Nature Trail

NATURE

The Yoga Institute, with its greenery and its flowering plants, is the perfect place to escape the city without leaving the city. A simple walk on the premises can become an opportunity to learn from Mother Nature, a healthy way to exercise, and an escape from the pollution outside. Step in to the gated premises to discover the walking track which is well-lit and even-surfaced, fringed by a variety of flowering and other plants. Designed to allow easy access to all the other areas of the institute, the path is surrounded by greenery all around, enhancing the positive vibe of this peaceful little island.

 

The green heaven has over 80 varieties of fruit bearing trees, medicinal plants, herbs, and ornamental plants. Plants and trees are labeled for identification. You can download your own map and hand-out, to get acquainted with the treasure trove of nature, or request for a guided trail at the reception. The trail takes approximately ½ hour.  Just walk along and enjoy!

 

More about the Trail

The nature trail at The Yoga Institute is a peaceful and enriching experience.  The family of squirrels that live here occasionally add a jingle to this peaceful environment. It’s a joy to watch them as they run around, chase each other, fight and argue, and help themselves to the food the Institute lays out for them.

 

The jewel in the crown is the Kailashpati tree, which is considered to be a sacred tree in India. It is named `Kailashpati’ due to the resemblance of its inner flower with the Shiva linga. It is also known as the Cannonball tree as the fruit it bears resembles a cannonball. This rare tree possesses antibiotic, anti-fungal, antiseptic, and analgesic qualities, and is used for medical purposes. While the Ashoka trees stand tall in the backyard, the rich flora of therapeutic plants at the institute also include –

  • Five spice. It helps to treat cold and cough as well as generate heat in the body during winter.
  • Bel or Bilwa fruit. Cools the body when it is ripe. The raw version helps to tackle dandruff. Its leaf is most commonly used to worship Lord Shiva.
  • Patri plant or Panfutti. Supports urinary tract health and can also tackle kidney and gall-bladder stones.
  • Curry leaves. Beneficial for Diabetes as well as promotes good hair and eye health.
  • Insulin plant. Its leaves help regularize blood sugar levels for Diabetics.
  • Tulsi or holy Basil. Strengthens immunity and is specially used for respiratory disorders. Anti-oxidants in Tulsi mitigates stress.
  • Rangoon creeper or Barmasi vel seed extraction is used to expel worms.
  • Temple flower or Frangipani bark concoction. Works wonders for asthma and fever. Also, the milky extract from tree mixed with coconut oil                     relieves rheumatic pains.

 

This is just the tip of the green treasure trove. Almost every plant in The Yoga Institute has several health benefits.

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