7 Days Ayurveda, Meditation and Yoga Retreat in India

  • Shiva Rishi Yoga at Ganesh Palace near Dreams beach resort, Kunnuavilla temple road Kurakanni cliff, Varkala, Kerala 695141, India

Unique and authentic Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Kerala

Immerse yourself in the world of sacred songs and Mantra healing vibration and join Shiva Rishi Yoga at Varkala Cliff for a yoga and healing retreat in Kerala, India. Rejuvenate yourself with yoga healing practice (Asanas), meditation (Pranayama) and with relaxing various ayurvedic massages.


  • Meditation and mantra chanting
  • Morning and evening Vinyasa yoga sessions
  • Yoga philosophy, based on traditional ancient Tantric teachings
  • Noon meditation sessions, exploring different techniques
  • Yogic cooking classes and a spiritual day-trip
  • Three Ayurvedic relaxing massages
  • Three daily vegetarian meals
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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Come and join Shiva Rishi Yoga in their beautiful Ganesha Palace Guesthouse, in the Palm Tree area, relax on the terrace, located near the tropical garden, five minutes from the amazing Varkala cliff and its beaches, restaurants and boutiques.

This program benefits the body and mind by:

  • Removing energy blockages by balancing the chakras and regulating energy distribution throughout the body.
  • Yoga strengthens the body and clears the mind from the inside, you will learn Hatha Vinyasa and Hatha shanti yoga sequence, which you can further continue to practice on your own, afterwards.
  • Massages function as acupuncture for the nadis / nerves from the outside and balance blood circulation and immune system.

The philosophy class is based on the ancient philosophy of yoga, Vedanta teaching, Patanjali Sutras, Shiva Sutras, Bakti yoga, chanting and japa mala (mantra repetition). You will receive a book of Patanjali Sutras as a gift to explore and a support for your spiritual practices of Yoga.

During the noon meditation session, you will be exploring different types of meditation techniques, such as pranayama or breathing exercise, since that is where the relaxation starts and that is how you can unwind from stress.

Shiva Rishi's yoga teacher, Shivaji, will provide body alignment and special attention to everyone, with caring and respect.

Sample daily schedule

  • 06:30 - 07:00 Silent meditation or kriyas
  • 07:00 - 08:30 Yoga asanas practice (Vinyasa flow)
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:30 - 12:00 Pranayama, or meditation, or philosophy class, or relaxation session, or cooking class
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 16:30 - 18:00 Yoga asanas (classical Hatha), or pranayama at the beach, or trip to the mountains or backwaters
  • 18:30 Dinner
  • 19:30 Occasional evening program

This retreat includes two cooking classes where you get to learn how to prepare organic Keralan yogi food.

Please note the afternoon program and times will vary daily depending on the type of activity (excursions, massages, etc). Thus, when there are trips planned, your afternoon schedule will start earlier than 4:30 p.m.

During your stay, you will go on a trip to Golden Island in the backwaters, followed by sunset chanting and meditation, as well as on a trip in the mountains to visit the tea plantations and an elephant farm.

You are always welcome to join (for free) the yogic local community, doing tantric pranayama techniques, mantra chanting, tantric pujas (fire ceremony), Ayurvedic diet, and cooking classes.

This retreat will take place in Varkala Cliff, Kerala, India.

Varkala Beach is situated in 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.

Daily healthy breakfast, along with traditional Kerala lunch and dinner and a fruit juice/coconut are included in the package.

  • Hilltop meditations
  • Join yogi communities for mantra chanting
  • Mountain-trekking
  • Temple visit
  • 2 yogi cooking classes
  • 3 days a week of different styles of massage
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Airport pick-up
  • Asanas, pranayama and meditation twice a day
  • Daily healthy breakfast
  • Daily vegetarian 'Kerala style' lunch and dinner (none or light spice)
  • Gift consisting in a book of Patanjali Sutras
  • Noon meditation classes
  • Spiritual day-trip
  • Wi-Fi internet connection
  • Airfare
  • Additional meals and activities
  • Personal expenses

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at the Trivandrum International Airport (TRV). Kindly advise your flight details to Shiva Rishi Yoga, as the pick-up from the airport is included in the package.

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


  • 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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Varkala, India

Shiva Rishi Yoga is a company that offers courses and yoga retreats with the objective of spreading the message of yoga and helping all participants to live a healthy and harmonious life.

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