9 Days Iyengar Yoga Beach Retreat with Certified Teachers in Gokarna, Kudle Beach #1 Hotel, India

Iyengar Yoga Retreat India

Namaste Yoga Farm invites you to join their 11 days Iyengar yoga holiday in the beautiful surroundings of Kudle Beach, Gokarna, 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.

What distinguishes Iyengar yoga is the very high degree of attention paid to alignment. Props are used to increase awareness and to make the poses accessible. Iyengar yoga focuses on precision and endurance within a multitude of progressive sequences. A strong practice that incorporates dynamic, static and restorative postures to firm the body and steady the mind.

Meet the instructors

Stefano
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Highlights

  • 2 daily yoga sessions
  • Restorative yoga practice
  • Certified Iyengar yoga instructor
  • Complimentary bikes to explore the surroundings
  • Daily healthy breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • 8 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: German, Italian, Spanish, English
The maximum participants in the group is 15
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 ‘sFarm 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 distinguishes Iyengar yoga is the very high degree of attention paid to alignment. Props are used to increase awareness and to make the poses accessible. Iyengar yoga focuses on precision and endurance within a multitude of progressive sequences. A strong practice that incorporates dynamic, static, and restorative postures to firm the body and steady the mind.

Iyengar yoga standing pose

Iyengar yoga applies the specific methodology to two of the eight limbs of yoga: asana and pranayama. Through disciplined practice, these two limbs become instruments of a contemplative science, for this reason, the focus is ‘practice-based learning’.

The key methods of practice within Iyengar yoga, including technique, timings, sequence, and repetition are introduced. Through the practice of asana (physical postures), students begin to explore the body, mind, and breath as relational forces and instruments of meditation.

When one is new to yoga, one begins first with the standing poses. The standing asanas are called 'Uttistha sthiti'. They introduce the student to herself. The student begins to discover the inter connectedness of the body.

Often times, a beginner knows where his big toe is on his body, but does not know his big toe on an intimate level. That is to say, there is no connection between the big toe and the mind. The student may 'will' the toe to move, but it is asleep. The student begins to learn how an adjustment of the shoulder blades corresponds to the front body and lifting of the chest. He/she begins to blossom and open up literally, as hands and feet spread wide apart the student learns that his limbs can actually move: contract, extend, expand, abduct, adduct, rotate, and circumduct!

The standing poses include all the movements of the spine, such as horizontal, vertical, and lateral elongation as well as extension along with sideways, forward, backward extensions, and twisting. Thus, the standing asanas becomes the foundation for the rest of the asanas!

Sirsasana and Sarvangasana

Headstand and shoulder stand are considered by Mr. Iyengar as the centerpiece of yoga practice. They are somewhat quaintly referred to as “father and mother” of the asanas and the ones that should be always practiced.

Turning the body upside down in this way boosts the major systems of the body (circulatory, respiratory, nervous, and glandular) and gives rest to the heart. Headstand is the more stimulating and invigorating pose, it helps to develop a vigorous body with a strong spine and a disciplined mind.

Shoulder stand is the nurturing pose. It is cooling and quietening and a great aid to glandular and hormonal health, gives more a feeling of peace. The two poses together bring a balance to the body and mind.

Sirsasana and Sarvangasana are generally practiced together as part of the same sequence. It is possible to only do shoulder stand but it is not recommended that one practice headstand on its own. It needs the balancing effect of shoulder stand to keep harmony in the body.

At the core of yoga practice and philosophy, one always comes to this question of balance. If one does something stimulating to the system one needs to counter with something cooling, as spicy food is accompanied by yogurt to cool its fire!

Surya Namaskara (sun salutation)

Sun salutations, or surya namaskar, are traditionally performed in the morning to greet the new day. It includes Tadasana (the most difficult posture in yoga), Urdhva Hastasana (reach the ceiling by rooting in the floor), Ardha Uttanasana (lean forward by bending backward), Uttanasana (the head down the energy rises), Chaturanga Dandasana (the challenge more difficult), Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (focus on the lower back), Adho Mukha Svanasana (the complete position), Namaskarasana (surrender).

The sequence of eight postures can be a complete practice in itself or can prepare you for a longer asana routine.

