14 Days Hatha Yoga Beach Holiday with a Certified Teacher in Gokarna, India

Enhancing Yoga Holiday India

This retreat offers you the chance to positively influence your physical, mental, and emotional well-being and cultivate awareness so you can have a much richer and rewarding experience of yourself, others, and the world around you.

Whilst the origins and practices of the many aspects of yoga and Hatha yoga still remain shrouded in mystery. One thing is for sure – the Hatha Yoga practices, including the asana, pranayama, mudra and mantra techniques many of us dedicate time to – create a change, and this is something they’ve always been intended to do.

They can change how we feel not just physically, but mentally and emotionally too. They can enhance feelings of happiness and wellbeing, help release sadness and grieve, encourage relaxation, dynamism.

Though we may not all be able to become ascetics and renounce worldly responsibilities in favor of yoga practice, we can use our yoga practice to become more connected, vital and engaged with the world we live in.

In-house Yoga teachers, guest teachers and schedule are subject to change without prior notice.

Meet the instructors

Lucia
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Highlights

  • 3 hours daily yoga classes
  • Certified and professional yoga instructor
  • Complimentary bikes to explore the surroundings
  • Plenty of time to explore the surrounding areas
  • Daily breakfast and snacks
  • 13 nights accommodation
  • Water and drinks

Skill level

  • Beginner

12 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: French, German, Russian, Spanish, English
The maximum participants in the group is 20
Airport transfer available:
Dabolim Airport (US$81 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Mangalore International Airport (US$128 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Facilities

  • Table tennis
  • Café
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga shala
  • Bicycle rental
  • Cell phone rental
  • Currency exchange
  • Free bicycle
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Laptop rental
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Newspapers
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet
  • Outdoor shower

Namaste Yoga Farm is famous for its well-known exclusive stay which provides its guests with an optimum comfort and peace. The feel however is like a homely and cozy type, with six exclusive rooms that present the perfect environment to do yoga, relax, and enjoy, plus seven eco cottages.

The interior of the place is naturally combined with attractive, elegant decor and quality, positioned near the Arabic ocean on Kudle Beach. Each room here is designed to hold the coastal view and are featured with a private terrace or balcony. The rooms are located far from the noise so you can enjoy a quiet and peaceful environment.

Eco-tourism is more than a catch phrase for nature loving travel and recreation. Eco-tourism is consecrated for preserving and sustaining the diversity of the world’s natural and cultural environments. This accommodates and entertains visitors in a way that is minimally intrusive or destructive to the environment and sustains and supports the native cultures in the locations it is operating in.

This is the reason Namaste Yoga Farm Gokarna uses thick volcanic, laterite stones for the walls and the roof is made from terracotta tiles on coconut wood rafters and the mattresses are made from coco nut fiber.

Classic cottage

This Namaste Yoga Farm cottage makes an ideal holiday retreat, and the perfect base for exploring all the delights of the south coast. Relax and unwind after the beach in this cozy cottage, or enjoy the fresh air and dine in a beach restaurant. Discover the sub-tropical gardens and spend a day at one of the many beaches surrounding this lovely Bramin town.

It is very peaceful. Classic cottages have garden view without glass in the wooden frames. Not good to book if you are scared of small animals like geckos, frogs and ants cause they are visiting frequently. This is an out-door cottage with small criitters.

Tree house

The sitting area is perfect for bird watchers and animal lovers alike, but what strikes you most is the stunning vista, looking out towards the Arabic Ocean and Kudle Beach. You have a light, electric plug-ins, Wi-Fi (WLAN) connection, mattress, and a mosquito net. The big tree house is very basic on five plywood boards (160 square feet).

There is a wooden ladder going up and monkeys jump in the tree (the monkeys are super friendly). The roof and low side walls are made from coconut leaves and bamboo. The ladder can be a challenge, though triple super stable. Toilets and hot showers are within a few seconds walk and also the chill-out space which you can use anytime.

Standard room

Namaste Yoga Farm's seascape flows into these rooms designed to embrace the coastal view. Simple design and comfortable furnishings allow for nature's tranquility to permeate your personal resort accommodation. Most rooms feature either a private terrace or balcony.

