Vrinda School of Yoga in Varkala is the real academic yoga teacher training course for the first time in Varkala, Kerala. Certified by US Yoga Alliance.

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Malathi Praveen

Reviews (53)

Esteban Uribe Franco

from India, December 2019

"Intense and life changing"

This 30 days of training were so transformative. Surrounded by palms trees and so lovely varkala people, staying in a very nice house, amazing classmates, and the teachers so prepared, professional, imbued in yogic lifestyle since very young.

Doctor MALATHI always complement Yogic teachings with ayurvedic teachings, giving the classes an added value, very pertinent for a yoga instructor.

Sun Hee Maeng

from Portugal, December 2019

"True value for money experience"

Malathi was one of the best teachers I’ve ever met. She constantly amazed me by the extensive knowledge she has about yoga and yoga philosophy. She also genuinely cares about each one of student. I have never regretted that I made a choice to come to Vrinda to learn yoga even though I don’t intend to become a professional yoga teacher. It was one of the best money I’ve spent in my life. Trust me, you will learn a lot, not just about yoga, but also about life and yourself ❤️ Thank you, Malathi & Praveen for all the lovely cares. Lots of love from Sunhee(South Korea)

Duy Lyford

from United States, August 2019

"Summer YTT "

I am a skeptic and would not consider myself "spiritually woke," or into "woo-woo." Going into my training I was worried about how bored or frustrated I would get from the spiritual/religious aspect of my training. I expected that by taking YTT in India there would be a heavy focus on philosophy, spiritually, religion, and history (vs. in the USA where YTT is likely to have more focus on the physical practice, classroom teaching/structure, technique, anatomy etc.)

It was true--there was a greater emphasis on the non-physical aspect of yoga. However, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the philosophy, spiritual concentration, history, and theories that were taught. I found myself really into the history, chanting, prayers, meditation practices, reflection, and getting a deeper holistic connection with yoga itself.

Julia Strack

from Germany, May 2019

"I highly recommend this priceless school and experience! "

I would like to thank Praveen and Malathi for this wonderful experience and the amazing four weeks I had in Varkala! Malathi and Praveen are wonderful, kind people which made this stay very special and one of the best times in my life. Malathi and Sanathanan are amazing teachers and everyone can learn so much from them! The classes are structured, informative and challenging. The food is amazing, especially if Praveen cooks! Many special events like cooking classes included as well as trips where Praveen and Malathi took us to discover the surrounding.

The location is perfect, 5 minutes walk to the beach. The school is on the south cliff of Varkala beach, which means less tourists than on the north cliff but still only 15 minutes walk away from the north cliff. The house is beautiful especially the yoga hall on the roof!

I can definitely recommend the stay at Vrinda and I will come back for the 500 hours yoga teaching next year!

Please keep up your amazing work Malathi, Praveen and Sanathanan!

Lidia Jimenez

from United States, April 2019

"Joyfully recommending Vrinda School"

Dr. Malathi has taught and passed her knowledge on Ashtanga Yoga, Ayurveda, Physiology and Anatomy with passion and loving care for each of her students. She motivated our practice graciously.

Dr. K. Sanathanan has enthusiastically and magically passed his knowledge and experience on ancient Philosophy and Hatha Yoga in an unique way, what clearly is part of his everyday’s life. He also corrected with additional exercises in a subtle way everyone’s weaker muscles what bought many a quick and safe improvement.

In my opinion, both together have been the perfect combination to receive a stable foundation and new attitude towards the complete meaning of being a yoga practitioner and teacher.

Thank you also to Manager Praveen for all his efforts to make this transformative days go smooth and surprising us also with special meals.

Taking everything into account it has been a most complete enriching journey at a walking distance to Papanasam beach!

Arni Elliott

from Iceland, April 2019

"Life changing experience "

The whole experience was exactly what I was looking for I all ways from the knowledge of teachings to the amazing plant based food.

