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10 Reasons You Should Be Doing Your Yoga Teacher Training In India

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There are a lot of reasons you should choose to do your yoga teacher training in India. You will gain a lot in terms of knowledge, conscious thinking, and credentials. Yoga training in India is revered for good reason. It is the birthplace of yoga and is highly honored. They do things in the more traditional and authentic way that is often lost in translation in the West.

India is a very spiritual and sacred country with roots of yoga that have existed for thousands of years. This is the place to do yoga teacher training and you will highly benefit from the experience as a whole.

1. It’s the Birthplace of Yoga

There is just something special about doing yoga teacher training in India. It is the birthplace of yoga and they very much care about retaining the value of the original philosophy of yoga. They take it very seriously here and it is a way of life. That puts you in a position of soaking up some of this passion for yoga. It could change the way you see life and change you in wonderful ways. This country was the inspiration for yoga. You’ll see why when you come here.

2. A Deeper Learning Experience

Doing yoga training in India will give you that deeper learning experience you might not get in the West. The yogis that are teaching you will likely include some local Indians that have grown up under this philosophy of living. Most yoga teacher training in India are going to be about 1 month immersive. This also gets you living and breathing yoga on a daily basis. Then you really begin to understand how it feels to be a devout yogi. When you feel this, you can also transform in ways that make you a better teacher to the practice. You will learn all the things that matter such as anatomy and how to instruct but you’ll get more out of the training.

3.An Inspiring Backdrop

When you do your yoga training in India, you’ll be inspired by the nature that surrounds you. You may end up in the jungle, or at the base of the Himalayas, or maybe near the Ganges. All these things can be deeply inspiring for your own practice. The sounds of birds and other wildlife or the sounds of locals going about their day to day life.

4. More Value for Your Money

The kind of training you’ll get to prepare you to become a yoga teacher is high quality. It is also usually much cheaper than most places around the world. The yoga training in India are often going to include your accommodation, all your food, and the full teacher-training curriculum. You will be getting great education for a fraction of the cost, this is even when you equate your plane ticket and getting there once you’re in the country.

5. You Become More Worldly

There is something that happens when you travel. India is one of the most dramatically different cultures you’ll ever experience. It is beautiful, it is busy, it is dirty at times, but also blissful. The culture is old and they hold onto this so you’ll get a taste of it when you’re there. It is a place you come to really feel like you’re out of your comfort zone. While a bit scary, it is also extremely exhilarating.

6. A Taste of the Authentic

As you immerse in yoga teacher training, you will also immerse in the culture. What you’re learning, locals have known since they were little. They do things mindfully and have a sense of life to them that will be an inspiration to what you’re learning. This authenticity of the real life that inspired yoga in the first place will bring you to a greater place of understanding within your own practice.

7. It’s Good for Your Career

When you take your training in India, it will be recognized. For all the reasons addressed so far, getting your yoga teacher training here is going to get you far. You have established yourself as someone committed to the practice. People will know that you know the various aspects to yoga that perhaps are missed when taught in the West. If you’re opening up your own studio or offering private lessons, you’re more likely to get interest because you did your training in India.

8. Easy to Get Spiritual

Part of yoga is in it’s spiritual teaching. There are many ways yoga can help you to feel good and allowing your soul to shine through is one of them. In India, you are going to feel that spirituality which exists in their normal life. There are so many shrines or gods and ashrams, it’s hard not to feel the vibration. Your teachers are going to talk a lot about spirituality and how it applies to yoga. When you go home, you will have felt what it is to truly be yourself. This is something precious you can pass on to your students.

9. You’ll Visit India in a Safe Setting

India is amazing for many reasons but it can also be quite intimidating. When you attend yoga teacher training in India, you’re going to be brought to a safe community. You will spend your time immersed in your teaching. As you begin to meet people, you will have a crew to hang out with. You can leave the grounds of the resort and maybe even travel with some of the people you meet during your teacher training. This is a great way to see a country that might otherwise deter you.

10. Sightseeing While You’re There

The monumental sights to be seen in India are just as exciting as embarking on a new career as a yoga teacher. In Rishikesh, you can visit the cave where yoga was created. You can spend time meditating near the beloved Ganges River. If you’re going to Goa, you can take in the beach time and cultural experiences. Goa has long been a hippy haven so you can take in the peaceful beach vibes and connect with like-minded people. Dharamsala is the home of the Dalai Lama. There are important museums and monasteries here. All of these places will teach you something about the incredible country of India are an added bonus to deciding to take your yoga teacher training here.

If you decide to do you teacher training in India, get ready for an amazing and transformative experience. There are many that have traveled here to learn in the birthplace of yoga.

