10 day Yoga Retreat Svadhiyaya in South India, Varkala Beach


YOGA RETREAT SVADHIYAYA

YOGA SHOWS THE WAY,

WE GIVE YOU THE TORCH TO ILLUMINATE YOURSELF

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sonia Indigo Featured Yoga Teacher

Sonia is healing, facilitating, consulting, coaching and teaching since 2009 and shares her experience into her work and teachings gathered over 25 years of studies and practices in astrology (Mayan, Chinese, Karmic and Western), numerology, Feng Shui, massage (Swedish, Ayurveda, Thai and Reflexology), archangels,  hatha yoga, meditation, reiki healing, shamanism, native women practices, womb awakening, women health and well-being, pregnancy, natural birth and parenting, tantra, Hindu, Tao and Buddhist philosophies, the law of attraction, A Course In Miracles, psychology, physiology, affirmations and key questions, aqua-floating therapy, childhood and past life regression, health, nutrition, the mind-body connection, leadership, relationships and co-dependency.

Sonia combines her common sense, down-to-earth approach with depth, wildness and raw power; which are the unique signatures of her work. She facilitates at a depth where remarkable transformations, healing and openings in women’s (and some men’s), lives are a common occurrence.


Alma Featured Yoga Teacher

Alma is fully into yoga, he practice daily since many years. He studied bhakti yoga in young age, 6 years in Madras (Ashram) and took several yoga courses: Yoga Foundation Course from Morari Ji Desai in Delhi, Yoga Instruction six months course from Dev Sanskrit Vishwavidhyalaya Haridwar, post graduation diploma in yoga science one year course from DSVV 2016, TTC Sivananda ashram Madurai 2016, ATTC Sivananda ashram Madurai 2017, TTC hatha yoga therapy (500 hrs) from  Krishna Anda ashram.

He believe in share, love, compassion, help others what he have learned.

10 DAYS YOGA RETREAT IN VARKALA BEACH

GET YOUR SHINE ON!

YOGA, MEDITATION AND DETOX

Much more than a flexible body.

This Retreat Can Be The Beginning Of Your Positive Life Change!

Imagine yourself surrounded by a luxuriant tropical nature, in a boat trip on the backwaters and going daily to the beach, receiving an ayurvedic massage, eating Indian delicious meals. As you make your way to the yoga shala you stroll through the tranquil gardens, you enjoy a rejuvenating meditation and yoga practice, before indulging in a fresh, nutritious and delicious Kerala breakfast. Participate in our daily activities and have  a rest. Then make your way back to your sanctuary for a gentle, restorative yoga class followed meditation, kirtan or discussion. You take then some time to relax and unwind by the beach, enjoy a luscious Ayurvedic massage, stroll into Varkala for some sight-seeing.  Our Varkala Yoga Retreats offer you the ideal opportunity to immerse yourself in your yoga practice, to truly unwind and take time to nurture yourself and experience the delights of Kerala South Indian culture. Experienced yogis can explore and enhance their practice, while new students can deepen their understanding of yoga asana (poses) and philosophy in a supportive and nurturing environment.

For a truly holistic experience led by the most knowledgeable teachers from the Shiva Garden Homestay and retreat site, join us to re-energize, unwind and re-connect with your true self while soaking up the blissful surrounds of beautiful Varkala.

FIND YOUR INNER HAPPINESS

In the Yoga Retreat Svadhiyaya you will practice Krya (cleansing exercises), Pranayama (breathing exercises), Asanas (yoga postures),  Yoga Nidra (relaxation), Meditation, Bakti Yoga (mantras), Karma Yoga (selfless service) and receive theory classes.

START YOUR DAILY INNER DISCIPLINE

This retreat is a profound experience that helps to establish a firm foundation of inner discipline. The course is based on the traditional Indian knowledge of yoga, to train you to perform a yoga practice by yourself.

CLEANSE YOUR BODY SYSTEMS WITH KRYA

Through the krya exercises you will leave this retreat shining from the inside out!

ENERGIZE YOURSELF WITH PRANAYAMA

Learn how to energize yourself for the day with the yogic breathing exercises.

