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6 Days Ayurvedic Rejuvenation Retreat in India

  • Shreyas Retreat, Santoshima Farm, Gollahalli Gate, Nelamangala, Bangalore 562123, India

Overview

A Lavish Bangalore Ayurvedic Retreat

Ayurveda is an ancient science of life that purifies our body by eliminating toxins. Not only do Ayurvedic processes build immunity, but they also promote health. At Shreyas, these processes are administered after a detailed consultation with the resident Ayurvedic doctor, who recommends the suitable combination after an in depth assessment the body's constitution. The proposed set of processes not only eliminate toxins but also enhance your self reliance, strength, energy, vitality, and mental clarity and lead to deep relaxation and a sense of well being.

Highlights

  • Yoga session twice daily
  • 1 Swedish massage per person
  • 8 personalized Ayurvedic therapies
  • Daily group chanting/sound meditation class
  • 1 personalized pranayama session
  • Daily gourmet vegetarian meals
  • 5 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 5 days with instruction
  • English, Hindi
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Shreyas is a boutique retreat situated about 35 km from the center of Bangalore. In design, aesthetics, service, and comfort levels, we have modeled Shreyas on some of the more exclusive and luxurious small hotels in southeast Asia. Spread over 25 acres of landscaped gardens, the architecture, and interiors are a seamless confluence of traditional and the modern tiled roofs, antique doorways, and stone pillars give way to contemporary interiors and state of the art facilities. The principal architect is Pratap Malik & Associates, based in Delhi. We have just 12 rooms spread across 25 acres of coconut plantation, gardens, and paddy fields. A maximum of 25 people are unobtrusively tended to by our carefully trained staff as they go about their daily agendas in complete privacy and quiet.

Poolside cottages

The poolside cottages with ensuite bathrooms overlook the signature antique pillared entrance, infinity pool and Jacuzzi and the central courtyard of the retreat. The poolside cottages are large, simple but elegantly designed. Open your door and step out to an infinity pool surrounded by flowering frangipani trees, a Jacuzzi, and the central courtyard of the retreat. The one bedroom poolside cottages do not offer twin share

Garden cottages (3 bedrooms)

The 3-bedroom cottage enables families and groups of friends travelling together, to spend quality time communing with each other whilst enjoying the luxuries of Shreyas. The cottage has 5 persons in 2 double/twin rooms and 1 single occupancy room, and a large living room, all with ensuite bathrooms. The living room is spacious and airy, with large windows that offer sweeping views of the surrounding greenery.

Yoga classes at Shreyas are based on classical Hatha and Ashtanga asanas, combined with pranayama and pratyahara (internalization) processes. At Shreyas, we aim to demonstrate that yoga can be learnt and practiced by all, irrespective of age, health, and faith. Guests of all levels of experience from beginner to advanced are welcome at Shreyas and yoga classes are customized to suit their requirements.

Daily overview

A day at Shreyas dawns with guests waking to the gentle rustling of the coconut trees, bird song, and the crisp cool breeze. Stepping out of your garden cottages with tented canopies or the poolside cottages, the curving pathways lead to the open air yoga pavilion for your morning group yoga session. The Hatha yoga and Ashtanga Vinyasa sessions, deep relaxation, meditation, and breathing processes practiced at Shreyas are customized to your level of experience, interest, and competence, taking into account the physical ailments. This session is concluded with a morning meditation.

After the morning session, head for the dining room by the pool for breakfast, which includes freshly squeezed juices and fruits, mostly handpicked from our gardens. On cooler days, breakfast is served in the gardens. If you are on a diet recommended by our therapists or one of your own, please do let us know, and we will be glad to be of service.

After breakfast, you are free to follow your own agenda. For those of you who have opted for one of our various packages and retreats, your personalized agenda will guide you to the next activity of the day. If you like to run or walk instead, we have a shady 3 km pathway that meanders through Shreyas sprawling 25 acres.

Ashtanga yoga

We offer Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga sessions for experienced practitioners. Ashtanga Vinyasa is a set sequence of postures, practiced in a precise flow (Vinyasa) linked by the breath. The series is mastered one asana at a time, with the student only moving to the next more advanced asana once the last asana has been mastered. Every movement in the series is clearly defined and has been practiced this way for generations. Students are discouraged from making any changes to this sequence, as this set sequence becomes a tool to analyze the body and the mind as we come to the mat and practice the same sequence day after day.

Hatha yoga

Hatha yoga sees the body as an instrument to master the mind and enable us to attain higher states of consciousness. In Sanskrit, the word "Hatha" is formed from two syllables:

"Ha" means the sun aspect that denotes the active masculine principle.

