5 Days Destress Your Mind and Body Yoga Retreat in Gokarna, India

Yoga Retreat in India

Namaste Yoga Farm invites you to join their retreat in India. This retreat offers you the chance to positively influence your physical, mental, and emotional well-being, so you can have a much richer and rewarding experience of yourself, others, and the world around you. So, learn to manage your stress, before it manages you!

Meet the instructors

Lucia
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Highlights

  • Yoga practices
  • 3 days of 1.5-hour teachings
  • Services of certified and professional teacher
  • Complimentary use of bikes to explore the surroundings
  • Use of linen and towels during the retreat
  • 4 nights' accommodation
  • Water and other drinks
  • 4 delicious breakfasts

Skill level

  • Beginner

Yoga styles


3 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: French, German, Hindi, Russian, Spanish, English
The maximum participants in the group is 10
Airport transfer available:
Dabolim Airport (US$80 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Mangalore International Airport (US$125 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Facilities

  • Shopping
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Special menu request
  • Baby sitting
  • Bicycle rental
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet

Namaste Yoga Farm is located in the state of Karnataka on the tropical southwestern side of India, about a three-minute walk to Kudle Beach. Namaste Yoga Farm is famous for its well-known exclusive stay which provides its guests with an optimum comfort and peace. The feel, however, is like a homely and cozy type, with six exclusive rooms that present the perfect environment to do yoga, relax, and enjoy, plus seven eco cottages.

The interior of the place is naturally combined with attractive, elegant decor and quality, positioned near the Arabian Sea on Kudle Beach. Each room here is designed to hold the coastal view and is featured with a private terrace or balcony. The rooms are located far from the noise so you can enjoy a quiet and peaceful environment.

The property is located in an area that has a lot of trees and other greenery around and is highly susceptible to insects and other life forms that inhabit such areas. The property has terrain gradients that need to be taken into consideration for senior and physically challenged guests.

Pets are accepted solely at the discretion of the hotel and, with the exception of guide dogs, are not allowed in public places. Clients and guests are asked to check in advance with the hotel. The client is responsible for controlling the pet and will be liable for any damage, spoilage, or injury however caused by the pet.

Classic cottages

This Namaste Yoga Farm cottage makes an ideal holiday retreat and the perfect base for exploring all the delights of the south coast. Relax and unwind after the beach in this cozy cottage, or enjoy the fresh air and dine in a beach restaurant. Discover the sub-tropical gardens and spend a day at one of the many beaches surrounding this lovely Brahmin town. It is very peaceful.

Classic cottages have a garden view without glass in the wooden frames. Not good to book if you are scared of small animals like geckos, frogs, and ants because they are visiting frequently. This is an outdoor cottage with small critters.

Tree houses

Tree houses are very basic and build on plywood boards. You have a light, electric plug-ins, Wi-Fi (WLAN) connection, roll-out mattress, and a mosquito net. There is a wooden ladder going up. The roof and low side walls are made from coconut leaves and bamboo. Toilets and showers are within a few seconds walk and the chill-out space is just below. Shape and size of the tree house vary because they get rebuild every year because of the monsoon.

Standard rooms

Namaste Yoga Farm's seascape flows into these rooms designed to embrace the coastal view. Simple design and comfortable furnishings allow for nature's tranquility to permeate your personal resort accommodation. Most rooms feature either a private terrace or balcony.

Deluxe rooms

Are you looking for a retreat from your busy lifestyle at a quiet, private hideaway close to the beach? Namaste Yoga Farm's six secluded rooms offer accommodation as an alternative to the motel / hotel experience. With views of the Arabian Sea, this deluxe guesthouse provides guests with outstanding service in a peaceful setting.

Program

Summary

On this retreat, you will be in the present moment, learn how to enjoy things, find your balance, experience the power of silence, discover what aromatherapy can do for you, and enjoy the floating experience. It‘s all a mind game? You will get conscious of the influence of music, colors, and more. This retreat will make you more aware of upcoming stress and find a more relaxed attitude towards the challenges of your everyday life.

This retreat is all about keeping it in check. Some stress in life is normal - and a little stress can help you to feel alert, motivated, focused, energetic, and even excited. Take positive actions to channel this energy effectively and you may find yourself performing better, achieving more, and feeling good.

How stress affects your body

What happens to your body when you are stressed? You all feel stressed from time to time - it’s all part of the emotional ups and downs of life. Stress has many sources. It can come from your environment, from your bodies, or your own thoughts, and how you view the world around you. It is very natural to feel stressed around moments of pressure such as exam time - but you are physiologically designed to deal with stress and react to it.

