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Rishikesh, India : Nov. 20 – Dec. 2, 2017

In the quiet, predawn air in the lush, green hills above Rishikesh, you’re breathing deeply and fully, reveling in each footstep. You’re delighting in your own personal pilgrimage toward the fabled Vashisht Gufa Cave. Just hours ago, you wondered why anyone would want to meditate in a place like this. But now, as you approach the cavern itself, you sense the sacred energies here—not only of this mystical place but also of the thousands of seekers who have come here before, including the famous Saint Vasistha for whom it is named.

Inside the cave, you settle in and close your eyes, allowing yourself to relax and surrender to the powerful influences that pull you deeper. Deeper into the cave. Deeper into life. Deeper into the truth of who you are.

After an hour of meditation, you open your eyes and gaze up at your surroundings. Everything appears richer and fuller now, more vibrant and alive. You see everything with fresh eyes. You feel more balanced and peaceful, more happy and whole.

 

On the way back to the retreat center, you stroll calmly and peacefully down to the banks of the holy Ganges. There you sit, quietly savoring a cup of sweet chai tea as you watch the ancient river flow on. Now you know why someone would want to meditate in a cave. Now it’s crystal clear why you needed to come on this retreat: almost without your realizing it, the rich soils of ancient India have reshaped your thinking and changed your entire world.

Have you been thinking…

“Where can I go where all parts of my being come alive… where my mind, spirit, soul and body vibrate with life and color?”

“How can I open myself up to an endless world of possibilities?”

“Does a place like this exist?”

My answer to you is: YES!

This place does exist, and this place is INDIA!

“But why go to India?”

India brings alive the colors of life and blends them together into a fine tapestry of joy never experienced before.

Tao Travel is going to bridge the gap between your life and the life that awaits you. Come join us on the journey that will change your life and bring you peace.

Welcome to Tao Travel — Journeys That Enlighten the Soul!

Tao Travel’s sole purpose is to bring those who are of a like mind together
on a spiritual retreat where thoughts and experiences can be shared for a lifetime.

Has your interest been piqued? Do you need to know more?
Let’s keep going.

A spiritual retreat and adventure combined into one.

  • Are you feeling less than yourself?
  • Are you feeling helpless in being able to make the changes you need to make in order to better yourself and better your life?
  • Have you been searching for something to make your mind and soul feel complete?

If these are the questions you are asking yourself, India is where you need to go and find the answers to all of these questions.

Imagine yourself talking with some of the most sought after spiritual gurus. Contemplate the cleansing joy of bathing in the mountainous sacred Ganges river, in one of the most holy of lands.

Fantasize about witnessing the edifice of LOVE: the Taj Mahal and realize the true nature of love and beauty.

All of this awaits you and so much more on our trek to India!

Are you bursting to know when this happens? Wait no longer.

Join us for a two week, soul-enriching sojourn for utter adventure and enlightenment.

November 21, 2016 – December 3, 2016 in India!

“I almost believe you Terry, but I am not convinced yet. What’s so special about India?”

India’s greatest asset is its people, and the majority of her 1.2 billion people live a balanced way of life respecting the laws of the Universe. India has the most diverse cultures, traditions and religions on this earth and yet the country is known as The Land of Unity in Diversity!

This is why India greets millions of people seeking the joy of inner wisdom.

“But I’ve heard that some people feel overwhelmed when they visit?”

You can lay your worry to rest. We have selected top notch accommodations to make your stay comfortable, and the food will be delicious and safe! With Terry’s knowledge and guidance and the professional guides we have selected for city tours, you will feel comfortable and safe even in the largest crowds!

“Why do I have to travel to the other side of the world to ‘find myself’ and find my joy?”

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I will be perfectly honest with you:

Do you possess the tools to find joy where you currently live?

Because if your answer is “yes” I will wonder why you are still so unfulfilled. If you have all the tools you need, then why hasn’t your life changed drastically for the better?

This unique retreat to India possess the tools and experiences you’ve been looking for. India’s soil is rich in energy and practices that will reshape your thinking and completely change your world.

I understand what you are saying now Terry. You’re right. I need a push. I need something more than I already possess. I know the power is inside of me, and I need something to bring it out.”