"Tha" means the moon aspect that denotes the passive intuitive feminine principle.

Yoga comes from the Sanskrit word "yug" which means to "yoke" or to "join". In this context, the sustained practice of Hatha yoga enables the harmonious joining of the sun and moon aspects of our being.

The practice of Hatha yoga aims to purify and harmonize the body by following these processes asana. These postures have been evolved over centuries so that they exercise every muscle, nerve, and gland in the body. Asana brings steadiness and lightness to the body, whilst soothing and calming the nerves. But the most significant purpose of asana practice is to train and discipline the mind.

Pranayama

"Prana" means breath or energy and "Ayama" meaning to lengthen. Pranayama is the science of the breath and connotes extension and control of the breath. These practices will strengthen the respiratory system, soothe the nervous system, and reduce craving. "Dhyana" or meditation refers to the steady flow of concentration where the body, breath, senses, mind, reason, and ego are all integrated.

Benefits of yoga

Almost all psychosomatic disorders are caused by "stress" which is an inability of the body/mind system to cope with the demands made on it, both professionally and in personal life. Whilst western medicine and psychiatry deals with stress with medicine that induces the release of "feel good" hormones, this does not eliminate the problem. Yoga encourages us to deal with stress at the physical (with proper diet and asanas), physiological (with pranayama), mental and intellectual level (with meditation), and is therefore referred to as a holistic healing science.

The root cause of stress lies in our inability to see the world as one unbroken stream of consciousness flowing through everything and everyone. Mistaking ourselves as being separate from the world, we compete with the world for our happiness. We feel that there is a limited pot of happiness and someone else's happiness limits ours and vice versa. Finding that so much of what we seek lies out of our control causes the system to suffer stress disorders.

At Shreyas, we aim to encourage guests to commune with nature (and experience its qualities of generosity, forbearance, patience, and ability to nurture life), eat healthy vegetarian food, practice various yoga processes, and also interact with local school children. All of this makes us connect with nature, both nature outside and within, also put our so called problems in perspective.

The massages at Shreyas are also designed to remove knots of stress out of your muscles. We do not claim that you will be cured of your ailments, but can promise you that you will leave with a mindset well on its way to recovery. We have qualified yoga therapists at Shreyas who can tailor the yoga for you. We simply aim to bring you in touch with your forgotten self. There are also classes on yoga philosophy and sessions to see how this can be integrated into your life.

Insomnia can be tackled with Yoga Nidra or deep yogic sleep practices, light meals at night, avoiding intoxicants, and meditation. Back pain can be helped with various yoga postures that help stretch, relax, and strengthen the spine as well breathing and meditation practices.

Shreyas Retreat is situated on the outskirts of Bangalore near Nelamangala. There are many historical and spiritual sites in the surrounding areas.

Distances

  • Bangalore International Airport, 50 minutes
  • Bangalore city center, 1 hours
Activities
  • Massage
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Steam room
  • Swimming pool
General
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
Services
  • Free! WiFi
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Room cleaning
  • Tour assistance

Meals served at Shreyas are vegetarian and thoughtfully planned to complement the lifestyle you will be experiencing at Shreyas. Indian, European, Mexican, and Oriental cuisine is served at Shreyas. Shreyas is the only member of Relais and Chateaux in the world that serves a purely vegetarian menu and operates on a no alcohol policy.

Guests at Shreyas get a unique opportunity to experience living a yogic lifestyle along with the Shreyas staff, who are all trained in every aspect of yoga. If you choose to, you can learn to cook, work in our organic agricultural garden, and interact with local village school children learning from and teaching to them.

Shreyas offers a wonderful opportunity for guests to get a glimpse into the simple, hardworking lives of the local villagers. And, for those who are interested, exercises in community service and volunteering are arranged at the local village, schools, and orphanages. This may include procuring or collecting vegetables from Shreyas farm, preparing and serving a meal to children at a local school or orphanage, planting saplings in the village, contributing towards the village school's requirements such as uniforms, stationery, and infrastructure for villages needs like rain water harvesting projects, etc.

If you have booked a massage, scrub, or any beauty treatment, head towards the Rejuvenation Massage Center for our range of massages (Ayurveda, Thai, Balinese, Swedish, or aromatherapy massages), exotic scrubs (made from ingredients like chocolate, coffee, spices, coconut, and honey) or beauty treatments (like facial, pedicure, or manicure). A qualified Naturopath is available to discuss and choose the massages and scrubs/masks that suit you.

You can speak with our qualified therapists for cures for all kinds of physical battle scars you may have picked up over the years, such as back and neck pain, losing or gaining weight, skin related problems, etc. You can end your massage session with a visit to the steam room.

