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Review on Trip Advisor
5th Review Reviewed by: Brenda From: U.S.A. On: July 2016
“It was off-season for my Varkala experience, so everything, I hear, was quite different, including the availability of yoga & massage. I had gone there for a massage course and our accommodations were included at Shiva Garden. I chose the least expensive lodging, which was 600 Rps (about $10 USD) per day. It was minimal, but had indoor plumbing, which is more than I had been told to expect. The fact there wasn’t hot water wasn’t explained, but assumed, and it was a bit difficult at times due to the nature of being colder while receiving massage therapy. I know there were other rooms to choose from, which did offer hot water & even kitchens.
Speaking of kitchens, the food there was SO good! I highly recommend eating there wherever you’re staying in Varkala. It was authentic, natural, & very well prepared & presented. I find I still long for meals there & I’ve been home for over 6 weeks now.
I also highly recommend booking a treatment with Sonia. Her attention to detail & care for personalizing the time you book with her ~just~ for you is admirable. Her presence, intention, and touch are heightened with awareness & consciousness to lead a person into a great, relaxative, safe space. She is gentle, yet full of powerful pressure. Her division of the treatment among the senses was my favorite part: listening to the message she picked for my treatment, smelling the essential oils chosen for me, the coziness of the sheets she chose. Her treatment is also something I have been longing for since leaving. Relaxing, yet fulfilling muscularly. It was a 3 hour treatment, including the audial portion of the beautiful message played, the sound-vibration bowls used, and her expertise of Reiki.
I’m looking into traveling back now, and hope to meet with Sonia again. Next, to experience her yoga!”
Review in SoniaIndigoSchool Facebook page
4th Review Reviewed by: Chloe Titard From: France On: November 2015
1 week Healing Massage Course Level I in August 2015
Meeting Sonia change my life. She’s amazing!!!
Sonia is the Best massage therapist that I have ever met in all my travels so it was my dream to make the massage therapy course with her and my dream came true…
This course is really high quality! Sonia is a great teacher! She has real technical and theoretical knowledge. I learn so much…. I was so happy!
Sonia made me discover Reiki and I really felt the feels inside my body. What a wonderful experience!
I also discovered the aqua-floating therapy: a trip inside myself, a sensation of lightness… I have no word… Just try it, it’s amazing!
And Sonia gave me so much more… Her smile, her supporting, her advises about the life, her share, her friendship and her very big heart…
She is a master!!! I discovered with her, with numerology, with the affirmation, the crystal … an other world, an other life.
Sonia and her lovely family make of Shiva garden a haven of peaceful and made my stays very powerful moments of my life.
Thank you so much Sonia.
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3rd Review Reviewed by: Biwa From: Germany On: February 2015
I love the place I always felt very familiar! it’s clean friendly, and competent Service and Information! I come to Varkala since many years and prefer to stay there!
The most experience was the massage with reiki from Sonia
It healed immediately my swollen leg and i felt 10 years younger afterwards!
“Magical Garden of India”
2nd Review Reviewed by: Yelissa, From: Montenegro, On: 30 January 2014
Stayed in Shiva Garden Home Stay: January 2014, travelled as a couple
I’ve stayed in Shiva Garden a month ago, with my husband.
At this very moment I’m listening to some Indian song and thinking about all wonderful thing happened there. Shiva Garden is one of the best thing I’ve experienced. If you go to Varkala, you have to visit this place!
Accommodation is great, food is amazing, people are lovely!
Owners wife, Sonia, does amazing Reiki, massage, yoga classes, numerology… I feel blessed for meeting her. Miss everybody so much.
Hope to see you soon guys…
Beijo para Divia!
“The Best Place in Varkala”
1st Review Reviewed by: Sarah Gammon, From: UK, On: 6 December 2013
Stayed in Shiva Garden Home Stay: From September to December 2013
I have stayed at Shiva Garden for just over 3 months. It is easy to get stuck in Varkala but somewhere like Shiva Garden makes you want to stay forever. It is a haven of peace and the owners have created a real family atmosphere for backpackers travelling alone or in groups. I came here with a friend but decided to stay on when he returned home.
The yoga classes in the morning are brilliant – I was a complete beginner, couldn’t even touch my toes and now I’m almost at advanced level. The yoga teacher also offers massages, reiki and life coaching of which I’ve tried all three and they were really therapeutic, I’m very glad I did them.
The rooms are great and clean and the communal area is brilliant and a great place to hang out with other backpackers. Shiva Garden is my home in India and I’m already planning my next trip back.