Andrew began the practice of Ashtanga yoga in 1994 in Adelaide, Australia but it was not until 2001 that he finally made it to meet and study with Guruji, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, and Sharath Jois in Mysore, India. Since then he has spent much cherished time in Mysore studying at KPJAYI and is certified to teach the traditional Ashtanga yoga system. Andrew has also devoted many years to the study of Vedic chanting and the philosophy of the Yoga Sutras, the Bhagavad Gita, and Upanishads etc., while immersing himself deeply in the local culture of Mysore. He currently teaches in California.
KPJAYI, Mysore, India (Ashtanga Yoga)
Veronique started practicing Ashtanga yoga in 2005 while working in Hong Kong. She became a direct student of R. Sharath Jois in 2008 and has since made annual extended trips to study with him at KPJ Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, India. Veronique is currently learning the advanced series under the guidance of Sharath and is authorized level 2 by KPJAYI to teach Ashtanga in the tradition of his grandfather, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. She currently teaches a daily morning Mysore program in Osaka.
KPJ Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, India (Ashtanga Yoga)
Dr. Nandita Shah is the founder, director, and a trustee of Sharan, which she founded in 2005 with the vision of helping people connect to animals and nature in order to heal themselves and the planet. Dr. Shah first became vegan because of ethical issues, when she became aware of the tremendous suffering inflicted on fellow creatures used for food. Dr. Shah is a registered medical doctor, specialized in homeopathy from the CMP Homeopathic Medical College in Mumbai. She has been in practice since 1981, and also did an internship at Farm Sanctuary in New York to learn more about farm animals.
a traveler India
This was my second visit and I stayed two nights. I didn't miss TV, internet, mobile, meat, traffic jams, newspapers and so on. It's a new experience to learn the sound of silence with soothing sounds of birds chirping and occasionally the wind chimes thrown in. Listen carefully and you can hear the sea in the background.
Dining here will help us realise how much we overeat and after a couple of days the body feels lighter. A minimum of three days is required to realise that humans should slow down and how much better life would be.
Elvis Dias India
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What a unique concept. Living with nature. Such intelligent design to envelope the earth.
Archana Pillai United Arab Emirates
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It was really amazing experience....
Wonderful place for solo travellors. Very friendly and professional team. Stay close to nature,it gives a better connection than Wi Fi. Super food, Organic and very controlled portions for a better detox.
Its true, " These Feelings wont go away....!!"
I was not sure what to expect from Swaswara, never having been anywhere quite like it. What I found was the most glorious few days of relaxation, enjoyment, superb food and fantastic staff. This is a retreat where you can do as much or as little as you like. There are opportunities for yoga, relaxation and ayurvedic massage (or treatments). You can do lots of these or none at all. There is a most beautiful beach, a huge swimming pool, walks through the forests or trips on boats or round local villages. The rooms are a masterpiece of design - blending the outdoors with the inside - so you shower in complete privacy but in the open air. Fantastically comfortable bed, all details taken care of including wide range of teas and coffee. I have never eaten such excellent vegetarian food, beautiful fish and fresh fresh fruit. Walking from our room one morning we stopped to watch a large group of monkeys climb across the path in the trees above our heads. By the end of the week we felt relaxed and rejuvenated. The hotel is really well managed and throughout our stay the staff were simply fabulous - always smiling and making sure things were as good as they could be. We want to go back as soon as we can!
a traveler United Kingdom
A nice property to get away for a while, but unfortunately my stomach was more upset then cleared. The staff is polite and helpful but very slow in service and anticipating needs. Food was Average and had the same tones (curry) throughout. And expect mustard seeds in everything! the senior staff although helpful lacked customer care and empathy especially the Guest Relations Manager- on checkout there were discrepancies with the bill and although with clear instruction from the GM to solve the problem, she was rude and unwilling to conmpromise. Spoiled the whole idea and feel of the zen retreat. On a positive note the yoga teachers wee amazing. Meditation sessions expect a YouTube video!