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The advent of 2021 is special for the Vedic Wellness Industry as retreats and training centres wait eagerly for new clients post lockdown. It is also the year where most people would like to unshackle from the Work From Home Life or say Live At Work Life. So how to find a good yoga retreat in 2021? Here are 11 things to keep in mind while searching Location of the yoga retreat Best time...

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If you are looking for a luxury Ayurveda retreat in Kerala (God’s own country) be it panchakarma, rejuvenation, natural weight-loss, de-stressing or anti-ageing then this list will surely help you select the right Ayurvedic centre. The centres in this list are all green leaf certified which is the highest quality certification provided by the government of Kerala hence you can expect the hi...

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The tech zone at Balancegurus has been a busy hive amidst the work from home period. There have been many unforeseen challenges but fortunately, we have managed to plough through slowly but steadily.  We sincerely hope that you and your loved ones are safe and continue to be so. Among the many things that we have published last month, the most important one has been enhanced google search re...

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Sitting with a big mug of the customary post-Yoga coconut water on my teakwood table, which I now call my home office. One of the many tabs that are open on my Macbook is YouTube, playing Chill LoFi Beats music the background (Which has a meditative quality of its own). But I am not alone, as I am accompanied by 2 chirping birds right outside the window. I think the birds to get the appeal of my b...

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Life has been functioning rather differently since the past few months, to say the least. There is a lot to be grateful about for women like us. I’m assuming that while this article is being read, its reader is protected by the four walls of their homes. You, also just like yours truly, probably have kids who are either working remotely or are attending classes online.  Or maybe, just...

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Goa a destination famous for its 106 km coastline with the most colourful sunsets you have seen and if you are lucky you could even gaze at a dolphin jumping over the horizon as the sun melts into the ocean to give the night to the stars. The beaches of north goa that are Arambol, Ashwem and Mandrem and the beaches of south goa that are Patnem and Palolem are the go-to places for all Wellness afi...

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Bali is not just a place it is a mood, it's an experience and a state of mind. Only the mention of the name “Bali” is enough to make travelers get captivated by nostalgia. Bali used to be a Hindu kingdom and its presence is strongly felt, in Bali you will be surrounded by Hindu temples (different from the ones you find in India) and the Balinese culture and finding a luxury ayurvedic...

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If you ask Generation X (1970’s) they will tell you that Koh Phangan was a pristine beach paradise. Though the innocence and remoteness of the Island is long gone due to the famous full moon parties but there is a lot more this Island has to offer. Koh Phangan due to the effort of the locals and the international community is getting famous as the go to Island to get into shape mentally, phy...

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Looking for a place to start your inner journey then these 5 meditation retreats in Bali are great place to start. Experience ancient practice of dark retreat, Ashram Meditation, silent meditation, the healing energy of the pyramids of chi yes all this in Bali and much more. These five meditation retreats have been sorted according to popularity taking into account the quality & quantity of r...

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Congrats on making the decision to become a yoga teacher. We know the journey is long and the beginning can be very challenging as it has many unknowns but, the fact that you are going to positively impact countless lives and morph your own lifestyle to be more healthy, spiritual and open minded are big enough rewards and we are sure you would agree.  A 200hrs yoga teacher training from a ce...

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An increase in the number of queries received by the balancegurus team related to 500 hour yoga teacher training in India in 2018-2019 is the main reason behind the team crafting this article. We have created a list of the 15 most popular 500hrs yoga teacher training facilitating centres in india. We have tried our level best to make the process data driven and objective this is not a paid article...

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Living in Oslo my husband and I have been to India twice the first time it was for a friend’s wedding in the north and the second was for a south India tour most of which we spent on a houseboat in the backwaters of Kerala sipping on Malibu cocktails, catching fish (in all honesty most of the fish were caught by Raju, the houseboat staff) and counting stars which is interesting when you are...

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Want to take your yoga practice to the next level? Looking for a certified 200 hours Yoga Teacher Training Course in Goa? For those that are looking for tropical climate, amazing sunsets, relaxed ambiance, safe and tolerant culture there is no better place in India than Goa to do your Yoga Teacher Training. Finding a good centre can be tricky so we have done the homework for you below is a list of...