Lotus Temple

The Lotus Temple, located in New Delhi, India, is a Bahá’í House of Worship completed in 1986.

Notable for its flower like shape, it serves as the Mother Temple of the Indian subcontinent and has become a prominent attraction in the city. The Lotus Temple has won numerous architectural awards and been featured in hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles.

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“Now that you put it that way this sounds amazing! When Do We Leave!?”

Your trip to India has been seamlessly planned for you so you can concentrate on your inner journey and discovering the best parts of yourself. Accommodations have been booked, travel has been carefully selected, and meals will be prepared that will provide the optimal nourishment for such a deeply enriching journey.

These are the wondrous opportunities and activities that you will meet on our two week trip to ultimate balance. Join Terry Hodgkinson and his team as they guide you down the path of bliss.

“What will I experience that will help me change?”

Itinerary

November 20, 2017

Red Fort, Delhi IndiaArrive in Delhi. Upon arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport, our guide will greet us and transport us to our hotel and assist us in all of our registration and check-in needs. The Hans New Delhi Hotel has been selected because it offers sweeping views of the cityscape. It has contemporary decor and central air-conditioning, Wi-Fi and an electronic safe in all the rooms for your comfort. Your journey is partly about relaxation and the Hans defines the true definition of the most celebrated luxury hotel in the heart of the City to accomplish that. Enjoy the privilege of viewing Delhi from the sky; the hotel is one of the tallest structures in the city-centre.

 

 

After check-in you will be able to relax and spend time on your own or with new friends you have made since arriving in Delhi. Later that evening or early the next morning Terry will bring everybody together for introductions so that you may be acquainted with the others who will be sharing in this marvelous, two week, spiritual adventure!

November 21, 2017

IndiaPraySmReady for an amazing day? After breakfast, we start our tour with a visit to Old Delhi to see Jama Masjid, one of the largest and most beautiful mosques in all of India. Then we will gain a unique glance at local life by an exploration to the bustling local bazaar of Chandni Chowk on rickshaw.

Later we will visit the Bahai’s House of Worship which is seventh in a chain of Houses of Worship now girdling the globe. This temple is designed in the form of a lotus which is considered as a universal spirtual symbol of awakening. We will also visit the Birla temple and the Bangla Sahib Sikh Temple.

The afternoon’s schedule is all about India’s most famous spiritual teachers and first leader of a free India, Mahatma Gandhi. We will visit Gandhi Smriti, the place where Gandhi died, and the National Gandhi Museum, where many great memories of Gandhi are on display. Thereafter we will reach Raj Ghat, where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. The eternal flame at the site was installed in his memory.

To top the day off we will visit Gandhi Darshan to learn more about his life as a person, as a leader, and as a father of the Indian nation. Here we will see the 11 statues depicting Gandhi’s Dandi March, an action he carried out to break the country’s salt law.

November 22, 2017

IndiaManAfter a hearty breakfast we begin our scenic drive to Haridwar. Upon arrival we will check into the Royal Orchid Central Hotel, located near the sacred sites of Chandi Devi and Har-Ki-Pauri temples. this hotel offers the charm of a warm country home designed to enhance one’s stay with an on-site spa, a fitness centre, dining outlets and a well stocked library.

The town of Haridwar, meaning Gateway to God, stands on the right banks of the river Ganges, at the foot of the Shivalik Mountains. Known as Mayapuri in the ancient days, it has been a sacred place of pilgrimage from time immemorial. Haridwar is one of the four pilgrim center where Kumbh is held every twelfth year and is also home to numerous Ashrams and Dharamshalas and we will visit some. The most sacred bathing ghat Har-ki-Pauri or Brahma Kund, is supposed to be at the precise spot where the Ganges leaves the mountains and enters the plains. In the evening, we will witness and take part in the aarti ceremony on the banks of river Ganges. An emotionally moving and equally beautiful experience to behold!

November 23, 2017

statueMountainsAfter breakfast and some more sight seeing around the town of Haridwar, we continue our journey with a one hour drive to Rishikesh the “City of the Divine.” Rishikesh is a deep cultural center that has been attracting pilgrims for thousands of years.