You can opt to swim in the infinity edge 25 meter lap pool or simply sun bathe around it with a book from our extensive library. Those wanting to do something energetic can test your batting skills at our cricket nets against Bola, our professional bowling machine.

Perhaps you would prefer to work out in our gymnasium and follow it up with a swim, outdoor Jacuzzi, and steam. There are beautiful temples, lakes, and forests not too far from the boutique retreat and we can direct or even escort you to them. Picnic lunches can also be arranged on request.

If you would like to learn the sacred chants from our scriptures and delve into the Indian philosophical tradition, you can join the classes at one of the traditional huts by the lawns.

If you are interested in deepening your knowledge and practice of yoga, you are welcome to meet our wellness consultant who would then arrange for a private yoga session for your specific requirement and level of expertise. Depending on your choice of sessions, they can explain the various therapeutic as well as spiritual benefits of all physical postures, breathing techniques, and various meditations.

Some of you may prefer to visit the city of Bangalore and its chic shopping outlets to pick up gifts and other items for yourselves or your loved ones. We can provide the necessary transport with a guide, should you so require. We also offer a pickup service, should you have items sent for alterations, etc.

Abhayanga (traditional Ayurvedic massage)

Shirodhara Ayurveda massage

Udwarthanam massage

Sarvangadhara massage

Choorna pinda sweda massage

Patra pinda sweda Ayurvedic massage

Navarakizhi Ayurvedic massage

Kati vasti Ayurvedic treatment

Janu vasti massage

Uro vasti therapy

Pichu Ayurveda massage

Nasya panchakarma therapy

Netra trapana Ayurvedic treatment

Thalapothichil Ayurvedic treatment

Head and shoulder massage

Back massage

Balinese massage

Thai massage

Swedish massage

Aromatherapy massage

Crystal salt scrub

Nourishing honey and coconut scrub

Aromatic natural spice scrub

Javanese lulur

The chocolate indulgence exfoliating scrub

The chocolate indulgence body mask

Invigorating coffee scrub

A stimulating coffee mask

Please contact Shreya Retreat for further information regarding spa treatments.

  • 2 Ayurvedic and wellness consultations (45 minutes)
  • 8 personalized Ayurvedic therapies per person (60 minutes)
  • 1 Swedish massage per person (60 minutes)
  • 1 personalized yoga session per room (60 minutes)
  • 1 personalized pranayama session (60 minutes)
  • 1 personalized meditation/Yoga Nidra session per room (60 minutes)
  • 2 personalized yogic kriya, Jala neti/Vaman Dhauti (15 minutes)
  • 1 personalized inputs on Ayurveda and wellbeing (45 minutes)
  • 1 session on integrating yoga into daily life (45 minutes)
  • Nature based exercises
  • Airport transfers
  • Gourmet vegetarian meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) served in the dining area.
  • Yoga session twice daily
  • Daily group chanting/ sound meditation class
  • Use of all recreational facilities i.e. swimming pool, Jacuzzi, steam bath, gym, cricket nets, library, and opportunity to watch one movie per day in home theatre along with other guests.

Arrival by airplane

Flights to Bangalore are available from the US, Europe, and from all major Indian cities. The newly opened Bengaluru International Airport is one hour away from Shreyas.

Airlines: Air France, British Airways, Gulf Air, Jetstar Asia Airways, KLM, Lufthansa, Malaysian Airlines, Royal Nepal Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Emirates, and Sri Lankan Airlines.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Shreyas Retreat an inquiry.
  • Review by Barbara from UK
    10 out of 10

    "To all the wonderful people who make up Shreyas team, I want to say thank you once again for a perfect stay here – it has simply been divine, peaceful, restorative and even my great 1-2-1 sessions with Ramakant (nicknamed death by abdomen!) had their moments of complete bliss! I have been here so many times and I have never been disappointed. I am already looking forward to next year and being met at the airport by Ponnappa’s wonderful welcome smile! A very special thank you to the chef for creating such wonderful meals – all served with extreme care and respect by Santosh and his brilliant team – Neelkamal, Dinesh and Rabin, all looked after me so sensitively during my 5 days silence. With love to you all."

    February, 2016, Shreyas Retreat website, edited

  • Review by Seda from Istanbul, Turkey
    10 out of 10

    "Dear Shreyas, it was an amazing week for me; the food, the people, the nature ‘’everything’’ was perfect. I will definitely come back soon. I would like to share this magical place with my friends. Thank you. Stay with love."

