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Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered 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!
Sharanagati Yogahaus is the oldest residential yoga retreat in Varkala. They are focused on creating a relaxing environment for retreat guests and so do not offer teacher training or open classes. This helps ensure that you are the main focus of the retreat and that any other participants are also there to share in this unique yoga experience.
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!
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.
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.
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, 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.
Hari has spent more than three years as a teacher at several Sivananda ashrams in Canada, California, and India. He was ordained as an anagarika for one year at the Abhayagiri Monastery in Redwood Valley, California. He opened Sharanagati Yogahaus in Varkala, Kerala, 10 years ago and has been running it since. Hari is a well-experienced and brilliant spiritual master with 30 years of spiritual living behind him.
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.
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During the holiday, Sharanagati Yogahaus Varkala Kerala will offer daily breakfast, tea and Kerala style lunch. Dinner is not provided however, the nearby cliff has many wonderful restaurants. You can try them for a delicious dinner and to support the local community.
Trivandrum International Airport
Transfer available for additional US$28 per person
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. Please inform Sharanagati Yogahaus if you would like them to arrange an airport transfer for you. The cost of the transfer is to be paid to the driver.
The closest train station is Varkala station. From there, you may take a rickshaw to Thiruvambadi Road.
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