When you feel under pressure, the nervous system instructs your bodies to release stress hormones including adrenaline, noradrenaline, and cortisol. These produce physiological changes to help you cope with the threat or danger you see to be upon you. This is called the stress response or the fight-or-flight response.

When you are stressed, the respiratory system is immediately affected. You tend to breathe harder and more quickly in an effort to quickly distribute oxygen-rich blood around your body. Although this is not an issue for most of you, it could be a problem for people with asthma who may feel short of breath and struggle to take in enough oxygen. It can also cause quick and shallow breathing, where minimal air is taken in, which can lead to hyperventilation. This is more likely if someone is prone to anxiety and panic attacks.

Stress wreaks havoc on your immune systems. Cortisol released in your bodies suppresses the immune system and inflammatory pathways and you become more susceptible to infections and chronic inflammatory conditions. Your ability to fight off illness is reduced.

The musculoskeletal system is also affected. Your muscles tense up, which is the body’s natural way of protecting yourselves from injury and pain. Repeated muscle tension can cause bodily aches and pains and when it occurs in the shoulders, neck, and head, it may result in tension headaches and migraines.

Stress can lead to migraines. There are cardiovascular effects. When stress is acute (in the moment), heart rate and blood pressure increase, but they return to normal once the acute stress has passed. If acute stress is repeatedly experienced, or if stress becomes chronic (over a long period of time), it can cause damage to blood vessels and arteries. This increases the risk for hypertension, heart attack, or stroke.

The endocrine system also suffers. This system plays an important role in regulating mood, growth and development, tissue function, metabolism, and reproductive processes. Your metabolism is affected.

The hypothalamus is located in the brain and it plays a key role in connecting the endocrine system with the nervous system. Stress signals coming from the hypothalamus trigger the release of stress hormones cortisol and epinephrine, and then blood sugar (glucose) is produced by the liver to provide you with energy to deal with the stressful situation. Most people reabsorb the extra blood sugar when the stress subsides, but for some people, there is an increased risk of diabetes.

Stress can have some unpleasant gastrointestinal effects. You might experience heartburn and acid reflux, especially if you have changed your eating habits to eat more or less or increased your consumption of fatty and sugary foods. The ability of your intestines to absorb nutrients from your food may be reduced. You may experience stomach pain, bloating and nausea, diarrhea, or constipation.

There can be problems with your reproductive systems, too. For men, chronic stress may affect the production of testosterone and sperm. It may even lead to erectile dysfunction or impotence. Women can experience changes in their menstrual cycles and increased premenstrual symptoms.

What happens to your mind when you are stressed? Stress has marked effects on your emotional well-being. It is normal to experience high and low moods in your daily lives, but when you are stressed, you may feel more tired, have mood swings, or feel more irritable than usual.

Stress causes hyperarousal, which means you may have difficulty falling or staying asleep and experience restless nights. This impairs concentration, attention, learning, and memory, all of which are particularly important around exam time. Researchers have linked poor sleep to chronic health problems, depression, and even obesity.

Losing sleep affects your ability to learn. The way that you cope with stress has an additional, indirect effect on your health. Under pressure, people may adopt more harmful habits such as smoking, drinking too much alcohol, or taking drugs to relieve stress. But these behaviors are inappropriate ways to adapt and only lead to more health problems and risks to your personal safety and well-being.

Daily schedule

Day 1

  • 15:00 Arrival and welcome drink
  • 15:30 Free time

Day 2

  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 11:00 De-stress workshop: stress patterns and the art of detachment and how to use meditation techniques in stressful situations
  • 12:30 Free time

Day 3

  • 06:45 Silent meditation walk
  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 11:00 De-stress workshop: the bliss of the present moment (at the end of the class, you will have a floating experience in the ocean)
  • 13:30 Free time

Day 4

  • 09:30 Breakfast and practice
  • 11:00 De-stress workshop: discover which kind of relaxation covers your needs
  • 12:30 Free time

Day 5

  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 12:00 Departure

Notes: There will be in-house yoga teachers and guest teachers. The schedule is subject to change without prior notice.

Instructors

Lucia
Lucia is a psychiatric nurse assistant with 22 years of teaching experience in Hatha yoga. While practicing at the desert of Marocco all alone (spring 2018), she got again deeply impressed by the deprivation of the senses and the infinite experience of her inner peace. After this intense experience, she quit her job at the hospital in summer 2018 for longterm traveling while teaching and practicing yoga worldwide and at Namaste Yoga Farm.