Deluxe room

Are you are looking for a retreat from your busy lifestyle at a quiet, private hideaway close to the beach? Namaste Yoga ‘s Farm six secluded rooms offer accommodation as an alternative to the motel/hotel experience. With views of the Arabic ocean, this deluxe guesthouse provides guests with outstanding service in a peaceful setting.

Program

What exactly Hatha yoga actually is hasn’t changed for thousands of years, however, our thinking and perception of it certainly has. Language is a powerful thing, and in different cultures, the same word can have a variety of definitions, throughout the evolution of yoga practice, the same word Hatha - has come to mean different things too.

Popular thinking ‘in the West’ (an all-too-common expression now), is that Hatha yoga is about balancing the body and mind. With ‘ha’ representing the esoteric sun, and ‘tha’ the moon, and the What exactly Hatha yoga actually is hasn’t changed for thousands of years, however, our thinking and perception of it certainly has.

Language is a powerful thing, and in different cultures, the same word can have a variety of definitions, throughout the evolution of yoga practice, the same word - Hatha - has come to mean different things too. Popular thinking ‘in the West’ (an all-too-common expression now), is that Hatha yoga is about balancing the body and mind.

With ‘ha’ representing the esoteric sun, and ‘tha’ the moon, and the practice of Hatha yoga aiming to join, yoke, or balance these two energies. A yoga class described as ‘Hatha' will typically involve a set of physical postures and breathing techniques, practiced more slowly and with more static posture holds than perhaps a Vinyasa Flow or Ashtanga class.

And indeed, that is how Namaste Yoga Farm describes their Hatha yoga classes. Literally, however, Hatha means ‘force’ and is more traditionally defined as ‘the yoga of force’, or ‘the means of attaining a state of yoga through force’. So, Hatha yoga can be considered as anything you might do with the body, including:

  • Asana - yoga postures (practiced in any style of 'yoga')
  • Pranayama - breathing techniques
  • Mantra - chanting or reciting
  • Mudra - hand gestures
  • Shatkriyas and shatkarmas - cleansing techniques
  • And even types of visualization

Many of the postures you see today didn’t exist until the explosion of popular yoga within the past 50 years. Ancient asanas were not merely postures, to begin with, but mudras - intended to seal and direct energy within the body.

Savasana was originally meant as a way to practice deep and esoteric visualization and encourage subtle energetic changes, going far beyond just five minutes of relaxation at the end of a sweaty class (although of course relaxation is highly beneficial in a busy modern world!).

From just one known asana in the 13th century to 84 sacred postures, to 112 in the 18th and 19th centuries, there is now a plethora of postures in the new millennium, from the most gentle and restorative, to the most challenging and pretzel-like.

Daily schedule

Day 1

  • 15:00 Arrival and welcome drink

Day 2 to 13

  • 08:00-09:30 Hatha yoga
  • 10:00 Breakfast
  • 10:30 Free time
  • 16:00-17:30 Hatha yoga
  • 17.30 Free time

Day 14

  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 12:00 Departure

Instructors

Lucia
Lucia is a psychiatric nurse assistant with 22 years of teaching experience in Hatha yoga. While practicing at the desert of Marocco all alone (spring 2018), she got again deeply impressed by the deprivation of the senses and the infinite experience of her inner peace. After this intense experience, she quit her job at the hospital in summer 2018 for longterm traveling while teaching and practicing yoga worldwide and at Namaste Yoga Farm.

Location

Gokarna is a town on the Arabian Sea, in the southwestern Indian state of Karnataka. A popular pilgrimage destination for Hindus, it’s known for sacred sites like Mahabaleshwar Temple, which has a shrine dedicated to the deity Shiva. Nearby, Koti Teertha is a temple tank where devotees wash in the holy waters.

The town is also home to beaches such as palm-lined Gokarna, in the center, plus Kudle and Om farther south. Namaste Yoga Farm is an oasis of peace just 3-minutes walk from the golden sands of Kudle Beach and the famous Rama temple/Shiva cave of Gokarna.

Sleep in ocean view rooms, eco-cottages with their own veranda, or yoga deck or amidst lush greenery in one of the enchanting tree houses build under a canopy of stars. Organic vegetables, fruits, and herbs grow amongst tropical flowers, healing plants, and abundant bird life.

