7 Days Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Varkala, India

  • Sharangati Yogahaus, Thiruvambadi Rd, Varkala, Kerala 695141, India

Yoga and Meditation Retreat in India

Spend a superb time along yoga and meditation in India. Find serenity and peace enjoying daily yoga classes next to beautiful gardens and one of the most mystical beaches around the world: Varkala. Known for its cliffs, adjacent both to the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea, Varkala has washed away sins through centuries, and offered the travelers spas, spouts, and astonishing sunsets both for leisure and religious reasons. Plunge yourself into this once in a lifetime experience!

Highlights

  • Daily asana classes
  • Daily yoga and meditation sessions
  • Astonishing scenery next to Varkala beach
  • Quiet surroundings, ideal for yoga and meditation
  • Daily breakfast, tea and Kerala style lunch
  • Beautiful and spacious yoga garden
  • Daily accommodation
  • 7 days with instruction
  • German, Hindi, Malayalam, English
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The two houses at Sharanagati, with a total of ten rooms, are very clean and comfortable. One is a charming, old style Keralan home, very cozy. The other one is a new-built Keralan-style house. All rooms are private, unless you bring a friend to share the room with. They are quiet, have mosquito nets, and ensuite bathrooms.

The rooms are allocated on a "first come first served" basis. You will love the friendliness and kindness of the staff, who prepare delicious meals and keep the rooms and gardens in excellent condition, for you to find peace and tranquility!

Yoga Garden

Sharanagati Yogahaus is set in a beautiful, luscious, very natural and spacious garden, an exclusive sanctuary in which to relax in the shade, and completely unwind. This is an ideal place for you to spend a relaxing Yoga Vacation. Banana, papaya and mango trees grow here, and their fruits are eaten at breakfast, when in season. There is a vast variety of birds and butterflies visiting the premises, daily. All kinds of other animals have found a wonderful playground and will enchant you with their cute presence. There are many cozy corners, for you to just BE. Relaxing in a hammock for a little nap, reading a good book, or finding a quiet spot for yourself to meditate are among the guest's preferred activities.

The tea house has become a popular place to be with other students, for a cup of tea, fun and laughter, and many interesting conversations!

Sharanagati Yogahaus, your authentic Yoga Retreat in Varkala, is a perfect place to spend your time in Kerala. Located in a very quiet part of Varkala Beach and surrounded by natural gardens, it is very peaceful and calm. Just what you are looking for in a relaxing Yoga retreat. Letting go of all responsibilities created for this lifetime, and peacefully surrender to a rejuvenating and healing break.

The Yoga retreat will be limited to a maximum of 15 people, and often there are less. There are no drop in classes, as the retreat is for residential students only. Cell phones or computers will not be used on the premises, to keep yourselves away from distractions that you are often not aware of anymore, in your daily lives. You will feel the difference in energy the minute you walk in. The team at Sharanagati Yogahaus is looking forward to you having a wonderful, relaxing and well deserved Yoga Holiday, at their venue.

Daily Schedule

  • 07.00 Pranayama
  • 07.30 Vipassana meditation
  • 08.00 Asana class (2 hours)
  • 10.00 Breakfast and tea
  • 13.30 Kerala style lunch
  • 16.00 Asana class (1.5 hours)

Yoga Asanas

Over the last 7 years, Sharanagati has created a wonderful, calm and very natural environment to practice yoga asanas, pranayama, and meditation, at their venue, in Kerala. Their Asana practice is based on Sivananda Yoga, presented in a very relaxing and meditative way. Hari spent 3 years with the Sivananda organisation, in California, Canada and India.

Asanas provide a gentle stretching that acts to lubricate the joints, muscles and ligaments, tendons, and other parts of the body. The inner organs will be well balanced. Asanas help to tone the nervous system, improve circulation, release tension increase flexibility, give you an overall well-being and most important prepare you for pranayama and meditation.