BUILD UP A FLEXIBLE, ELEGANT, STRONG AND HEALTHY BODY

With 2 yoga classes a day for 10 days you will learn how to build up your own practice and bring it to your daily life. The regular practice of asanas (yoga postures), will help you feel happy, energized, strong, self confident and with a flexible body and active mind.

LEARN TO RELAX AND SWITCH OFF THE BODY AND MIND

Learn relaxation techniques and introduce regular relaxation into your daily life. This will help you to feel, rested, reestablished and with a clear mind.

CONNECT WITH YOUR SOUL

Through the meditation techniques we will guide you to connect with your soul, receive important messages for your life and fulfill your Life Path.

SING YOUR HEART!

Singing the mantras  is an amazing way to bring happiness to your heart. In fact, singing anything always sends away the sadness!

FIND THE HAPPINESS IN SERVING

We introduce you to the selfless service of  karma yoga by giving you simple tasks to do in Shiva Garden Home-stay. Find the happiness of service without thinking in receiving. Just offer you good actions to God.

LEARN ABOUT THE ANCIENT KNOWLEDGE OF YOGA & AYURVEDA

You will participate in the theoretical classes where you can deepen your knowledge about the chakras, doshas, gunas, yoga philosophy and much more!

DETOX

This is a retreat for you to detox from the “normal life”. In order for you to feel the shining crystal within you, it takes your willingness and compromise to do it. During the retreat you will have delicious vegan meals and juices and we highly recommend you to not drink coffee, alcohol or smoke.

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This Yoga Retreat is an intensive and trans-formative experience taught by disciples of recognized international Yoga Schools.

You can stay at the eco resort Shiva Garden Homestay (accommodation is optional), starting each morning with cleansing and breathing exercises, meditation, mantras and invigorating Hatha Yoga session, and enjoying workshops and sequences focused on breathing, meditation and relaxation. And there’s plenty of time to take in the gorgeous beaches and the nearby ancient Indian Temples, or explore the town of Varkala.

Duration: 10 days.

Languages: English (occasional translation is possible in Spanish, French or Portuguese in the Sonia’s classes and in Hindi in Alma’s classes).

Sponsored by: SHIVA GARDEN HOME STAY & SONIA INDIGO ACADEMY.

You Can Participate In This Retreat to:

  • Get answers and insights about the next steps for your personal and professional life;
  • To heal your emotions;
  • As a get-away-from-it-all retreat;
  • As a way to meet new positive and loving friends;
  • As an opportunity to spend time with Alma and Sonia Indigo in the healing energies of Varkala.

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RETREAT SCHEDULE

6h30 to 7h30 am: Krya, Pranayama, Meditation with Alma

7h30 to 8h: Snack break
8h to 9h45: Yoga Class, Pranayama, Yoga Nidra with Alma

10h to 11h: Brunch – Delicious vegetarian typical South Indian breakfast provided by Shiva Garden Restaurant

11h00 to 12h: Karma yoga with Jayan

12h to 13h45: Free time

13h45 to 14h45: Theory Class with Sonia or Alma

15h to 17h: Yoga Class, Yoga Nidra, Meditation and Mantras with Sonia

From 17h: Free time for beach, sunset, explore the Cliff restaurants and much more!

CERTIFICATE

A Certificate of Presence from  Sonia Indigo Academy is awarded on successful completion of the Yoga Retreat Svadhiyaya.

Your success depends on your own practice of these teachings.

At the end of the Yoga Retreat Svadhiyaya, you’ll be eligible to to transform your life with a regular yoga practice and you’ll receive a certificate that’s suitable for framing. This paraprofessional worldwide designation demonstrates that you’ve taken extra training in yoga and meditation techniques.

Yoga posture performed by Sonia. Photography by Paulo S. Yang

GENERAL DETAILS 

A sincere desire to learn and openness to healing techniques and spirituality is required. 

We respect all religious and spiritual practices and are sensitive to all beliefs. This retreat works for all.

What to Bring:  Comfortable sport clothes, sandals, notebooks, pen.

Attire: Dress casually and comfortably throughout the retreat. The temperature can be warm as we are in  a tropical part of the country, so please bring light clothes.

