Agnihotra Yoga Retreat offers yoga retreats, teacher training programs, and Homa therapy designed for detoxification and rejuvenation.
Yoga Retreats (5)
from Thailand, February 2019
I spent 1 week at the retreat after originally signing up for 5 days. The retreat is a beautifully quiet location where you can feel immersed in nature. The accommodation is simple but very comfortable. I loved the meditation sessions and found Rakesh to be an intensely spiritual, gifted and kind man. The healing sessions are difficult to describe but I particularly found they had a powerful effect. There was structure to the day at the retreat but also plenty of free time in a laid back atmosphere. The food was fresh and delicious. I loved my week here and found a stillness within that I had not been in touch with for some while.
from United States, February 2019
I loved the retreat itself for the energy of the instructor and the great location. Rakesh has always been caring, expiring and very open to dialogue on yoga, meditation or asana topics. In addition, he is very concerned for any of your material and spiritual need, and very committed to help you with them. I am a solo female traveler and I loved also the place: retreat center has security at the gate and the location outside is vibrant, with a short walk through coconut and banana grooves you can reach the beach and the cliff with all stalls, markets and cafés. In addition, if you are eager to have some indepth experience of Indian culture, Rakesh can suggest some events and help to arrange your participation. The room was also spotless clean, simple and comfortable. The food was freshly prepared daily, and was delicious.
from Thailand, January 2019
" Change the life "
I really feel here is a magical place. About Rakesh, he supports us such a return true self and give many information which we need in a life. Yes there is very simple facility, not luxury. But there is surround by beautiful nature, very friendly people... It’s true I got invaluable experience here. I never ever forget this experience.
from India, December 2018
"Healing, Grounding and Rejuvenating!"
I am grateful for this amazing experience!
The fire meditation, yoga, healing sessions, elephant farm visit, beach, home cooked food, nature, trees around the cottages, massage, everything was awesome! The host is knowledgable and always happy to answer questions.
Highly recommended for anyone who wants to look inside, contemplate, find answers, heal and find a new meaning to life.
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from France, February 2019
"Didn't get what excepted, BUT didn't expect what I got 🙂"
The place is beautiful, full of trees, simple but way enough and clean little houses, lots of birds.. close to the best spot of the beach (in my opinion). The way to the beach is magic.
Food is healthy and very good, but be prepared to a proper Ayurvedic, healthy but frugal food. It will help you to detoxify and save your body from energy wasting by digesting. But you might feel hungry sometime or a bit frustrated (also I eat quite a lot) because the meals are always the same. But you will feel the benefits after few days.
Méditation, activities, energy healing and massage are very good.
Don't hesitated to ask Rakesh all the questions you have in mind, he has a lot to say.
Thank you 😊
from Switzerland, January 2019
J ai beaucoup apprécié les cérémonies du feu et les séances de méditation.
Les séances de Pranic Healing étaient très bien et c est une approche intéressante
from Switzerland, March 2019
I liked everything, from the facilities, to the food and of course the Yoga and Meditation practice. Rakesh is a very humble and kind person, a good teacher and excellent in answering all sorts of questions.
from United States, December 2018
I was rather apprehensive about this trip, being alone and never having done anything like this before. However, I was soon put the ease from the moment I was picked up at the airport. The driver was very friendly and informative.
Yoga: I was expecting to do more yoga. We did it once a day, in the morning. The sessions were good and I felt the benefits of the practice. One recommendation I would give is for Rakesh to do the yoga along with us, at least for the first few flows. It felt a bit stressful in the beginning trying to remember what to do next. Other than that, I felt very fresh afterward.
Fire Meditation: This was something completely new to me. I really enjoyed learning about the benefits of this fire. the mantras and chants we did and why we did them. I learned a lot during this. I asked a lot of questions and rakesh had known the answer for everything. These meditations are really amazing for the mind, and is something I continue to fo after leaving.