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  • Review by Laura from USA
    10 out of 10

    "This is my second visit to Shreyas. I’ll be back again. As far as I am concerned that is all that needs to be said!:))"

    February, 2016, Shreyas Retreat website, edited

  • Review by Jane from London, UK
    10 out of 10

    "By luck I found Shreyas: the magazine article; the weekend of 13.2 googling; the e-visa sought on 14.2 and got on 15.2; Shreyas’ last week before it became full! I thank my luck. Shreyas and the people who work here have made it an Outstanding First Yoga Retreat in India. My goal is to be happy and healthy; Shreyas, its staff and its outstanding yoga teachers helped me achieve that. Many guests have been several times before. I understand why! Thank you Shreyas, yours."

    February, 2016, Shreyas Retreat website, edited

  • Review by Lisa H from Dubai, United Arab Emirates
    10 out of 10

    "My 17 year old daughter and I love yoga, nature, and vegetarian cuisine. Shreyas provided all of that and more. The staff is friendly and professional and always available to meet our needs. We already look forward to returning."

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  • Review by Jodie J from Broadbeach, Australia
    10 out of 10

    "After much research I was led to Shreyas for my first Indian experience - I was apprehensive and unsure of what to expect - like many others I arrived in darkness and left in darkness. I was transported to another world, greeted by the amazingly humble generous Mani - fed delicious food - massaged by the gorgeous Avidya and Shobha - Yoga'd and inspired by the wonderful Rita and Rumakan - Mediation with Bala a highlight - I cooked - I breathed - I did it all...City tour - Orphanage...Thank you Rushka and the doctors...I am back in Australia now feeling a little lighter for my experience - and I will return - absolutely!"

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  • Review by Alash Y from Dubai, United Arab Emirates
    10 out of 10

    "4 days in September. Beautiful property, very comfortable and large cottages, knowledgeable staff who are able to customize your daily schedule and a great kitchen...I'm a basic yoga level and was still able to take a lot of lessons in...the key is to take a bit of Shreyas back home with you and it helps that they gave me a yoga instruction book on the way back...highly recommended for those looking for some quiet and physical rejuvenation."

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  • Review by a traveller from Sydney, Australia
    10 out of 10

    "I have to be honest here, my ideal holiday usually involves sipping cocktails poolside whilst soaking up the local culture, however, it is official, I can have a truly brilliant time without all of these trimmings.Shreyas is an experience to be savoured.The morning yoga sessions in the outdoor pavillion seemed to set the tone of my days (even though I was reluctant to rise at 6.30). So much has already been said about the gorgeous staff and delicious food yet I would also like to thank my fellow travellers for sharing their humour, their kindness and their genuine passion for learning new things. Initially I dreaded the idea of spending all meal times with strangers but conversation flowed naturally as we discussed our daily treatments and sessions.Shreyas is a beautiful cocoon that nourishes your spirit, your body and your mind. After your experience here you can venture into the brilliant, vibrant and chaotic India, renewed and refreshed. Thank you Shreyas.rdquo;"

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  • Review by Pritty C from Luton, United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "I was quite apprehensive before arriving at Shreya's as I'd never been to a yoga retreat before. But I was treated like a princess from the moment arrived! 99The staff were really helpful, discreet and genuine and treated you as an individual and not just another guest. Many of them spent a lot of time with me which I'm sure was beyond what was expected of them. Staff pay a lot of attention to detail and the place is immaculately clean throughout.The yoga and meditation was very authentic and has had a profound effect on my life since Ive returned from there as I now practice it at home. The retreat provides the perfect atmosphere to be alone and self-reflect but there is always staff around should you need any support. I, personally, learnt a great deal on how to progress in life with a balanced approach. I also had yoga nidra, chakra meditation and candle meditation sessions which I felt helped my wellbeing and happiness. The massages and scrub that I had at the spa were also wonderful.The food was absolutely delicious and varied. The chefs would also cater to your individual needs and tastes. The chefs prepare the food in a very loving way and that comes through in the taste of the food.The retreat is unique in that its closely linked with the Santoshima temple and an orphanage which allows you to have the option of visiting and getting involved at any time.999After my time at Shreyas, I feel that I am a different, happier and healthier person. I feel that I should now go back every year to rejuvenate myself and get a spiritual and wellbeing boost.Thank you to everyone at Shreyas for such a beautiful experience.rdquo;"

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  • Review by Williams from Blue Mountains, Canada
    10 out of 10

    "I could not be happier with this experience. Everything was perfect. From the staff to the meals served. The care that was taken into making us feel welcome was top notch. I look forward to getting back there one day.rdquo;"

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  • Review by a traveller from Barcelona, Spain
    10 out of 10

    "What really makes this place so special, is not the swimming pool or the beautiful tents, but the people who works in it. Thank you for a wonderful stay. I am looking forward to coming back as soon as possible!rdquo;"

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  • Review by a traveler from London UK
    10 out of 10

    "I have just returned from a week at Shreyas and cannot praise it highly enough. The stand out features are the warmth and efficiency of the staff. It is very rare to find staff so motivated and helpful -from the manager to the cleaners. Nothing was too much trouble. Everything was done with charm and a smile. Aside from that the place is beautiful, the food delicious and the yoga beautifully taught. It is a very special place indeed!"