Upon arrival we will check into the stunning Ganga Kinare Riverside Botique Hotel With the holy waters of the Ganges and the mountains forming a backdrop, the resort is the epitome of spirituality. Its serene environment is a perfect platform our group to make the transcendental journey into meditation. The resort has played host to the coveted ‘International Yoga Week’ several times in recent years, and continues to be a pivotal space for Yogic gurus to impart their teachings. Almost immediately on arrival you will begin to feel the abundance of spiritual energy, in the shadows of the Himalayan Mountains.

Rishikesh – known as the “City of the Divine”- is a spiritual center to which sages, rishis, saints and pilgrims have flocked for millennia. The roads of the city are lined with bustling market places of ethnic arts and handicrafts, fresh produce markets, holy shrines and orange-robed sadhus. Then, the road narrows, the markets become more sparse and you come upon a foot bridge, suspended high over the sacred Ganga river. As you cross this bridge, the sun streaming through the sacred Himalayas to warm your being, you will feel as if you have truly come home.

Our afternoon program will consist of leisurely strolling around and seeing the numerous ashrams that dot the banks of the Ganga. We will also take a walk to Ram Jhoola and Laxman Jhoola, the amazing suspension bridges over the holy Ganges river. This will also take us through the town where we will get our first but not last opportunity to soak in the local life and atmosphere. At the banks of the river in the evening, we will be able to witness and participate if you like in the Puja and Aarti ceremony at the bank of the Ganges River.

November 24, 2017

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For the next 6 days, the retreat will have an intensified focus on helping you transform into your new, true self. After all, this is the place where so many have come for inspiration. The Beatles studied meditation here and changed the way they lived and made music. Other famous people including: Richard Gere, Demi Moore, Lady Gaga, Alanis Morresstee, Selena Gomez, Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg to name only a few have come to India for inspiration and spiritual wisdom. Now it’s time for your ENLIGHT-enment in this magical place.
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~ Today after breakfast we will journey to the Vashisht Gufa Cave situated at a one hour drive from Rishikesh. This is where famous Saint Vasistha meditated on the banks of the river Ganga. This is no ordinary cave and not meant as a tourist attraction, rather it’s meant for seekers of enlightenment, for people like us who are coming for the right reasons…to meditate of course. Inside the cave is very peaceful and a great place to kickstart your journey into meditation. After when we emerge from the cave, we will spend time by the peaceful riverfront. It has a natural beautiful setting, the perfect place to contemplate the meaning of life, alongside the holy River Ganges.

November 25, 2017
Neer Garh Waterfall Picture from Trip Advisor

Neer Garh Waterfall
Picture from Trip Advisor

~ After Breakfast we will journey to Neer Garh Waterfall that is a close to Luxmanjhla. The walk from the roadside up to the falls takes about 30 minutes. It’s a very pleasant walk with vibrant nature all around. Here Terry will lead a group meditation and Qigong/Tai Chi exercises.

After lunch Terry will give a Satsang (talk) on the beauty of awareness and how awakening can help you find and accelerate your purpose in life.

After dinner Terry will lead Kundalini meditation.

November 26, 2017

~ Today after breakfast we visit the Beatles Ashram, originally known as Maharishi mahesh yogi ashram, The Beatles visited here to attend Meditation sessions in 1968, stayed for several weeks and composed nearly 48 songs during their stay. John Lennon even recorded a song titled, ‘The Happy Rishikesh Song’. The meditation cells, lecture halls, maharishi’s house and the Beatles’s guest house can be seen.  In the afternoon Terry will give a talk on how to manifest your inner creativity through meditation.  Later in the evening there will be a Vipassana meditation session.

Panorama of Beatles ashram in Rishikesh from roof

Panorama of Beatles ashram in Rishikesh from roof

 

November 27, 2017

~ After breakfast we will visit of Osho Gangadham Ashram which is situated in the pleasant natural area near river Ganges. This lush contemporary campus is a tropical oasis where nature and the 21st Century blend seamlessly, both within and without. With its natural jungle pathways, beautiful rooms, it is the perfect setting to take time out for yourself. This is a place where you can simply relax and where you can also enjoy the company of visitors of all ages from all over the world. There will be a group meditation we will participate in and there will be time to rest, and meditate on your own — or just to be.