Before the meditation and yoga classes:

  1. Make sure you go to the toilet. You don’t want to lose a bit of these teachings;
  2. Arrive on time to insure that you are not stressed or anxious.
  3. Do not eat 2h before or drink 1h before the classes.
  4. Take out all the accessories, earrings, bracelets, watch, rings, etc. If you have long hair, put your hair in a pony tail; 
  5. Talk to the teacher if you are concerned about anything related with your your health state. Let us know if you are undergoing any medical treatment;

Airports

Trivandrum International Airport: The nearest airport is . From the airport you can reach Varkala by car, . train or bus, it’s about 50 km distance.. Takes 1h to reach. If you stay in Shiva Garden Home Stay, we can send a taxi to pick you up to our resort.

Cochin Airport: From Cochin to Varkala, you can take a train or a taxi (4h).

There are also Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai Airports (among others in India), that are quite far from Varkala. It can take one to two days for you to reach here.

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12 Wheel Pose variation-ChakrasanaYoga posture performed by Sonia. Photography by Paulo S. Yang

WHAT IS YOGA

Yoga is a physical, mental, and spiritual practice or discipline, that aims to transform body and mind.

A Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline with 5000 years history, including breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely practiced for health and relaxation.

The word ‘yoga‘ comes from the Sanskrit root ‘yuj’, which means ‘to yoke’ the spirit and physical body together. It’s a scientific method for raising consciousness, great health and a blissful life.

It is also believed that emotions and memories of an event or trauma are stored in the body’s tissues. Stretching and manipulation of these tissues can release this energy and tension, so that emotions surface.

Yoga posture performed by Alma

MEDITATION

Connect with your Soul , Angels, Spiritual Guides and the Universe

Our classes include meditation techniques, grounding and visualization to help you achieve calmness and peace of mind.

WHAT IS MEDITATION

It is the next stage of your life.

Meditation is about becoming aware of what is going on in your mind, engendering a peaceful state of mind. It is about focusing on a life situation and observing the insights that arise and visualizing your day how you want it to be. It is about connecting with your higher self, your soul, the angels, gods, the Goddess, spiritual guides and ascended masters. It is bringing yourself to a higher level of consciousness and awareness.

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Get Connected!
Meet other Reiki levels I & II attendees who are attending Sonia in Varkala by joining our Facebook Group!

Click on the dates to see the Facebook Events:

2017
2018
2019
If these dates don’t work for you, and you have a group, please contact us and, if possible, we can schedule a workshop for you here in Varkala or in your city.

SCHEDULE

Total hours: 110 hours

From 6h30am to 5hpm.

Students must attend the retreat they registered for, from 6h30-17 pm to receive their  Certification.

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Yoga posture performed by Sonia. Photography by Paulo S. Yang

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Location: SHIVA GARDEN HOME STAY, South India, Kerala, Varkala beach , Kurakkani Junction, North Cliff.

South India, Kerala (God’s Own Country), Varkala beach, one of the Top 10 beaches in India, rated 3rd place by Tourists, and one of the First 30 Tour Destinations in the Planet, rated 28th place among the 100 top ‘Best Value Index’ around the globe.

The main beach is Papanasam beach. The word Papanasam means washing away sins. The legend says, that to take a dip in the waters of Papanasam Beach washes away all the sins in one’s life.

Shiva Garden Home Stay is located 5 min. walking distance from Papanasam beach, 10 min by rickshaw from Varkala town and 20 min from the picturesque Backwaters.

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To see the google location, please click here.

ACCOMMODATION

We have secured the following room block properties for your convenience. All rooms are based on availability.

SHIVA GARDEN HOMESTAY

Stay at the lovely serene resort Shiva Garden Home Stay, you’ll be able to rejuvenate your spirit with the energy and life of this beautiful local. Enjoy the company of like-minded people, relax, rest, and learn about your healing gifts.

Hotel Accommodations
Hotel accommodations are not included in the price of the workshop registration.

Room Rates are as follows:
Shiva Garden Home Stay: Inr from 300Inr to 3000Inr in different types of accommodation.