Retreat location

This retreat will take place in Gokarna, India. If you fancy a day off some time after your de-stress retreat, there are some wonderful places to visit around Gokarna. From boat trips to spotting dolphins and kayaking to secret coves, to exploring the coastline by scooter. Drive through picturesque villages to the Yana falls and caves or you can seek out the half-moon beach for a swim.

Gokarna has more than 1,000 temples to be explored with its pristine beaches and breathtaking landscapes. It is a Hindu pilgrimage town in Karnataka and a newly found hub for beach lovers and hippies. Gokarna is not very conventionally touristy. The beaches are meant for a slow, relaxed holiday, and everything on the beach goes at the same relaxed pace.

Full of coconut and palm trees, the ocean and clean sands, Gokarna is a one of its kind place in the country. Nature lovers will enjoy Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary, one of the world's biodiversity hotspots just 90 kilometers north of Gokarna. Whether or not you catch a glimpse of an elusive leopard or a troop of monkeys, the mountainous jungle scenery is spectacular.

Shoppers and souvenir seekers will love the markets in Gokarna, where you can find everything from silk scarves and silver jewelry to sandals, sarongs, and spices. Remember to haggle - it's all part of the experience!

Moreover, Ayurvedic treatments are available from Dr. Ratan Singh, just 200 meters from Namaste Yoga Farm toward Gokarna. The following therapies are offered: Ayurveda, naturopathy, traditional Chinese medicine, and Schuessler Salt and Bio Mineral Salt treatments.

Nearby places:

  • Ayurvedic treatments, 200 meters
  • Gokarna beach - 15 minutes
  • Kudle Beach - three-minute walk
  • Om Beach - 15 minutes

Unique features

Activities

  • Art classes
  • Kayaking
  • Massage
  • Shopping
  • Spa
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis

General

  • Balcony
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga shala
  • Yoga studio

Services

  • ATM / banking
  • Baby sitting
  • Bicycle rental
  • Cell phone rental
  • Currency exchange
  • Free bicycle
  • Free bottled water
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laptop rental
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Medical assistance
  • Mosquito net
  • Newspapers
  • Room cleaning
  • Wireless internet

Food

A healthy breakfast will be served in the morning with the option of sweet or salty such as fruit musli, homemade yogurt, local fruits, idly and dosa's, honey, extra virgin olive oil, tahini, brown German bread, fruit salads, coffee, and tea. Namaste Yoga Farm focuses on health! The food is pure vegetarian but vegan can be an option. They also have homemade tofu, soymilk, and cheese.

Because Namaste Yoga Farm likes homemade foods, they produce tofu, yogurt themselves, and also buy from local families other homemade products like a peanut - cashew butter, cheese, and brown bread. Ingredients are cooked simply to maintain the maximum nutritional value and flavor. Let Namaste Yoga Farm know about any issues with foods you might have and they will do their best to adjust accordingly.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Other dietary requirements on request
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)

  • Chilling aside the fish pond
  • Cycling
  • Exploring coastline by scooter
  • Getting Ayurvedic massage
  • Going on boat trips
  • Going on morning walks and adventure hikes
  • Going to art classes
  • Kayaking tour
  • Playing badminton and beach rackets
  • Playing chess and backgammon board games
  • Sightseeing tours
  • Sunset boating
  • Visiting Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Visiting Half Moon Beach for a swim
  • Visiting Yana falls and caves
  • Watching movies

What's included

  • Yoga practices
  • 3 days of 1.5-hour teachings
  • Services of certified and professional teacher
  • Complimentary use of bikes to explore the surroundings
  • Use of linen and towels
  • Tax (GST) or local service charges
  • 4 nights' accommodation
  • 4 delicious breakfasts
  • Water and other drinks
  • Yoga mats and props

What's not included

  • Tourist visa for India
  • Airfare
  • Health insurance

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Dabolim Airport (GOI) or Mangalore International Airport (IXE).

Airport: Dabolim Airport Airport transfer available: Dabolim Airport (US$80 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Mangalore International Airport Airport transfer available: Mangalore International Airport (US$125 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 55% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 60 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 7 days before arrival.
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Early bird discount

There is an early bird discount of 20 EUR for single occupancy rooms and a 40 EUR discount for double occupancy rooms. Kindly book 2 months ahead of the retreat!

Pricing information

Other available options:

  • 359 EUR for single occupancy in Tree House.
  • 429 EUR for double occupancy in Tree House.
Thursday December 27, 2018
(5 days / 4 nights)

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