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6 Days Byron Bay Beach Sivananda Yoga Retreat

  • Tallow Beach House Retreats, 2 Alcorn Street, Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia


Sivananda Yoga Retreat in Byron Bay, Australia

This Byron Bay yoga retreat in Australia, offers a unique weeklong program and a daily schedule based upon the ancient teachings of yoga as a lifestyle, taught in a traditional and pure way - something that most retreats in the west have lost. On each retreat, participants and teachers embark on a powerful and transformative journey that allows them to relax, learn about themselves, overcome many physical, mental, and emotional obstacles and feel renewed, recharged and inspired - taking new knowledge and practical yoga tips to apply to their daily life.


  • Practice of yogic cleansing exercises (kriyas)
  • Daily yoga classes, mantra chanting and kirtan
  • Hands-on vegetarian cooking workshop based on Ayurvedic principles
  • Daily vegetarian Ayurvedic meals, snacks, and morning Ayurvedic power drink
  • Sunrise meditation at a nature reserve at Byron Bay
  • Daily group meditation and spiritual discussion
  • 6 nights of accommodation

Good to know

  • All ages are welcome as participants.

  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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Accommodations at this location are in secluded two bedroom spacious beach houses.

All rooms are fully equipped with air-conditioning, kitchen, living area and a deck area to relax and the beach at your doorstep. Twin share, single shared en-suite, single en-suite rooms and own beach house options are available.

The yoga retreat is located in Byron Bay. This is the most easterly point of Australia. It is a mystical sacred land charged with uplifting spiritual vibrations used in the past by Aboriginals for rituals and still continues to draw an eclectic mix of modern day spiritual seekers. There are 40 kilometers of beautiful, clean beaches in this coastal region. Byron Bays' climate is sub-tropical.

The location of Tallow Beach House Retreats is set among a 30 acres sanctuary lined with 630 meters of Byron Bay's most beautiful beachfront and situated on the edge of the Arakwal National Park. It is a secluded oasis, away from the hustle and bustle of the city life, surrounded by breathtaking and peaceful beach and bush landscape. Definitely nature at its best, offering us the ideal conditions for the practice of yoga.

  • 1 time 3 hours hands-on vegetarian cooking workshop based on Ayurvedic principles
  • 1 time sunrise meditation at a nature reserve in Byron Bay
  • 2 times daily group meditation and spiritual discussion
  • 2 times daily mantra chanting and kirtan (devotional singing)
  • 2 times yoga classes a day
  • 6 nights of accommodation
  • All vegetarian Ayurvedic meals/snacks and morning Ayurvedic power drink
  • Cleansing Vedic ritual
  • Individual coaching and daily Q&A sessions
  • Meditative nature walks including walks on the most beautiful beaches of Byron Bay and visit to sacred sites
  • Practice of yogic cleansing exercises (kriyas)
  • Workshop on different yoga topics

All this in a location that is uplifting, set amongst incomparable nature, one of the most breathtaking spots on the planet, Byron Bay, Australia. The yoga retreat in Byron Bay is based on the classical teachings of yoga as taught by Swami Sivananda and the 5 points of yoga of Swami Vihnudevananda, as taught in the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashrams around the world for over 50 years. For those who are experienced, you will go deeper into the practice. If you are a beginner, you will learn step by step how to take yourself on this journey at your own pace.

About the retreat

Most people look to go on a yoga retreat so that they can relax and rejuvenate. There are many on offer with yoga classes, massages and with lots of free time to read and go to the beach or do whatever else the mind finds attractive or what it relates to relaxation. But did you know that relaxation is not really rejuvenating unless you can disconnect from your thoughts even for a few moments?

What most people do not realize is that yoga is a science, a science of body and more importantly of mind. This ancient science has been shared with us through the scriptures of yoga.

The yoga classes are taught in a specific way to maximize the movement of energy through the body, benefiting also the mind and the spirit. It cannot be intellectually created or randomly formed. In this way, the practitioner fully rejuvenates from the core of their being. The experience of a properly taught yoga class is not just one of exhilaration, blowing off steam after a hard days work, but there should be that feeling of complete balance. A feeling of lightness, that everything will be okay. The purpose of the retreat is so that you can experience the true essence of a yoga practice and understand what it means to do yoga.