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South India’ most serenely beautiful state also knows as “God’s own Country” is Kerala. Kerala is one of the greenest states of India famous for its glistening backwaters, south India food and tea-covered hills. Monsoon is the best time to visit Kerala according to Ayurveda as your skin pores open the widest in Monsoon which facilitates the absorption of oils and herbs jui...

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Enjoying a plate of chicken satay and juice Kedongdong as I watch the endless string of taillights from my panoramic balcony. Having lived in Singapore, Bangkok and Jakarta mostly due to work postings I can firmly say that although the traffic in Jakarta is grinding but the city has no storage of fitness options be it Gym’s, Yoga or Pilates. In my 20’s I was a big fan of bodybuilding...

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It's Friday the end of the week for most. The day started off calmly and peacefully, the sun was bright but not harsh, cloudless blue sky and a windless day a perfect day for a picnic in the park too bad that is not possible at the moment as the parks have more police protection than people. I have finally snailed out of my shell and move to my office desk, was expecting empty roads and closed sh...

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The fragrance of rain kissed Earth and the company of joyful, transparent and honest raindrops knocking on the window trying to make their way into the room is how I woke up today. Slept a bit longer than my iPhone alarm had planned for me thanks to my yellow friend the snooze button.Today we are going to be chatting with Adyananda a Yogi and Mystic from the Netherlands who comes from a military b...

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It is a bright Tuesday afternoon with temperatures reaching the mid-thirties, the cryptocurrency market has made its move to the northside with Bitcoin moving more than 800 USD in the Asia session. Though the day here in Lucknow started with some power disruptions due to the trees wresting with the electric wires the evening looks promising. Today we are going to be talking with Yogini...

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I write this story from Lucknow “The city of nawabs” while sitting on my parent's balcony in the old part of the city right next to the river Gomti enjoying fresh home-cooked Aloo Ka Paratha with tomato chutney and cheese spread some of the butter has made it to my MacBook's key’s too. If you have not been to Lucknow then let me tell you it is one of the most beautiful cities in...

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Based on Ashvem beach in North Goa, Rasovai is that one-stop destination for those looking for massage teacher training courses and Ayurvedic massage training course. It was founded in 1996 and is famed for its certified Ayurvedic massage teacher training course (TTC).   Rasovai is a massage teacher training & Ayurvedic wellness center which bestows courses that award a gratifying a...

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Blessed with the most scenic location in Rishikesh, having a panoramic view of the river Ganga and access to the river bank is Maharishi Yoga Peeth a Yoga Alliance USA and UK certified yoga training centre in Rishikesh. Maharishi yoga teacher training centre provides traditional, authentic and world-class yoga learning experience mainly in classical Hatha Yoga and Ashtanga Yoga. This yoga train...

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Surrounded by coconut trees, a small lake and near mandrem beach is Mahamukti Yoga School Goa, a Yoga Alliance certified Yoga School. The centre has open well ventilated yoga shala with eco-friendly soft flooring. All the yoga training accommodations huts face the lake and are surrounded by coconut and palm trees. The entire environment is calm, peaceful and ideal for practising yoga.   &nb...

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Congrats you have finally made the commitment to do a 2 month intensive 500 hrs Yoga Teacher Training course. This course will test your emotional, mental and physical limit as it is the most advanced Yoga Alliance certified yoga teacher training course available. The good news is once you have successfully completed this course you will be able to provide continuing education workshops to other t...

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Turmeric the golden spice & superfood Czar needs no introduction but DID YOU KNOW archeologists have found traces of Turmeric which date back to 2500 BCE in the cooking pots which were excavated in the dig sites in New Delhi?. DID YOU ALSO know that Curcumin, the chemical compound found in raw organic turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties that rival those found in ibuprofen and it can shoo...

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The history of the humble Coconut tree is a mystery, are they from the Indo-Malaya region? Did they come from Mexico? some people believe so but no one knows for sure. What we are sure of is that they truly are the most important crops of the tropics.  If you have travelled to Thailand, Hawaii or South of India you have felt the aroma of coconut milk in the food streets, coconut milk is a st...

