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10 Day Christmas and New Year's Yoga Retreat in Varkala Beach, Kerala

Vedansha Retreat Hotel, North Cliff, Tibetan Market, Near Helipad, Varkala Kerala 695141, India

Affordable Yoga Retreat India

Vedansha Institute of Vedic Science and Alternative Medicine are happy to invite you in their special Yoga and Ayurveda Christmas retreat in sunny Varkala India. Enjoy traditional Ayurveda massages and ancient yoga practice of Himalayan style. This retreat will help you to not only discover yourself and recognize your weak and strong sides, but also make you stable and balanced!

Meet the instructors

Sanjeev, Sandeep, Deepak, & 2 More…
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  • Daily pranayama and asana
  • Daily meditation and yoga sessions
  • Mala string of beads energized by Dr. S.K.Pandey-Ji
  • Yoga cleansing kit and 1 t-shirt with the school symbol
  • Ayurveda massages and aura check up
  • 3 daily vegetarian meals
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Excursion in Kerala

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

9 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 10 participants
Airport transfer available:
Trivandrum International Airport (US$25 per person)
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  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Restaurant
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Parking lot

Starting from January October 2019, Vedansha Institute Kerala is happy to offer absolutely great accommodation at a reasonable price. Located in Varakal Cliff only 70 meters from the beach, far from noisy streets, and crowd in a newly built building, they offer single, shared twin, shared double, family suite and comfortable dormitory rooms.

The accommodation will help you to relax and concentrate on your priorities for the retreat. There are a total of 10 air-conditioned fresh renovated rooms. Most of the rooms have a wonderful view of the beach area or forest. Each room has a big private bathroom and equipped with the following facilities:

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hot water
  • Air conditioned
  • TV
  • Security
  • Clean towels, bed sheets, pillow and bed covers, and blankets
  • Toilet paper
  • Free filtered water
  • Inverter and generator in case of light off

Vedansha also provide car parking and restaurant area. Please note that sometimes the power goes off in the whole city area. During these moments, you will have light, air condition, Wi-Fi in your rooms because of the special electricity generator.


The institute

The Vedansha Institute of Vedic Science and Alternative Medicine was founded by Yogachariya Dr. Sanjeev Pandey Ji. It was established to provide education in Vedic science, holistic treatment and support programs with yogic and Ayurvedic methods in common and non-curative diseases, and help humans control emotions, remove fears, improve their lives, find themselves in a society of modern technology, and open their power in order to feel harmony and happiness.

The institute is accredited by the international Yoga Alliance USA and followed it's policy on Sexual Misconduct towards the client, that makes all their programs safe and secure for female students.

The institute keeps the ancient yogic tradition of Himalayan masters adapted to contemporary service requirements according to international standards of yoga education. Its teachers were born in yogic families and have scientific degrees in yoga, astrology, and Ayurveda. Its yoga masters have spent more than 90,000 hours on improving their practice of yoga postures and meditation.

Its founder, Dr. Sanjeev Pandey, has spent more than 20,000 hours in deep meditation in the Himalayan mountains. Vedansha collaborates with medical doctors and performs research in yoga and cancer in Germany. It also performs special healing programs for people with different diseases to support their health.

Its programs are based on centuries-old traditions and adapted to contemporary conditions that make its clients 99% satisfied.

Yoga philosophical aspects

  • Human life - meaning and aim of life
  • Yoga - introduction / its origin and development
  • Introduction of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras
  • 8 Limbs of Ashtanga yoga; yama, niyama (social and personal rules and regulations), asana (physical posture), and pranayama (breathing techniques)
  • Concept of three bodies and its role in yoga practice
  • Introduction in Karma and Raja yoga - meaning, types, and role in yoga
  • Kosha and its role in meditation and pranayama
  • Concept of 5 Koshas
  • 3 Nadis, Ida, Pingala, Sushumna, and their role in practice
  • Chakras, general concept, and role in daily life
  • Panch-Klesha (five causes of pain and miseries) / causes of success and failure in yoga
  • Earth, water, and fire element affirmation in sutras
  • Samkhya Darshan, and Vedanta Darshan
  • Nadis and chakras - the general concept
  • What is Kundalini energy - ways of activation
  • Kundalini and Chakra
  • Concept of Gunas
  • Prakriti and Purusha
  • Discipline of yoga student
  • Obstacles in the path of yoga
  • Yoga practical aspects

Asana (beginner, intermediate, and advanced level):

  • Natural relaxation asana
  • Natural standing asana with external rotations
  • Forward bending asana
  • Backward extensions
  • Spinal twisting asana
  • Inverted asana
  • Balancing asana
  • Surya-Namaskara
  • Meditation asana
  • Thunder-Bolt (vajrasana) group asana
  • Lotus (Padmasana) group asana

