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10 Days Meditation and Yoga Retreat in India

  • Nikhil Residence, North Cliff Varkala, 695141 Trivandrum, Kerala, India

Overview

Refreshing India Yoga Retreat Kerala

Rest your soul, bliss your body, and awaken your senses in this yoga retreat in India with Yogi Vishnu Syamlal. Join other yogis on a journey that is sure to be something out of the ordinary! Your days filled with yoga, meditation, pranayama, mantra chanting, and beach life. Give your body and mind the opportunity to replenish and get energy and boost your health, the effects of which will last months after your arrival back home.

Highlights

  • 30 hours' yoga classes
  • Daily morning meditation session
  • Daily surya namaskar and asana class
  • Use of asanas, pranayama, meditation, yoga Nidra, mantra chanting
  • Day trips to Ponmudi and Golden Island
  • Practitioners from all levels are welcome
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • Intermediate

  • Advanced

  • 10 days with instruction
  • English
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Nikhil Residence is a beautiful, quiet, and peaceful place with comfortable, clean, stylish rooms and independent cottages, nicely situated in a tropical garden to relax and enjoy.

Deluxe non air-conditioned room

These are the twin bedded rooms with attached bathroom. These rooms are comfy for two adults and has sit-out or balcony.

Deluxe pool-view air-conditioned room

Fabulous views of the swimming pool and coconut groves. These are the twin bedded rooms with attached bathroom. These rooms are comfy for two adults and has sit-out or balcony.

Deluxe air-conditioned villa

Fabulous view of the coconut groves; Stylish comfortable interiors and decorations with luxurious bathrooms. These twin bed accommodations have a bathroom and sit-out or balcony.

Nikhil Residence Facilities

  • 24 hours security
  • Ayurveda clinic yoga center
  • Bike, scooter, and car on hire
  • Doctor-on-call
  • Laundry
  • Money exchange
  • Multi-cuisine restaurant
  • STD, ISD, and Wi-Fi connection
  • Swimming pool
  • Travel desk

You will start every morning with a sunrise pranayama and meditation, followed by a classical Hatha yoga. In the morning class, you will have a combination of asanas, pranayama, meditation, yoga Nidra, and mantra chanting to learn how to become more present and more flexible.

Every evening, you will start with surya namaskar, which is good before the asana class. After surya namaskar, you will move to deep sana and pranayama.

Yoga Vishnu offers three hours of yoga class every day, one and a half hours in the morning and one and a half hours in the evening for a total of 30 hours of yoga classes in 10 days. There will be plenty of time for swimming, beach, shopping, and excursions.

All levels are welcome

This yoga retreat is suitable for any level of experience. Either you have a regularly established practice or just recently begun to experience the benefits of yoga. These 10 days will give you the opportunity to fully immerse yourself into the deepening of your practice and touch upon an authentic experience of yoga.

The price of this retreat includes a one-day trip to Ponmudi (the Golden Peak) and a one-day open boat trip to Golden Island.

Trip to Ponmudi

Ponmudi (the Golden Peak) is a hill station in the Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala in India. It is located 55.2 kilometers north-east of Trivandrum city at an altitude of 1,100 meters. Being a part of the Western Ghats mountain range that runs parallel to the Arabian Sea. Ponmudi is blessed with scenic splendor and natural beauty. It has a carpet of thick tropical forest that rolls down to the foot of the hill range.

Trip to Golden Island

An open boat will take you to the incredibly beautiful backwater area on the beautiful island, Golden Island, where it is possible to meditate and visit a Ganesha temple.

  • Vishnu Syamlal

    Vishnu Syamlal is a highly skilled yoga instructor. He is qualified from recognized yoga institute and is an experienced regular practitioner. Yoga Vishnu Stockholm has successfully carried out several yoga trips to India in past years. As a tour leader, Vishnu has a wide knowledge of diverse culture history and people in India and in particular in Kerala, where he was born and raised.

The retreat will be held at Nikhil Residence, situated in North Cliff, Varkala, where you can experience tranquility at its best. It is only five minutes’ walk from Varkala’s stunning Papanasam cliffs and beach. With a choice of unique cottages or well-appointed rooms, Nikhil Residence aims to offer you luxurious comfort and security.

