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8 Days Yoga and Meditation Retreat in Exotic South India

Yoga and Meditation Retreat in South India

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.

Meet the instructors

Ganga
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Highlights

  • Guided meditation sessions
  • Yoga asana and pranayama classes
  • Sightseeing in Auroville and Pondicherry
  • 3 organic vegetarian meals per day
  • Guided nature and beach walks
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Visit to Mahabalipuram

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
Airport transfer available:
Chennai International Airport (US$13 per person)
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Yoga studio

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.

Program

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.

Daily schedule

  • 06:30 - 08:00 Yoga and breathing
  • 08:00 - 08:30 Breakfast
  • 09:00 - 11:00 Meditation, chanting, Ayurvedic counselling upon request
  • 11:15 - 12.15 Theory class on yoga or meditation/philosophy
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • Afternoon: Free time to go for walks, sightseeing and /or exploring Auroville
  • 17:30 Optional yoga class
  • 18:30 Dinner

Included excursions

Sightseeing to Auroville and Pondicherry are included in this trip.

Instructors

Ganga Devi

Retreat location

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.

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

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 following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Yogic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Pondicherry (Puducherry)

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.

Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram)

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.

What's included

  • 1-2 yoga classes per day with Ganga Devi
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All meals organic, vegetarian, water
  • Breathing techniques
  • Morning and evening meditation
  • Morning Serenity walks
  • Optional walks on the beach
  • Philosophy classes
  • Sightseeing of Auroville
  • Sightseeing of Pondicherry

What's not included

  • Any meals and drinks not specified in the inclusions
  • Any portage at airport
  • Hotels tips
  • Mineral water
  • Telephone charges and all items of personal nature
  • Any services not specifically mentioned in the inclusions
  • Excursions
  • Flights and airport transfers
  • Insurance

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

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.

Airport: Chennai International Airport Airport transfer available: Chennai International Airport (US$13 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 70 days before arrival.

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Arrival: Thursday November 14, 2019
Departure: Thursday November 21, 2019

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