Practicing asanas regularly will help you to look at your habits and behavior patterns in a healthier manner. For the yogi of the 21th century a thorough understanding of complete relaxation is far more important than an overly flexible body.

The main goal of Sharanagati's team is to have you take home a practice you can integrate into your daily life.

Hari's teaching clearly reflects his background in Buddhist meditation, as he emphasizes strongly on the breathing, and gives a lot of space for the individual, during class. The awareness and calmness he brings to his yoga class is well appreciated by his students.

Pranayama

Prana means breath, respiration, life, vitality. Ayama means stretch, expansion, length, regulation, restraint, control. Pranayama is a technique to make the respiratory organs move and expand intentionally and intensively. It consists of inhalation (puraka), exhalation (rechaka) and retention of breath (kumbaka).

Puraka stimulates the system, rechaka removes stale air and toxins, kumbaka distributes the energy throughout the body. There is external and internal retention.

For the beginner, pranayama should be guided by a qualified teacher. The team feels comfortable to guide you, and prepare you for your practice in your day to day life. The regulated breathing purifies mind and body, and helps the mind to concentrate and prepare for meditation.

The daily morning pranayama practice is a combination of techniques that are simple and easy to understand, and Sharanagati's team ensures to teach it to you in a step by step approach.

Vipassana Meditation

Vipassana, which means 'to see things as they really are', is one of India's most ancient technique of meditation. It was taught in India more than 2500 years ago, by the Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama. The word Buddha means 'awakened one'.

Vipassana meditation is a logical process of mental purification through self-observation. At times, we all experience agitation, frustration and disharmony. Instead of taking 'our moods' out to the world, we simply listen to it as the silent observer. Step by step learning about our true nature, not getting upset, but deeply understanding it and bringing the right attitude to it. Understanding the role of our ego will lead us to see things as they really are, without taking them for 'to personal'.

The highest goal of Vipassana is to be fully liberated from all mental defilement. Hari learned Vipassana meditation, thoroughly, at the Abhayagiri Monastery, where he spent one year in the forest as an Anagarika. His approach is very clear and easily understood by his students.

Sharanagati Yogahaus is ideally located in Thiruvambadi, the north end of the Varkala Cliff, only a few minutes away from the Arabian Sea. You will be delighted by the peaceful atmosphere and close location to beautiful beaches. Black beach is less than a 5 minute walk, Papanasam Beach less then 10 minutes walking distance. The Varkala Cliff, with its' restaurants (wifi) and shops is easy to get to. It is a short rickshaw ride away from beautiful temples and towns where you can experience Indian culture. At times, morning walks will be organized, along the coastal path that goes north, passing fishing villages and quiet golden sandy beaches, for you to enjoy the beautiful and natural surroundings of the slow-paced life in Kerala.

During the holiday, Sharangati Yogahaus Varkala Kerala will offer daily breakfast, tea and Kerala style lunch.

  • Daily accommodation
  • Daily asana classes
  • Daily breakfast and Kerala style lunch
  • Daily yoga and meditation sessions
  • Tea and juice

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Trivandrum International Airport, Kerala (TRV). From the airport, you may take a taxi (1 hour drive) to Thiruvambadi road. Sharanagati Yogahaus will be on the left side and have a green outside wall.

Arrival by train

The closest train station is Varkala station. From there, you may take a rickshaw to Thiruvambadi Road.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Verified BookYogaRetreats.com reviews

  • Review by Dr. Robert Owen from England
    10 out of 10

    "My visit to Yogahaus exceeded my expectations. The accommodation was first class and breakfast and lunch was very good. Hari is a great teacher and even though I have been practicing yoga for over 15 years I fully experienced the power of the 'breath' for the first time."

