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Shreyas Retreat is an initiative of inner challenges, a life coaching company that looks to bring the wisdom of Indian spiritual tradition into our daily existence. The principal ethos of Shreyas is that spirituality and self discovery do not just complement, but are essential in modern life and that yoga is the ideal means to achieve this.
At Shreyas, Ayurvedic processes are administered after a detailed consultation with the resident Ayurvedic doctor, who recommends the suitable combination after an in depth assessment the body's constitution. The proposed set of processes not only eliminate toxins but also enhance your self reliance, strength, energy, vitality, and mental clarity and lead to deep relaxation and a sense of well being.
Shreyas is a boutique retreat situated about 35 km from the center of Bangalore. In design, aesthetics, service, and comfort levels, we have modeled Shreyas on some of the more exclusive and luxurious small hotels in southeast Asia. Spread over 25 acres of landscaped gardens, the architecture, and interiors are a seamless confluence of traditional and the modern tiled roofs, antique doorways, and stone pillars give way to contemporary interiors and state of the art facilities. The principal architect is Pratap Malik & Associates, based in Delhi. We have just 12 rooms spread across 25 acres of coconut plantation, gardens, and paddy fields. A maximum of 25 people are unobtrusively tended to by our carefully trained staff as they go about their daily agendas in complete privacy and quiet.
The poolside cottages with ensuite bathrooms overlook the signature antique pillared entrance, infinity pool and Jacuzzi and the central courtyard of the retreat. The poolside cottages are large, simple but elegantly designed. Open your door and step out to an infinity pool surrounded by flowering frangipani trees, a Jacuzzi, and the central courtyard of the retreat. The one bedroom poolside cottages do not offer twin share
The 3-bedroom cottage enables families and groups of friends travelling together, to spend quality time communing with each other whilst enjoying the luxuries of Shreyas. The cottage has 5 persons in 2 double/twin rooms and 1 single occupancy room, and a large living room, all with ensuite bathrooms. The living room is spacious and airy, with large windows that offer sweeping views of the surrounding greenery.
Yoga classes at Shreyas are based on classical Hatha and Ashtanga asanas, combined with pranayama and pratyahara (internalization) processes. At Shreyas, we aim to demonstrate that yoga can be learnt and practiced by all, irrespective of age, health, and faith. Guests of all levels of experience from beginner to advanced are welcome at Shreyas and yoga classes are customized to suit their requirements.
A day at Shreyas dawns with guests waking to the gentle rustling of the coconut trees, bird song, and the crisp cool breeze. Stepping out of your garden cottages with tented canopies or the poolside cottages, the curving pathways lead to the open air yoga pavilion for your morning group yoga session. The Hatha yoga and Ashtanga Vinyasa sessions, deep relaxation, meditation, and breathing processes practiced at Shreyas are customized to your level of experience, interest, and competence, taking into account the physical ailments. This session is concluded with a morning meditation.
After the morning session, head for the dining room by the pool for breakfast, which includes freshly squeezed juices and fruits, mostly handpicked from our gardens. On cooler days, breakfast is served in the gardens. If you are on a diet recommended by our therapists or one of your own, please do let us know, and we will be glad to be of service.
After breakfast, you are free to follow your own agenda. For those of you who have opted for one of our various packages and retreats, your personalized agenda will guide you to the next activity of the day. If you like to run or walk instead, we have a shady 3 km pathway that meanders through Shreyas sprawling 25 acres.
We offer Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga sessions for experienced practitioners. Ashtanga Vinyasa is a set sequence of postures, practiced in a precise flow (Vinyasa) linked by the breath. The series is mastered one asana at a time, with the student only moving to the next more advanced asana once the last asana has been mastered. Every movement in the series is clearly defined and has been practiced this way for generations. Students are discouraged from making any changes to this sequence, as this set sequence becomes a tool to analyze the body and the mind as we come to the mat and practice the same sequence day after day.
