Our winter 2019 ”All you can Yoga" retreat will be held along the spectacular seaside in Kerala, India. We will visit the ashram of Swami Govindananda to explore parts of life as a yogi, we visit the tea-plantages in Munnar and travel the coast of exotic Kerala where you can swim in the warm waters of the Arabian sea or take in the breathtaking views from the sheer cliffs that surround the beach.
The retreat offers 5 hours of daily yoga asana, pranayama and meditation classes with plenty of time to explore the local markets, temples or just lay in the sun sipping a fresh coconut, talking to Swami-ji or enjoying an ayurvedic massage. Most days meals are included but for some days lunch and dinner come as extra costs* to sample the local cuisine for evenings (don't miss the sunset from the cliff top restaurants).
This retreat is open to everyone, total beginners and pro practitioners are all welcome. No experience is necessary, you’ll learn all you need to know during the trip - part of the journey - and we can nearly promise you’ll be great at ordering chai, dosas as well as coconuts. All with a smile at heart.
This is a retreat for you who needs to escape the west for a short time to rejuvenate and want to give yourself the time to simply be, meanwhile exploring the curiosity of exotic southern India. Hopefully you like the combination of yoga and traveling experience. You will deepen your understanding and practice in Yoga, meditation and pranayama over these few days or weeks.
This trip combine all this in a relaxed & flexible schedule with optional yoga, pranayama and meditation practice up to 5 hours daily. Most activities are scheduled to free mid-day times for your own leisure by choice. Maybe visit a temple, spend the day at the beach, your new favorite juice bar or go to the local market and pick up some spices or chai.
This retreat is for YOU to unwind and rejuvenate completely.
Place is limited to 10 participants only, be an early bird and book before September 30th save 2450kr for 14 days trip.
If you are not yet convinced why to go - here’s why
Kerala is shaped by its landscapes - almost 600km of glorious Arabian Sea coast and beaches, a network of backwaters and spice and tea-covered hills. As relaxing as an Ayurvedic massage, just setting foot on this swath of soul-quenching green will slow your stride to a blissed-out amble. Besides its famous backwaters, coconut groves, taste-bud-tingling cuisine, Kerala is home to wild elefants and crazy vibrant traditions of Kathakali.
India is known as the spiritual heart of the world and as the birthplace of the yogic traditions, this is an opportunity to go beyond what is explored in a typical yoga class with experienced Western teachers. You will be involved in a powerfully transformative fire ceremony and experience a gentle introduction to the art of noble silence for some parts of the yoga retreat. In all, the perfect place to deepen your knowledge in the science of Yoga.
Jenny who returns to India every year, for the first time, opens up to her secret spots and experiences that helped her widen her understanding of Yoga and self. She connects you, not only to stunning locations, but mainly to amazing people and teachers she’s been blessed to connect with over the years, especially Swami Govindananda and Swami Nivedanananda. We all look forward to sharing moments together with you, individually as in group.
Swami Govindananda Saraswati With 30 years experience teaching Yoga and Vedanta philosophy, graduating a few thousands of fledgling yoga teachers, Swami Govindananda Saraswati is a gifted and charismatic teacher. Much loved by his students for his unique style and humour, Swami Govindananda is a rare jewel of integrity and truth, with hundreds of disciples throughout the world.
A direct disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda, Swami Govindananda started his ashram life in Sivananda Ashram Neyyar Dam, Kerala in 1987. Combined with his yoga teaching qualifications from the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre organization ( www.sivananda.org), Swami Govindananda has graduated in Physics and a Bachelors degree in Education, giving him a unique ability to dispense complicated philosophical teachings to be easily understood by people from all cultures, of all ages, all over the world.
Teaching such subjects as: Raja Yoga, Yoga Asanas, Vedanta Philosophy, Baghavad Gita, Sanskrit, Hatha Yoga, Classic Hindu Scriptures, Yogic Diet, Kriyas, Meditation, Advanced Pranayama, Hatha Yoga teaching skills and Advanced Yoga teaching skills.
