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20 Days Cruise the Coast Yoga Retreat in India

  • Mumbai, Arambol, Gokarna, Varkala, Kerala, Kollam, India

Overview

Tour and Yoga Retreat India

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!

Highlights

  • 4 yoga classes
  • 1 welcome package
  • Guided group travel within India
  • Overnight on board a house boat
  • 19 nights accommodation
  • All transport within India
  • 1 welcome dinner

Group sizes

The maximum participants in the group is 20.

  • 19 days with instruction
  • English
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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.

Day 1 - Mumbai

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.

Day 2 to 8 - Arambol

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.

Day 8 to 13 - Gokarna

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.

Day 13 to 18 - Varkala

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.

Day 18 - House boating in Kollam

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.

Day 19 - Mumbai

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.

  • Melissa Jol

    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.

  • Chris Elliott

    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.

  • Meghan Trompetter

    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.

  • Jeff Kerdeikis

    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.

  • Eclectic dance workshops
  • Indian cooking classes
  • Jewelry making classes
  • Lectures, talks, and workshops
  • Live music performances and lessons
  • Paragliding
  • Surfing, windsurfing, and stand up paddle boarding
  • Visit a Hindu temple
  • Visit viewpoint hikes

During this retreat, Ayurvedic consultations, massage oil therapies, Tibetan massages, and yoga massages among many other treatments will be available for an additional cost.

  • 1 overnight house boating on the Kollam Backwaters
  • 1 welcome dinner
  • 1 welcome package
  • 19 nights accommodation
  • 4 yoga classes
  • All transportation within India
  • Guided group travel within India
  • Additional activities
  • Airfare
  • Daily meals and drinks
  • Spa treatments
  • Review by Dougie Campbell from Playa Del Ray, Valencia
    8 out of 10

    "I didn't know what to expect when booking my yoga teacher training in Thailand but, from the beginning, Breathe in Life made me feel calm and taken care of! They went above and beyond to make our experience smooth and enjoyable, even helping us plan adventures for our days off during the course. I'm looking forward to our next trip together!"

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  • Review by Reena Ruparella from Toronto, Canada
    8 out of 10

    "I was lucky enough to travel for 20 days to Indonesia with Breath in Life. I signed up as a solo traveler so I was definitely nervous going alone but I ended up having the most amazing adventure. Melissa was at the airport when I arrived after my long flight with a big smile and a huge hug. I felt right at home and knew I made the right decision. The trip was marvelous! There was the right balance of adventure, down time, as well as plenty of opportunities to hang out with fellow group members. BIL does such a good job at organizing things like accommodations and transportation that there really isn't much to worry about. The tour guides were always available for questions and were great at recommending fun things to do. They were so knowledgeable! I also really liked that we moved around every few days so you had enough time to settle in but not get bored. I also loved the experiences such as the cooking classes, optional yoga, massages, great meals, and the Mt.Rinjani climb. This trip was an adventure and I am so happy I could do it through Breathe in Life! They were professional, knowledgable, and most important, made the trip fun! Can't wait to do it again!"

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  • Review by Cassie Leblanc from Edmonton
    10 out of 10

    "Sending mega love and gratitude to Melissa Emily Jol and Chris Elliott! This trip has been phenomenal! Thank you for taking me in like family and showing me the amazing sights of Thailand. I highly recommend booking your next trip with ‪Breathe in Life‬‬‬‬‬‬. These guys are amazing!"

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  • Review by Steph Davies from Edmonton
    10 out of 10

    "The trip of a lifetime with Breathe in Life this past October has become for me, with a little luck, an annual event. Once was definitely not enough. I have never had such a rewarding, stimulating, enjoyable travel experience in my life and I'm eager to go back to Bali or go to Thailand, India, or Nicaragua as the opportunity arises. In fact, I am seriously thinking of going to Goa next November on the teacher training program Breathe in Life is offering. For me, the combination of an excellent, consistent Yoga practice with adventure in a very beautiful and intriguing country, such as any of the above-mentioned, with carefully chosen places to stay, eat at and explore made for an absolutely ideal holiday, although that's a word that doesn't necessarily capture the richness of the experience. I loved the people with whom I shared the experience; we flowed together or moved apart with total ease and comfort. This was in no small part due to the meticulous planning and warm care taken by Chris and Melissa of Breathe in Life, who accompanied us and participated with us throughout. I couldn't have been better cared for by my own children, who lack the skill and expertise as travel guides of Melissa, Chris, and Jordan, the third partner, who is equally wonderful. I feel so lucky to have had this opportunity and would be more than pleased to share details with anyone who is interested. I can't recommend Breathe in Life highly enough."