Osho Gangadham Ashram 2

 

November 28, 2017

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~ After breakfast it’s time to participate in yoga with one of the best Yoga Masters in all of Rishikesh, Yogi Ashish Sharma.

Afternoon participate in Satsang and Dyad Meditation Communication. What is this you ask?

The dyad process is explained to be a contemplation communication exercise for two people with a formal structure to enable effective communicating, listening and understanding each other. Thus it addresses very skillfully one of the most problematic interpersonal dilemmas in this day and age. Applying this technique  can bring clarity to relationship issues in your life, make it possible to talk about the seemingly impossible, and bring forth the trust and the courage to reveal yourself to the other. It has helped many to meet their true self,  to bridge the painful gap of separateness and move into union and oneness.

In the evening Terry will lead a Sufi inspired meditation called No Dimensions and then celebration of life exercises and activities. You’re going to love this!

November 29, 2017
Rishikesh Monkey Doing Yoga

Rishikesh Monkey Doing Yoga

~ After breakfast participate in another yoga session with Yogi Ashish Sharma.

In the afternoon participate in Satsang and Dyad Meditation/Communication Exercises (Dyads are explained more fully on November 29th itinerary) and then Pranayama Breathing Meditation to stimulate your inner Chi (energy).

The evening will be the Radiant Lotus Meditation and Loving Kindness group exercises.

 

November 30, 2017

~ After breakfast you will have the opportunity to participate in another yoga session with Ashish Sharma or simply take some quiet, contemplative time out on your own.

And then it’s time to give gratitude for all the wonderful experiences we have had as well as say our goodbyes to Holy Rishikesh. After that we will begin the drive back and upon arrival once again spend the evening relaxing at the Hans New Delhi Hotel. Now it’s time to get well rested and energized for the active schedule tomorrow, in another city, with a full day of incredible sight-seeing planned!

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December 1, 2017

BabyTajAfter breakfast we drive to Agra. On arrival we will check into the Four Point By Sheraton Hotel. We chose this hotel because of it’s connivence, style and it’s just a few kilometres from the iconic Taj Mahal. Also because after a long the long day of sightseeing you will be able to go for a refreshing swim in the hotels rooftop pool.

Here’s a little history lesson on the city:

Two great Mughal monarchs, Akbar and Shah Jahan, transformed the little village of Agra into a befitting second capital of the Mughal Empire – giving it the name Dar-ul-Khilafat {seat of the Emperor}. Today a visitor to Agra is caught up in a world of contrasting edifices, of red sandstone and white marble, narrow galleys and quaint buggies, and that irresistible charm that this favorite city of the Mughals still retains. It is not surprising, that modern Agra still reflects its Mughal heritage most conspicuously.

Are you ready?

In the afternoon we will proceed for the sightseeing tour of the city. AGRA FORT – The red sandstone structure is surrounded by chahar-bagh, a four-square formal garden. Built by the famed Mughal emperor Akbar in 1565 AD, the fort is predominantly of red sandstone. Ensconced within is the picture perfect Pearl Mosque, which is a major tourist attraction. It lies on the bend of the river Yamuna, almost in the heart of the town. Akbar built it as his citadel over the years 1563-73 in the finest architectural style. It has imposing gates and walls of red sandstone and a moat.