    February 29, 2016. BookYogaRetreats.com website, edited, edited

Testimonials

  • Review by Jolly from England
    10 out of 10

    "This was our first time staying at a yoga retreat and we believe we were very lucky to pick the Sharangati Yogahaus. Harri is a wonderful, genuine, unpretentious person and we really enjoyed our time staying with him and practicing yoga. We were there for four days and were amazed at the improvement in our yoga. We quickly slipped into the routine and were so sad when we had to leave. Morning started with breathing and meditation (30 mins of each), followed by 2 hours of yoga. You are then ready for breakfast! We were not really porridge fans before staying at the Yogahaus, but so enjoyed the porridge with mixed fresh fruit and chai. All meals are veggie and the two lovely laddies cooking all the food made beautiful lunches each day. Afternoon yoga practice was 1 hour 30 mins. "

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    "Yogahaus is a great place for both experienced and those new to yoga. Harri emphasizes that everyone should do the postures to the best of their ability (its not a competition!) . As previous reviewers have said, the room is spotless clean and functional. We had a double bed with mosquito net and en-suite bathroom. Your room is cleaned and bed linen changed when ever you want, daily if you so wish, you just need to ask. The house and grounds are very peaceful. The Varkala hilltop with its row of countless restaurants is a few minutes walk away and lots of great options for dinner. There are also lots of shops here selling clothes, bags, jewelry, etc. Would highly recommend Harri and the Yogahaus. We have wonderful memories and hope to return."

    March 2016. Tripadvisor website, edited

  • Review by Mikuna Woodhna from England
    10 out of 10

    "Location was very good, set off the main cliff top strip. Good access to the restaurants and beaches without feeling you're in a busy surrounding. With 4.5 hours of yoga and meditation classes per day there is more than enough for both yoga enthusiasts and relative new comers (like us). Hari also managed to pitch the yoga at different levels and made the whole experience inclusive which isn't always easy to do. With all that activity you work up an appetite and both the breakfast and lunch provided was very delicious and freshly prepared. One thing to note is that one of the bedrooms in the new building doesn't have a balcony and can be quite dark. Luckily after two days we were able to transfer to a room with a balcony and seating area. We recommend requesting one of the rooms with a balcony in advance. Overall a great, relaxing start to our holiday in South India and we would thoroughly recommend. The group yoga classes and communal meals really helped bring everyone together and we met interesting and nice people."

    March 2016. Tripadvisor website, edited

  • Review by Lindsay H
    10 out of 10

    "My mum and I enjoyed a fantastic week with at Sharanagati. There is a minimum stay of three nights which means that you usually bond with your group, helpful for solo travelers.We practiced yoga, meditation and breathing exercises in the morning and yoga again in the afternoon. My mum is a beginner and I have some experience, Hari will make sure everyone is stretched without leaving anyone behind. He has some words of wisdom about everyday life to take away with you - we found this particularly helpful.He also provides a tape of the session so you can practice after you leave. Mealtimes were shared with the group and lunch was always excellent - cooked by the very smiley Sheeba, it was some of the best food we had while staying in Kerala.We also took a walk in the group one morning along the cliff and watched fishermen bring in the nets before having breakfast and pastries in town which was a nice change.The garden is lush and there are several hammocks to while away a few hours. There are two houses to stay in - the traditional and modern house, both are very clean and comfortable.An unforgettable experience, which would be suitable for anyone wanting to practice yoga and have a break from a hectic life. We will be back!."

    Trip Advisor website, edited

  • Review by Kerensa from Great Britain
    10 out of 10

    "Can't recommend Sharanagati Yogahaus enough! It was the perfect retreat I was needing after 2 weeks of travelling around India, and the ideal place for a solo traveler to stay. Hari welcomed everyone to his beautiful home and was a fantastic teacher introducing me to Sivananda Yoga, which was something I had not practiced before. After a week here, I felt so relaxed and refreshed, ready to continue the rest of my journey round India. The food was so delicious and I could have sat out in the garden forever. The week flew by and I wish I had the chance to stay longer, as I was keen to continue improving my yoga. I loved meeting everyone who was staying and I can't wait to plan my return! Thank you Hari : )."

