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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.

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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”!

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story | THE TALK WITH PRINCESS GOURI

01: Ayurveda in Travancore Kingdom

PRINCESS GOURI PARVATHI BAYI

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.

© 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.

© G.VENKET RAM

story | ARTISTS & INSPIRATIONS

Malayalam Actresses & Raja Ravi Varma's Paintings

AYURVEDA TRAILS

In a befitting tribute to one of India’s greatest painters, Raja Ravi Varma, a Chennai-based photographer G. Venket Ram has recreated 12 of Varma’s iconic paintings into photographs, in line with the theme of celebrating the spirit of Indian Womanhood.

© TOLIS FRAGOUDIS

story | SPIRITUAL INDIA BY TOLISART

RISHIKESH: Breath Of Himalayas

TOLIS FRAGOUDIS

Rishikesh, a town in the foothills of the himalayas. It's a pilgrimage place since thousands of years, where the yogi's gather before they continue their journey in to the mountains on their path to the ultimate liberation.

© TOLIS FRAGOUDIS

story | SPIRITUAL INDIA BY TOLISART

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 an unknown world touched by all that beautiful things going on in this world.

© ZUZANA ZWIEBEL

story | PHOTO STORY

Jaipur's vintage camera

ZUZANA ZWIEBEL

Found on the busy colorful streets of walled city of Jaipur, are two men who are proudly preserving three eras of photography with their 1860s Carl Zeiss camera, Surendra Kumar and his brother and Tikam Chand. The camera is a piece of history.

© ZAINA EL-SAID

story | THE TREE VENERATION IN THE CIRCASSIAN CULTURE

03: Associated Tree Deities

ZAINA EL-SAID

Deities associated with sacred forests transformed and evolved according to different historical eras. It is believed that the main original forest deity was Mezguasche (Forest-lady). Mezguasche was responsible for the forest and fauna.

© ZAINA EL-SAID

story | THE TREE VENERATION IN THE CIRCASSIAN CULTURE

02: Circassian’s Belief System

ZAINA EL-SAID

Since time immemorial, the Circassian native tribes did not follow a script or a holy book, nor erected praying temples, but rather, they have formed an unwritten philosophy based on their collective outlook on life, and worshiped in the arms of nature.

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01: Ayurveda in Travancore Kingdom

PRINCESS GOURI PARVATHI BAYI

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.

Malayalam Actresses & Raja Ravi Varma's Paintings

AYURVEDA TRAILS

In a befitting tribute to one of India’s greatest painters, Raja Ravi Varma, a Chennai-based photographer G. Venket Ram has recreated 12 of Varma’s iconic paintings into photographs, in line with the theme of celebrating the spirit of Indian Womanhood.

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.

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 an unknown world touched by all that beautiful things going on in this world.

03: Associated Tree Deities

ZAINA EL-SAID

Deities associated with sacred forests transformed and evolved according to different historical eras. It is believed that the main original forest deity was Mezguasche (Forest-lady). Mezguasche was responsible for the forest and fauna.

Dear Future Me I.

CGH EARTH

The human spirit has the extraordinary capacity to find positivity during hardships. Some have found it in reading, others in cooking or gardening. Dear Future Me, is a virtual time capsule on social media that lets us look back and remember the good.

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.

RISHIKESH: Breath Of Himalayas

TOLIS FRAGOUDIS

Rishikesh, a town in the foothills of the himalayas. It's a pilgrimage place since thousands of years, where the yogi's gather before they continue their journey in to the mountains on their path to the ultimate liberation.

02: Circassian’s Belief System

ZAINA EL-SAID

Since time immemorial, the Circassian native tribes did not follow a script or a holy book, nor erected praying temples, but rather, they have formed an unwritten philosophy based on their collective outlook on life, and worshiped in the arms of nature.

01: Trees

ZAINA EL-SAID

Trees stand as a magnificent reminder of one of God’s infinite masterpieces, they are like the silent observers of time, wordlessly conversing with life as eons go by. Trees can be regarded as the wardens of earth, unconditionally giving life, sustenance and shelter.

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.

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.

Jaipur's vintage camera

ZUZANA ZWIEBEL

Found on the busy colorful streets of walled city of Jaipur, are two men who are proudly preserving three eras of photography with their 1860s Carl Zeiss camera, Surendra Kumar and his brother and Tikam Chand. The camera is a piece of history.

HUMAN BY NATURE

JOEY L.

From the interconnected backwaters, the forests of Wayanad, the beaches of Alleppey, the temples of Thrissur, and the streets of Kochi, Kerala is right the place with the right traditions to embody what we’ve come to know as Human by Nature.

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.