    November 18. 2015. Tripadvisor website, edited

  • Review by Prutha from Dubai, United Arab Emirates
    10 out of 10

    "My husband and I stayed at Shreyas Retreat last month. We had booked 5 nights Ayurvedic package. It was 5 full days of serenity, peace and good health. The early morning yoga and meditation were so peaceful. The ayurvedic massages very heavenly. I have been to more than 15 countries but this place is the only unpretentious place I have come across. It offers such comfort and selfless service that I felt as if I am at home."

    November 2. 2015. Tripadvisor website, edited

  • Review by Jayanthan, Lalitha, and Shivani from India
    10 out of 10

    "We decided to stay at Shreyas after a research from the net and the rave reviews it had received. I must say that we experienced all that we hoped for and more. The place is heavenly, the hospitality unparalleled, and the experience totally awesome with the body, mind, and soul being replenished, relaxed, and rejuvenated. I would specially like to thank all the staff for the attitude with which they attended on us. The attention to detail, like any particular preference had to be mentioned only once, the slippers at the doorstep kept in order so we could just conveniently slip on and leave, the beautiful and varied flower arrangements at the dinner table and so much more. Overall the most unique experience we ever had on any holiday this far. May the Lord always shower his choicest blessings on Shreyas and on everyone at Shreyas! God Bless! Thank you! Lots of good wishes, Namaste!"

    September 2013. Shreyas Retreat website, edited

  • Review by Meera and Manjoola from South Africa
    9 out of 10

    "This was our first visit to Shreyas and it certainly exceeded our expectations and even more. The service, the ambience and the people were the best. Beautiful and tranquil and peaceful as this place is, it is the kindness, loving service and the beautiful people of Shreyas that make this place so unique. Loved the yoga classes, they were very professional and felt the beauty of the environment more enhanced by the giving nature of the teachers. God bless them. The food was so nutritious, healthy and delicious. Loved every morsel and enjoyed the loving, kind service of Santosh Bhai. On the whole, loved our stay and hope and pray we can come back for a longer stay at this blessed place. May Gods richest loving blessings be upon you all. Love and warm regards."

    September 2013. Shreyas Retreat website, edited

  • Review by Julie from USA
    10 out of 10

    "This was my first stay at Shreyas and it was an absolutely wonderful experience. The grounds are beautiful, the ambience very peaceful, rooms especially comfortable, the staff was really excellent, very attentive, pleasant, accommodating, always making sure I was as comfortable as I could be. The food is delicious! It was nice to have such a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables with every meal. The yoga classes were very good and enabled me to strengthen my practice. I especially enjoyed the meditation sessions. Bala is really wonderful, patient, kind and always open for discussion and to share is wisdom and insight. He really helped me deepen my meditation practice. Thank you for a wonderful stay! The service is top notch and I wish I could stay longer. I will definitely recommend this place and hope to return soon!"

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  • Review by Karine from France
    10 out of 10

    "When I arrived, I was sad. Now, when I go back, I am feeling so much better. Thanks for all kind people of Shreyas. Yoga teachers gave me the light to understand my body and my mind. Cooks gave me such delicious food. Waiters prepared for me such beautiful tables with fresh flowers. Masseurs made me so relaxed. Doctors have given me advice for my health. People working for this beautiful natural retreat, people working for the comfortable rooms, and all other people. I was received like a princess, a real dream. I hope I will come back soon. Merci beaucoup, as we say in French for Thanks a lot! With peace and love. Namaste."

    August 2013. Shreyas Retreat website, edited

  • Review by Jasmine from UAE
    10 out of 10

    "Absolutely loved every bit if this tranquil heaven. I wish it were more easily accessible (I am from Dubai). The food is marvelous, the place is gorgeous and the people add the saffron and the garnish to it all! I will come back sooner or later, but in the meantime I will keep sending friends and family :) The ashram is a wonderful cause, and its a great initiative by the management and staff who devote time and energy to keep those kids going. Thank you! See you soon!"

    July 2013. Shreyas Retreat website, edited

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