What makes people extraordinary is their spirit!
Spirit is inspiring energy present in every creative activity. We are discovering people,
whose spirit can inspire others. They are artists, photographers, historians, ayurveda doctors, yoga teachers,
spiritual experts, astrologers, ecologists, travelers, simply everyone. Spirits are our local experts who share their
stories with us and based on them we arrange your travel in style!
In ayurveda we see food as Annam Brahma. God is Food, it means your perception of the food should be done with all the senses. You should see the food, smell it, touch it, taste it and also sound is important. We call it Mindful eating.
We must first ask What is yoga. It is actually every activity, which you are doing with the presence of your mind and body and if it makes you happy, then you can call it yoga. At SwaSwara we offer classical Hatha Yoga and meditation sessions.
My favorite symbol is lotus flower. The petals are considered to depict the opening of the heart. And as the roots of the lotus start in the muddy earth and rise up to the light, also we can rise up from any difficult situation and reconnect to the light again.
Swaswara offers 3 types of ayurveda programmes: The Swa Well Being is holiday programme.The Rejuvenation Programme addresses health issues arising from modern lifestyle. The Detox & Panchakarma Programme is highly personalised.
Gokarna is one of the most important pilgrimage places in India. It is a sacred place connected with mythological stories. I am a Hindu, but still I believe, that ayurveda is not connected to any religion, it is connected to humanity! Spirituality is above religion.
Ayurveda was always part of our family. I belong to the fourth generation of ayurveda doctors or Vaidiyas. Ayurveda is a path at the end of which you will find yourself as an individual being united with the environment, which surrounds you.
Part of ayurveda healing is not being afraid to express yourself. There is a thin line between being foolish and genial and we are afraid to cross it. We should have a good laugh or cry when we feel it, rather than trying to bottle it up and be an adult.
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.
In SwaSwara, we are very clear, that there is so called wellness tourist ayurveda and there is the classical, traditional, curative ayurveda which is what we'd like to offer and focus on.We have chosen the longer path and holistic approach, we do not compromise.
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.
I am basically restless person. I like to walk and explore places on foot. I think, that discovering the city, a village, an area on foot and interacting with local people, that give the very special dimension to your travels.
If you ask me, what is Kerala’s biggest problem today, I would say, it is the garbage! As the Malayali is very conscious of his physical cleanness and wellbeing and he will take his garbage and put it on the street. So that is very, very serious problem as I see it.
One of the Kani tribe chiefs told me: We never had anything white! We drunk no milk, we ate no salt, we ate no sugar, we did not consumed processed flour. We had the millets, the grains, spices and herbs in the forests. I call it a white diet.
In the older days, what we did not do, was to explain things to people. You would say: Do this, it should be done this way! The why and where, nobody bother to explain. But today, you can explain or open the inner eye in anyone, in any age and in any stage of life.
Dharma is a very difficult word for which there is no translation. It is a concept. Our own family motto is Dharmo smat kuladev atam. The British translated is Charity is our household divinity. Dharma is not Charity! There is much more to it!
Lord with the lotus in the naval, our lives have been fulfilled by doing service at your feet. We are fulfilled. Our lives are complete...This has been the motto of the Travancore family for generations and I hope it will continue so as long as family is in the existence.
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