Solve the ‘Green’ road with the Japanese ‘Shrin-Yoku’

The Shinrin-Yoku Japanese method is to ‘take in the forest atmosphere’ or to unite with nature. Deforestation is the art of immersing oneself in nature to stimulate and stimulate the mind, body, energy and the natural therapeutic organs. To appreciate its restorative properties, we share the five elements – earth, water, fire, air and space – with nature. It has a refreshing, comforting, and calming effect on us.

Speaking of forest bathing, Bach flower therapist and life coaching instructor Indronil Mukherjee says: This out-of-the-way approach can be a great relief to those who are overwhelmed by unnatural situations such as anxiety, depression, anger, fatigue, and stress.

Baptism in nature for at least 20 minutes each day or twice a week is beneficial for your health and your immune system. And full immersion involves all five senses — touching the trunk of a tree, listening to the sounds of birds, sniffing the air of the jungle, dipping one’s hands and feet in running water, meditating in nature, bathing in the woods.


The usual session will be broadcast in two hours. This is a good time to enjoy nature (especially for beginners). The guide often invites participants to be baptized in their community and to soak up the emotions they feel at the moment and connect with themselves. “Participants were asked to leave their gadgets on or off for the session,” said Dipica Sinha, co-founder of Delhi-based Guide and Forestry India. The idea is to be fully present and to practice each of these ‘senses’ with all five senses. This is usually done with small activities, such as simply looking at the environment, putting them all in, making ideas flow, making them feel different textures, practicing different scents and sounds and making notes about things that echo or stimulate it.

Dipica announces a great response from people of all ages and corporations. “We know our meetings and keep them for small and intimate meetings, which gives us a more meaningful experience. With a small group, the session is easier to lead and has a richer experience. ”

Guided help

This experience can be enjoyed even without guidance. One can get the benefit right away by taking a bath in the woods and immersing yourself in nature. “Like a teacher in the deep sea, it is like being baptized by your side. You will learn not only to enjoy the beauty of the experience but also to capitalize on everything that the vast ocean has to offer; The brighter and brighter the treasures and the darker the depths, the richer the overall experience, ”said Dipica.

While emotional well-being (and the physical conditions caused by an imbalance) can be a great relief, it is not clear whether therapy can cure the condition. “It is important to practice Shinrin-Yoku without any agenda or any tactics. Allowing oneself to be at ease, immersed in the jungle, and immersed in nature is key, ”explains Endronail.

Certified courses for instruction

There are various institutions that offer forest bathing instruction training courses. “I have completed my training program in 2019 at the Institute of Forest Therapy in Ireland. It was a seven-day immersive session, held in a beautiful rural area of ​​Ireland, with 12 weeks of training and online tutoring. Dipica

There are several companies offering courses in Ireland. Some of them are the Forest Medical Center, Nadur Forest Medicine and the Association of Natural and Forest Medicine Guidelines and Programs. There are not many places in India that offer this course. Delotes Advia Holistic Solutions offers an online course on forest bathing.

Best forest zones

The Ankeal Conservation Forest in western Gats, the Bandirpur National Park in Karnataka, the Molmo National Park in Goa, and the forests around Binsar, Jagshwar, and the Kilberri Forest in Pangot provide excellent forest experience.

“The Borivali National Park is a great place for Mumbai residents. Retreats in the Uttarakhand hills are often popular with Delhi-NCR fans. According to naturalist Nishant Pujari.

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Published Sunday, December 05, 2021, 07:00 AM IST


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