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    Living in this day and age of eternal anxiety, we are often unconscious of our tensions. Quite often we find ourselves depressed, tired and an easy victim of diseases. There are a number of reasons for our stressful life. Often it is lack of rest, anxiety, tension and fatigue. These are constantly draining our health energies continuously. Thus, the first priority is to get us into a relaxed state.

    When all else fails to ease and calm your mind, a therapeutic session of Yoga is sure to relax you and fill you with peace and serenity. Travel to India to discover Yoga, a 5,000 year old scientific technique for spiritual development, that at the very least will soothe your agitated senses and fill you with a sense of well-being, and at the most, help you to attain nirvana or Moksha, the ultimate unification of the body, mind and soul with the entire universe, as one interconnected whole. Yoga is an originally Indian concept that was propounded by the ancient Indian sage Patanjali and is derived from the Sanskrit word Yog which means 'union,' presumably union with the divine being or God.

    Meditation and Yoga are synonymous with India and Indian spirituality. You can now make travel to India a truly blissful and spiritual experience that will far exceed any holiday or vacation you have experienced so far. For at india-travel-agents.com we have specially designed Meditation and Yoga tours that allow you to combine travel in India with peaceful meditational experiences.

    Meditation is one of the most important components of Yoga, which is a mind-body therapy involving a series of exercises. The word 'meditation' covers many disparate practices from visualizing situations, focusing on objects or images, thinking through a complex idea, or even getting lost in a provocative book, all qualifying as meditation in the broad sense. However in Yoga, meditation generally refers to the more formal practice of focusing the mind and observing oneself in the moment.

    The fundamental assumption of the Yoga Sutras (the written philosophy of yoga) is that the body and the mind are part of one continuum of existence, the mind being more subtle than the body. The interaction of body and mind is the central concern of the entire science. It is believed that as the body and mind are brought into balance and health, the individual will be able to perceive his true nature; this will allow life to be lived through him more freely and spontaneously.

    Yoga first attempts to reach the mind, where health begins, for mental choices strongly affect the health of the body. Choices of food, types of exercise, which thoughts to think, etc. all affect the body. As practiced traditionally in India, yoga includes a set of ethical imperatives and moral precepts, including diet, exercise, and meditative aspects. In the West, yoga focuses primarily on postures (gentle stretching exercises), breathing exercises, and meditation. Yoga is frequently used in Western medicine to enhance health and treat chronic disease as well as stress.

    Yoga is not a religion. It is a secular and scientific methodology of the experience and integration of the mind-body-spirit. It consists of a large body of varied techniques through a balanced practice of Astanga or the eight limbs of yoga. Some of the most often practiced types of Yoga are:

    Ashtanga Yoga is the system of Yoga taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois at the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in Mysore, India. This method of Yoga involves synchronizing the breath with progressive series of postures-a process producing intense internal heat and a profuse, purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs. The result is improved circulation, a light and strong body, and a calm mind.

    Karma Yoga : the way of right action that propounds selfless serving without the motivation of obtaining results of labor.

    Bhakti Yoga : the way of devotion thorough devotion to a supreme being to submerge emotion and self in pure love.

    Jnana Yoga : the way of knowledge through studying divinity and learning to discriminate between illusion and reality.

    Hatha Yoga : the physical path that trains the body to control the mind and senses through asana and pranayama.

    Tantric Yoga : the feminine path that worships the goddess of energy and sees the body as the temple of the divine.

    Kundalini Yoga : the path of energy that arouses the energy stored in the chakras through breathing and movement.

    Raja Yoga : the path of meditation that controls the mind from wandering and helps to obtain mastery over thought.

    At Indiatravelmall.com, it is our constant endeavor to give more value and new meaning to travel and tourism. That is why we have developed special Yoga and Meditational holiday package tours that allow you to combine travel in India with a glimpse at its inherent spirituality. Our exclusive Yoga India tours combine sightseeing either with rejuvenating Ayurvedic Health Treatments in Madras (Chennai), Yoga and Meditational Holidays in Rishikesh, magical Sanjeevanam therapeutic massages in Kerala, a stay at the famous Bihar School of Yoga or Yogic instruction at the Ananda Spa Resort in the Himalayas. Not only that, we also offer you complete travel services and hotel bookings, and assume responsibility for ensuring that you keep to your schedule.

    Some of the most popular Yoga and Meditation tourist destinations in India are the picturesque and peaceful state of Kerala, the spiritual land of Buddha- Bihar, the pilgrim center of Rishikesh or the quiet and serene town of Dharamshala on the shores of the holy Ganga.

    Kerala
    Kerela is famous for its beautiful backwaters, Ayurvedic Healing Centers and practice of alternate therapies. It offers you a wide range of therapeutic Ayurvedic and herbal oil massages from experienced professionals. These massages and naturopathic regimes leave you feeling truly refreshed and energized. A stay at Kareeleyam for a magical Sanjeevanam massage is an extremely popular and rejuvenating tourist preference. In fact, it would be very correct to say that a trip to Kerala is incomplete without opting for a stint at an Ayurvedic Resort.

    Uttaranchal
    A tour to the northern part of India, on the other hand, involves visiting some of the most holy Indian pilgrimage sites like etc. Rishikesh is widely considered the Yoga capital of India. Tourists and travelers attend the International Yoga Week that is organized here, in hordes every year. Numerous travelers searching quietude and inner peace also stop to practice Yoga and meditation in this serene town nestled in the lap of the Himalayas.

    Bihar
    Another favorite tourist destination for those seeking a cultural heritage tour combined with Yogic instruction is the state of Bihar. Bihar was the home state of the Lord Gautam Buddha, and numerous places associated with different stages of his life, such as Bodhgaya, Sarnath, Kushinagar, Gaya, Nalanda, etc. are located here. The renowned Bihar School of Yoga at Munger in Bihar offers meditation and yoga sessions for tourists.

    The Kairali Ayurvedic Health Resort set amid 50 acres of lush greenery in Chennai, the monastries of Dharamshala and the idyllic Ananda Spa in the foothills of the Himalayas are some of the other popular travel and tourist destinations that have a tradition of Yoga, Meditation and spirituality attached to them. Whichever the place, we at india-travel-agents.com will be sure to offer you carefully planned holiday package tours to that very destination. With us you can always be sure of a unique travel experience that not just takes you to new places, but also gives you blessedness and peace of mind.

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