Introduction to pranayama

  • Basic pranayama techniques and benefits (abdominal breathing, preparational breathing, Kapalabhati, Nadi Shodana with/without retention, Ujjayi breathing, Bramari, Bhastrika, Shitali, Shitkari, Surya Bheda and Chandra Bheda, Ujja)
  • The pranic body
  • Parana and lifestyle
  • Breathe, health, and pranayama
  • Breathing and lifespan
  • Sitting positions for pranayama
  • Kriyas (body cleansing methods): Neti, Kapalabhati, Trataka, Shanka Prakshalana
  • What is mudra and bandha
  • What is Ashwini Mudra and its role in the energy body
  • Dyana, Ajali, Prithvi, Varuna, Shakti, Gyana, Chin, Shambhavi, Khechari Mudra, Hansi mudra, Vayu mudra, akash Mudra, Shunya Mudra, Surya mudra, Jalodarnashak mudra, Apan mudra, Pran Mudra, shankh mudra, Apan Vayu Mudra, Ling Mudra, Dhyan Mudra, Lotus Mudra
  • Moola, Uddyana Bandha, Jalandra *Shatkarma (concept, aim, safety, and performance)
  • Obstacles in pranayama practice


  • Standard meditation practice (Om meditation, Trataka, yoga Nidra, sound meditation, mantra meditation, Nadis meditation, 5 elements meditation, breath meditation, Hamso meditation, Ajapa/japa, Ida/Pingala spinal rotation, Hridayakasha Dharana, Panchaprana Dharana, Pranava Dhyana)
  • Visualisation and concentration
  • Obstacles in meditation
  • Concept of meditation step by step
  • Postures for meditation practice
  • How to integrate meditation in yoga class?
  • How to choose an object for meditation?


  • Standard Mantras (Guru, Ganesh Mantra, Shakti Mantra, Gayatri Mantra, Shanti Mantra, Shiva Mantra, 5 elements mantra, So Ham, AUM, Lakshmi Mantra, Vishnu Mantra, Mantra for health, business, children)
  • Yoga therapy / Ayurveda
  • Using of number of yogic / Ayurvedic methods in supporting and treatment of some diseases

What is Ayurveda

  • Concept of 3 dosha
  • How to identify the dosha
  • 6 tastes and their function for balance of body and mind


  • You have to have interest to learn Vedic science, personal work on body and mind and not only to spend vacation as on all inclusive resort. Vedansha are spiritual Ashram and do not allow following activity: eating non-vegetarian meal, smoking, drinking alcohol, abuse their staff, show any type of sexual misconduct, manipulating, annoying other clients, damage the vedansha property, study material, interrupt teaching process.
  • Individuals with disabilities or ailments, people who have any disease or unfit before the course are advised to refrain from applying. If you join course, and feel worse after this, Vedansha will help you to arrange all required medical help, but they will not allow you to continue the course and your payment will be not refunded.
  • Minimum age at the time of admission is 18 years. Applicants aged over 60 years could apply after consultation with Vedansha via email.
  • Pregnant women need a medical authorization permitting them to practice yoga from their own country with translation in English
  • Any candidate found unfit after the commencement of the course will not be permitted to continue the training and a refund of fees and other charges will not be admissible
  • Students are reminded to remain aware and respectful of cultural differences among the participants and teachers. Any disruptions to the teaching process or behavior deemed harmful to other students, teachers, or the institute's property is in violation of the rules and policies of Vedansha Institute. Violation of the school's policies may result in dismissal from the program without any refund of the course fees.
  • The teachers are not fitness instructors, most of them are spiritual yoga masters who have a completely different way of life and devotion to their practice. Some of them are monks, pandits in temples or swamis. They request you to please be polite and respect their work. If you find something that not suitable for you or for your faith or mentality, please do not put the blame on them. Let them know at the front desk, online or just discuss with Founder Dr Pandey Ji directly if you want any changes and what you find not suitable for you. In 99% misunderstanding will be solved in a good way.
  • The course language is English. Any other mentioned language is used for online communication and in some cases can be used in communication during the course on the place. If you wish to get a translator for any other language kindly request to ask about availability before booking. If a booking is done without the request of translation Vedansha have right to cancel the booking and refund the deposit. If translation will be requested on place Vedansha has right to dismiss the client from the course and do not refund the deposit. If a client request to arrange another school with appropriate language ability it can be done upon request if the school with this language is available in Rishikesh for extra costs.
  • The booking should be performed by the person who is going to participate in the course. If a booking is done by the third person (relatives, friends, parents etc) the direct participant should send Vedansha an email or scanned copy of confirmation that he/she acknowledge the program, rules and regulations of the organizer.
  • Any candidate who decided to change the program after arriving have to apply for it in written form. If you decide to cancel the course after arriving, Vedansha will have to charge amount that covered the costs of 30% of the course days as Vedansha reserve teacher, accommodation, meal prior to your arriving.

