In this corner of the world, inaccessible until 1960, suspended between heaven and earth, in this ethereal Himalayan retreat, the only spoken language, the only known idiom is that which leads to happiness. Bhutan is the country of GDH (Gross Domestic Happiness), a principle that permeates every action, guides every thought, equates every person. A philosophy of life, a collective “feeling”, an inner need: the welfare of the individual is the true goal of this mythical Shangri-La, where flowering valleys, lush green forests, placid terraced hills boxed between a mosaic of rice fields whose natural perfection welcomes the traveler looking for proposals that satisfy a much more than the eye. Here, all round, where the highest peaks of the world peep out, is where spirit dwells.
A holistic practice, a lifestyle, a pragmatic science, yoga is a world, and a philosophy in which physical, moral, mental and spiritual well being become contours in a single representation. Mankind. The search for balance bursts from the body, where strength and harmony combine to produce satisfaction, offer relaxation and infuse power. Yoga thus becomes an instrument for the prevention of physical illness and emotional ailments, a shield with which to protect the body and strengthen the spirit, whose true essence is inextricably linked to universal laws: the respect for life, truth and patience are the first gentle breaths of calm breathing, a quiet mind and a strong will, will chose the tesserae to design ones own mosaic. Inherent are the moral virtues of yoga, the act of living and the effort of rebirth.
Living in the present, avoiding returning to the past or projecting into the future allows the full enjoyment of the present, understanding its value and drawing fulfilment from it. Re-living the “before” or hypothesizing the “after” is extraneous from the ‘”now” and prevents full emergence into life: “Today” should become the brick on which to build one’s own house, the principle from which everything starts. The appropriation of meditation is the key to change, as well as being a method to a profound understanding of oneself, a technique for relaxation to tune in to oneself and the world. A location of fullness and balance, an oasis of peace and harmony, meditation is the space where the soul interacts with the body on the tracks of silence and inner listening. Each path of well-being cannot exclude it, every journey of rebirth may only benefit from it.