India Yoga Retreat 2016
with Natalie Snooke and Atul Mulji
13 - 26 January 2016
Discover the joy, colour and spirituality of southern India on this 14-day retreat. You'll experience an unforgettable taste of India and the transformative essence of Yoga and Vedic practice - guided by two highly experienced yoga teachers who share a passion and love for India.
- Experience the beauty and sacredness of Indian culture
- Deepen your self-awareness with daily yoga asana, pranayama and meditation practice
- Relax in tranquil, eco-friendly resort accommodation
- Savor the spiritual energy of ashrams and holy temples
- Learn about Yoga and Vedic philosophy
- Be rejuvenated by Ayurvedic massage and treatments
- Share the journey with a group of like-minded others
- Enjoy a balanced, slow-paced program.
The Roots of Yoga
Yoga has its roots in ancient India. For over 5000 years, the science, philosophy and practice of Yoga has been handed down through lineages from teacher to student.
A journey to India for anyone is transformational. For yoga and meditation practitioners, discovering first-hand the values and subtle nuances of the Indian culture that underpins much of the spiritual path brings a deeper meaning and connection to our practice. Although influenced by modern western culture, much of India's daily life remains steeped in spirituality and ritual as it has done for thousands of years.
Due to the concentration of spiritual devotion, visiting India has a profound and lasting impact on one's sense of being. It can charm, shock, challenge and overjoy all at the same time! With poverty and wealth lying side by side, it is full of contrasts and paradoxes. The people are warm, welcoming and generous. Their temples are charged with powerful energy and the deities and worship is colourful, with a vibrancy unsurpassed. We offer you the chance to discover some of the gems of Southern India in a like-minded group, so you can share and make the most of your experiences.
The purpose of our retreat and the intention of our daily practice is Yoga Sadhana. Sadhana is at the heart of yoga and meditation and means spiritual practice. It involves light-hearted discipline and ongoing self-inquiry in our daily activities and interactions. Our journey together will be about enhancing meaningful connection, both to ourselves and to each other, whilst being sensitive to local culture and customs.
You will be guided by senior yoga and meditation teachers Natalie (pictured above) and Atul (pictured below) who have each spent considerable time living in India and enjoy yoga as a way of life. They well understand the challenges and joys that India offers the sincere yogi! Atul is also a qualified and experienced Massage Therapist and Natalie is also a qualified and experienced Life Coach - both are here to support and enhance your comfort and well-being whilst on the retreat. Click here to read more about them.
Location & Accommodation
Our retreat is initially based in Puducherry (formerly known as Pondicherry) a charming city on the west coast that has a delightful blend of Indian and French-colonial culture - there's fabulous chai and coffee, chapattis as well as croissants. The last four days of our retreat will be based in Tiruvannamalai, a bustling pilgrimage town based at the foothills of the Annamalai hills. Our travel will be sensitive to the local culture and customs.
We will stay at the Kailash Beach Resort near Puducherry, located on the Bay of Bengal on India's east coast. Situated on three hectares of tropical gardens with abundant bird life, the eco-friendly resort is run according to sustainability principles and grows its own organic vegetables. Our twin-share/double rooms are light, comfortable and spacious, with Indian architecture and art deco furnishings. Each has a private ensuite, balcony and AC. The resort also has on-site Ayurvedic massage and body treatments, a large swimming pool, walking paths along river and sea, as well as quiet courtyards for reflection.
In Tiruvannamalai we will stay atthe Sparsa Resort, a serene resort located just outside of town. Built from eco-friendly materials, Sparsa has beautifully-appointed twin-share/double rooms in a garden setting, with views of the sacred Mount Arunachala. There is a swimming pool and on-site Ayurvedic treatments. India is a busy place and can easily become overwhelming with crowds. So staying in quiet out-of-town accommodation, with plenty of space is a very welcome relief for yogis! We have carefully selected our venues with your comfort, serenity and enjoyment in mind.