Cole is one half of New Zealand's leading adventure travel blogging couple who have been wearing out their jandals around the world since 2009. He loves any adventure activities and anything to do with the water whether it is Surfing, Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling or just lounging nearby on the beach. You can follow Cole on Google+. Or consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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Dogger-Lust: Finding Places to Stay for You and Your Dog

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Travelling with your pets is rewarding but like all adventures, can be an expedition into the unknown. Whether it’s navigating quarantine laws or finding a pet sitter for a night out, getting sorted with a pet in tow on the road, air or ocean can take time. However, the good news is that as the digital economy matures there are countless resources to assist you. Pet sitters? Plan ahead and Skype interview them for piece of mind before you arrive at your destination. Need a recommendation on pet friendly dining options? Most review sites will have a selection of places for you and pup to frequent. And perhaps most importantly, there is the ability to locate online the closest (and open) veterinary clinic. This can be vital in an emergency situation.

But what about accommodation? Some hotels are finally cottoning on the burgeoning market of travelling with pets and some accommodation sites are adding ‘pet-friendly’ filters to their search criteria. Of course, good old fashioned word-of-mouth and online reviews will also enable you to find less obvious pet friendly lodgings as well. However, we have had the most success by finding our ideal accommodation and then contacting the owner/management to make our case for allowing a pet to stay. In this case, developing a slick looking Pet CV may seem a tad twee, but it is generally only seen in the case of long term rentals – rather than travellers and those on holidays – so it’s worth a shot. It’s also worth noting that in dire circumstances many private or hotels will allow pets – at a price. 

For the ultimate in pet friendly accommodation, there are several destinations that should be on bucket-list. In Europe, see Le Bristol in Paris and The Hoxton in Amsterdam. Dogs even stay for free at the Hotel Beau Rivage in Geneva. Leading the way in Asia is Japan’s KAI Kinugawa, a sumptuous onsen lodging with a Japanese-style pet friendly room. If you’re heading Down Under, check out The Langham in Sydney and Somerset on Elizabeth in Melbourne who both willingly welcome your pets. Worldwide, large chains such as Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Best Westerns, Fairmont Hotels and Ace Hotels (selected properties) all offer pet friendly accommodation of luxurious quality and an array of services from doggy spas to fine dining pet menus. 

Another way to ensure you and your dog are always welcome is to take your home with you – wherever you go. While Tiny Homes are making their mark in sustainable living, the humble caravan is ultimately more portable and your ticket to travelling with pets. 

Best of all, when you’re back on home turf, just park your caravan and protect it until you’re ready for your next adventure. We recommend the Adco motorhome cover for its durability and zippered panels meaning you don’t have to completely remove it to get your vehicle. Bonus points for breathable, premium fabric that filters 99.8% of UV rays that over time damages your caravan’s paintwork. Happy travelling! 

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6 Tips to Choose a Good Tent and More [Infographic]

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Probably one of the best ways to get away from it all is to return to a simpler existence, with just a handful of needs to cover. If you are looking for something like that, outdoor life and camping can be a good option, whether in a campsite or in the countryside.

If you need to buy a tent for the first time or if it has been a long time since the outdoor experiences, you should take into account some basic concepts due to the large number of models and new materials. The following are some tips that will help you in the choice.

>> Camping essential – a personal GPS tracking device that would work without cell service.

1. How many people will sleep in the tent?

Although normally each model of tent indicates the maximum occupancy that it tolerates, this number does not take into account the storage of equipment, the size of people, pets or the sleeping habits of each, for example, if they move or turn much. Then it is not bad to consider the team as an extra person and if you want to be standing inside it you will have to find out the maximum height.

2. Do you have to transport it long distances?

Not all tents are designed to be super light and, at the same time, shelter six people with all their equipment. If you are going to carry it in a backpack, you are clearly looking for the first, a small tent, with limited capacity and made with lightweight fabrics, but if you are looking for the second, then you should focus on heavier fabrics and materials that allow larger spaces.

The backpackers’ tents are less spacious than the family ones that are normally transported by car and usually offer very little height.

3. The weather should not be set aside

In the case of strong winds, freezing rain, excessive sunlight or insects and bugs that bite the best will be a good and solid tent. That means polyester / nylon and mesh panels to provide protection and ventilation. Water resistance is indicated by a number that ranges between 400 and 2,000 (2,000 is the most waterproof).

Anyway do not overdo it, it is not the same an expedition to Aconcagua than a weekend a couple of hours from home. For a summer camp with 400 it will be fine.