Forward extensions, twisting, and back extensions

Forward extensions are calming and quieting. Many of the asanas involve extending the spine and perhaps forward ‘bends’ teach this the best. Make sure that you keep the front of your spine lengthening and that the movement to go forward comes from the pelvis rotating over your legs.

Stay in the forward extensions at least two minutes, longer if you can be quiet there when you practice restorative postures.

The turning or twisting of the spine along with the abdomen in any asana is called Parivrta Kriya. Twists create mobility in the spine by giving lateral rotational movement, these poses are essential for everyone since they delay aging of the muscles of the spine and back.

The posterior part of your spinal column is compressed as you bend backwards, which helps push the disks in your vertebrae away from the spinal nerves, and decompresses the front of the vertebrae. As a result, the damage from forwarding bending (over time) can be reversed.

Restorative practice with focus on the breath

Restorative practice is a form of yoga that seeks to achieve physical, mental, and emotional relaxation with the aid of props. The use of props makes it easier for you to maintain balance while you are stimulating and relaxing your body.

While some Restorative yoga poses are beneficial to the entire body, others target specific parts of the body, such as the heart or the lungs. The benefit of Restorative practice is that it provides healing for the body and the mind.

It is especially useful when you need to eliminate fatigue and stress that result from your daily activities. It can also help you recover from illness and injury or overcome emotional depression and anxiety that are caused by traumatic events.

It is known that restorative yoga can activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which enables automatic control of the body. As such, the regular nervous system will be at rest, and the muscles will become more relaxed.

Constant practice of restorative yoga will make your body less vulnerable to stress-related illnesses and help you achieve optimal health.

Daily schedule

Day 1

  • 15:00 Arrival and welcome drink
  • 18:00 Meeting at the chill-out
  • 19:30 Dinner

Day 2 - Day 8

  • 07:30 Hot drinks, dried fruits, and nuts
  • 08:00 - 10:00 Iyengar yoga
  • 10:30 Breakfast
  • 11:00 Free time
  • 13:30 Lunch
  • 16:00 - 18:00 Iyengar yoga
  • 19.30 Dinner

Day 9

  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 12:00 Departure

Instructors

Stefano Bendandi
Stefano practices Iyengar yoga for 18 years and is a certified Iyengar yoga teacher. He has participated in numerous workshops with senior teachers and advance in Europe as in India. He studied regularly at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI) in Pune, in the Iyengar Yogashraya and in Yogabhyasa in Mumbai, and in the School of Iyengar Yoga in Ravenna. He started teaching in 2007, has been certified Iyengar Yoga in 2012. He teaches regularly in Gokarna and in Marina di Ravenna, he conducts seminars in Italy and abroad.

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

Features

Activities

  • Art classes
  • Boating
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis

General

  • Beach
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga shala
  • Yoga studio

Services

  • ATM / banking
  • Cell phone rental
  • Currency exchange
  • Free bicycle
  • Free bottled water
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free Wi-Fi / computer
  • Internet access
  • Laptop rental
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Mosquito net
  • Newspapers
  • Pet care / grooming
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet

Food

A healthy breakfast will be served in the morning with the option of sweet or salty such as fruit muesli, homemade yogurt, local fruits, idly and dosas, honey, extra virgin olive oil, tahini, brown German bread, fruit salads, coffee, and tea.

Hot drinks, dry fruits, and nuts are available 30 minutes before the first class.

Lunch will be a healthy snack, a variety of salads and vegetable and a 100% pure juice from a "slow juicer". You will enjoy light foods before the 4 p.m. teachings to avoid having a heavy stomach.

Dinner will be a variety of different local vegetables and grains, and yummy desserts with the focus on health. The dinner may contain fish or chicken.

The farm likes homemade foods, they produce tofu and 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. Let us know about any issues with foods you might have and we will do our best to adjust accordingly.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Detox juices

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

  • Organic
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • 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 - it’s 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

  • 8 nights accommodation
  • 7 days of teachings (4 hours daily)
  • 8 breakfasts
  • 7 lunches
  • 8 dinners
  • Water and drinks
  • Linen and towels
  • Complimentary bikes to explore the surroundings

What's not included

  • Tourist visa for India
  • Airfare
  • Transfer to and from Namaste Yoga Farm
  • 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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