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Unique and Authentic Meditation and Yoga Retreat 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 various relaxing Ayurvedic massages.

Retreat highlights

  • Two daily yoga sessions
  • Meditation and mantra chanting
  • Yoga philosophy, based on traditional ancient Tantric teachings
  • Noon meditation sessions, exploring different techniques
  • Yogic cooking classes and 2 field trips
  • Three Ayurvedic relaxing massages
  • Two daily vegetarian meals
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

Yoga styles

7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: 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.

Shiva Rishi Yoga at Varkala Cliff Yoga Holiday Program

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.

Included excursions

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.


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.

Retreat location

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 a fruit juice/coconut are included in the package.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Ayurvedic
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)

  • Hilltop meditations
  • Join yogi communities for mantra chanting
  • Mountain-trekking
  • Temple visit

What's included

  • 2 yogi cooking classes
  • 2 field trips
  • 3 days a week of different styles of massage
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Airport pick-up
  • Asanas, pranayama and meditation twice a day
  • Comprehensive yogi guidebook
  • Daily healthy breakfast and vegetarian 'Kerala style' lunch (none or light spicy)
  • Gift consisting in a book of Patanjali Sutras
  • Noon meditation classes
  • Wi-Fi internet connection

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Additional meals and activities
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

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.

Cancellation Policy

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 14 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 14 days before arrival.
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