Sisyphus: Time as a Rolling Witness

RIYAS KOMU

Parag’s meditative practice of achieving realism on canvas is often mistaken for photographs, his troubling paintings of faces and bare bodies design a carefully linked chain on the compelling ways that material, subject, and sensibility can align on canvas.

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story | THE TREE VENERATION IN THE CIRCASSIAN CULTURE

01: Trees

ZAINA EL-SAID

Trees stand as a magnificent reminder of one of God’s infinite masterpieces, they are like the silent observers of time, wordlessly conversing with life as eons go by. Trees can be regarded as the wardens of earth, unconditionally giving life, sustenance and shelter.

© 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.

© JOEY L.

story | ARTISTS & INSPIRATIONS

HUMAN BY NATURE

JOEY L.

From the interconnected backwaters, the forests of Wayanad, the beaches of Alleppey, the temples of Thrissur, and the streets of Kochi, Kerala is right the place with the right traditions to embody what we’ve come to know as Human by Nature.

01: Ayurveda in Travancore Kingdom

PRINCESS GOURI PARVATHI BAYI

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.

THE TALK Nº3:
SwaSwara A Woman

MINI CHANDRAN

SwaSwara reminds me a woman, she can be moody, but still you feel her openness and free flow of all-encompassing energy. She is a mother, a sister, a healer, it's all there! I think, this is Swara of Swa, you can hear that echo in the whole way it's built.

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.

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.

DINACHARYA: How to plan a day according to ayurveda?

DR.SREELAL SHANKAR

In order to maintain the mental and physical health in our body, Ayurveda lays emphasis on following a certain daily routine or regimen which acts as preventive maintenance for the body and tells us it is wise and essential for us all to follow it.

Ayurvedic guide for healthy eating habits

DR.POORNIMA SREELAL

In CGH Earth Ayurveda is believed, that the kitchen can be a pharmacy. Food can be medicine. If you treat disease with the ideal drug, you can cure it. But, if you are eating a proper food, you don't need the medicine.

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.

SURYA NAMASKARA

AYURVEDA TRAILS

Surya Namaskara, Salutations to the Sun, is complete Sadhana, spiritual practice, in itself. It includes asana, pranayama, mantra and meditation. It is an effective way of loosening up, stretching, massaging, toning all the joints, muscles and internal body organs.

© CGH EARTH

AYURVEDA | CGH EARTH AYURVEDA

Dear Future Me I.

CGH EARTH

The human spirit has the extraordinary capacity to find positivity during hardships. Some have found it in reading, others in cooking or gardening. Dear Future Me, is a virtual time capsule on social media that lets us look back and remember the good.

© 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!

© CGH EARTH

AYURVEDA | CGH EARTH AYURVEDA

Ayurvedic guide for healthy eating habits

DR.POORNIMA SREELAL

In CGH Earth Ayurveda is believed, that the kitchen can be a pharmacy. Food can be medicine. If you treat disease with the ideal drug, you can cure it. But, if you are eating a proper food, you don't need the medicine.

© CGH EARTH

AYURVEDA | CGH EARTH AYURVEDA

DINACHARYA: How to plan a day according to ayurveda?

DR.SREELAL SHANKAR

In order to maintain the mental and physical health in our body, Ayurveda lays emphasis on following a certain daily routine or regimen which acts as preventive maintenance for the body and tells us it is wise and essential for us all to follow it.

© ROUTE COCHIN

story | ROUTE COCHIN STORIES

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.

© PARAG SONARGHARE

story | ARTISTS & INSPIRATIONS

Sisyphus: Time as a Rolling Witness

RIYAS KOMU

Parag’s meditative practice of achieving realism on canvas is often mistaken for photographs, his troubling paintings of faces and bare bodies design a carefully linked chain on the compelling ways that material, subject, and sensibility can align on canvas.

© AYURVEDA TRAILS

story | THE TALK WITH PRINCESS GOURI

01: Ayurveda in Travancore Kingdom

PRINCESS GOURI PARVATHI BAYI

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.

© CGH EARTH

story | THE TALK WITH MINI CHANDRAN

THE TALK Nº3:
SwaSwara A Woman

MINI CHANDRAN

SwaSwara reminds me a woman, she can be moody, but still you feel her openness and free flow of all-encompassing energy. She is a mother, a sister, a healer, it's all there! I think, this is Swara of Swa, you can hear that echo in the whole way it's built.

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 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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

Dear Future Me II.

CGH EARTH

The human spirit has the extraordinary capacity to find positivity during hardships. Some have found it in reading, others in cooking or gardening. Dear Future Me, is a virtual time capsule on social media that lets us look back and remember the good.

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.

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.

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