Piotr Springer

from India, March 2019


I had a time of my life. People around were simply amaizing. Dr Malathi have a huge heart and she was like a mommy for all of us. We shered beautifull experience. Location is just 4 minutes walk from the beach. Food was simple but good and you can always ask for extra portion. Course was focused on spiritual part of yoga. Come with open heart and do not expect anything and you will be happy.


from Norway, February 2019

"It is with a heavy heart I can't recommend this school"

Its a beautiful location and the teachers were very friendly. Theres also a beautiful garden with an eating area and a nice hammock to relax in. Its only a 10 minutes walk to the beach and there are little kiosks nearby. I also met a lot of wonderful people who made this experience very special. Malathis theory classes were really good and she also applied science to her classes.

- Its very cheap

Tia Diep

from Canada, February 2019

Varkala is an amazing place in between 2 cliffs. You have the choice of beach. You also have a great selection of restaurants and fruit juices and coconuts. The classes start at 5:30 am and go until 7:30 pm on certain days so as long as you are well versed in English, have a positive can-do attitude and are ready for something this intense, this place is for you.


from Norway, February 2019

Konstantin Golovan

from Russia, January 2019

"It was amazing month."

Everything was very good, from the beginning till the end. Location - it is close to north cliff and central junction, and at the same time it is quiet and peaceful there. We practiced alot, and i feel addicted to yoga now. And we had many theory lessons, we studied pranayamas, meditation and everything what yoga include. Big sincere thanks to dr. Malathi, dr. Praveen and dr. Anu for your time and positive energy. Thanks to the lady who was cooking every day tasty sattvic food for us. Thanks to all students, who are my good friends now. And i hope see you all some time!

More Mika

from Nepal, December 2018

"November, best class of 2018! "

First of all, I would like to say that the school is very warm and welcoming. I am so glad I chose to study at varkala and not anywhere else as I was torn between varkala and rishikesh. This part of India is so warm, tourist friendy. I met the most amazing prople, radiating positivity and warmth at this school. It was honour to have met so many wonderful souls. Dr malathi, she is a true goddess and a gem. I learned so much more about life, patience and positivity not just yoga, asanas and pranayama from her. She is a bundle of joy so I really enjoyed her company. The ambience of school and the atmosphere is very positive. Her way of teaching and her understanding is very vast. I really enjoyed the yoga nidra classes and when we practised yoga at the beach. It has been the most beautiful experience I had in 2018. I have learned so much and I feel ready to share the love of yoga to others and spread the teaching of Dr malathi.

Amazing experience

Great location, good atmosphere, good energy.

Sylvia Hedenstrom

from Sweden, December 2018

"Great experience"

I am so grateful for this experience. My thanks to the knowledge that you have given to me. Dr Malathi, our main teacher and guru is so well educated, knows all there is to know about yoga and more and she is allways there for you to answer any kind of questions or support you in any way. Everyone at the school is welcoming and wonderfull and they will do everything to make youre stay as pleasent as possible. Loved the location, Varkala has a beatiful beach, is not to commercialised and at the nearby North cliff you will find all you need and a good variety of restaurants, enjoyed spending my day off there. Staying this close for 28 days means that you get to know eachother really well, got friends for life! I wish Vrinda school of yoga the best and I am shure the school will flurish!


from Japan, November 2018

"Amazing experience in my life."

I studied 200 hours Hatha Yoga and Ashtanga Vinyasa teacher training. Before I take this course I was little nervous however everyone in Vrinda school are very kind and staying there was comfortable as a home. I surprised that all teachers are doctors of yoga and nature cure so they are well knowledgeable for human body therefore the classes in Anatomy and Physiolosy are interesting. They are teaching the traditional science of Yoga. Place is very nice and calm in addition it is very close to the ocean (Varkara beach). I think the best way to forcus learning about Yoga. I really like the most is Yoga hall. Beautifully decorated with Sary and wide enough. Most pleasant place for practicing Yoga Asanas (especially in the morning!!). I had a chance to eat many kind of traditional Kerala food that I never had in my life. It was delicious. I really enjoying the food that served in there. I can not thank you enough that I could not pass this course without their help. I appreciate it very much.

