Guwahati, March 2: In the land of the rising sun and biodiverse depths of the serene forests of the Eastern Himalayan Botanic Ark, surrounded by the Himalayan ranges, Wild Mahseer launched first of its kind ‘Yoga Assamica’ package. Over 4 days, a group of 12 guests, who are Irish, British, Australian and Belgian, were cultivating the ancient discipline of Hatha Vinyasa Yoga and Moon Yoga, Pranayama and Meditation.
Wild Mahseer is a British colonial heritage estate in Assam, that is surrounded by over 22 acres of a biodiverse haven – the Eastern Himalayan Botanic Ark, that is home to over 100,000 plants species, 75 species of birds, 72 species of butterflies, 150 varieties of orchids and reptiles and has water bodies. This biodiversity is tended to with care over the years and allowed to flourish through the passion and knowledge of the local botanists and communities that live around the Ark.
Characterised by elegant Victorian architecture, it has a 3-bedroom heritage bungalow, and 4 smaller independent bungalows scattered throughout the estate that provide an additional 11 double rooms each with its own en suite bathroom. Immersed in a 108-year-old history, settled on the north bank of Assam, and influenced by the cultural diversity of local communities, there can be no better place to learn and practice the ancient art of Yoga than amidst the majestic mountains and serene valleys of the Himalayas which is believed to be the locus origins of Yoga itself.
Inspired by Donyi-Polo, literally translated (Sun-Moon), an animist religion followed by many tribals of Arunachal Pradesh, that focuses on the worship of these two celestial bodies, the ‘Yoga Assamica’ package that focuses on Hatha and Vinayasa Yoga, Pranayama and Moon Yoga will attune one to the gentle way of learning the sacred ancient wisdom, along with exploring the bio-cultural heritage of the region. We are also curating a well-balanced vegan and vegetarian menu to include seasonal vegetates and fruits, wholesome grains with flavors of Assam and the local north-eastern communities for an enriching experience and a nourishing diet that helps reduce the carbon footprint. We will soon introduce other packages such as ‘Tantric Yoga’ of Kamakhya temple and ‘Buddhist meditation’.
With its towering trees, a rich diversity of wildlife and nature’s symphony, Wild Mahseer is the perfect destination for enhancing clarity of mind, activating your chakras, rejuvenating your mind, body and soul and becoming one with the 5 elements of nature – bhūmi (earth), jala (water), tejas or agni (fire), marut, vayu or pavan (air or wind) and vyom or shunya (space or zero) or akash (aether or void).
A Yoga retreat in nature’s lap is the perfect opportunity to relax and find some peace of mind and heart, resting to your heart’s content in the valleys beneath. Soak in the forest atmosphere and connect with the aroma of the fresh soil, the symphony of the wildlife and the cooling effect of the forest air.