For bookings send email to jayan@varkalahomestay.com and mention your participation on the events of the Sonia Indigo Academy.

AKHIL RESORT

Akhil Beach Resort, resort with swimming pool:  from 2000Inr to 10.000Inr in different types of accommodation.

For bookings send email to contact@soniaindigo.com and mention your participation on the events of the Indigo Academy.

Address: North Cliff, Kurakkani, Varkala, Trivandrum district, Kerala state, South India.

For Accommodation page, please click here.

HOW TO GET THERE

For information’s about how to travel to Varkala, please click here.

TIPS TO TRAVEL TO INDIA

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Keralan SongPainting “Keralan Song” by Adelle Bernadette.

 

 

Retreat Prices In INR (Indian Rupees)/ Euros / by Payment Date

For groups with 5 participants or more:

Price: 10.500 Inr / 137 euros

Early Birds: 9.200 Inr / 122 euros (save 15% when booking and completing payment within more than 6 months before the event).

Private Tuition Available for groups with 4 participants or less:

Contact us for further price information’s.

The Payment Includes:  Yoga, meditation and theory classes, certificate, snack, brunch (typical South Indian vegetarian breakfast) and group photo (in digital format).

OPTIONAL

Accommodation: See the several options available bellow and choose the one that suits you better.

1 Varkala Backwater trip

1 Ayurvedic Massage.

Special Promotion: GET YOUR PLACE FOR FREE! Bring 6 participants to the retreat (with payment confirmed) and get your place for free!

DESIGN YOUR OWN RETREAT!

Options Available:

1 Varkala Backwater Trip _______________________ 900 Inr / 12 euros

1 Ayurvedic Massage + Herb Massage____________1.500 Inr / 20 euros

Price for 11 nights Accommodation per room in Shiva Garden Home Stay:
Dormitory ________________________3.300 Inr / 43 Euros (available between December and April)
Tree Hut _________________________4.400 Inr / 58 Euros (available between December and April).
Home-stay Standard Double Room _______7.700 Inr / 101 Euros
Deluxe Room ______________________ 10.500 Inr / 137 Euros
Balcony Room ______________________11.600 Inr / 152 Euros
Appartment Non AC __________________ 22.000 Inr / 287 Euros
Appartment with AC __________________27.500 Inr / 359 Euros
Appartment with AC and Kitchen _________29.700 Inr / 388 Euros

Tax Included.

If you would like to share your room with other participant, let us know and we will inform you the options available. Send an email to contact@soniaindigo.com.

Bookings: send an email to jayan@varkalahomestay.com and mention your participation on the events of the Sonia Indigo Academy.

Price for 11 nights Accommodation per room in Akhil Resort with Swimming Pool:

Deluxe AC Cottage Garden View __________55.000 Inr / 718 Euros + Tax

Deluxe Ac Cottage Pool View_____________60.500 Inr / 789 Euros + Tax

Deluxe Vintage Villa A/C _______________ 60.500 Inr / 789 Euros + Tax

Royal Heritage Cottage A/C ______________66.000 Inr / 861 Euros + Tax

Exclusive A/C Heritage Pool View Cottage ____82.500 Inr / 1.076 Euros + Tax

GSTAX- 12 % upto INR 2499, 18% upto 7499, 28% INR 7500 and above (per night).

Bookings: send an email to contact@soniaindigo.com and mention your participation on the events of the Indigo Academy.

For all prices consider the information in Indian Rupees.

Rates of Indian Rupees are variable according with the International banks exchange rates. Please check here.

PRICES FOR INDIAN CITIZENS

Indian citizens with proved residence in India, have 20% discount over all the prices mentioned above (except accommodation prices). In order to use this discount you have to send us by email your Indian ID card, or Indian Passport (The document has to have your photo and full name), and an address prove (with your name and address). Please contact us for further information’s about the payment.

