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9 Days Yoga Retreat Japan

  • Dai Hon Zan Myoshin ji, Kyoto, Japan


Ashtanga Yoga Retreat in Kyoto, Japan

Revel in the calming energy of yoga in the peaceful and beautiful cultural city of Kyoto. Shivani Yoga Center offers a chance to experience yoga practice in Dai Hon Zan Myo Shinji, a temple previously used by Buddhist monks. A place of culture, tradition, lovely zen gardens and enveloped by an aura of stillness. Look forward to morning Ashtanga yoga sessions, yoga meditation chanting, hot spring bath, connecting and sharing. The composed ambiance of Kyoto, paired with the knowledge and experience of well known Ashtanga yoga teacher Govinda, this retreat is an opportunity not be missed.


  • Morning yoga sessions
  • Calming meditation sessions
  • Classes in Japanese style yoga shala
  • 4 afternoon lecture and kirtan by Govinda Kai
  • Relaxing and soothing hot spring baths
  • Daily Japanese breakfast and dinner
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • 9 days with instruction
  • English, Japanese, Turkish
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You will enjoy an authentic Japanese experience as you will be staying in a traditional Japanese temple hotel. Dai Hon Zan Myo Shinji is a temple which used to be for Buddhist monks but is now open for special groups. Comfortable beds are Japanese style on the floor. All rooms are shared rooms as well as the toilets and bathrooms.

06:00 - 08:00 Yoga asana (Ashtanga yoga)

09:00 - 10:00 Brunch/ Lunch

16:00 - 18:00 Chanting / lecture time

19:00 - 21:00 Dinner

You will also have the chance to explore the culture and beauty of Kyoto as some days will be spent on sightseeing as arranged by Shivani Yoga Center.

Govinda Kai

Govinda Kai has been involved in Martial Arts, meditative disciplines and yoga for over 20 years. He spent two years studying Tibetan Buddhism under the tutelage of Sogyal Rinpoche (author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying), and also studied Aikido with some of the foremost instructors in the world.

Govinda is one of the few teachers in the world who received certification to teach the Astanga Vinyasa yoga system directly by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. His quest for truth and purity in the more essential parts of his self and life has taken him all over the world. With over 15 years of temple of Kyoto experience teaching yoga, Govinda Kai has worked with many students in Asia, America and Europe, bringing his passion for the spiritual life and for deep transformation.

Begum Gulderen

Concurrently with her ongoing travels, Begum works as a yoga teacher in Cyprus and India. She is one of North Cyprus leading Vinyasa flow yoga teacher with over 10 years experience and a certified yoga teacher and director of the yoga teacher training school in North Cyprus. She is certified at the Ganesh college of yoga in the USA.

Begum has traveled all over the world, including India, USA, UK, Japan, ndonesia, Turkey where she also trained with well-known yoga teachers such as Kino Mcgreggor, Krantivira, Ganesh Iyer and Melanie Cooper. She has arranged and directed yoga retreats in India, Japan, Turkey and Cyprus along with yoga workshops, angel workshops and thai massage courses. She also has 2 yoga studios in Cyprus including the first yoga studio in North Cyprus, Shivani Life Centre.

Begum is now based in New Delhi, India, and enjoys sharing her teaching with Indians and people of all nations. She is also a certified pilates teacher, feng shui specialist and Thai massage therapist. She thoroughly enjoys teaching yoga, leading workshops, organizing retreats and yoga holidays for everyone and she loves connecting with people and seeing people connecting with others.

Kyoto is full of temples, shrines, gardens and castles. Japans cherry blossoms are famous the world over, but the fall foliage in Kyoto is perhaps even more beautiful. We will guide you on how to see the Autumn Colors in Kyoto at its best. Kyoto has a population close to 1.5 million.

  • Hot spring
  • Garden
  • Yoga shala

Delectable meals for breakfast and dinner will be served. Traditional Japanese and vegetarian delights will complement your stay.

  • 4 Afternoon lecture and kirtan by Govinda Kai
  • 7 Morning yoga classes at Japanese style shala (Yoga toom) by Govinda Kai
  • 8 Nights accommodation at the old temple hotel
  • Evening heated/ hot bath at the hotel
  • Japanese green tea (Available all day)
  • Traditional Japanese breakfast and dinner (Vegetarian)
  • Travel costs, airfare transport to/ from hotel

Arrival by airplane

The closest airport is Osaka International Airport ( ITM ) where direct flights to and from many countries are available. For more information, contact Shivani Yoga Center.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Shivani Yoga Center an inquiry.
  • Review by Patrick from UK
    10 out of 10

    "I had some great yogi time with Begum & Suzie at Cyprus. Swimming in the sea at 6 am, meditation at 6.30 followed by some super Vinyasa flow where Begum challenged each of us to a degree enabling us to reach just that little bit more - I take advantage of her visits whenever possible! "

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  • Review by Ismet from German
    10 out of 10

    "I had unforgettable experience with Begum. Yoga Retreat was located in the Nature, by the beach in Goa, India. I was surrounded by nice friendly group. Thank You Shivani Life Center!"

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  • Review by Sen from UK
    10 out of 10

    "I have travelled to different retreats in many countries. I meet Begum in Cyprus in 2012. I attended her classes regularly. Also a workshop and a retreat in Karpasia in Cyprus. Hand on heart she is the best teacher in my experiences. She gave me the confidence to do a headstand that I will always remember her for! She has a passion to teach. I recommend her immensely."

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  • Review by Zuhal Sevil from Cyprus
    10 out of 10

    "Doing yoga in one of the most amazing and highly spiritual places of the world was a lifetime experience. Something to experience in one's life. I highly recommend it to all yoga lovers."

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  • Review by Albertina Albert from Hungary
    10 out of 10

    "Ashtanga retreat in Kyoto was true and authentic.The temple was a unique location, well thought, a very very simple and purist surrounding but in the same way just beautiful. I appreciate the nearness of Govinda who is for me one of the most authentic Ashtanga yoga teacher. I just loved to be there with him and listen to his talks and his chants. Thank you."

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  • Review by Esra Ayalp from Cyprus
    10 out of 10

    "Attended to both Japan and India Yoga Retreat of Shivani Life Center. Both were fantastic experiences! I loved it so much. Govinda and Begum are both amazing people. Govinda's teachings affected me so much in a good way. I feel like I really needed something like that. Begum was always there at the retreat center if we needed anything. She was lovely. I highly recommend both retreat in this authentic, breathtaking places. Namaste!"

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  • Review by Jelena from Serbia
    10 out of 10

    "It was amazing. I enjoyed every part of it, thank you Shivani Yoga Center!" website, edited

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Shivani Yoga Center, together with Begum Gulderen, organizes yoga retreats, teacher trainings, and holidays around Asia since 2011.

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9 days / 8 nights


Arrival: Wednesday May 24, 2017
Departure: Thursday June 1, 2017

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