Friederike Winkelmann

from Netherlands, December 2019


Die Vrinda School of Yoga ist im Vergleich mit anderen Schulen in Varkala die preiswerteste Schule. Die Betreuung ist außergewöhnlich und sehr, sehr herzlich: Malathi und Praveen sind jederzeit ansprechbar und kümmern sich mit besonders viel Sorgfalt und Liebe! Ich kann dieses Schule wirklich jedem empfehlen! Das Essen war sehr, sehr gut! Der Essensplan ist mit Sorgfalt ausgewählt (vegan)! Die Vrinda School of Yoga könnte mit Leichtigkeit das Doppelte an Geld verlangen für das was die Studenten dort erhalten.

Sanne Blok

from Netherlands, October 2019

"Super ervaring"

Varkala is een prachtige plek om een maand lang tot rust te komen en je te verdiepen in de yoga en de Indiase cultuur. Malathi is zeker de beste teacher die je je kan wensen voor een yoga opleiding en geeft veel individuele aandacht en les op een leuke, spirituele maar ook nuchtere wijze. Deze 4 weken waren een spirituele, fysieke maar ook mentale beproeving die ik 100% aan kan raden.

2 praktische puntjes:

De locatie en accommodatie zijn vrij simpel (verwacht geen luxe retreat plek) wat voor mij helemaal prima was, omdat je gedurende deze weken vol kon focussen op de yoga opleiding en daardoor een simpele omgeving juist wel kon omarmen.

Desalniettemin kan ik Vrinda zeker aanraden voor het volgen van een YTT!

Jessica Heuschmid

from Germany, August 2019

"Very happy with my decision "

I did my 200h YTTC at Vrinda School of Yoga and I am very happy with this decison. The food is clean (yogic diet suitable for exercise), the surrounding is beautiful (eg 10 mins walking distace to the beach) and the curriculum is very broad (covers both physical and spiritual side of yoga!). Your hosts Dr Praveen (managing director) and Dr Malathi (principal) are not only very qualified at what they do but they are also very kind hearted people who will always have an open ear for your wishes or worries. Thank you so much for all the nice talks and encouragements and for taking such good care of us!

Belinda Voorspoels

from United States, April 2019

"Geweldige ervaring"

De gastvrijheid, sfeer, toewijding van de leerkrachten en de hele ervaring waren ver boven mijn verwachtingen uit !

De cursus zat goed in elkaar en het was heel verrijkend en interessant.

Ik raad iedereen dit aan !

De hele cursus is zeker niet te onderschatten, mentaal, fysiek en spiritueel is het een beproeving.

Ik heb hier een geweldige ervaring mee dat ik nooit van m'n leven zal vergeten en heeft me veel bijgeleerd.

Ik heb hier ook fantastische mensen leren kennen over heel de wereld.

Julie Delhay

from France, March 2019

"Séjour inoubliable "

La bienveillance et les efforts fournis par l’equipe Pour que l’on se sente bien. La cuisine est délicieuse. Le cadre est magnifique et propice à La création d’une super ambiance ! le programme est chargé mais L’ecole Nous laisse beaucoup de libertés, ce qui nous permet de réussir à profiter du lieu quand même :)

Nicolas Harriet

from United States, March 2019

Anette Jürges

from Germany, March 2019

"Gutes Preis-Leistungsverhältnis"

Da der Preis für die 4 Wochen Yogalehrerausbildung mit Unterkunft und Verpflegung mit unter 700 € eine der günstigsten war, die ich im Netz gesehen habe, hatte ich keine großen Erwartungen, wurde aber angenehm überrascht. Ich hatte das Glück, ein Zimmer für mich alleine in der Yogaschule (Ashram) zu haben und nur das Bad mit jemandem zu teilen. Es ist sehr ruhig dort und die Yogahalle auf dem Dach ist groß und schön. Der Unterricht bei Dr. Malathi war für mich prima, sie hat uns langsam mit steigendem Tempo und Schwierigkeitsgrad ans Ashtanga Vinyasa herangeführt. Die Theoriestunden hat sie sehr interessant gestaltet und es war sehr umfangreich. Es gab ein Workbook und wir wurden gut sowohl auf unsere praktische als auch auf unsere theoretische Abschlussprüfung vorbereitet. Auch wenn nicht alles ganz rund lief (die Yogaschule ist noch relativ jung), geben sich hier alle viel Mühe, den Teilnehmern gerecht zu werden, gehen auf Wünsche ein und sind sehr liebenswert. Außerdem sind sie absolut offen für konstruktive Kritik und tun ihr bestmögliches, um sich stetig zu verbessern. Wer eine preiswerte und trotzdem gute Ausbildung sucht, ist hier ganz gut aufgehoben.


from United States, March 2019

"Very nice People and an amazing location"

Besonders die Leiterin der Yogaschule hat mir sehr imponiert. Sie ist wahnsinnig nett und weiß sehr viel. Die Lage der Schule ist sensationell und das Preis-Leistungs-Verhältnis ist super.