Explore nearby beaches, local villages, ancient temples, and caves. Transform mind, body, and spirit through yoga and meditation, indulge in Ayurvedic massage or take a kayak tour on the ocean. Enjoy art classes and chess club on Thursday's, or perhaps just simply relax, unwind, and grab a book from Namaste Yoga Farm’s huge library and chill aside the fish pond.

Nearby places

  • Kudle Beach - 3 minutes
  • Goa International Airport (GOI), 150 kilometers - 3 hours 30 minutes

Food

Namaste Yoga Farm focuses on health! Because Namaste Yoga Farm likes homemade foods, produces tofu, yogurt, and also buy from local families other homemade products like a peanut, cashew butter, cheese, and brown bread. Ingredients are cooked simply to maintain the maximum nutritional value and flavor.

During this retreat, a healthy breakfast will be served to you in the morning with the option of sweet or salty such as fruit muesli, homemade yogurt, local fruits, idly and dosa's, honey, extra virgin olive oil, tahini, brown German bread, fruit salads, coffee, and tea. Let Namaste Yoga Farm know about any issues with foods you might have and they will do their best to adjust accordingly.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Detox juices

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Fruitarian
  • Whole food
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

If you fancy a day off the mat, or have some time after your yoga retreat, there are some wonderful places to visit around Gokarna. From boat trips to spotting dolphins and kayaking to secret coves, to exploring the coastline by scooter. Drive through picturesque villages to the Yaana falls and caves or you can seek out the half-moon beach for a swim.

Gokarna has more than 1000 temples to be explored with its pristine beaches and breathtaking landscapes, Gokarna is a Hindu pilgrimage town in Karnataka and a newly found hub for beach lovers and hippies. Gokarna is not very conventionally touristy. The beaches are meant for a slow, relaxed holiday and everything on the beach goes at the same relaxed pace.

Full of coconut and palm trees, the ocean and clean sands, Gokarna is a 'one of its kind place' in the country. Nature lovers will enjoy Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary, one of the world's biodiversity hot spots just 90 kilometers north of Gokarna.

Whether or not you catch a glimpse of an elusive leopard or a troop of monkeys, the mountainous jungle scenery is spectacular. Shoppers and souvenir seekers will love the markets in Gokarna, where you can find everything from silk scarves and silver jewelry to sandals, sarongs, and spices. Remember to haggle - its all part of the experience!

Ayurvedic treatments are available from Dr. Ratan Singh just 200 meters from Namaste Yoga Farm towards Gokarna. The following therapies are offered:

  • Ayurveda
  • Naturopathy
  • Schuessler salt and biomineral salt treatments
  • Traditional Chinese medicine

What's included

  • 13 nights accommodation
  • 12-day teachings for three hours daily
  • 13 breakfasts
  • Water and drinks
  • Linen and towels
  • Complimentary bikes to explore the surroundings

What's not included

  • Tourist visa for India
  • Health insurance

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your direct flight to Goa International Airport (GOI) or via Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (BOM) in Mumbai or Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) in Delhi. It is a 3.5 hours taxi drive to Gokarna from Goa. Transfer from and to the airport is available upon request. Namaste Yoga Farm can pick you up, if you send your flight details in advance.

Arrival by train

You can take a train to arrive at Gokarna Road station (GOK) or at Kumta (KT) or Ankola (ANKL), which is 30 kilometers from Gokarna, in case you come by train from Mumbai (BCT) or Delhi (DLI). From the airport, you have to fight your way to Madgaon train station (MAO), which is with a taxi about 30 minutes far. At 1:00 p.m., every day a train leaves for Gokarna and reaches about three hours later. Tickets can be bought directly in Madgaon at the station for less than a dollar.

Airport: Dabolim Airport Airport transfer available: Dabolim Airport (US$81 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Mangalore International Airport Airport transfer available: Mangalore International Airport (US$128 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 55% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 60 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 7 days before arrival.
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Early bird discount

There is an early bird disocunt of 80 EUR for single occupancy rooms and an 100 EUR discount for double occupancy rooms. Kindly book 2 months ahead of the retreat!

There is a free airport pick from Dabolim Airport (GOI) for the single occupancy package. As for the double occupancy package, the pick up and drop off are included in the price.

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