Healings: again, something new for me. I had heard of Reiki before but had never participated in it. We did some other Magnified and karma healings as well. And while I have to say that during the hearings I didnt feel any differently or understand exactly what was supposed to happen, I was healed mentally. There was something I shared with Rakesh that I wanted to be fixed and I wouldn't know if it worked until I came back home. And I am home and it completely worked!! I also felt that I got a deeper sense of joy.
from India, December 2018
The accommodation was basic but sufficient and clean. The retreat was in beautiful, quiet, tranquil spot. Food was amazing and fresh (although the retreat is marketed as Ayurvedic food, however when asked about Ayurvedic food and body types as I don’t know anything about it, Rakesh says he is not qualified to tell us about it and only that the food suits all people..?!). The morning yoga was good. Massage excellent, Stella who did the massage was lovely.
from United States, September 2018
"Life changing experience "
Rakesh Kumar healear, well of knowledge, wise and kind. Patient teacher.
Very committed to bring peace, companion and forgiveness to all beings.
Had a wonderful retreat I fully recommended
from India, May 2018
"Excellent relaxed retreat"
Rakesh is a brilliant host. Everything from his mediation sessions, his yoga classes to his healing sessions were excellent and without fault.
from United Arab Emirates, May 2018
"Just what I needed and more"
AgniHotra Yoga retreat was what i needed and more.
The 6 days was just perfect for me. Our host/instructor/healer Rakesh certainly was very knowledgeable about what he is doing and we did spend the evenings learning more about healing, yoga and meditation. He does have the patience to listen to you and give you the right guidance. The place - pure lush green! I was there during the low period so there was only 3 of us in total. This gave us time to dig deep into healing, yoga and meditation. The accommodation was clean and the food served was scrumptious yet VERY healthy.
from Great Britain, May 2018
"A wonderful opportunity to relax, re-energise and renew"
From the moment I arrived Rakesh was warm and welcoming. The programme was arranged for each day (depending on the weather) and although I wasn't there for a whole 6 day retreat, Rakesh ensured that I received treatments and healing and excursions.
I couldn't have asked for more!
from Belgium, May 2018
The place was the perfect get away. The location is very good and just 5min walk to the sea. The yoga schedule was just right to have yoga classes and ample time for meditation. Rakesh is a very patient and knowledgeable teacher and took time to understand what I expected from the retreat. The additionals like the ayurvedic message and healing sessions were also very well organised. The food regime was also the right one for a good detox. All in all it was a very good experience and would definitely recommend this retreat.
from India, May 2018
"Spectacular energetic investment"
Rakesh is an incredibly humble light-filled host with compassion emanating in all that he does. He is a great teacher and gifted energy healer, who takes the time to answer any questions that may arise and to listen to your experience of the sessions. He went above and beyond to make sure that I was happy with the accommodation, food, and the center. I really enjoyed all of the excursions he organized.
The Agnihotra Yoga Center is beautifully lush with cashew, coconut, jackfruit trees and more. About a five minute walk from the beach, the sounds of the waves are clear and strong. The food is very fresh and delicious!
The Agnihotra rituals, pranic and magnified healings are all very powerful! A week at the Agnihotra Yoga Center is a well-spent time of personal development, reflection, and healing!
from India, March 2018
"Learning to float"
Life’s distractions are taken out of your hands to create opportunity for change. Built on a terrace, it feels like you’ve stepped into a private garden. The sounds of nature here are incredibly soothing. I will never forget the way this place looks at night. The food is fresh and delicious. Things are organized in a way that requires planning and attention to detail. If you end up here it is not by accident and is an incredible gift. I came knowing I was carrying a bag of grief I was ready to set down. I still can't fathom how I end up here when I most need it. I unconsciously pick my favorite person, crawl in their lap and say, "Ok. Rip the band aid off.” I spend long periods of time in a hammock or lounge chair listening to birds and taking big, long, sweaty naps. I am vulnerable and soft again. After leaving the retreat and continuing my journey, I realize what I have decided to trade for my bag of grief: peace. The next day I am scuba diving and have the words from the fire ceremony in my head. Deep under the water's surface, the current is pulling the fish, the coral, and my body in a gentle sway and I can hear "shanti, shanti, shanti.” I've made peace with the important stuff being beyond my control or understanding. When you learn to swim, they teach you to tread water, swinging your arms and legs in a repeated motion. Once you are an advanced swimmer, you learn to relax your body, release your head way back into the water, and float. I'm finally learning to float.