Amazing Location close to the beautiful beach. Very friendly and knowledgable teachers.

Elodie Trullemans

from France, March 2019

Les professeurs de yoga étaient très gentille !

Laurence Perrin

from Nepal, March 2019

"Merci 🙏 Thank you"

Vrinda School is a pleasant place closer to the beautiful beach of Varkala and not so far from the town. I enjoyed to stay in a room there. I appreciated the practice and the theory in the nice Shala open on the outside.

I appreciated Dr Malathi, a nice teacher who shared her skills and great knowledge on yoga.

I really enjoyed to be with such a group of nice people of different countries.

The food was simple and really good, easy to digest for the yoga practice.

I left the school really happy to have been guided through this place.

Thank you so much 🙏

Laurence from...France

Annelies Van Dijk

from Netherlands, February 2019

"Waarmee wordt geadverteerd wordt niet waar gemaakt"

De locatie van de school is fijn


from Netherlands, February 2019

"Driven female teachers - but too much people "

The teachers (Malathi and Anu) are very driven and take their time to explain all the theory. I personally loved that there were only female teachers. If it was up to me, even the management should have been female.

The location of the school and the surrounding accommodations are perfect. I would definitely recommend the Clafouti restaurant on the North Cliff; very kind people and good (sea)food.

Santiago Merodio

from Spain, January 2019

"Life changing experience"

El destino quiso que, prácticamente sin pensarlo, viniese a la Escuela De Yoga Vrinda en Varkala.Esta ha sido una decisión que siempre me alegraré de haber tomado.

El Dr. Praveen, en sus mails, ya me dijo que me iba a cambiar la vida y así ha sido.

La Dra. Malathi, instructora principal de la escuela y mi gurú, con la ayuda de la Dra. Anu,han conseguido que lo que era un ligero interés y curiosidad por el Yoga durante años, se haya convertido en una pasión y, creo, un modo de vida.

El ambiente en la escuela es increíble. Nuestro grupo, muy cosmopolita, debido a este buen ambiente, trabajó sin parar, apoyándonos unos otros para mejorar.

La Dra. Malathi es excelente, muy relajada pero, a la vez, exigente en su trabajo. Su práctica matutina, mientras escuchas a la Tierra amanecer, con los pájaros cantando, te hará coger la energía suficiente para todo el día.

La comida, auténtica “yogui diet”, hace que mantengas la forma y que tu cuerpo, gracias también a la práctica, elimine las toxinas que acumulamos de nuestra vida occidental.

El Dr. Praveen, médico ayurvedico, es un excelente Doctor, que solo con tocarte sabe lo que le pasa a tu cuerpo y a tu mente y, si quieres, te ayudará a encontrar el equilibrio entre ambos.

Tras la clase no dudes en pasear hasta el Janardanaswamy Temple. Yo lo hice cada mañana, esta a 100 mts.

La verdad es que me he sentido como en casa, y ahora la familia Praveen es parte de mi familia.

Les deseo lo mejor para el futuro, algo que se merecen.

Sofie Tellström

from India, December 2019

"Amazing experience at Vrinda school of Yoga"

I had an amazing time and life chancing experience at Vrinda yoga school in Varkala. I can higly recomend this yoga school to anyone! 🙏

I learned so much in 28 days, about yoga, meditation and also about myself. The school have a very nice atmosphere, the garden around the school is beautiful and it is close to the beach, perfect location. The food was delicious and very healthy. We were students from all over the world and it was fun to take on the Journey together as becoming yoga teachers.

Dr Malathi and Dr. Praveen, thank you so much for this time! 🙏❤️ You are the best! Wish you all good luck in future.