You will learn what the benefits are of practicing all the aspects of yoga (thats right, yoga does not only mean physical postures). It will show you that you can reach a state of reconnecting to your true self (that inner you and the 'peace' that everyone speaks of) through having some basic knowledge and tools, so that you can feel what it is like to live like a yogi (without all the cooking).

Retreat schedule

  • 06:00 - Satsang (group meditation)
  • 08:00 - Yoga class
  • 10:00 - Brunch
  • 11:00 - Free time: time to enjoy a sauna, massage, walk along the beach or just relax in the peaceful surroundings
  • 12:00 - Meditative nature walk
  • 14:00 - Workshop
  • 16:00 - Yoga class
  • 18:00 - Dinner
  • 19:30 - Satsang (group meditation)


  • Theoretical and practical 1.5 hours workshops in all aspects of yoga. Topics include:
  • Meditation and mantras
  • Thought - The architect of your destiny
  • Art of relaxation
  • Yoga body check
  • Yoga in daily life
  • Vegetarian-yogic diet cooking workshop

Yoga class

Based on the classical Sivananda yoga class structure: initial mantras, relaxation, pranayama or yogic breathing exercises, preparatory exercises, practice of classical Hatha yoga asanas, final relaxation and concluding mantras.

Satsang (group meditation)

To open your heart and elevate your emotions. We practice, silent meditation, kirtan and chanting of classical mantras, spiritual reading or interesting lecture on a yoga topic.

Check in

2 p.m.

Check out

9.30 a.m.

Itinerary information

The retreat begins on arrival date with a yoga class at 4 p.m., and will end on departure date at around 9:30 a.m.

Course information

To maintain the spiritual atmosphere, no meat, fish or eggs are allowed. There will be no smoking, alcohol or drugs. To give this practice a fair go and in order to reap full benefits of the yoga that is practiced at this retreat you are asked that attendance at meditations, yoga classes and workshops are mandatory.

If for any reason, you decide you wish not to participate in any of these activities, Yoga White Lotus reserves the right to ask you to seize participation in the retreat without refund, as it can have an overall effect on the group energy.

Dressing information

Students are suggested to wear white for yoga classes and meditation whenever possible. Although not mandatory, wearing light colors, in particular white, helps to relax the body and mind for a deeper experience in your yoga practice.

Special menu request / information

Special dietary needs can be accommodated, please inform Yoga White Lotus if there are any.

Additional information

For more information, ask your questions directly to Yoga White Lotus, who will be happy to assist you. Simply click on the Send Inquiry button to send a message.

  • Madhava

    Madhava lived six years at the Sivananda Yoga Ashram in London. He has taught in several of International Sivananda yoga teachers' training courses (TTC) in Europe. At the London ashram, he taught week-long residential courses in yoga anatomy and regular courses in meditation, vegetarian cooking, yoga philosophy, and daily yoga classes and workshops. He teaches with dynamism, precision, and care. His classes are meticulously prepared, intelligently executed, and engaging.

  • Shyamala

    Shyamala lived as full-time voluntary staff in the Sivananda Ashram in London for two years. With the blessings of her master and yoga guru, she is very happy to return to Australia and be able to offer her experience through the yoga classes in Byron Bay. Whilst working to deepen her yoga practice in all aspects, she taught once or twice daily yoga classes, pregnancy yoga, yoga courses, meditation, and yoga philosophy.

  • Massage and infrared sauna are not included in the price.

Vegetarian meals based on Ayurvedic principles

As an important part of the yogic lifestyle, a yogic vegetarian diet also supports the yoga practice. The meals are specifically scheduled and prepared to support the bodys natural rhythm for the digestion of food. The meals provide complete nutritional requirements for the healthy functioning of body and mind. Prepared with loving awareness the meals are always wholesome, unexpectedly tantalizing to the eyes and especially the taste buds, it is full of flavor and color. The retreaters have found meal times to be particularly something to look forward to. Special dietary requirements are catered for.