from India, March 2018
The retreat is a very peaceful place. It’s close enough to the beach that you can hear the sea. The rooms are very clean and comfortable and the food was delicious. Rakesh was always concerned that everything was ok with my stay. He’s an excellent teacher and took time to explain a lot about meditation which was something I hadn’t done before. The retreat had a lovely calmness and I would definitely recommend it.
from Great Britain, January 2018
"Know thyself... "
This is a place where you can go and learn a thing or two about yourself in a calm and incredibly relaxing atmosphere amongst a forest of palms and banana trees. Rakesh offers a safe and welcoming space to examine inner thoughts and emotions and gives you the time and support needed to really get in touch with yourself and any past issues that you feel may be holding you back in some areas of your life. I went with a healthy dose of cynicism as this was my first mediation experience. What I gained was a better understanding of an ancient vedic practice which in turn enabled me to slow down and take a step back from my usual chaotic and stressful life. I also learned that we cannot change overnight but with some insight and long overdue self love, perhaps the person we want to be can flourish (and that actually, perhaps we are already that person, it's just about observing the thought patterns which make us think about ourselves in certain ways). These are old habits and as we know, old habits die hard. Rakesh helps you to understand how to observe rather than resist or fight intrusive / unhelpful thoughts. He teaches well and he has a way of making you understand things that you may have read previously but never quite managed to click it all into place.
from Sweden, January 2018
"A spiritual retreat"
I loved the tranquil location among the trees with the beach within a short walking distance , the simple clean accommodation and the spirituality of the yoga shala and meditations. The yoga teacher Rakesh is very nice and shares his knowledge in a low-key, compassionate and wise way.
from India, October 2017
"Incredible healing experience"
It has been a very interesting and incredibly healing experience for me. I was feeling so powerless and had a deep grief and lack of will power when I arrived Rakesh's place. I arrived in the late evening and from the time I met him I felt I am in the right place.He is one of these people who leave and act as he believe and talk. He has a holistic open heart life approach for all living beings and he devote himself his healing and practice to help people who reach him. The fire meditations, yoga, his healing energy work, the organic ayurvedic food and his presence all together create a very powerful healing/empowering environment for those need any support, cleansing, retreat or healing... It was such a miraculous experience, in the 3rd day, suddenly I realised the grief I was feeling for a long time has gone.. I started feeling so balanced and clear and pure.. I have done lot of similar work before but this was one of the very powerful transforming experiences I have every experienced. The yoga sessions were also so powerful and healing.. I learned so much from him in 6 days and at the moment I am doing my yoga teacher training and using the knowledge I gained from him already.. He is very pure, balanced, supportive and knowledgeable person and he has a very powerful energy. I wish I was able to spend more time with him. I will definitely revisit him in his new place opening in a farm.
from South Korea, October 2017
"Excellent Yoga and Meditation Education/Practice"
The location was perfect, close to the town and beach. And the accommodation was very comfortable with excellent food and peaceful meditation spaces.
from Australia, September 2017
This retreat gave me exactly what I needed. It opened the door to the beginning of my spiritual journey and helped me to start a regular practice.
Secret Garden is a peaceful and safe place with beautiful and healing energy. You will have a lot of opportunities to observe, reflect or just rest if that's what you need.
Rakesh is the nicest person, very kind and respectful, looking after his guests well and always making sure they are happy. He lives the truth of his teachings and making it his purpose to help people by spreading the peace, love and wisdom. He has been very supportive throughout my journey and always patiently answering all my questions.
