‘Yogi Trek’ was conceptualized as an outdoor fitness cum meditative experience – to take yogis outside the Yoga studio!
The Ancient Yogis did a lot of trekking and walking in the Himalayas; however as modern yogis we find that our range of physical training is limited to asanas. So in order to have a well-rounded natural fitness experience as well as to do Pranayam outdoors; we introduced monthly Yogi Treks to places around Bangalore city. We also found that Meditation happened spontaneously to students in the great outdoors as compared to in the studio classes!
This Yogi Trek we are going to Bilikal Ranganatha Swamy Betta! On Saturday April 11 , we will reach there by about 7am (through car-pooling) and then practice Yoga for half an hour before we start the trek. Once we’ve ascended to the peak, we will spend time doing Pranayam & Meditation. Later, on descent we’ll stop at a hotel/ dhaba on the way for brunch before returning to Bangalore!
From Wikipedia: Bilikal Ranganatha Swamy Betta is a hill near Kanakapura town. It is located 70 km south of Bangalorecity. Atop the hill is a temple dedicated to Lord Ranganatha Swamy. The temple and an adjacent quarters is housed underneath a huge granite rock. The hill is also known by the name Billikal Betta due to the whitish rocks near the summit that is visible from a long distance. The peak is at a height of 3780 feet (1152 m).
Bilikal Rangaswamy Betta belongs to the Forest Reserve and is filled with shrub forest. Elephants and other medium sized wild-life animals can be spotted in these forest.The vegetation of the hill is typical of high hills. The vegetation is quite thick especially in post monsoon season. The adjoining forests are known to harbor elephants and other wildlife endemic to the area. The view from the top is incredible as one can see the hillocks from the surrounding Kanakapura. There is an annual festival held once a year on the top of this place to herald the glory of the Gods of the temples situated at these place.
Date & Timing: Saturday, 11th April 2015. 6:00-13:00hrs.
Reach destination – 7:00am approximately, Return to B’lore: 1:00pm approximately
Mode of transport: Car-pooling
Price: No charge for Total Yogis and Rs.500 for others. Breakfast charges additional for all.
Things to carry: Trekking shoes,Fruits, Energy Bars, Water, Cap & Yoga Mat! (Avoid wearing shorts)
RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org ; +91 9740980200 to join us on this Yogi Trek!