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15 Days Yoga Sādhana Yātrā Travel Retreat in India

  • Ganesh Palace, Kunnuavilla temple road, Kurakanni, Varkala, Kerala 695141, India

Meditation and Yoga Retreat India

Join this wonderful yoga retreat to deepen your practice and explore both, the physical and philosophical aspects of yoga. You will experience ancient tantric yoga techniques and meditation practices along with discovering many diverse landscapes of Kerala like its charming jungle or beautiful mountains and tea fields, surrounding Munnar. This program is ideally suited for beginners and students with moderate practice experience.

Highlights

  • 5 Ayurvedic massages
  • 1 day trip to the Golden Island
  • 2 daily yoga or meditation classes
  • Free vegetarian lunch while stay
  • Tantric pranayama practices
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • 15 days with instruction
  • English
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During this retreat, you will stay in a very comfortable twinbed room, private bathroom and balcony, kitchen facility surrounded by a beautiful garden with a large terrace. Ganesha Palace Hotel, ideal location and only 2 minutes from the beach, restaurants and shops. Special requests like air conditioning can be accommodated on request for a small extra charge.

The first week of this 10-day yoga vacation starts at the rooftop studio in Varkala beach where you will have two daily yoga classes, one in the morning and one in the afternoon (either asanas, pranayama, philosophy, or meditation). On day three you will make a spiritual day trip to the Golden Island on a small boat though the backwaters to visit an old Shiva temple and enjoy chanting and meditating on the riverside. As an extension to your yogic studies, you will also relax with five ayurvedic massages, functioning as acupuncture for the nadis and nerves and balance your blood circulation and immune system.

After one week, you will proceed for a three-day trip through the many diverse landscapes of Kerala to the giant tea plantations, surrounding Munnar. This retreat further invites you to experience a yogic lifestyle by joining to the yogic community doing tantric pujas (fire ceremony), and ayurvedic cooking classes. Further this reterat can be extended for another five days round trip from Munnar to Kochi and an overnight houseboat trip to Amma Ashram. More information you can find in "extension options" at the bottom of this page.

One excursion to Munnar and one excursion to the Golden Island by boat are included in this retreat.

  • Siva

    Siva's life is totally dedicated to yoga. He has been practicing yoga for more than 10 years and is sharing his knowledge and techniques in Varkala. As a Swami Satyananda disciple, his fascination for the teachings of Patanjali and his love for yoga practice have changed his life completely. He discovered yoga as a way of living, which is the perfect communion between mind, body, and soul. By placing practice within the context of Indian culture and philosophy, Siva's classes are an ever deepening experience of the true tradition of yoga.

This retreat will be held at Ganesha Palace hotel in Varkala, India. Varkala beach is situated in the south-west India on the Arabian Sea. With its backpacker vibe and various possibilities for Ayurveda yoga and adventure, it attracts numerous travelers of all kind. Varkala is a great place to relax or take long sunset walks on the cliffs through various fishermen villages.

During this retreat, you will be served one daily traditional Keralan lunch.

During your free tine, you may enjoy local activities like bike rental, visit the near beaches and also the rooftop studio and the hotel in Varkala is located to walking distance from the beach, numerous shops, and restaurants.

Five qualitative ayurvedic massages function, which function as acupuncture for the nerves and balance blood circulation and immune system are included in this retreat. You may chose among Ayurvedic, Marmic, or Kalaripayattu style.

  • 1 daily Keralan lunch
  • 1 daily meditation session
  • 1 day trip to the Golden Island
  • 1 spiritual vacation into the jungle and mountains of Munnar
  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • 5 Ayurvedic massages
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Airport transport from Trivandrum International Airport (TRV)
  • Transport provided while traveling through Kerala in an air-conditioned vehicle, taxi, or tempo mini van
  • Additional activities
  • Airfare
  • Daily breakfast and dinner

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Trivandrum International Airport (TRV). The organizer will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Shiva Rishi Yoga at Varkala Cliff an inquiry.

Testimonials

  • Review by Elke Witthuhn
    10 out of 10

    "In November 2015 I spent a great time in Varkala at Shiva-Rishi-Yoga School. For greeting we found some flowers in our nice and clean room. Our Yoga holidays startet with a puja. That gives a nice atmosphere to the group. The yoga lessons were perfectly explained and instructed. Shiva and Philipp did it with a lot of inspiration and enthusiasm. Very interesting were the philosophy classes, where we learned to understand why yoga works like it works. The guys took us through different kinds of Yoga, such as pranajama (breathing), asanas (physical work out), chakra balancing, mantra chanting. The yoga holidays included some trips through South India. We saw a lot of typical Indian life, ate tasty Indian food and heard many storys about Indian philisophy and culture from Shiva. We had a lot of fun by traveling with public buses and trains. The hotels were different, some with high standard, other really local but with a great view over the mountains (Munnar). One of the highlights was the houseboat trip. So at the end I can say, it was a very enriching time for me and I plan to go back to Shiva Rishi Yoga School in Varkala as soon as possible."

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  • Review by Felix Kaltner
    10 out of 10

    "I did a 200hour Yoga Teacher Training with Siva and I really enjoyed the time! Espcially the Philosophy it let me once more understand that yoga is way more than physical exercises. Also I became very flexible, my body relaxed and mind calm. The various kind of breathing techniques balanced my mind to a higher state of concentration for meditation. I recommend Siva as a good teacher and great Yogi, sharing the acient and secred knowledge with us students."

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  • Review by Philipp Meyrahn
    10 out of 10

    "It's been an unique experience to study at shiva rishi yoga school. Siva is a very professional and honest teacher who is devoting all his life to yoga and spirituality. Also Madeleine takes very good care of the guests, staff and hotel which contributes to the lovely atmosphere."

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