Hatha yoga sees the body as an instrument to master the mind and enable us to attain higher states of consciousness. In Sanskrit, the word "Hatha" is formed from two syllables:
"Ha" means the sun aspect that denotes the active masculine principle.
"Tha" means the moon aspect that denotes the passive intuitive feminine principle.
Yoga comes from the Sanskrit word "yug" which means to "yoke" or to "join". In this context, the sustained practice of Hatha yoga enables the harmonious joining of the sun and moon aspects of our being.
The practice of Hatha yoga aims to purify and harmonize the body by following these processes asana. These postures have been evolved over centuries so that they exercise every muscle, nerve, and gland in the body. Asana brings steadiness and lightness to the body, whilst soothing and calming the nerves. But the most significant purpose of asana practice is to train and discipline the mind.
"Prana" means breath or energy and "Ayama" meaning to lengthen. Pranayama is the science of the breath and connotes extension and control of the breath. These practices will strengthen the respiratory system, soothe the nervous system, and reduce craving. "Dhyana" or meditation refers to the steady flow of concentration where the body, breath, senses, mind, reason, and ego are all integrated.
Almost all psychosomatic disorders are caused by "stress" which is an inability of the body/mind system to cope with the demands made on it, both professionally and in personal life. Whilst western medicine and psychiatry deals with stress with medicine that induces the release of "feel good" hormones, this does not eliminate the problem. Yoga encourages us to deal with stress at the physical (with proper diet and asanas), physiological (with pranayama), mental and intellectual level (with meditation), and is therefore referred to as a holistic healing science.
The root cause of stress lies in our inability to see the world as one unbroken stream of consciousness flowing through everything and everyone. Mistaking ourselves as being separate from the world, we compete with the world for our happiness. We feel that there is a limited pot of happiness and someone else's happiness limits ours and vice versa. Finding that so much of what we seek lies out of our control causes the system to suffer stress disorders.
At Shreyas, we aim to encourage guests to commune with nature (and experience its qualities of generosity, forbearance, patience, and ability to nurture life), eat healthy vegetarian food, practice various yoga processes, and also interact with local school children. All of this makes us connect with nature, both nature outside and within, also put our so called problems in perspective.
The massages at Shreyas are also designed to remove knots of stress out of your muscles. We do not claim that you will be cured of your ailments but can promise you that you will leave with a mindset well on its way to recovery. We have qualified yoga therapists at Shreyas who can tailor the yoga for you. We simply aim to bring you in touch with your forgotten self. There are also classes on yoga philosophy and sessions to see how this can be integrated into your life.
Insomnia can be tackled with Yoga Nidra or deep yogic sleep practices, light meals at night, avoiding intoxicants, and meditation. Back pain can be helped with various yoga postures that help stretch, relax, and strengthen the spine as well breathing and meditation practices.
At Shreyas, guests have an opportunity to spend one hour daily in the herb, agricultural, and rice paddy fields. You are guided by our resident team of farmers to learn more about the various items that are grown in house and activities include harvesting, planting, weeding, and watering the various food and herbs that go into their food and rejuvenation oils.
Our guests have repeatedly told us this is the best part of their stay at Shreyas, an opportunity to use their hands and feet for a fruitful purpose, get closer to nature, and learn from her. It is an immensely therapeutic experience in itself and numerous guests have told us how their stresses just disappeared as they were working in the fields.
There will be several excursions to nearby temples i.e. Shani (Saturn) Temple, Anjaneya (Hanuman) Temple, and Vishnu Temple. Guided day trips to Mysore, Srirangapatna, Bandipur, Belur, Halebedu, Jog falls (highest waterfalls in Asia), Murdeshwar, Coorg, Hampi, and many other interesting places can be arranged on request.
Shreyas Retreat is situated on the outskirts of Bangalore near Nelamangala. There are many historical and spiritual sites in the surrounding areas.