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  • Review by Ohad O
    10 out of 10

    "Everything was wonderful in this house. The yoga practice- helped us to relax and it was a great yoga lessens. We are continue doing yoga now with the tape that Harry send us. The food- was so good! The room- was clean and beautiful, comfortable and with a nice energy. The garden- was magical, a place to sit and drink tea or just rest and relax.We felt like its our home with a warm hospitality from every one.To make a long story short you must come and visit, it's the best place in Varkala.Thank you Harry for a great time.."

    Trip Advisor website, edited

  • Review by Patricie from Great Britain
    10 out of 10

    "I didn't know what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprise with a beautiful settings of peaceful garden and other surrounding area just off the cliff of Varkala. Hari Is amazing teacher and loveliest person ever. Daily classes include meditation, pranayama and yoga. The food was absolutely delicious! A great place to meet other solo travelers and likeminded people. I can't wait to come back again! Highly recommended!."

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  • Review by Phoebe from Great Britain
    10 out of 10

    "I stayed here for 3 nights with three friends and wish that we could have stayed far longer. As soon as we arrived we felt completely welcome. We were immediately served a delicious vegetarian lunch, cooked by Sheba, and got to know the host and yogi Hari.A stay here has many aspects to it. Firstly the accommodation itself is great. The rooms were completely clean and very comfortable, including a spotless bathroom. The breakfast of fresh fruit and delicious porridge is just what you fancy after the yoga and meditation, and the chai is plentiful. We would read books in between the morning class, lunch and the afternoon class in a hammock in the lovely garden. Truly relaxing.Secondly the yoga and meditation instruction was amazing. We were all new to both yoga and meditation but through patient and caring teaching from Hari I was able to get so much out of the sessions. I plan to continue at home at hope that Hari will organize another retreat next time he is in London.Lastly meeting Hari was an experience in itself and was what made the stay. We were able to get to know him over the time we spent together and hear his incredible stories and what he had learnt from them. He is a warm, generous man and full of an unassuming gentle wisdom. The experience made me look differently and more calmly at the busy life I lead and I know his advice will stay with me.Thank you so much Hari, I wish we could have stayed longer.."

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  • Review by Audone from US
    10 out of 10

    "This was my first yoga retreat, and I savored every moment. Hari is a warm and caring instructor, interested in making sure that you get the most out of the Shivananda practice. I would call it simple but mind-full yoga. Perfect. Hari does the most beautiful chants before and after the practice and I still hear his beautiful voice in my head. Sheba makes a simple breakfast in the morning and a tasty veggie lunch. Wonderful experience; but too short and a bit too hot."

    February 2015. Trip Advisor website, edited

  • Review by Pru W. from Great Britain
    10 out of 10

    "In these reviews I already said all I could think of and more, but I will add that you can trust every positive and complimentary word that has been said. I went to Sharanagati on my own, and I had the most amazing stay there. Hari was so warm and welcoming, down to earth and genuine a yogi as you will ever meet: especially without all the pretence! My friends questioned why I would choose to go to a German yoga teacher while I was in India, and my answer to that is because I trusted my instinct and it was right. Hari is a brilliant teacher, with the perfect balance of discipline, humor, wisdom, and has truly inspired me to practice yoga on a daily basis. If you ask me, hes more Indian than German anyway. Thank you Hari!"

    January 2015. Trip Advisor website, edited

  • Review by Clare Q. from Ireland
    10 out of 10

    "I had the most fantastic 2 weeks stay in Sharanagati; over Christmas and New Year. It's a really special place with some of the best features of Ashram, but with far more flexibility. Definitely the best food in Varkala just a 5 minutes walk to the beach. Hari is a great host and teacher, and takes great care to provide the right atmosphere. I was travelling by myself and met lots of great people there. The yoga is pitched at just the right level for each individual. All in all, perfect; I can't recommend it enough."

    December 2014. Trip Advisor website, edited

Varkala, India

Sharanagati Yogahaus in Varkala is the perfect place to spend your time in Kerala. Located in a very quiet part of Varkala Beach, we offer yoga and meditation retreats.

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