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Amalaki the most powerful Ayurvedic Rasayana (tonic), commonly known as Indian gooseberry or amla. In Sanskrit Amalaki means ‘The sustainer’, its primary quality and main therapeutic benefit is Vayastapana, which means ‘stopping ageing’. Amalaki is known for its anti-ageing benefits and is being researched for its benefits in treating cancer, diabetes and heart diseases....

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Did you know that Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) has been used as a Rasayana (tonic) in the Indian Ayurveda system for more than 4000 years. In sanskrit ‘Ashwagandha’ means the smell of a horse called so as the roots smell like a horse, believed to give you the vigor of a stallion upon consumption. It is also commonly known as the ‘Indian winter cherry’ and ‘Indian...

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Daily chores all done, can’t go out, missing your yoga mat, maybe it's time to check what yoga training centres from India have to offer online to further your yogic wisdom and yoga practice.  The list below is of the best online yoga courses and classes offered by Yoga Training Centres from India, we have created this to inspire you, to provide accessibility and most of all out of our...

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Sure you have heard of superfoods there is a new kid on the block called Moringa. Moringa is native to Himalayan mountains and the entire plant from the leaves to the root is used for medicinal purposes for which Moringa is also called the ‘Miracle Tree.’ Moringa leaves are dried and powdered to make Moringa the superfood powder, the fruit called Drumstick is used in various food prep...

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Physical fitness can neither be achieved by wishful thinking, nor outright purchase.       Joseph Pilates he was a true Genius Before you come up with cocktail of excuses like Pilates is not for me, Pilates can only be done in a studio or Pilates is not intense enough listen there is NO OTHER I repeat NO OTHER form of systematic, injury averse form of exercise that can make...

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One of the most talked of and celebrated oil concoctions in Indian Ayurveda is Kumkumadi oil aka Kumkumadi Tailam, it is also known as the ‘Miraculous Elixir’ which when applied at night makes your face glow like gold.   What is Kumkumadi oil made of? Kumkumadi Tailam is a product that all ayurvedic wellness and cosmetic brands make. It is a concoction of more than 21 herbs and...

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Did you know pomegranate was chosen as the logo for the Millennium Festival of Medicine? Yes it was because of its interesting Greek History, not only that it has a mention in every religion from Buddhism To Zoroastrianism. Pomegranate is nutrient dense fruit rich in phytochemical compounds, polyphenols, flavonoids, vitamin C and K, Vitamin B9, Potassium and Manganese. All that should convince yo...

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Here is the message from an Indian Yogi Mahi and Founder of Mahi Yoga Centre who is currently in quarantine to prevent COVID-19 spread   Hello world! I hope everyone is doing well. Staying home and safe. It is my 7th day of self quarantine! Due to my travel history, I have to quarantine myself for at least 28 days. But thanks to technology, it is possible to find out what is going in the...

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Brahmi is known to be the world’s most powerful natural adaptogen, It has been used in the Indian Ayurvedic treatments of ages. Brahmi botanical name Bacopa monnieri is sometimes incorrectly referred as gotu kola, both herbs do look similar but are different in how and the dosage they are consumed in.   According to webmd  Bacopa might increase certain brain chemicals tha...

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Coronavirus has forced the government to enforce lockdowns, curfews and mandatory social distancing. Like us you might be locked at home too hopefully your loved ones are with you. Most retreats and training are cancelled and will remain so for the next 6 months. Governments are finding ways to call back all their citizens and stop the issuance of new visas. The whole world is in disarray. So wha...

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We live in a world of pings, pokes, dings, alerts, notifications, emails, appointments, meetings and deadlines each one of these are known to spike up your cortisol level (nature’s built in alarm system). To make things worse you have the Coronavirus, the stock market free fall, crypto market fall and erosion of jobs. Prolonged high levels of Cortisol can cause stress which can make it...

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Ayurveda the oldest science of life and the human body professes that The natural state of the human body is that of health, happiness and an inner sense of well-being. Health is defined as the body being clear of toxins, the mind is at peace, emotions are calm and happy, wastes are efficiently eliminated and organs are functioning normally. Our city lifestyle where we work late wake up late...

