About a 3-hour drive from Mumbai, and a 4-hour drive from Pune, a gorgeous weekend yoga and wellness retreat tucked in Nashik’s verdant greenery is for those looking for unadulterated harmony and quietude. While Nashik is mostly known for its many vineyards, it is simultaneously also home to retreats that promise to bring peace to the soul.
The one in question here is Sangita’s Yogasutra, a bungalow yoga studio, with the sole aim of helping people understand the value of embracing yoga in today’s fast-paced world. Brainchild of the 55-year-old Sangita Porwal, who is also the principal trainer there, this weekend yoga retreat is for people across the boards.
But, what makes these retreats important in today’s day and age?
We got chatting with Porwal on what prompted her to establish the retreat, and here’s what she had to say. “I think there’s hardly anyone out there today who doesn’t deal with some kind of stress, anxiety or depression due to their lifestyle. And what better way to deal with it than with yoga that promises holistic physical, mental and spiritual health.”
She says that it’s only been two years since she’s started the retreat, but they try to have a workshop every month because a good number of people show interest in these. “Our first workshop of the year is happening from February 12-16 (which is a 5-day retreat) and from february 14-16 (which is a 3-day retreat),” she states.
Before moving to Nashik two years ago, Porwal ran a yoga studio in Mumbai for 10 years. She did her advanced training in yoga from Rishikesh and is registered under the Yoga Alliance, USA and Ministry of AYUSH, Govt. of India.
So, what does a day at the retreat look like.
“You start your day early with a shot of raw detox juice, such as a karela juice, then have an hour and a half of yoga, pranayama and meditation. That is then followed by an interactive theory session on yogic philosophy where we delve into how you can make yoga into a way of life.” Porwal adds that there’s a repeat yoga, pranayama and meditation session in the evening, where they take it several notches higher by introducing advanced postures and asanas.
Yes, we did ask her about the food too.
She laughs, “People can’t believe that vegetarian sattvic meals can be tasty and wholesome at the same time.” While she keeps the breakfast super simple with three different kinds of cut fruit and something ultra light such as dalia or upma on the side, the meals are slightly more heavy with a dal, two kinds of green vegetables, sprouted salad, and chapatis made of either jowar, bajra or wheat.
Your package is customisable
Other USPs about the retreat is that it’s customisable. They conduct them in batches of a maximum of 10 people so that they can pay attention to every individual attending it. Also, cleansing techniques such as Jal Neti for respiratory ailments and Laghu Shankh Prakshalan to rid the intestines of toxins are quite popular. People tend to benefit a lot from these ancient yogic practices, and go back fully rejuvenated, brimming with energy.
(Edited by Saiqua Sultan)