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RISK-FREE SATISFACTION GUARANTEE / CANCELLATION POLICY


If you are unable to attend for any reason, you may have someone substitute for your participation in the program. email the Sonia Indigo Academy Customer Service Department at least 30 days prior to the event to transfer your enrollment. A 500Inr fee will apply. Previously transferred and complimentary tickets are not eligible.
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If you are unable to attend and do not wish to substitute, contact our Customer Service Department. We will convert your enrollment to a non-refundable voucher which must be used within one year from your original event date. Some restrictions apply. This voucher is valid for the events, therapies and private sessions on the Indigo Academy.
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Once the event commences, Customers seeking a refund will need to visit our Customer Service booth during the Day 1 afternoon meal break at the event. Refunds are authorized at the event only. You must have attended the event up until the Day 1 afternoon meal break and request your refund at the Customer Service Desk during the Day 1 afternoon meal break. At your option, we will apply your tuition to any Sonia Indigo’s event, or send you a full refund. Simply turn in your workbook to Sonia Indigo at the end of the 1st morning. Complimentary enrollments are not eligible for refund.

PAYMENT MODALITIES

You can pay via bank transfer, by Western Union or cash.
The attendees are responsible for the transaction fees.

Once we have received your application form, we will send you all the information on how to pay.

RETREAT’S TEACHERS CANCELLATION

In the highly unlikely event that we must cancel the workshop, we reserve the right to cancel for any reason. If we determine that the workshop cancellation is necessary, we will refund your full payment.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS
Hotel accommodations are not included in the price of the retreat registration.

RESERVATION OF YOUR PLACE

To reserve your place, is required payment  in advance with the retreat inscription.

INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR PASSES:
Your event passes can be viewed and printed from the confirmation email you will receive after the payment is confirmed.
You’ll need to print your event passes and bring them with you to the event as this is your pass into the event.

If you have any questions please send an email to contact@soniaindigo.com.

YOU ARE HELPING THE ONES IN NEED BY REGISTERING TO THIS RETREAT:

A percentage of the total profit will be donated to Indigo Foundation a non-profit Organization that develop and funds projects for the less fortunate, and brings innovative and altruist ideas to the community.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION’S

For Registration, Terms & Conditions, Cancellation Policy and Passport & Visa, please click here.

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Yoga Teacher: Sonia Indigo

My Experience with Yoga started in 1989. At this time, I asked a yoga book of my father with the triangle pose on the cover, and started practicing yoga at home.

In 2004, I started to attend yoga classes. After the yoga practice we feel good, the body was not tense anymore, and we felt relaxed and more happy. For 5 years I had yoga classes with different teachers, teaching different yoga styles and I learned different ways of teaching yoga.

In 2006, in Portugal, I attended Yoga Teacher Course classes for 6 months.  

In 2009, I left my office work and I come to South India, Kerala in order to attend the TTC (Yoga Teacher Training Course) at the Sivananda School in Neyyar Dam. The main teacher of the TTC was Sambu, a direct disciple of Swami Vishnu Devananda, whom became Sivannada International opening several schools all around the world, in his turn, a disciple of Sivananda the wise sage founder of the Sivanada Yoga School.

Sambu, gave me the spiritual name Saraswati, (Saraswati is the Hindu goddess of knowledge, music, arts, wisdom and learning).

In February 2010, I started to teach my first yoga classes in Shiva Garden Home Stay, located in South India, Kerala, Varkala, a touristic beach place. Through 2010, I taught yoga classes in Portugal, in several places.

From 2012 until the present day, I am teaching Yoga in the very origin of yoga and where I first started to teach, in Shiva Garden Home Stay in South India.

My Experience with meditation began at the end of 2007 following several life events. I then began to meditate every day for 30 minutes, praying and invoke the angels by myself at home. I hadn’t learned any meditation prior to this.This was the very beginning of one of the most significant changes in my life.

In 2013, I began including meditation in the yoga classes.

When I see the positive transformations in my students – whether it be after a single class or a yoga beginners course where I provide personal yoga coaching – and receive their feedback both in person and on the Trip Advisor site, I am gratified to learn that I am on the right Path: Teaching many yoga and meditation beginners and inspiring them to go on with the practice in their normal lives and, in some cases, the students get inspired to attend Yoga Teacher Training Courses.

Besides the Yoga, I have knowledge and experience in areas such as healing, astrology, numerology, sacred feminine, singing,  among others, and I bring this background to transform a simple yoga class into a unique experience.