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Meals served at Shreyas are vegetarian and thoughtfully planned to complement the lifestyle you will be experiencing at Shreyas. Indian, European, Mexican, and Oriental cuisine is served at Shreyas. Shreyas is the only member of Relais and Chateaux in the world that serves a purely vegetarian menu and operates on a no alcohol policy.
Guests at Shreyas get a unique opportunity to experience living a yogic lifestyle along with the Shreyas staff, who are all trained in every aspect of yoga. If you choose to, you can learn to cook, work in our organic agricultural garden, and interact with local village school children learning from and teaching to them.
Shreyas offers a wonderful opportunity for guests to get a glimpse into the simple, hardworking lives of the local villagers. And, for those who are interested, exercises in community service and volunteering are arranged at the local village, schools, and orphanages. This may include procuring or collecting vegetables from Shreyas farm, preparing, and serving a meal to children at a local school or orphanage, planting saplings in the village, contributing towards the village school's requirements such as uniforms, stationery, and infrastructure for villages needs like rain water harvesting projects, etc.
If you have booked a massage, scrub, or any beauty treatment, head towards the Rejuvenation Massage Center for our range of massages (Ayurveda, Thai, Balinese, Swedish, or Aromatherapy massages), exotic scrubs (made from ingredients like chocolate, coffee, spices, coconut, and honey) or beauty treatments (like facial, pedicure, or manicure). A qualified Naturopath is available to discuss and choose the massages and scrubs/masks that suit you. You can speak with our qualified therapists for cures for all kinds of physical battle scars you may have picked up over the years, such as back and neck pain, losing or gaining weight, skin related problems, etc. You can end your massage session with a visit to the steam room.
You can opt to swim in the infinity edge 25 meter lap pool or simply sun bathe around it with a book from our extensive library. Those wanting to do something energetic can test your batting skills at our cricket nets against Bola, our professional bowling machine.
Perhaps you would prefer to work out in our gymnasium and follow it up with a swim, outdoor Jacuzzi, and steam. There are beautiful temples, lakes, and forests not too far from the boutique retreat and we can direct or even escort you to them. Picnic lunches can also be arranged on request.
If you would like to learn the sacred chants from our scriptures and delve into the Indian philosophical tradition, you can join the classes at one of the traditional huts by the lawns.
If you are interested in deepening your knowledge and practice of yoga, you are welcome to meet our wellness consultant who would then arrange for a private yoga session for your specific requirement and level of expertise. Depending on your choice of sessions, they can explain the various therapeutic as well as spiritual benefits of all physical postures, breathing techniques, and various meditations.
Some of you may prefer to visit the city of Bangalore and its chic shopping outlets to pick up gifts and other items for yourselves or your loved ones. We can provide the necessary transport with a guide, should you so require. We also offer a pickup service, should you have items sent for alterations, etc.
Abhayanga (traditional Ayurvedic massage)
Shirodhara Ayurveda massage
Choorna pinda sweda massage
Patra pinda sweda Ayurvedic massage
Navarakizhi Ayurvedic massage
Kati vasti Ayurvedic treatment
Janu vasti massage
Uro vasti therapy
Pichu Ayurveda massage
Nasya panchakarma therapy
Netra trapana Ayurvedic treatment
Thalapothichil Ayurvedic treatment
Head and shoulder massage
Crystal salt scrub
Nourishing honey and coconut scrub
Aromatic natural spice scrub
The chocolate indulgence exfoliating scrub
The chocolate indulgence body mask
Invigorating coffee scrub
A stimulating coffee mask
Please contact Shreya Retreat for further information regarding spa treatments.
Flights to Bangalore are available from the US, Europe, and from all major Indian cities. The newly opened Bengaluru International Airport is one hour away from Shreyas.
Airlines: Air France, British Airways, Gulf Air, Jetstar Asia Airways, KLM, Lufthansa, Malaysian Airlines, Royal Nepal Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Emirates, and Sri Lankan Airlines.