Kerala

Kerala, which is known as God’s own country, is one of the most beautiful places in India. It is blessed with greenery, a network of 44 rivers and backwaters, rice fields, spice plantations, and friendly people. It is the most popular tourist destination in India. Hindus believe that a dip in the Papanasam Beach in Varkala can wash away your sins.

Varkala beach

Varkala, a calm and quiet hamlet, lies on the outskirts of Thiruvananthapuram district. It has several places of tourist interests like a beautiful beach, a 2000-year-old Vishnu temple, and the Ashramam - Sivagiri Mutt a little distance from the beach. Varkala offers excellent accommodation facilities for tourists and is fast becoming a popular health resort with many Ayurvedic massage centers.

You can be certain that the retreat will wash away the stresses and strains of a busy life. A bath in the bubbling waters of the natural springs will bring relief to a multitude of ailments. These waters also rejuvenate and revitalize tired, aging bodies, providing a respite from the aging process. This is a gift of nature for people to enjoy, a refreshing shower, as the magic waters cascade from the springs.

On the edge of the cliff is a path. Resorts and eating places dot the waterfront, catering to different tastes with exotic seafood, cuisines from around the world, and special Malayali preparations. You will feel the soothing effects of this serene environment as you discover God’s own country.

Nearby places

  • Kollam, south Kerala, 37 kilometers
  • Papanasam cliffs and beach, 5 minutes walk
  • Thiruvananthapuram city, 51 kilometers
Activities
  • Massage
  • Shopping
  • Spa
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool
General
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Beach
  • Lobby
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga studio
Services
  • Bicycle rental
  • Currency exchange
  • Free bicycle
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Medical assistance
  • Scooter / motorcycle rental
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet

Nikhil Residence has a restaurant that offers traditional delicacies, continental, and Indian cuisine ensuring a dining experience that is to relish and remember. Guests can choose from the finest selection of fresh prawns, snapper, lobster and have it prepared to their choice.

Indian food

Most Indian cuisines are similar in terms of the use of spices. Oftentimes, Indian cooking is distinguished by the use of a larger variety of vegetables in comparison with many other well-known cuisines.

Fresh seafood

The perfect dish for special occasions or anytime you want to feel special, this dish is well-spiced but mild. You can make it hotter by adding cayenne pepper or additional fresh or dried chilies.

Continental food

Light food, which you can enjoy at any time of the day, for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snack.

The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:

  • Seafood
  • Other dietary requirements on request
(If you have special dietary requirements its a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)
  • Beach time
  • Book additional private yoga classes
  • Dip in a swimming pool
  • Excursions
  • Go shopping

Ayurveda, the science of life, was originated in India and is best flourishing in Kerala. Ayurveda in Kerala is the best as nowhere else you can find the most professional practitioners of this medical system.

Amruthasanjeevani is Nikhil Residence's traditional medical center with a focus on natural healing through Ayurveda. It is perhaps the best known clinic in Varkala offering excellent Ayurvedic treatments with assured rejuvenation and cure. They offer the most authentic therapy and treatments supervised by a medically qualified doctor and experienced team of therapists at an additional cost.

  • 3 hours of yoga every day, in total 30 yoga lessons
  • 10 nights accommodation
  • One day trip to Ponmudi (the Golden Peak)
  • One day open boat trip to Golden Island
  • Transfers to and from Trivandrum International Airport (TRV)
  • Ayurvedic treatments
  • Flight ticket
  • Meals
  • Personal expenses

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flights to arrive at Trivandrum International Airport (TRV). This airport serves international charter and domestic flights. Transfers from and to this airport are included in the price. Yoga Vishnu will pick you up at the airport.

You can fly a scheduled airline to any gateway city, such as Mumbai, New Delhi, or Bangalore, and then take a domestic airline for your journey to Trivandrum, which is a two-hour flight from Mumbai and 3.25 hours from New Delhi and Bangalore. Qatar Airways, Emirates Airlines, and Etihad Airways fly from Stockholm Arlanda Airport and have excellent connections to Trivandrum in India.

Vasastan, Stockholm, Sweden

Yoga Vishnu offers yoga classes in both group and private for children, adults, beginners, and advanced, and organizes yoga trips to India and workshops throughout Sweden and Europe.

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10 days / 9 nights

Availability

Arrival: Tuesday January 3, 2017
Departure: Thursday January 12, 2017

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