Swami Nivedanananda is born and brought up in Kottayam district in Kerala, India. After formal schooling, at a young age itself Swamiji joined the Sivagiri Sree Narayana Math, Varkala, Kerala and underwent traditional education on Sanskrit, Vedanta, Yoga sutra, Gita, tantric poojas and rituals for 7 years. This led him to take the sannyasa initiation ( a vow of a monk ) from the same ashram at a very young age and served the ashram for many years.
Swamiji took formal training in Yoga at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres in India undergoing the Yoga Teacher Training Course as well as the Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Course. During his stay in Sivananda Ashram, Neyyar dam, India Swamiji taught many hatha yoga classes and Veda chanting. Many of Swamiji’s friends and students will fondly remember him as the priest of the same ashram daily following the ritual performance for about 10 years.
Jenny Wallgren is 500 E-RYT experienced teacher with main teacher in Swami Govindananda and a lineage of Swami Sivananda. She have many years of self practice and teaching hours and are the founder and owner of the personal development studio Equmind at Södermalm in Stockholm. She recently were assistant senior teacher in China 200h Teacher training course and are the concept builder of Urban Yoga Intensive L1 & L2.
She is a compassionate teacher who brings energy, space and joy to every class she shares with her students. Her deep knowledge in mind and body are thanks to her great broad experience both from deepened practice in yoga and meditation as from her time as an elite athlete and her 9 year carrier as a risk analyst in investment banking, experiences she finds very beneficial and creates a unique fusion in her as a teacher. She though consider herself to be simply one among all and are well aware of the strain of modern life both of internal and external characters. She found her resolution in Yoga and meditation and find its her mission to inspire and be of guidance to ease the mental imbalances, stresses of everyday life, tensions in physical body - by teaching the techniques of an eastern ancient practice. She always connects the east to the west in an easy-to-grasp way so what happens on the yogamat also can be integrated into everyday life. Thats how, she believes, Yoga can be of greatest benefit to all in a western modern society.
Prices & inclusions
You can choose numbers of days 7/10/14 depending on your availability of time. Prices are from 9950 SEK for the 7 first days, with additional cost per day (days includes these places of visit):
7 days 22-28/1: 9 950kr (Kannur (ashram with Swami-ji), beachtime, Munnar)
10 days 22-31/1: 13 950kr (7 days + Backwaters + Varkala/beachlife.)
14 days 22/1-4/2: 18 400kr (10 days + 4 more beach days and day trips by choice maybe to well known Sivananda ashram and / or shopping trip to Trivandrum.)
Early bird book before September 30th
14 dgr 15950 kr (discount 2450kr)
For each student who join us, Equmind donate from our own pocket, a month-worth of stay for an unprivileged girl or boy (of your choice in Your Name) to a gurukulam system in India that one of Jennys teacher Swami Tattvarupananda is the founder and chairman. This being part of Equminds Karma-project since three years back. Building futures for unfortunate children, becoming fortunate.
Yoga retreat Kerala - A typical day * looks a bit different at the ashram
07:00 am Wake up & tea is served
07:30-09:30 am Asana & meditation
09:30-10:30 am Vegetarian Breakfast
10:30-12:00 am Free time
12:00-1:00 pm Optional workshops/yoga asana/chanting
1:00-2:30 pm Vegetarian lunch (by own choice)
2:30-4:00 pm Free time (massage treatments etc)
4:00-6:00 pm Afternoon class
6:00-8:00 pm Explore and sample local restaurants for dinner on your own
8:00-9:00 pm Optional evening meditation & chanting
9:30 pm Lights out or at least tune into silence
What you need to know: Getting there, Visas, Vaccinations
Reserve your spot by paying 1500 SEK either by swish 123 336 6481 or BG 497-1362. Full payment due 14 days before the first yogaclass, January 8. Mark your payment with "name+India+days".
Cancellation policy only refund with doctors certificate.
We are looking much forward sharing these days and creating memories together in beautiful Kerala.
Inquiries, questions & booking email email@example.com
Om Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu,
May all beings be happy and free. May the thoughts, words and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and freedom for all.
Jenny with Team of teachers
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