If interested, massage and infrared sauna are available on request at an additional cost.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Yoga White Lotus an inquiry.
  • Review by Hanabeth Luke from NSW, Australia
    10 out of 10

    "Madhava & Chamelas teachings and guided practice in the 5 points of yoga helped me immeasurably to overcome some great life challenges, and to step forwards into the life I'd always dreamed of. Our mind can be our greatest enemy, or our best friend. Thanks guys, we have to find the time to go surfing again soon, Madhava! "

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  • Review by Francesca Wezel from UK
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you Madhava for the fantastic program you gave in London and Snowdonia. Your classes are like a journey within ourselves, you make us aware of each cell of our body. Your devotion and attention to details are incredible. I feel recharged and full of prana. It has been a real joy to see you, Shyamala and meet the gorgeous Jai. Thank you and Om Namah Sivaya Shyamala."

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  • Review by Sangeeta Lee Jones
    10 out of 10

    "I participated in the positive thinking course and it was most enjoyable and inspiring. The teacher communicates the content very well and is very passionate about creating positive change in people's lives. I am looking forward to doing other courses with white lotus in the future."

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  • Review by Julia Sillitoe

    "I have just returned home from a 5 day retreat with Mathava and Shyamala at Tallows Beach, Byron Bay. I can not speak highly enough of the retreat and of our teachers. I recommend White Lotus Yoga retreats to anyone who is seeking the truth within. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced Yogi, I believe you will find the experience life changing. I thank you both from the bottom of my heart. Sharing such a sacred space for 5 days has brought about such profound changes in me. Mathava and Shyamala live and breath the yogic lifestyle. They teach in a relaxed and welcoming manner, all the while knowing how to have fun and laugh with pure joy. I thank you! Can't wait to come back for another retreat soon. xx"

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  • Review by Laura McCarthy

    "I have just returned from a 5day retreat with Yoga White Lotus and it has been life-changing! I have a whole new positive perspective on life thanks to my teachers Madhava & Shymala. They are passionate and devoted to the Sivananda Yoga Tradition, and they share their lives as they teach you about how their practice nourishes the mind, body and the soul. I thoroughly enjoyed learning about the practice, including the meditation, asanas and chanting. The week was a lot of fun and has given me increased energy and helpful tips that I can implement into my daily life at home. I can't thank both of you enough for what you have taught me. I will see you again soon. Om Shanti, Laura"

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  • Review by Andrew Holt
    10 out of 10

    "Thanks so much for the 3 day retreat last weekend Madhava. Super...Super!! Super. I feel so much more alive and inspired with my practice that has continued since. The food totally 5 star- Thanks Hanuman. Loved the energy centre and all the beautiful souls who attended. Look forward to visiting again. Om Shanti."

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  • Review by Erin Stalenberg
    10 out of 10

    "I had the great pleasure of participating in the Prenatal Yoga classes at Yoga White Lotus. I had done a little yoga on and off in the past but had never been a committed Yogi. Regular yoga during pregnancy has helped me immensely; both to gain strength and flexibility in my body but also to find a centred, peaceful and relaxed place in my mind to treasure during this special time of life. The yoga taught by Shyamala and Madhava also links beautifully with the antenatal teachings of Calmbirth. Yoga White Lotus has been the perfect place to be (re-)introduced to the benefits of yoga. I hope to continue my practice after baby arrives!"

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  • Review by Stefan Barbieri
    10 out of 10

    "I recently completed the one week retreat at sacred Mt. Warning, what a spectacular place! Madhava and Shymala bring a wealth of experience, knowledge and most importantly compassion and love to their practice and were always there for guidance and support. I really enjoyed hearing and learning about the true meaning of Yoga and understanding more deeply the spiritual path, this was a big part of the retreat and really grounds you on, why you are doing the physical part of yoga and how it is all connected to the ultimate goal of conciousness and the divine. I would recommend the Retreat to anyone who wants to understand Yoga on a deeper level or enhance their current practice of Yoga. Thank You once again Madhava and Shymala :) "

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New South Wales, Australia

Yoga White Lotus practices and teaches yoga in a traditional way as taught in a beautiful yoga center located in Lennox Head.

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6 days / 5 nights


Arrival: Friday September 29, 2017
Departure: Wednesday October 4, 2017



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