Three wholesome vegetarian meals are included each day on retreat. Most meals will be eaten at our hotels in buffet-style, with the occasional restaurant lunch or dinner. South Indian cuisine is mildly spicy, typically with rice, chapatti (toasted flat round bread), dahl, vegetable curries, plentiful fruit and some salads. Some western-style cafes and foods will be available.
Our program will include a balance of in-house yoga practice, free personal time and planned excursions and activities. During free time you are welcome to relax in the gardens and swimming pool, enjoy a rejuvenating Ayurvedic body treatment in-house or venture out for a walk or for shopping.
Yoga Sadhana - each morning we will greet the day with guided practice of meditation, pranayama and yoga asana (Hatha, Vinyasa flow and Yin) open to students of all levels and abilities. Both experienced teachers, Natalie and Atul offer light-hearted inspiration, steady guidance and diverse themes for each practice. Sessions for chanting, satsang (spiritual talks), philosophy and fire ceremony will also be offered, with interactive time for questions and discussion.
Included is a rich and diverse array of activities and excursions. There will be ample time for all the usual sight-seeing, shopping and exploring that visitors to India enjoy. Included are visits to:
Puducherry - Ganesh temple, cycling tour, Bollywood dance class and local shopping for Indian handicrafts and fabrics
Auroville - a unique universal township dedicated to sustainable living and spiritual transformation
Sri Aurobindo Ashram - the holy place of the Indian yogi, saint, philosopher and spiritual reformist who developed Integral Yoga
Chinmaya Mission - based on the wisdom of Vedanta, providing global charitable and educational activities
Tanjavour - the 'rice bowl of Tamil Nadu' a treasure-house of art, classical music and the Brahadeeswarar Temple, a UNESCO world heritage monument
ISKON - the International Society of Krishna Consciousness for Sunday feast, chanting and festivities
Chidambaram - 'seat of the cosmic dance' a holy town with an ancient temple dedicated to Nataraja, dancing Shiva
Tirruvanamalai - the pilgrimage town and home of the sacred Shiva mountain of Arunachala and full moon festival
Ramana Maharshi - spending time at this famous Indian saint's ashram for meditation and inspiration
Golden Temple of Sripuram - a spiritual park and the world's largest golden temple dedicated to goddesses Lakshmi and Narayani
Click here for a PDF of the full retreat Program and Itinerary.
Please note that the above itinerary of visits may to subject to change, according to local conditions and availability. Being flexible in our travel approach is essential for India!
The retreat includes: 14 days/13 nights' twin-share/double accommodation; all airport transfers and coach transport within India; three vegetarian meals daily; daily yoga/meditation classes; two Ayurvedic massages/body treatments; regular excursions and sight-seeing activities. The retreat cost does not include airfares to/from India.
Retreat participants are requested to take out comprehensive travel insurance and must obtain a Tourist Visa to permit entry into India. Please refer to your country-specific guidelines for India visas and allow plenty of time (up to six weeks in advance) for Indian visas to be processed.
The retreat starts and ends in Chennai. Retreat participants are required to arrive at the Chennai airport by midnight on Wednesday 13 January, from where they will be personally met by our local Indian tour contact and safely transferred to our hotel to join the group.
Dates: Wednesday 13 - Tuesday 26 January 2016
Cost: $2,500 per person EARLY-BIRD by 30 August 2015 $2,700 per person standard LAST 3 PLACES AVAILABLE! Instant on-line tourist visas for India are accessible for citizens of Australia, USA and many other countries, to allow for last-minute bookings.
Deposit: $350 (non-transferable, non-refundable) to secure your place. Click here to read our Retreat Refund Policy.
Places: 18 maximum
More Info: Please contact Kylie, Administration Assistant at Momentum on firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone +61 8 9330 1988 during business hours Monday to Friday (Perth, Western Australia GMT+8hrs).
To Register: To book your place, click on the below button. You will be directed to an online booking and Retreat Registration Form to complete, along with your payment details. Please check your Junk inbox if any confirmation emails do not arrive! Once your booking has been received, we will provide you with a detailed itinerary and helpful hints on getting the most out of your India Yoga Retreat 2016.
We look forward to sharing sacred India with you! Namaste.
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