After Agra Fort we will visit BABY TAJ or the ITMAD-UD-ULLAH – The interiors of which are considered better than the Taj Mahal. One of the most beautiful Mughal tombs, Itmad-Ud-Daulah’s Tomb was built by Nur Jahan, the Empress of Jehangir for her father in 1628. The tomb is a resting place of the powerful personality in Mughal Court, Itmad-Ud-Daulah, whose life is very interesting. Formerly a very poor Persian merchant then named Mirza Ghiyas or Ghiyas Beg he became a minister and a trusted treasure in Akbar’s court. After Akbar’s death in 1605, his son Jahangir rose into power. Jahangir made Ghiyas Beg his chief minister and honored him with the title of Itmad-Ud-Daulah, the Pillar of State. Later, Jahangir met a beautiful daughter of Ghiyas Beg named Mehr-Un-Nissa and married her. Mehr-Un-Nissa soon played a significant role in the Jahangir’s court and was called Nur Mahal, the light of the Place. Owing to her influence, her father and brother were granted with privileges in the court. When Ghiyas beg (Itmad-Un-Daulah) dies in 1622, Nur Mahal decided to build a mausoleum for him. Queen Mumtaz Mahal or the lady of the Taj was also from this prevailing family. The mausoleum is entirely made of white marble and graced with intricate decoration of inlay work, and marble-screen work belonging to the Islamic style. With its tranquil, small garden on the bank of Yamuna River, the tomb stands impressively elegant from a distance

After we will return to our hotel in Agra and rest up for an early morning start.

December 2, 2017

TajSmallToday be prepared to be amazed! We will visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise. Built by emperor Shah Jahan, the Taj is a white marble memorial to his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal. This monument took 22 years to be completed and was designed, and planned by Persian architect Ustad Isa. Apart from its stunning design balance and perfect symmetry, the Taj is also noted particularly for its elegant domes, intricately carved screens and some of the best inlay work ever seen.

Emperor Shah Jahan said of the Taj Mahal, “The sun and moon shed tears from their eyes.” This magnificent architectural wonder, often referred to as “poetry in form” attracts millions of visitors a year. Considered the most beautiful building in the world, the Taj Mahal is the true representation of our time in India as Shah Jahan built this monumental structure as a final resting place for his wife, the woman he loved more than anyone. It is the perfect last stop before heading home.

After breakfast, we will return to Delhi where we will then be transported to the airport for our trip onward home. After two full weeks of amazing experiences we will feel newly rejuvenated, balanced and happy individuals seeking our next adventure and chapter in life.

Keep in Mind:

The actual schedule of teachings and what we will be doing day to day is an outline only, and mostly we will be in the moment as the Tao prescribes. Every day will be a magical experience for all of us, so keep your heart and mind open to the experience life brings us. Due to the remote areas we are traveling to, weather, bad roads and other unseen obstacles may cause us to make changes in our itinerary.

On this spiritual journey our intent is to create sacred space where we can learn and share in group for the purpose of deepening our spiritual connections. The power of our teachings (please make sure you align with the group leader’s philosophy) and ceremonies comes from our combined energy and if group process does not interest you, then this trip would not be your best choice.

Level of Difficulty:

Beginners Level – The most strenuous exercise we will be doing would be walking or basic hiking, mostly on flat terrain. Basic Yoga / Chi Kung movement and swimming. So you don’t need to be in top fitness shape for this trip. However, it is recommended that you start regular walking to get prepared before the trip.

How to Get to India:

Guests on our trip must provide their own passage to and from New Delhi. All other aspects of our trip are included in our price.

Regarding Flights – Feel free to make your own flights, but please confirm them with us before booking. NOTE: You must be in New Delhi to start the retreat no later than Monday, November 20th.

If you prefer to use our partnered travel agency for assistance please contact Ales Struna, Journeys of the Spirit at 1-866-866-5566 or by email to ales@journeysofthespirit.com and it will be his pleasure to assist you!

Note: You can pay Ales at Journeys of the Spirit, for the whole trip package as well as have him book your return flight to New Delhi.

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What’s Included:

  • Entrance fees of the scenic spots as listed in the itinerary.
  • Activities as listed in the itinerary.
  • Accommodations: Rooms based on twin or double sharing with double bed or a queen size bed; Please note twin bed room is on request basis which is subject to Hotel’s availability and re-confirmation upon check-in.
  • All breakfasts and the two dinners.
  • English speaking guide service during the city tours mentioned in the itinerary. *
  • Private Transfers between airports, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing in each city or area by private air – conditioned vehicle with driver.
  • Meeting and assistance by our representative on arrival / departure at airport / hotel. *
  • A/C Vehicle (Innova car) for 02 – 04 Pax and Tempo Traveller for 05 – 08 Pax
    Wet tissues in the vehicle
  • Drinking water: 2 bottles of mineral water per person per day in the car.
  • Terry’s expertise in his teachings of mediation and relative personal development work that he will be leading sessions on with the group on this retreat.