I enjoyed daily Ahnihotra fire rituals at sunrise and sunset, it had a very calming and healing effect on me. Morning yoga, breathing exercises and relaxation was a great start to the day. The healing sessions also helped me a lot, clearing some old blockages.
The food was very fresh and tasty, carefully prepared to support the detoxification process. The accommodation is clean and had all I needed. There is a beautiful garden where you can continue practicing observations and listen to the songs of nature. You can tell the trees and plants also benefit from the good energy of this place.
I left this place with strong motivation to start making positive changes in my life. I feel very grateful for this experience and to Rakesh for all his teachings and kindness. I have learned so much. Thank you for everything!
from Great Britain, June 2017
My experience with Rakesh was unbelievable, and far beyond what I expected. Rakesh taught me so much, and helped me begin a spiritual journey. I've taken so much away with me, so much that I can implement in my day to day life. Rakesh was not just a great teacher, he was also kind and fun and went out of his way to ensure I had a great time. I've never felt so calm and centred. The food is also so delicious!! Missing it already! Genuinely a life changing experience. Thank you Rakesh!
from Austria, February 2019
Das gesamte Retreat war wunderschön. Viel Ruhe,hochwertiges ayurvedisches Essen. Rakesh ist ein ganz besonderer Mensch und hat mir viel auf den Weg mitgegeben. Die Lage ist toll,der Strand ist sozusagen um die Ecke. Sehr empfehlenswert.
from Spain, December 2018
El lugar está situado en un sitio con mucha tranquilidad, rodeado de naturaleza.
El alojamiento es básico pero suficiente y limpio.
Las clases de Rakesh tanto de meditación como de yoga son buenas y se aprende mucho, sobre todo en las de meditación con el ritual de los fuegos.
La comida es excelente, muy sabrosa y muy sana.
Las actividades que se pueden realizar son variadas y todas interesantes.
Yo estuve 6 dias y la verdad es que me marché sintiendome muy bien.
from Switzerland, October 2018
Schon beim betreten des Agnihotra Yoga Retreat spürt man die gute Energie und die friedvolle Atmosphäre. Der perfekte Ort um seine Batterien aufzuladen, in sich zu gehen, neue Wege zu entdecken. Rakesh ist ein wundervoller Mensch und toller Lehrer. Er führt das Retreat mit viel Hingabe und hat immer Zeit für Gespräche und persönliche Anliegen. Die frühmorgendlichen Yoga-Lektionen sind fordernd, machen aber richtig Spass und man startet mit viel Energie in den Tag. Was das Essen betrifft habe ich hier mein veganes Paradies gefunden. Auch nach zwei Wochen hatte ich nicht genug vom ayurvedischen Essen. Hier findet man Friede und Glück.
from India, March 2018
La méditation dans le shala était exceptionnel, rakesh est un excellent gourou
from United States, February 2018
Rakesh was the best teacher i ever had :) he has Great Knowledge and gives Everything from his Heart. He has a Light within and Really wants to Share all this With the People and the World. I could Feel his positiv Energies every day a bit more. I am so thankfull for Everything he did to us from the beginning to the last Second!! And i just recommend it to do this retreat there. The Place is fantastic,the rooms Very Clean and nice and the schedule the best mixture out of freetime,excursions,Delicious food,asanas,Meditation,Healing,Personal Talks :)
I just Thank you so much for Everything you give to us which will Stay within us also After and outside of your wonderful retreat!!!!!
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I had the most amazing time at Agnihotra Yoga Retreat. I've never felt so calm and centerd in my life. The fire meditation was a really special enlightening experience. The accommodation was fantastic, as was the food and amenities. The surroundings in Varkala are spectacularly beautiful, its a fantastic place to be. Rakesh was a delight to be around, he took care of me very well and I feel that i have learnt a lot from my experience at his retreat. I really do recommend the retreat to anyone and everyone!