The importance of yoga and meditation in India is much more than that of the rest of the world because India is said to be the place of origin for yoga and meditation techniques.
India is called to be the place of origin for Veda’s and scriptures. Therefore it’s easy to believe that there are ancient meditation and yoga centers where people are taught to cure themselves naturally only by the use of basic techniques or sometimes by taking herbal medications which are far away from side effects.
Yoga postures and meditation are performed in silent and peaceful places. The entire purpose of doing yoga is to give relaxation to the body as well as mind and help them remain stress free and even away from diseases. The remedies and treatments that are performed in the meditation centers are based on the use of natural plants and herbs.
Special classes are held for yoga for 2 times a day. Generally timings are between 5 to 7 or 7:30 in the morning and in the evening it starts at around 4pm and continues till 6 o clock.
Teachings are related to yoga exercises and different arts of relaxation and peace. Postures and poses are taught along with mantra and pranayam exercises which are related to breathing. Akhanda Yoga which is based on the rituals and beliefs that the traditional practices should never be broken is commonly taught in the ashrams or mediation centers.
For experiencing the real culture and tradition of India and to learn the art of real living, it is often advised that the person should stay in an ashram especially during the camp. Special arrangements of food, clothing, and sleeping are there in the ashrams for the people who are generally coming from outside India.
A ritual ceremony is performed in the morning at around 8 or 8:30am. This is devotion to the fire God and is termed as fire puja. This ceremony is continuously in practice since ancient times and is mentioned in the Veda’s and scriptures. Vedic mantras and songs are sung to praise the God. It is believed that the enchanting of mantras is symbolic of ultimate pure vibrations that revitalize the mind and the body.
After the ceremony you are whole heartedly welcomed for the breakfast. Breakfast would be created with special herbs and pure ghee. This make the whole day healthy and full of energy.
Kirtan ceremony is also held at least 3-4 times a day but that varies from the schedules of one centre to another. Melodious and religious bhanjans are sung by the devotees in the kirtan sabha and attracts the mind of the person in such a way that he/she gets deeply involved and forgets worries and tension.
Then there would be silence time where the teachers tell the students to remain silent and devote their attention to their God. This is the best way of getting closer to the God and even your inner self.