Yatra is a journey. A journey to discover one's inner dimensions, new dimensions of another country, to discover other people, other types of knowledge, other practices and skills, аnd many other things...
Here's what Yatra gave me, and this is why I am on top of the world after this journey:
– I came back a different person. I am not only emotionally and physically rested, but also have made many close friends, and even found new teachers.
– In a real, non-touristy way, I experienced an amazing world of India, some of its ethnic groups, temples and tribal people.
– I saw living examples of how people, united by certain ideals, change the world around them.
– I got a behind-the-scenes experience of alternative educational systems and other modes of thinking.
– I experienced authentic Indian cuisine, and learned how to properly eat rice.
– We watched a herd of wild elephants passing by.
– We did many spiritual practices together, many of which I've never seen before.
– We cooked a giant pot of borscht for a local village, and sang songs to a guitar at night...
– We bought sacks of most delicious papayas, learned some startling ways of opening pomegranates, drank tea at roadside diners, and ate from banana leaves instead of plates.
– We shared our happiness, laughter and experiences in a company of friends.
– We helped children at alternative schools.
Yes, I am another person now. I breathe differently, feel differently, and differently perceive the world around me. That happened thanks to two things: Yatra gave me a chance for such transformation, and I was open to it.
In order for Yatra to become a space for such transformation, awareness and wholeness, our organizers thoroughly prepared in advance these essential ingredients:
– Two main Yatra themes: alternative education and communion with nature.
– Unusual places to explore: we visited an eco-village, various schools, a huge ecosystem that grew around a hospital created by a group of doctors, etc.
– Absolutely unique people with which we traveled together and met in India.
– Everyday body-oriented and spiritual practices: in the morning we practiced yoga and, in the evening, Qigong.
– Deep group interaction and shared collective attunement provided by MySelf laboratory.
– Ample space was given for master classes and practices offered by our group members.
– Excellent organization of everyday life and transportation.
All of the above allowed me to blissfully flow and swim in an exceptionally rich program, without any need to plan a thing: to just be and experience everything. In other words, to practice that very principle of "being in the here-and-now". And had enough time for contemplation, self-reflection, philosophizing, and experiencing the transformation of my consciousness and perception. I can't always do that at home, but during Yatra journey it was happening naturally.
And I forgot to mention the most important ingredient: the participants of our expedition. Without thorough and wise approach to forming the group, all magic that i mentioned before just wouldn't be possible.