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Ashtanga Yoga Retreat in India

KesmaItalia invites you to join in this experiential voyage to Kerala, to practice yoga and experience the traditional Indian culture. You will get a glimpse of the style of life of this country, seeking to approach it in an authentic and respectful manner. The voyage will also focus on rejuvenating your body, mind, and soul through the practice of Ashtanga yoga and Kalaripayattu (the oldest Indian martial art), Ayurveda treatment, traditional Keralan food, meditation, and chanting of mantras.

Meet the instructors

Francesca, Jayachandran, & Tommaso
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  • Daily Ashtanga yoga practices
  • Daily meditations and mantra chants
  • Kalaripayattu practices with Indian masters
  • Ayurveda traditional treatments and massage
  • Daily vegetarian brunch and dinner
  • 10 nights accommodation

Yoga styles

8 days with instruction in Italian
Spoken languages: English, Italian
The maximum participants in the group is 18
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During this retreat, you will be staying at Kappil Paradise Beach Resort. It is a typical guest house on the sea in Kappil, a place that has retained its authenticity and is vastly different from the anonymous resorts of the cliffs. The guest house faces the sea and is about eight kilometers from the more touristy cliffs of Varkala.


This retreat is not a tourist package, but a yoga voyage to India in collaboration with Kesma, the Indian school of the Kalaripayattu master, Jayachandran Nair. KesmaItalia will accompany you on this journey, making the knowledge of the area and experience with the local environment available to you. The focus of the journey is yoga practice, but there will also be free time to visit local places, receive Ayurvedic massage, and relax in front of the sea.

Daily schedule

3/4 January 2018

Arrival in Paradise Beach Resort. Upon arrival, you are free to relax and familiarize yourself with the area.

4 January 2018

  • Today, there will be an opening traditional ceremony. Ayurvedic Massage in a traditional Ayurvedic house

January 5-12

Ashtanga and kalarippayattu workshop. The typical day will start with morning mantra songs and meditation, walking in nature, and a morning yoga session (Ashtanga Vinyasa). Afterwards, you will have brunch followed by free time from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00. p.m. In the evening, at 5:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m., you will have a Kalaripayattu (most ancient Indian martial arts) session with Indian master, Jayachandran Nair, or an Ashtanga yoga in depth class. You will end your day with a sunset meditation session.

January 12

End of workshop. After the morning practice, visit Varkala Ancient Temple.

January 13

Last day for shopping, relax, massage and mini-tour in the area

Included excursions

  • Excursion to a traditional Kalari with typical Indian dinner and Kalaripayattu performance
  • Visit to the local temple of Varkala, an enchanting ancient building where you can feel the spirituality of Indian culture


Francesca Deias
Francesca is an Ayurveda therapist and direct student of master Jayachandran Nair. She had a theater training at the Theater of Contradiction in Milan with a degree in theater history. She has worked in association with many organizations and works as an artist in some creations.
Jayachandran Nair
Jayachandran is a Kalaripayattu master. In August 1993, he was awarded the certificate of merit for best Kalaripayattu expert by Kalari Dekshina Marma Thiruni Kerala Association. Ever since, he has worked as Kalari master with the Indian group Milon Mela, directed by Abani Biswas (in collaboration with J. Grotowski in the Springs Theatre), with whom he traveled throughout Europe for performances and workshops. In 2003, he opened his own school at Trivandrum, Kerala School of Martial Art.
Tommaso Valentini
World Yoga Alliance (Ashtanga Yoga)
abhinjaya Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Ashtanga Yoga)
Tommaso Valentini is a performer, Ashtanga yoga teacher, and Kalarippayattu artist. He is a direct student of Indian master Jayachandran Nair at Kerala School of Martial Arts, Trivandrum. He began studying in 2004 in India, where he stayed for very long periods by practicing daily at the master's school. In 2008, he was awarded the master certification. In the same period he starts studying yoga, he has 200 hours YTTC in Ashtanga yoga. He's practiced with international Ashtanga yoga teachers as Kristina Karitinou and Manju Pattabhi Jois. He is qualified to teach two series of Ashtanga.

Retreat location

This retreat will take place in Kappil, Kerala. It is the cradle of Ayurveda, the traditional medicine of India. You will have the possibility of experimenting with regenerative massage using hot, herb-infused oils in a traditional clinic. The seminar will take place in Kappil, a peaceful place on the sea, not far from the more touristy Varkala and the capital city Trivandrum.

Nearby places

  • Trivandrum International Airport (TRV), 55 kilometers
  • Varkala Sivagiri railway station, 7 kilometers

Unique features


  • Massage


  • Beach
  • Dining area
  • Restaurant


  • Bicycle rental
  • Car rental
  • Laundry
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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During the retreat, you will be served daily morning tea and delicious brunch and dinner. The meals will be typical South Indian vegetarian food (mild spices).

The following meals are included:

  • Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

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

  • Vegetarian
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)

During the retreat, there will be free weekend, which you can use to organize an excursion to explore surroundings. KesmaItalia can help you organize the excursions, such as backwaters tours, a visit to Amritapuri ashram or Trivandrum city, and more.

Spa treatments

You will have a traditional Ayurveda treatment and massage with warm herbal oil or herbal powder, depending on the prescription.

What's included

  • 1 Ayurvedic massage
  • 10 nights accommodation and meals (vegetarian brunch and dinner)
  • Kalaripayattu class with Jayachandran Nair
  • Pick up from Trivandrum International Airport (TRV) to Kappil Paradise Beach Resort
  • Ashtanga yoga workshops

What's not included

  • Airline ticket
  • Everything is not included in the "what is included" list
  • Medical insurance
  • Optional excursions
  • Visa

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Trivandrum International Airport (TRV). Transfer from the airport to Kappil Paradise Beach Resort is included (only for arrival on 3/4 January 2018). KesmaItalia will send a shared taxi to reach the resort.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 90 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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