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Join this yoga holiday and get ready to experience the best of South India in an incredible journey with plenty of amazing, once in a lifetime things to do, as well as some of the world's most beautiful and peaceful places to unwind. Enjoy the beaches of Goa, paraglide above amazing stretches of beach, practice yoga, and cruise down the backwaters on board an overnight house boat with friends!
During this retreat, you will stay either in a shared or a private room. Breathe in Life Health have taken a lot of pride in selecting accommodations which are well run, comfortable, clean, quiet, and with good food and friendly, helpful staff.
You will stay in above back-packer standard inns and bed and breakfasts rather than hostels and guesthouses. Most of the stays will include air conditioning. During your travel adventures, your room will be a place where you can get good rest and be ready to make the most of your days.
India is known as the birth place of spirituality and its power is like no other place on the planet. For thousands of years, the same rituals and festivals have been practiced, creating a very unique and authentic energy which seems to grab each one who visits. India has a beautiful way of simply guiding those who are seeking. This trip has the perfect mix of ancient temples, historical sites, and places of pilgrimage to give you the best exposure to this special side of India.
India is also a haven for yogis, both those just beginning and the more advanced practitioners. Yogi in India is a broad philosophy and a way of life, not simply postures and asana is one small part of yoga in India.
The local people are truly inspiring and have received knowledge passed down for thousands of years through script and by mouth on finding, holding, and admiring the peace and beauty of the yogic lifestyle. All teachers have something to offer everyone, no matter where they are in life and in their practice.
Mumbai is the most populated city in India with around 20 million people and is the capital of the state of Maharashta. You will enjoy one evening there, in the safe and exciting tourist district of Colaba before heading down to Goa the following morning.
This will be a great opportunity to get to know a little bit of this massive city. By simply walking down the street, you will experience a week full of exciting things to do, from shopping and getting a taste for Indian cuisine to checking out temples or taking a taxi tour around the area.
Arambol is a tight community and every evening at sunset there is a huge gathering on the beach where everyone gathers for a big drum circle and dance. There is a long pop up market where gypsy travelers sell their hand made jewelry, clothing, and instruments under lamp light on carpets and bamboo mats.
Arambol is one of the only places in the world where there is such a consistent gathering each day and it makes getting to know new people extremely easy. From a crazy variety of classes and workshops to the Saturday night market and the beautifully cool sweet lake, Arambol offers a wildly diverse list of things to do.
Gokarna is one of the seven main pilgrimage spots in the country and is known as the most holy town in South India. As soon as you enter Gokarna, you may see that the streets are full of robed men and women on pilgrimage walking by the dozens to and from the holy "ghats" (ritual bathing waters), the sea, and the many temples throughout the town.
Some of the most amazing grand chariots are in Gokarna and you will see them lining the streets, some as high as 50 feet tall. If you are lucky they will take them out while you are there and you can take part in the throwing of bananas as they pass by. It is believed that if you get your banana inside one of the small windows, you will be showered with good luck.
Varkala is the most popular spot in South India to relax and take it all in. The whole town is built along a beautiful cliff which sits 50 meters above the long main beach. You may spend your time checking out the many shops along the cliff and whenever things get a little warm, you may hop down the steps to the beach and jump in the beautiful Indian ocean.
Varkala offers the perfect mix of true cultural experiences, fun, and safe tourist activities. The two main beaches are actually referred to as "Indian beach" and "tourist beach". However, this is not meant to segregate, it is simply where the two groups tend to hang out.
If you are in the mood for frisbee, surf, and sunbathing head over to the tourist beach, but if you wish to watch holy ceremonies on the waters edge and sample the very cheap and tasty local treats, you are always welcomed with a hundred smiles over on the Indian beach.
The slogan of the state of Kerala is "God's own Country", and the reason for this is the incredible nature throughout from its rolling Ghats Mountains to the palm tree lined backwaters.
You will head to the most famous and gorgeous places to take in the backwaters, Kollam where you will board a beautiful houseboat and spend the afternoon floating through the incredible network of streams and rivers, stopping along the way to take canoes through the smaller waterways, and interacting with the villagers.
You will end your trip with a good rest in Mumbai and another chance for a last minute cheap and amazing shopping, eating, and exploring in the amazing Colaba District.
Guided excursions around Mumbai, Arambol, Gokarna, Varkala, and Kollam are included in this retreat.
After first discovering her love for traveling when visiting Thailand 10 years ago, sh set out on a life path of exploration to further her development as an individual while incorporating a passion for yoga and a fire for improving herself and the world she lives in. This love for travel organically turned into a job opportunity as an international tour guide and manager, which was well suited after completing school for tourism and business management.
Although health and wellness has always be an important part of his life, travel didn’t come into the picture until he finished university. After graduating from the University of Ottawa with a degree in criminology and Seneca College with a degree in firefighter education, the path to a “normal” life and career seemed imminent. A trip to Thailand in 2008 created a new spark and from that point on, he developed a love for travel.
When she was 19, travelling alone on a rickety old bus somewhere in Cambodia, she looked out the window and was in awe of the lush jungle and endless rice fields and the fact that she was actually seeing this incredible part of the world. Her love of travelling and nourishing others has lead her to a career in holistic health. Once she discovered the human body has powers beyond imagination, through body-mind-spirit work, she began her own self-study in the field of health and wellness.
His journey started at Shambhala Music Festival in 2011. It was an experience that totally blew him away on how much love, expression, and acceptance could exist in the world. He went from being a lifelong firefighter to a world exploring yoga teacher. He became a massage and Reiki healer, nutritional therapist, and a permaculture and health enthusiast with huge passion for dancing and also now, a guide with Breathe in Life.
This holiday will be held in five places around South India; Mumbai, Arambol, Gokarna, Varkala, and Kollam. India is well known in the world for its mystifying cultural diversity. They are some of the most interesting and spiritual people you will ever encounter and their kindness is second to none.
The faces, idols, philosophies, and Gods change with each city you go to but the generosity and willingness to help stays the same. In India, the common belief is that everything is karmically perfect just as it is. Whatever situation you were born into and whatever experiences you are having is just as it should be. This contentment, or "santosha", of the nation has a beautiful impact on the experience of its visitors.
During this holiday, you will be served one delicious welcome dinner in Mumbai. You will also have the opportunity to enjoy other meal services around different places in India for an additional cost. The amazing spectrum of flavors and food options in India make eating one of the best parts of any stay. The idea that the food in India is super spicy is not true; there are always sweet, savory, and spicy options on the menus.
Even if Indian food isn't your thing, being a popular tourist destination, India has evolved to accommodate a wide variety of tastes. Most menus offer continental foods like pizza, pasta and salads, Chinese options, Thai food, and Israeli foods among the Indian choices. Vegetarianism is very common in India but in most locations meat is also available.
During this retreat, Ayurvedic consultations, massage oil therapies, Tibetan massages, and yoga massages among many other treatments will be available for an additional cost.