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Alma Featured Yoga Teacher

Suleman Khan is my name and Spiritual name is “Alma Cigana” I was born in Baghpat u.p. north India on the 4th march of 1987.

I studied bhakti yoga in young age. I studied 6 years in Madras(Ashram) practiced Islam and after I move into yoga on and off.

I finished schooling then get admission in Delhi university . During the graduation , I join theater group and through the acting and literature , I felt change with in.

After Ie moved into yoga and left religion systems and take the Spiritual path.

After graduation I did the following yoga courses:

  • YOGA FOUNDATION COURSE FROM MORARI JI DESAI IN DELHI;
  • YOGA INSTRUCTION SIX MONTHS COURSE  FROM DEV SANSKRITI VISHWAVIDHYALAYA HARIDWAR;

After these courses I traveled 4 years India and Europe  Teaching Hatha yoga and meditation .

During Travel I felt that I should learn more about yoga and so I did the following courses:

  • Post graduation diploma in yoga science one year course from DSVV 2016;
  • TTC Sivananda ashram Madurai 2016;
  • ATTC Sivananda ashram Madurai 2017;
  • TTC hatha yoga therapy (500 hrs) from  Krishna Anda ashram.

I belief in share, love, compassion, help others what I am learned and open to learn more.

Om

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YOGA BENEFITS

Weight loss, stress relief, inner peace, improved immunity, living with greater awareness, better relationships, increased energy, better flexibility, strength & posture, better intuition, chronic back-pain, depression , diabetes , menopause , stress management and relaxation, cancer, heart disease, obesity, asthma and breathing.

MEDITATION BENEFITS

Greater calmness, more accurate intuition; clarity of mind, the inspiration to make life changes; the elimination of bad habits; the ability to organize your day better; the ability to attract others of like mind; increased gratitude toward your life and those close to you; greater positivity, happiness and hope in life; an improved immune system; delayed aging; improved brain function;

The discovery of your true Life Path

Painting “Paperlick” by Radmer Lenasch.

YOGA CONTRA INDICATIONS

Special attention with: Joint issues, high blood pressure, pregnancy, seniors, glaucoma.

MEDITATION CONTRA INDICATIONS

Special attention with: schizophrenic patient with active psychotic symptoms. Meditation may be inadvisable in treating some personality disorders (DSM-IV cluster B – antisocial, borderline, histrionic, or narcissistic) which involve lack of empathy, as it could reinforce further preoccupation with the self that characterizes those disorders.

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WORKSHOPS: Reiki Levels I & II;  Reiki level III & Master level, Workshop for Healers, and Sacred Feminine Workshop.

SEMINARS: Life Changing Seminar

CLASSES: Yoga and Meditation.

PRIVATE SESSIONS: Astrology & Numerology Readings, Counseling Sessions, Life Coaching Sessions, Sacred Feminine Sessions.

THERAPIES: Reiki Distant HealingAqua Floating.

If you would like to see when other Courses and Workshops are taking place in these dates, please click in All Events.

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Who attends the training?

Anyone (students, entrepreneurs, families, business owners, etc.) looking for a change, for healing their life’s, who does not want to settle for less than what they deserve, and are looking for the power to be everything that they can be.

Participants are from all walks of life, from many different occupations, and from many different countries. But they all have one thing in common – Sonia’s and Alma’s work has transformed their lives and they want to help others do the same.

Are there breaks?

There one break after the karma yoga.  You can leave your seat at any time, for example to refill your water bottle or use the restroom – however we highly recommend staying in the room as much as possible so you don’t miss anything.

How long is the event? How many hours per day are we in session?

A traditional Yoga Retreat Svadhiyaya is about 10 days of full immersion. It’s 10 hours per day. If you’re making travel arrangements, we recommend you schedule your flight for the day after the event ends.

Is discount pricing available?

We offer discounts for individuals, families and groups. For more details on what discounts may be available to you, please contact us so we can offer you the lowest rates available which may not be offered on the website. email to: contact@soniaindigo.com

Will food and accommodations be provided?

