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South India is exotic, mysterious and exceedingly rich in culture. It is where this unique yoga and meditation retreat will take place, in the model community Auroville. This retreat is an amazing opportunity for people to experience the awakening, healing and personal transformation. Come away with a powerful practice routine which you can easily integrate once back home. While on the retreat you will gradually be guided to leave all anxieties, worries and neurosis behind and find balance, harmony and gratitude.
Himalayan Yoga Institute's yoga retreat venue is a beautiful villa near the model community Auroville in South India. A long private driveway leads you to the 4500 square feet villa set in grounds of 1.5 acres. The villa is built in the traditional Kerala style using rammed earth. This eco-friendly method of construction results in a structure that is naturally cool throughout the year.
The house has four bedrooms with private bathrooms, a family room, a large kitchen and utility, and an open terrace. The large central courtyard acts as a focal point of the villa allowing in natural light and ventilation. The villa is simply decorated yet has all the comforts of home. The house is sufficiently away from the main road to keep out the noise and ensure almost total silence. Enjoy some of the organically grown fruits and vegetables from the garden with Himalayan Yoga Institute's compliments.
You arrive on the day of the first retreat date (1st of Nov) by 12 noon at Chennai airport, and depart on the last retreat date in the morning by 10 a.m. When you arrive you will have the chance to relax, unwind and recuperate from your travel. In the evening you’ll have a chance to meet others on the retreat over dinner and your yoga retreats' programme will start the following morning.
Sightseeing to Auroville and Pondicherry are included in this trip.
Ganga Devi is a yoga instructor and spiritual teacher and has crafted an exceptional yoga retreat, where your daily practice, will go well beyond the regular asana and pranayama exercises. With her nearly three decades of experience teaching yoga retreats, conferences and yoga teacher training courses, she is an expert in helping students experience a profoundly transformational inner journey, by accessing progressively deeper states of consciousness and the bliss which is inherent in the body.
This retreat will take place in Auroville, Tamil Nadu. Auroville is a model community in South India in the state of Tamil Nadu and partly in the state of Puducherry, a few kilometres inland from the Coromandel Coast, approximately 160 kilometers south of Chennai (previously Madras) and 10 kilometers north of the town of Puducherry (AKA Pondicherry). It’s the international “city for human unity”, founded in 1968, based on the principles of Mother and Sri Aurobindo’s Integral Yoga.
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As part of the yoga retreats package three buffet-style, organic vegetarian meals will be served daily. Some of the produce comes from the villa's own garden. The cuisine is a South-Indian yogic diet, flavourful but not too spicy.
The little town of Pondicherry (or Puducherry in Tamil) is different from any other town in India you may have seen. Its charm is bewitching and it provides a unique fusion of Indian and French architecture. The town was under French colonial rule and this has left an undeniable mark on the city’s architecture and lifestyle.
The venue is about 90 kilometers away from the UNESCO world heritage site, Mamallapuram (also called Mahabalipuram), displaying gorgeous stone carvings and temple structures of great beauty. Mahabalipuram is an ancient historic town and was a bustling seaport during the time of Periplus (1st century CE) and Ptolemy (140 CE). Ancient Indian traders who went to countries of South East Asia sailed from the seaport of Mahabalipuram.
By the 7th century it was a port city of the South Indian dynasty of the Pallavas. It has a group of sanctuaries, which was carved out of rock along the Coromandel coast in the 7th and 8th centuries: Rathas (temples in the form of chariots), Mandapas (cave sanctuaries), giant open-air reliefs such as the famous 'Descent of the Ganges', and the Shore temple, with thousands of sculptures dedicated to Shiva.
You can have a chance to visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site during this retreat. Himalayan Yoga Institute will organize a group transfer from the airport in Chennai on the arrival day (for a small additional fee of 10 GBP - one way). The taxi driver will be instructed to stop in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mahabalipuram, where you will have a chance to view the ancient temples and stone carvings.
Chennai International Airport
Transfer available for additional US$13 per person
Please book your flight to arrive at Chennai International Airport (MAA). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request. Himalayan Yoga Institute will arrange to pick you up from the airport at around 12:00 of the retreat's start date. If your plane arrival doesn’t coincide with their pick up time, they may be able to arrange for an individual pick up from the airport which will cost between 25 EUR and 30 EUR one way. Please inform Himalayan Yoga Institute well in advance so they can arrange for this option.
It is a two and a half-hour drive to the venue and the driver will stop for about one hour in Mahabalipuram for sightseeing, and so your arrival at the venue will be around 16:00 in the afternoon.
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