* Please note that our representative in each city or area will not fly / drive with you from one city to another.

 

What’s Not Included:

  • Your round trip fight to New Delhi.
  • Travel insurance. Highly recommend to take your own insurance on or before paying us.
  • Visa fee – India visa: Visa is requested to be obtained before your arrival. Please make sure that you have got your valid passport and visa before your entry to India.
  • Accommodation / sightseeing not listed in the itinerary.
  • Tips to bellboys and for meals paid by you. You can pay more or less depending on their services.
  • Personal expenses such as room service, internet charge, laundry, drink, fax, telephone call, camera fee in monuments, etc.
  • Optional activities.
  • Excess Baggage Charges.

WOW! This is Affordable. Where Do I Sign Up!

It is time to change your life. Come with Tao Travel and Terry Hodgkinson to India and become one with the energy and practice that will change your life forever.

India Awaits!

About the Leaders

Terry J. Hodgkinson – Sifu (teacher)

Terry Hodgkinson’s pursuit of excellence started at age twelve when he began training in martial arts. He went on to become a martial arts and meditation expert, eventually owning multiple schools.

Terry expanded his knowledge and business experience opening Positive Changes Coaching & Hypnotherapy Centre in Toronto.

Terry has been fortunate enough to travel and learn from many great teachers. A certified Reiki Master Teacher, Terry has also studied closely with First Nations Ojibwa People in healing circles and sweat lodges as well as in over 100 different temples, ashrams and schools worldwide. He has spent 6 months in India for studies where he had the pleasure of meeting and learning from world renown teachers like the Dalai Lama.

In 2008, Terry was appointed Vice President of Training for PorterVision, the creators of the BrainTap Neuro Trainer™ – Self Mastery Technology, a creative visualization relaxation system that assists people in achieving Personal Mastery.

In 2009 Terry’s first book was published called “Memoirs of a Wandering Ninja – Walking the Path of Enlightenment” as well as 43 guided audio meditations.

Terry’s most recent passion is the formation of, tao travel- Journeys That Enlighten The Soul!

Terry’s Comment:

“I am immensely excited to share this retreat with you because I know it will change your life as it has mine. For those who know me,  I have traveled the world and have had life changing experience learning from other cultures, countries, and people.

What surprised me the most in my travels and continues to be the fuel that drives me forward is what I learned about myself. My outer journey sparked an unprecedented inner journey that allowed me to grow into a complete person. This has been such an amazing discovery that it felt wrong to keep it to myself. I had to share this with someone, anyone, everyone!

I would return from my journeys time an time again and share my stories of physical and spiritual travel only to have those I was speaking with listen to me, but not hear me. I realized that talk wasn’t going to do it, If I wanted people to really understand and reap benefits and spiritual wisdom… they would have to make the journey with me!  

That was it! I was the key, and I knew I had to bring these people to fulfillment… literally.”

Ashish Sharma – Yogi (teacher)

Ashish Sharma has been practicing hatha yoga since the age of 14 under the guidance of numerous yoga teachers, yet he admits that his first and foremost teacher is his brother Pankaj Sharma, an internationally renowned yoga master. Ashish has been leading classes since 2007, and he has many students coming to Rishikesh every year to learn yoga exclusively from him. Ashish is, probably, one of the best yoga teachers in Rishikesh.

Ashish teaches hatha yoga with special attention on body alignment and asana geometry. Having a deep understanding of biomechanics of the body, he is an excellent teacher to give comprehension of how body should work in each pose. Ashish pays special attention to people with spine and joint problems, he has vast background in yoga therapy. In every class, he gives true revelations on healthy engagements of muscles to avoid injuries and what you can do to optimize the effect.

His classes are the great to go deeper into the body and gain control of the most subtlest and deepest muscles. His teaching helps you gain the state of very subtle concentration, without excessive effort, effects of which students feel long after the class has finished. Ashish possesses a unique blend of professional strictness with compassionate softness and good sense of humor, which makes his classes highly effective and energetically balanced.