Jasmine Lucas

from Malaysia, December 2019

"Wonderful teacher training. "

Malathi is a wonderful teacher, she is so passionate and extremely thorough in her teaching methods. She makes yoga teachers of everyone!

Sanathananan was such a joy to learn from, he is wise and numerous and an extremely good yoga instructor.

I’ve learned how to be a yoga teacher, and how to be a better person.


from Japan, September 2019

"Clear result and precious encounter/素敵な出会い "

My body has changed cleary this month. I achieved losing 3 kilos and balancing my body shape especially shoulder line. It's clear that the combination of Yoga & Ayurvedic massages works. I guess the veg healthy food also suits me! It was a really fruitful time!


Rikke Ludvigsen

from Denmark, May 2019

"Perfect combination of yoga training & ayurveda treatment "

The quality of both the yoga training and the ayurveda treatment for 21 days that I booked was absolutely amazing and of the highest standard. It can’t get any better than this. They promised a lifechanging experience and it sure was in a very good way.

Bina Yu

from France, April 2019

I expected a lot from my retreat and it went well beyond my expectation. I loved my retreat (did the yoga TTC 200hrs and the 21 days Ayurvedic treatment) Vrinda School of yoga offers an authentic experience, deeply rooted in spirituality (teaching from a Swami) and excellence of teaching (Dr. Malathi is just amazing! Thank you thank you Malathi!). The center is located in a place very strong with energy in the South of India (far away to the other yoga centers with a great local community around and I regret not having taken the time after the retreat to enjoy the area). I feel grateful to having had the opportunity to find them and have one of the most empowering journey of my life. The food is like a yogic diet which is very good for you. After a month there you feel rejuvenated, good in your skin and happy. The price is really reasonable for the experience you get (accommodation is shared and quite ascetic with sometimes shared toilets and showers). Instructors are great and they maintain a good balance between feeling good and pushing you (a special thank you Shivan for your Hatha Yoga classes!). Overall I loved it as I said and you get so much more than just a great yoga teaching (200 hours TTC) definitely will go back for the advanced class. Namaste!

Kim Van Niekerk

from United States, April 2019

"Vrinda Yoga School a life changing experience "

Our arrival was well handled, the accommodation was simple but ideal for the course stay. Our instructor Dr Malathi and her husband Praveen were amazing hosts. She is a very special person with an intuitive energy and a depth beyond what you expect. The full experience of yoga was offered and it opened me to areas I was not previously exposed to It was such a valuable teaching that I will never forget and that will change me forever. Thank you Malathi. It will go down as one of my most wonderful times of my life. The people we met on the course were excellent, interesting and from at least 15 different countries. Friends for life were made. We al learnt from each other too. The beach and swimming were amazing. The village of Varkala is one of a kind We all LOVED it. I will definately teach yoga and feel confident to do so But my private practice is what has benefited the most. Connected forever and adding to the positive life energy. xx Kim from South Africa

Vandana Yadav

from Italy, March 2019

Dr Malathi is a learned instructor who teaches with passion.

Mr. Praveen who manages the school along with Dr Malathi make a genuine effort to make it a fulfilling and good experience for their students. they go out of their way to assist and help students within and outside their responsibility sphere.

I recommend this school to anybody who wants to have a yoga experience in Kerala.

Nicola Greenwood

from Great Britain, February 2019


I went to Vrinda for a 10 day retreat and it was much more than I had hoped. I felt like I had arrived home, they are a new school and did everything they could to tailor and support my time here. I left feeling I had new friends, the Dr's / Teachers are amazing, the energy is wonderful I left restored and much richer than before I came. I would highly recommend this place to anyone. If you're looking to improve your yoga practice and know a little about yoga, the daily classes are wonderful... I will be returning as soon as i can. Anu one of the Dr's / teachers is not listed here, she was also wonderful and between the 3 it made a perfect retreat.

Yahmina Mia Koda

from United States, February 2019

The owners were very kind

Vitalija Salygina

from United States, January 2019

"Amazing and powerful place"

The teaching goes beyond yoga, everyone is very caring, kind, professional and make you not want to leave. It is a very happy place filled with very good positive energy. I had an amazing time and would definitely love to come back for a longer time.

