Yoga and Meditation in Kerala

Yoga, the science of man, based on ancient Indian wisdom and culture, is an art of living a healthy, balanced, peaceful and contented life. Yoga, being a total integrated system, studies man in his wholeness - body, mind and spirit. Meditation is a component of Yoga. Meditation is designed to carry us beyond the illusions created by our thoughts and senses so that we are able to experience everything in its truest form. Therefore, it is a focusing of the mind on a single object so as to create a cessation of all thought. And no place in India than Kerala is better for Yoga and Meditation.

Yoga and Meditation have come a long way from being practiced by hermits in the isolated pockets of caves and Himalayan forests to being a great stress reliever in today's modern times where it is practiced by all. These spiritual techniques are not only of ensure physical well-being, mental peace harmony, moral elevation and spiritual uplift of man but also transform man from his gross animal existence to the sublime heights of divinity.

The eight steps of Yoga are:

Yama: Restraint
Niyama: Observance of the rules of self-discipline
Asana: Exercises in physical posture
Pranayama: Breath control
Pratyahara: Detachment
Dharna: Focusing of the mind
Dhyana: Concentrated meditation
Samadhi: Supreme self-consciousness

Kerala is the hub of yoga and meditation. In the recent years, the state has seen a sharp increase in the number of yoga and meditation resorts that cater to the spiritual needs of the tourists. During your tour to Kerala, you can stay in any of its Ayurveda resorts that provide yoga and meditation courses, which will help you de-stress. Ayurveda of Kerala combines the principles of yoga and meditation to enable tourists to lead a better quality of life.

Some of the health resorts of Kerala where you can treat your mind to a rejuvenating yoga and a meditation course are Somatheeram, Keraleeyam Heritage Home and Ayurvedic Resort and Manaltheeram Beach Resort, to name just a few.

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