort in Gokarana on Aum Beach is a perfect setting to enable one to hear the voice of the inner self.

THE TALK 01:
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.

AUM, THE SOUND OF CREATION

ZUZANA ZWIEBEL

The vibration of AUM symbolises the manifestation of God. AUM is the reflection of the absolute reality, it is said to be Adi Anadi, without beginning or the end and embracing all that exists. The mantra AUM is the name of God, the vibration of the Supreme.

SAMBHAR WITH TASTE OF LEGEND

GITA RAMESH

Sambhar is one of the most popular and healthiest south Indian dishes. There are many ways how to prepare it, but Mrs. Gita Ramesh, founder of Kairali Group, in her ayurvedic cookbook believes, that it taste the best, if it is cooked with love!

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.

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.

INDIA’S FIRST ORCHID FARM

ZUZANA ZWIEBEL

The 50-year-old farmer, who won the State government’s award for the best horticulturist in 2013, was barely four years old when his father, V. K. Karthikeyan, a veteran agriculturist now aged 90, acquired the 10 acres of seaside land, much to the bewilderment of his well - wishers.

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.

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.

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