Anett Maximovits

from Hungary, December 2018

"We are so blessed to find Vrinda school/ family"

We are so thankful to dr. Malati and to dr. Proveen to having us. It was a life changing experience for both of us.

We arrived without expectation and we got so much!

As a couple we got more privacy, when they chose our room. The food was always great, enjoyed all the meals and also the garden of the school, where we had them.

But, the best spot definitely was the practices with dr. Malati, who has amazing knowledge about yoga, great teacher, plus she is one of the most beautiful human being, who we ever met!

The theory was complex with dr. Anu and the ayurvedic massage helped a lot, thank's to dr.Proveen.

We miss all the nice faces from there, we want to return as soon as possible!

Loved the location, which is close to the beach and the Cliff. There is a great garden within 3 min away to chill in lunch breaks and short cut to the beach.(Soul and Surf).

Waiting for the 300 h TTC!!!

See you soon!


Myles Thompson

from India, November 2018

"Extremely knowledgeable hosts"

Praveen and his wife are both the most knowledgeable and experienced Ayurvedic doctors I’ve ever met. Not only does Malathi run the Yoga program but she’s also seems to have mastered it. Her classes are that of real Yoga, no fluff or hip hop music. It was bliss for me, and actually very refreshing to do yoga in India the way that it was intended to be from the begging. If you’re looking for real yoga (as has been done since ancient times with no compromises) then look no further, this place is the real deal whether it be just a retreat to connect with your spirit, or a full on yoga teacher training. Praveen has also mastered his trade, his Ayurvedic treatments are healing on more than just a physical level. Not only does he have allot of experience in his field, he also delivers a wonderful service to you on a spiritual, mental, and physical level. The man has healing hands. I’ve never seen someone who understands the healing ability of Ayurveda the way he does, and practices it with such mastery. He actually comes from a lineage of it which I thought was really cool.

I also might add that Malathi is rated the best Ayurvedic doctor in Kerala, and second in all of India.

Overall they are great people and the offer great service for a great price. I’d recommend them to anyone.

Nadia Said

from France, December 2019

"Excellent cours "

La qualités des cours pratiques hatha et asthanga vinyasa. Le sérieux et le professionnalisme en générale. La prévenance de Malathi, sa rigueur et sa gentillesse. Elle est à l ecoute et bienveillante.

Laetitia Vangy

from France, October 2019

"Très professionnelle bienveillante impliquée "

Les cours bien structurés, intéressants, la culture apportée, l'environnement, l'impression d'évoluer au sein d'une grande famille. Praveen, Malathi, Santhanan sont très engagés voire impliqués dans leur mission. La chaleur humaine y règne. J'y ai trouvé la sérénité que je cherchais ainsi que l'enrichissement personnel.

Je recommande vivement


from France, September 2019

"Excellent enseignement - "

Un grand merci au Dr Malathi qui est une excellente enseignante qui met à notre service toutes ses connaissances.

J'ai eu également la bonne surprise de faire une cure de rajeunissement.

A mon retour mon voisin m'a dit qu'as-tu fait on dirait que tu as 10 ans de moins. Aussi, je remercie de tout mon coeur le Dr Praveen qui a pris soin de moi et m'a permis de réaliser une étonnante cure de désintoxication.

Au plaisir de revoir "ma famille indienne" dans un futur que j'espère proche.

Luzia Reichmuth

from South Africa, June 2019

We were a small group and we have learnt a lot from each other. The food was really yogifood, all natural, organic and healthy.

Dr Malathi and Praveen did really a good job.

Clara Boyer

from United States, May 2019

"Bon stage de yoga "

L’environnement est agréable, bien situé à varkala , à 10min minutes de la plage.

Lors de la saison creuse (avril/mai) nous étiez que 5 dans la classe c’etait top!

Les cours sont intéressant, très bien pour débuter le yoga.

L’association yoga et massage est parfait, la masseuse est très doué et ça aide à relâcher les muscles


from Spain, February 2019

"Not recommended to put Retreat and teacher training together"

They are kind and try to help you with issues. Dr. Malati has a great knowledge and is a very patient person. After complaining because of no electricity and no water in the house they brought me in another house. The location is close to the beach and close to the cliff.