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  • Review by Kelly Swan from Saskatoon
    10 out of 10

    "It's difficult to explain the life changing experience that was my journey with Breathe In Life. From the moment I discovered that they were offering a Yoga Teacher Training in Thailand, it was evident that Melissa and Chris have placed careful consideration with a particular attention to detail into every aspect of their trips. They are attentive by nature and highly accommodating to their group members' needs. The resort, where we had the pleasure of spending the month of our training at, was a clear reflection of their attention to detail. The staff were amazing to say the very least, as they learned each group members name within a few days and were always readily available to assist us with any wants or needs and always did so with a warm and friendly smile. The food was some of the most delicious I have had the pleasure of enjoying with plenty of vegan and raw options in addition to the traditional Thai and Indian dishes. The accommodations were comfortable, cozy, and spacious, with lush jungle surroundings and a quiet beach scattered with tiny quartz crystals. The tea temple offered a variety of lectures, books, and readings including astrology, Ayurveda, traditional Chinese medicine, and many more. There's a reason they named this resort The Sanctuary. I could almost write a book about my love, affection, and undying gratitude for our two instructors, Sarah and Jana. These women are unbelievably inspiring and knowledgeable, with open minds and open hearts. Their best interest was always in the personal growth of their students and they were so available to us in so many ways. These women have some of the biggest hearts that are so open, understanding, and accepting that it is infectious and made each student open their hearts in such a similar way. I could continue to swoon over their company, this trip, and my experience or I could simply recommend to everyone seeking an extraordinary, life changing adventure to just sign up; you won't regret it. This, I swear to be true."

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  • Review by Eden Sallenbach from Vancouver, Canada
    10 out of 10

    "My experience on the South India tour with Breathe in Life (BIL) was seriously life-changing. It was so refreshing to be surrounded by people with the same mentality around health and wellness, and I felt like every day I woke up feeling so positive and worry-free. The guides organized everything from flights and all other means of transportation, to comfortable accommodations, to amazing yoga sessions, while making sure to not plan too too much so that each member of the group had quite a bit of control over what activities we wanted to take part in. It was comforting knowing that I didn’t have to worry about getting from one place to the next, while having the freedom to choose and create my own experiences."

    "I was blown away by the places that we visited on the tour and the amount of time that we stayed in each city and town was perfect. Although we covered a lot of ground, I never felt like we were constantly on the move, which allowed me to fully enjoy what each area had to offer. I was able to get a real taste of India’s wonderful culture, enjoy great meals at my leisure, and soak up the sun on the beautiful beaches, among many other things. The guides at BIL were all so great at recommending restaurants to try, sites to see, yoga classes to attend, etc., and I was never disappointed."

    "I have been back home for over a month now and I am still constantly raving about this trip to anyone and everyone. There was a perfect balance of group time, free time, yoga and meditation, and culture-seeking adventures, but it really was the people of BIL who made this experience what it was for me. I will most definitely be looking into doing another tour or retreat with Melissa, Chris, and Jordan in the future.""

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  • Review by Steph Davies from Edmonton, Canada

    "I have done a lot of group travel. Like, a lot. I have always been an independent person who seriously enjoys the company of other people. So group travel is a great option and I've had some amazing experiences doing it. I've also had some not so great group travel experiences where I felt ripped off and like a child being babysat. I went on the 20-day north India BIL trip. I have never felt so taken care of while having as much freedom as I desired. I went on my BIL trip fresh off a different not so great group travel trip, but even though I felt I may be starting to grow out of this type of travel, I knew I was in safe hands with Melissa and Chris (and Jordon once I met him!) before our journey even began. They thought of everything, and not just in a "we have buses booked and days planned" kind of way, in a "we chose companies and activities that align with our values" kind of way. It was such a significant touch I've never had with another company. They provided direction when we needed it, and we did; it was India, we needed it!) they gave us blunt and honest advice, inspiration to get into the culture and experiences, pieced things back together for us when our groups plans didn't work out how we had anticipated, surprised us here and there with amazing little extras and experiences, and supported us when we expressed interest in something and needed some help to get it done. They gave us freedom as well: time to wander and discover, encouragement to find our own new great things and share it with everyone else, and support for our ideas that we came up with on our own. It was the most perfect combination of freedom and comfort; stress free, without feeling confined. With BIL, I knew every dollar of that trip was going to an amazing experience. I knew they booked great quality accommodations and transportation, and figured out any of the wrinkles that we ran into (like missing baggage, just as an example). I trusted their opinions and guidance and had such an amazing experiences because of their knowledge! I had space to create my own experience within the organized trip. I've traveled enough to know I don't need a baby sitter but I like having a bit of guidance and 15 new friends to take it all in with. These guys have been in the travel industry so long that they have it down to an art and they share their beautiful knowledge with you in the most relaxed and loving way. Anyone on any of their trips knows how lucky they are to have traveled with them and if you haven't, it is definitely time to fix that!"

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Arrival: Friday February 17, 2017
Departure: Wednesday March 8, 2017

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