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Undeniably the most relaxed, non judgmental and tropical place in India is Goa. It has many things going right, beautiful beaches, amazing sunsets and sunrises, yummy food, fascinating culture and relaxed people that give you island vibes though it is not an island. If you are traveller at heart and yearn for clean beaches and looking to up your yoga practice, acquire extra skills and credits for...

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Imagine white sandy beaches, warm clean ocean water kissing your feet, sipping on fresh sweet coconut and enjoying some of the best vegan food in Thailand. Now immerse yourself in this ambiance and do the thing you are passionate about ‘Yoga’. The list of 50 hrs yoga teacher training courses is the best place to start if you are looking for earning credits to add to your yoga alliance...

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Undeniably the most spiritual place in Indonesia is the erstwhile Hindu Kingdom ‘Bali’, also known as ‘The Land of the Gods’ in Indonesia. In the last 5 years the Yoga scene in Bali has exploded so much so that every international yoga & wellness brand has to have a presence in Bali. Bali has many things going right, beautiful scenery, amazing food, fascinating culture...

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Much had been written and spoken about the coconut trees swings, long white sand beaches, crystalline blue waters, lush green rainforests, sleepy volcano treks, vibrant green rice terraces, fiery orange sunsets, lively monkeys, and flitting colorful birds of Bali. Bali is predominantly Hindu and the locals live and breathe this system so much that the aura of Bali has turned magical attracting wel...

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What is Panchakarma? Panchakarma a sanskrit word ‘Pancha' means 'five' & 'karma' means 'action’ i.e “five actions” or “five treatments”. Ayurvedic Panchakarma is a process done to rid the body of toxic materials which are left by disease, poor nutrition and toxic environment. It is one of the most famous and also the most effective healing treatments in Ayu...

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India is a country well known for mindfulness meditation and gurus that teach mindfulness meditation. Being one of the premier countries to have brought meditation retreats to the world its laden with many idyllic meditation retreats and centres where one can learn and practice vipassana meditation, Buddhist meditation, Osho meditation and much more.  Here is a list of 6 most popular meditat...

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Rishikesh is a beautiful spiritual city on the foothills of the Himalayas. The city is famous for its wonderful aura and friendly people, meat and alcohol are banned in Tapovan the heart of Rishikesh. All this makes it the ideal destination for a yoga retreat or yoga holiday. Rishikesh has more than 450 yoga centres of all kinds so if you are looking for a budget yoga retreat in Rishikesh then th...

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Here’s a list of the 15 most influential yogis on Instagram, who are communicating yoga as a synonym for living in the pink. Whether you’re looking for inspiration, self-discovery,  rejuvenation, or a yogic lifestyle, these yogis usher it to your Insta feed with life lessons and yoga tutorials. The list here has been curated fetching various blogs on the internet, mooting abo...

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Dwelling in the midst of a blooming flora, the realm of Kairali Group does justice to the beauty of God’s own land, Kerala. A view from the top shows how beautifully the palm trees environ. And how it holds its balance between mother nature and modern luxury.  Kairali: The Ayurvedic Healing Village, situated in Palakkad, is 50 km/ about 1 hr from Coimbatore airport by road. R...

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Are you looking for a short term Yoga Teacher Training course say 5-12 days? and want to explore Siem Reap the ancient city of Cambodia then a 50 or 100 hrs Yoga Teacher Training course would be ideal for you, here you will not only advance your yoga practice but also enjoy the company of like minded yogi’s and enjoy yogic vegan good in a calm and peaceful environment. The list below consis...

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If you think Koh Phangan only has hedonistic full moon parties then it's time to check your information sources as they may be outdated. Koh Phangan due to the vast efforts of the locals and the international yoga & wellness community has become the hub for wellness in Thailand. There are numerous Yoga retreats, detox retreats, meditation retreats and yoga teacher training courses being conduc...

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No treadmills, no kettlebells this can fool anyone to assume pilate workouts are not tough or high intensity the fact is the exercises were designed by Joseph Hubertus Pilates a German physical trainer who focused on balance, strengthening the core and flexibility. The result is a workout that will lengthen your muscles, tone your frame and stretch every inch of your body, so do expect your legs t...