The Breakfast is provided. Additionally, there are multiple places to eat near the exposition space and on the event site there is the Shiva Garden Restaurant with plenty of nourishing juices and food available.

The accommodations are not included with your enrollment.
However, we have a resort, Shiva Garden Home Stay and we do contract with hotels in the surrounding area.

What should I wear?

This is not an event where you sit and listen the entire time – you will be moving, stretching, standing sitting, etc. Dress casual and comfortable. Bring sport cloth and light clothes because we are in a tropical part of South India. We highly recommend layering your clothing in case you become too warm/cold during the activities. Wear comfortable and supportive clothing.

What do I need to bring?

You will definitely need a large water bottle to fill up during the event – staying hydrated is paramount! Extra pens/pencils, a notebook, travel size tissues,  and anything else you might think you need. Please keep in mind that there is not a lot of room within the seating area, so please bring only what can fit near your seat.

Can I record the event with my phone or any other recording device?

No. The Yoga Retreat Svadhiyaya event is protected by copyright and other intellectual property laws, and any unauthorized recording (via either audio or video) is strictly prohibited. The materials you are provided at the event are also protected by copyright and other laws, and are for your personal use at and after the event. The content may not be copied, posted online or otherwise distributed. If you are taking photos with your cell phones or smart devices, please be mindful not to use flash which can be distracting.

Can I have full information about the curriculum contents?

No. The curriculum contents is confidential and it’s not provided prior the course. It will be given to the participants on the first morning.

We have a RISK-FREE SATISFACTION GUARANTEE, which means that if you are not satisfied with the Healing Massage Course Certification contents, once the event commences, customers seeking a refund will need to talk with Sonia by the end of the first day to get their refund. Simply turn in your workbook to Sonia Indigo on the moment of cancellation. After the first day, it will be no refunds.

I am new to all this. Am I a good fit for the retreat?

Absolutely. This retreat is suitable for everyone of all levels of experience.

I am in my menopause, will I still benefit from the course?

Absolutely. It is never to late to embrace your yoga and meditation capacity.

I’ve never been to India. What do I need to know before coming there?

India is an incredibly beautiful place, I am so honored to be able to invite you there. The Indian people are very friendly.
You can apply for a visa within your own country prior to departure to India.

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I’m not in a great state of health. Can I join?

Please indicate your health issues clearly in your application online form. Although yoga retreats are a very healing experience, it may be not indicated for you. If you have serious physical, mental and psychological issues we advise you to seek professional help first.

Is the retreat very challenging physically?

During the retreat we will practice yoga and meditation, if you are not a flexible person, it can be challenging physically, however, you make only whats is possible for you.

Can I bring my partner and / or child to the retreat?

We recommend you to take this time to retreat within yourself, and have plenty of alone time in the breaks. But if you still feel it is necessary to bring your loved ones, it is ok to bring your partner but children are not allowed on the course site.

Can you arrange transfer from and to the airport?

Yes, Shiva Garden Home Stay can arrange it for you. Let us know if you require a transfer.

What essentials do I need to bring with me?

Bring comfortable light clothes,  sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, insect repellent, your camera, notebook, journal, swimwear.
There are plenty of great shops in Varkala where you can buy clothes, toiletries, snacks etc.
Please ensure that your passport has at least 6 months of validity.

What makes this retreat different than other yoga retreats out there?

This process of yoga and meditation is happening all over the world. And it is awesome! There are many amazing teachers and practices to choose from, and this course is not the only way. However, the 10 days Yoga Retreat Svadhiyaya on the Indigo Academy, offers an intensive program: we will be meeting for 10 days, for 10 hours per day! The retreats are packed with various yoga and meditation practices all aimed at empowering you to be the powerful and mystical person that you truly are. And it is only with consistent and deep practice that we can achieve long lasting results. Not many people offer a retreat like this.
I really wanted to create a program that will allow people be fully in their connection with their inner being, explore various corners of themselves, and come back to the world, strong, radiant, alive and empowered. And I am offering this program to You!

Is airfare/travel insurance/visa fees included in the price?

No, you are expected to take care of your tickets, travel insurance and visa fees yourself.

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