4. With or without rooms?

Some tents offer divisions to create separate “rooms” inside, which is ideal for families with children. There is also the option of a porch area with waterproof windows that allow you to create an indoor / outdoor space in a tent, which helps keep annoying insects at bay and prevent entry with wet or muddy slippers. It is best to have an eave or apse, something very useful for storing equipment, cooking, changing wet clothes.

5. With a roof – much better

Tents that have an over-roof to the floor retain heat better and protect more from rain. It is important to keep in mind that a light color of the over-roof absorbs less solar radiation and warms its interior less, although it has a disadvantage that it allows the light to pass through a lot. On the other hand, if it is dark, and the tent is located in the shade, it will be cooler and less bright.

6. What material?

A minor aspect is the fabric. It must have cross ventilation so that condensation does not occur. The rips top or anti-tear fabrics are better than those of aluminized nylon and, obviously, those of common nylon since they are lighter and do not wear out.

The following infographic gives more tips for camping tent, including preparation, how to pitch a tent, pest control, etc.

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Here’s What Your Travel First Aid Kit Should Look Like

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If you have heard it once, you have heard it a million times: do not travel away from home without at least a basic first aid kit. That is good advice. And if you frequently travel to remote locations where emergency help is hard to find, you might need more than just a basic kit. Plan to take a few more items with you – just in case.

As a benefit to readers, this post will explain just what a basic travel first aid kit should look like. It will also explain how to use your kit should you ever find yourself in an emergency situation. It goes without saying that first aid is often the determining factor in how well a patient recovers from accident related injuries.

Contents of a Good Kit

Basic, travel approved first aid kits are pretty common. You can buy them online and in all sorts of brick-and-mortar stores. A good kit suitable for a couple of days of hiking or camping in an area fairly close to civilized society would include all of the items listed below:

  • Strip Bandages – These are small, adhesive bandages ideal for small cuts and lacerations. They are also great for blisters and boils. Covering a small wound with a bandage helps keep out dirt and prevent infection.
  • Gauze Bandages – Whether your kit has gauze patches or a roll of gauze strips, this material is suitable for deeper wounds. Gauze is a material designed to absorb blood and promote clotting simultaneously.
  • Medical Tape – Gauze pads and strips are more easily held in place when you have medical tape. A high-quality medical tape will hold up even under wet conditions. It resists perspiration as well.
  • Antibiotic Ointment – Preventing a wound from getting infected is the purpose of antibiotic ointment. A decent tube of ointment can be very helpful without taking up a lot of space in your kit.
  • Pain Medication – A bottle of over-the-counter pain medication goes a long way toward making an injured patient more comfortable. Aspirin, acetaminophen, and ibuprofen are all good choices for pain relief.
  • Scissors – A good pair of scissors will be useful for cutting medical tape, trimming gauze pads, and safely removing skin from an open wound.
  • Tweezers – You might need a pair of tweezers to deal with splinters and small objects embedded in open wounds.
  • Thermal Blanket – It is a good idea to include a thermal blanket in your travel first aid kit. Though a lot of similar articles don’t mention the blanket, the need for one becomes obvious when you understand how easily shock can set in following an accident. A thermal blanket is critical to keeping someone who is in shock warm.

The items listed here are the starting point for a basic first aid kit. If you plan to travel into remote areas for any length of time, you might want to consider some additional items such as water purification tablets, antidiarrheal medicine, rehydration salts, butterfly bandages, and a quick clot medication.

How to Use Your First Aid Kit

By now you should understand just how important it is to have a first aid kit with you when you travel. But there is more to first aid than simply assembling the supplies you need. You also have to know how to use them. There is no better source of knowledge than a first aid class offered by a qualified organisation.

Anyone who travels away from home regularly could benefit from taking a first aid class. A typical class teaches basic first aid techniques including wound dressing, stabilising fractured bones, performing CPR, and even dealing with a variety of animal and insect bites.

One of the things you quickly learn in first aid class is that the care you provide to an injured patient is not intended to be a substitute for comprehensive medical care. First aid is really just to stabilise an injured person until he or she can be transported to a medical facility.

The take-away here is that it is a good idea to learn how to use the supplies in your first aid kit to render emergency care for the purposes of stabilising an accident victim. If you do not know how to properly dress an open wound, for example, your patient could end up with a serious infection before he or she ever makes it to the hospital.

A travel first aid kit, even if it is just a basic kit, should be non-negotiable for people who frequently travel away from home. Good first aid kits can be found online and at brick-and-mortar retailers. You can make your own kit as well, by starting with a weatherproof container and filling it with the sorts of things listed in this post.

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