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Looking to expand your knowledge about yoga, pranayama and meditation? Toying with the idea of becoming a Yoga Teacher but don’t know where to start? Then a 50 hrs yoga teacher training course would be a great place to start. On an average it last 10 Days and it generally not very intensive but by doing this course you will definitely up your knowledge about yoga, yogic lifestyle, pranayama...

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The science of Ayurveda can prove to be beneficial throughout the year, yet, the best time to opt for an Ayurvedic treatment is definitely the monsoons. The ancient Indian texts have stressed on the benefits of monsoon on Ayurveda for rejuvenation programmes. This is because the atmosphere at that time remains comparatively dust-free and cool, opening the pores of the body to the maximum and there...

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The gateway to Africa known for its unique and diverse geographic, Mediterranean beaches, surf spots, colour laden streets, traditional Riads and the legendary atlas mountains is Morocco, it is also a bargain shoppers paradise. Morocco has become one of the world's favourite winter surfing destination and the centre stage takes Taghazout a beautiful little hippie town with gorgeous cafes, stunnin...

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Warm hearted welcoming people, white sandy beaches, timeless ruins, beautiful elephants, budget surfing spots, trains with wide open windows that ply on the beach and inside forests, lush green tea estates and colourful food make Sri Lanka a must visit on every travellers list. This country, like its bigger next door neighbour is also famous for the practice of Ayurveda and Yoga and many European...

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Cambodia is an ancient South-east Asian country adorned with iconic temples, Unesco protected sites, elusive wildlife, scenic riverside cities and beaches with panoramic sunsets to say the least. Cambodia is also home to a rapidly growing yoga community as the spur in demand for holidays from which people are coming back refuelled, detoxed and rejuvenated rather than eternally hungover. A yoga re...

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  IntroductionVen Ledi Sayadaw born in 1846 in Saing Pyin village, Dipeyin township in the Shwebo district (Monywa) northern Burma (now known as Myanmar), he was the first vipassana meditation teacher and was the foremost Burmese Buddhist monks of his age. There is a lot to tell and read about Ven Ledi Sayadaw so its best you grab a cup of tea before we embark on this journey. Some of the i...

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Did you know how hard and how much your stomach and intestines work to digest 3 meals a day plus the junk food and sugar we put in? Now imagine they go on a strike and demand better working conditions and a holiday once in a while. Our digestive system is the one that takes the highest toll for our city lifestyle unbalanced food, coffee, late nights and all that processed junk we glup to satisfy o...

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Goa a destination famous for its beautiful countryside, blend of Portuguese and Indian culture, churches, palm groves and a 106 kilometer sandy beach coastline which is host to some of the most majestic sunsets. The beaches of the north that is Arambol and Mandrem and the beaches of the south that is Patnem and Palolem have become the Yoga and Wellness Hubs of Goa and if you are looking for a holi...

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Are you looking for a short term Yoga Teacher Training course say 10-14 days? and want to bask in the spiritual energy of Rishikesh, a small beautiful himalayan town on the bank of river ganga then a 100 hrs Yoga Teacher Training course would be ideal for you. The course on an average takes 12 Days and many centres offer a 100 hrs yoga teacher training course as a subset of the longer and more int...

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Tropical white sand beaches, glittering temples, mysterious caves, hedonistic full moon parties and a number of historic sites, Thailand has something for every traveller. Warm tropical weather of Thailand provides a great ambience for detoxing your body and mind. If you seek a detox vacation in the lap of luxury be it on a private hillside with majestic ocean views or a unique property built aro...

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Cambodia is the place on earth where the ancient and the modern worlds collide to create authentic experiences, this kingdom is famous for its charm and magic. Cambodia, especially Siem Reap has gained a lot of love from the Yoga Community and there are many yoga retreats and yoga teacher trainings being organized each year. 200 hours Yoga Teacher Training certification is where the journey of yo...

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How do Alia Bhatt, Deepika Padukone, Kareena Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Konkona Sen Sharma and Queenie Dhody maintain their toned stomach and strengthen core muscles? Drool through their Instagram profiles you will come across Pilates Posts & Stories and this is their fitness mantra.  Now you surely would like to work with the same Pilates Guru and go to the same studio after all that not onl...

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