ANDREW HILLAM

2019 All Inclusive Ashtanga Yoga Retreat Content

An eight day and seven night all inclusive Ashtanga Yoga Retreat at the very special SwaSwara Eco Resort 

 

The retreat begins on the auspicious day of Vijaya Dashami which celebrates the victory of light over darkness and the awakening of spiritual knowledge within.  The retreat will focus on the integration of all the elements of ashtanga yoga practice as well as yoga philosophy, chanting and satsang along with Ayurvedic and Naturopathic treatments. 

 

SwaSwara Eco Resort was chosen for its specialisation in holistic treatments and its stunning setting in the natural environment of pristine South Indian coastal forest. SwaSwara Eco Resort is the perfect place to deepen all aspects of your Ashtanga practice and reconstruct your body, mind and spirit, creating balance and harmony within.

 

Daily morning chanting is followed by Ashtanga Led and Mysore Classes and complimented by afternoon satsang, delving into yoga philosophy discussions with asana and pranayama technique sessions. During the day schedule Ayurvedic massage and naturopathy treatments or take Ayurvedic cooking, meditative art classes or go on a guided nature walk with SwaSwara’s in house naturalist.

As part of the Ayurveda component of this retreat, SwaSwara's in-house Ayurvedic physician, Doctor Firoz Varun, will give the group a special presentation on the science and practical application of Ayurveda in daily life. This will be followed by an optional interactive cooking session on Ayurvedic cuisine. Students will have the opportunity to observe and take part in the preparation of a tri-doshic Ayurvedic meal for lunch on that day.

The moon day (13 Oct) will begin with a morning satsanga followed by boat ride on the beautiful Aganashini river (who's river mouth meets the Arabian sea only a short distance from SwaSwara) to visit historic Mirjan Fort, followed by a tuk tuk ride from the boat jetty to the Fort, returning by boat to OM Beach. 

 

Kids at SwaSwara: This year SwaSwara have relaxed their child policy (specially for this retreat only). For the first time ever guests will be able to bring children under 15 years of age. There will be ample activities for children including art and cooking classes, nature walks and Karma yoga activities as well as the pool and beach. Kids under 18 will not however be able to receive ayurvedic or naturopathic massage treatments.  

In order to take advantage of the relaxed child policy, we will need to secure enough bookings to fill 20 rooms in the resort. If you would like to bring a child under 15 please contact us for more information and we will let you know where we stand. Special child rates are available upon request.

 

Partners of Retreat Attendees: You are welcome to bring your 'non-yoga' partner to share your villa and to relax and enjoy SwaSwara while you sweat it out in the yoga room. Partners will be able to access all the same benefits of the SwaSwara "Swa" package including ayurveda and naturopathy treatments as outlined below. Please contact us directly for partner rates and more information.

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This is an all inclusive Ashtanga Yoga Retreat that includes all the following except your air ticket, insurance and personal incidentals at SwaSwara. 

Check out the full pricing & sample daily schedule!

Ashtanga Yoga

7 x Morning chanting & Asana Sessions:

Inclusive of Guided Group Class & Mysore Style Practice

5 x Satsanga Sessions:

Inclusive of Yoga Philosophy, Pranayama, Asana Technique & Q&A

Ayuverda

1 x Ayuverda Consultation:

A detailed consultation with the Ayurveda doctor on arrival followed by check-ups & interaction prior to each Ayurveda treatment.

4 x full body Ayurvedic Abhyanga Massages per person during your stay

Round Trip Limousine Car Transfer

The closest international airport is Dabolim Airport in Goa. Fly into Dabolim and you will be picked up in a limousine and brought directly to SwaSwara. You can also choose to be picked up at the nearest train station.
 

Retreaters will be connected to SwaSwara directly for date & time & pax number arrangements.

Luxurious Private Villa

The package includes 7 nights of single or twin shared individual villa with private outdoor showers, courtyard gardens and an upstairs meditation area. Each villa is a sanctuary in its own right.
 

Set on Om Beach, Gokarna, on the Western Coast of Karnataka, the grounds are surrounded by the serenity of nature and only a few minutes walk to the unspoiled beaches and ocean.

Organic Ayuverdic Meals

2 x main vegetarian meals per day (Brunch & Dinner).

Additional fruits & Juices are served early morning; mid morning & evening herbal tea served with healthy cookies 

Delicious Ayurvedic vegetarian organic meals are created from scratch every day from seasonal produce sourced from the local farming community and the SwaSwara organic garden.

*SwaSwara is capable of accommodating to Vegan & Gluten Free diet.

Optional Activities

Cooking Classes / Demonstrations, Art Classes and Nature Walks with SwaSwara staff are also available as part of your stay upon request. You can also take time to visit the local temples and markets in the famous village of Gokarna and take the boat ride on the Aganashini River to visit nearby Mirjan Fort.

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For 2019 retreat registration & inquiries please email Andrew  or Veronique