Typical daily schedule

  • 06:00 - 06:30 Wake up and cleansing
  • 06:30 - 07:00 Shatkriya and herbal tea (yogic cleansing with Jala neti (special techniques of nose cleansing), pooja (mantra recitation and fire ceremony purification)
  • 07:00 - 08:30 Asanas practical class Ashtanga Vinyasa style learning the asana postures under the guidance of the experienced yoga teacher
  • 08:30 - 09:30 Pranayama: breathing exercises
  • 09:30 - 10:30 Breakfast: special yogic menu
  • 10:30 - 11:30 Yoga philosophy / Ayurveda/workshop
  • 11:30 - 12:30 Free time
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 - 16:00 Free time / therapy time
  • 16:00 - 17:30 Asana Hatha style
  • 17:30 - 18:15 Yoga Nidra / guided meditation: guided relaxation practice, meditation and concentration
  • 18:30 - 19:30 Dinner
  • 19:30 - 20:30 Special event
  • 20:00 - 22:00 Free time
  • 22:00 - 06:00 Sleep

Included excursions

During the course, according to weather, road conditions, and amount of students, Vedansha will offer different types of excursions in Kerala. Sometimes excursion can be changed or replaced with an equal offer if the conditions of weather or any other issue took place.


Sanjeev Pandey

Sandeep Semwal

Deepak Aggrawal

Dr. Dipak Saklani

Bipin Bartwal

Retreat location

This yoga teacher training will take place in Varkala Beach, in the state of Kerala, India.

Nearby places

  • Varkala beach, 70 meters
  • Thiruvananthapuram (or Trivandrum) International Airport - 1 hour 40 minutes, 36 kilometers
  • Varkala Lake, 2 kilometers
  • 2000 yrs old Janardhana swami temple, 4 kilometers
  • Anjengo Fort, 10 kilometers

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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All food that you get during the course is freshly cooked. Vedansha Institute takes care of the food quality. If you eat outside sometimes, you can have problems with your stomach. Remember that it's better to ask for fewer amounts of spices for your meal preparation in the restaurants if you have a sensitive stomach or any stomach problems.

Vedansha Institute provides pure drink filtered water. They only cater vegetarian and vegan meal. Like in Rishikesh, non-vegetarian meal is not provided. They can fulfill all dietary requirements from gluten-free meal to special menu for diabetes, obesity, kidney failure, cancer, etc.

Here, you can find standard dishes that they offer during the week. Each meal time includes 3-5 different dishes.

Breakfast menu

  • Different sauces are used for the preparation
  • Oatmeal porridge
  • Cereals
  • Poha
  • Sevai
  • Paratha (plain, stuffed with cheese, potatoes, and green spices)
  • Puri with peas sauce
  • Bread
  • Pakora
  • 14 sandwich
  • Different fruits
  • Sprouts
  • Plus different types of healthy superfood
  • Mung bean pancakes
  • Dalia

Lunch or dinner menu

  • Boiled mixed vegetable sabzi (spinach, mushrooms, potatoes, and gourd)
  • 15 sabzi (cauliflower, pumpkin, and broccoli)
  • Sabzi (potatoes and tomatoes)
  • Moon dal, arhar dal, masoor dal, chana dal, and rajma dal
  • Makhnee Kari
  • Rice Chapatti
  • Shahi paneer
  • Matar paneer
  • 16 khadaip paneer
  • Different dishes with tofu
  • Ridge gourd
  • Vegetarian pasta
  • Kad ginger
  • Khitchari soups (mushrooms, gourd, tomato, onion, and vegetable)


  • Pumpkin halwa
  • Kheersuzi halwa

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Naturopathic
  • Lactose Free
  • Yogic
  • Ayurvedic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Daily practical and theoretical yoga classes
  • Mala string of beads energized by Yogachariya Dr. S.K.Pandey-Ji
  • 1 Ayurvedic massage
  • 1 brief aura check up
  • 1 excursion in Himalaya
  • 1 T-shirt with the school symbol
  • 3 daily vegetarian meals and beverages
  • Special event and Christmas or New Year evening
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Certificate of attendance
  • Cleansing kit
  • Daily detox tea
  • Support during the time of staying in the institute (help provided 24 hours)
  • Free Wi-Fi

What's not included

  • Additional activities
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfer
  • Detailed aura check-up
  • Detailed horoscope assessment
  • Naturopathic consultation
  • Other Ayurvedic procedures and consultation

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Trivandrum International Airport (TRV).

Airport: Trivandrum International Airport Airport transfer available: Trivandrum International Airport (US$25 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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