Winter sun yoga retreat holidays in India 2018
Celebrating our 10th anniversary of yoga retreats & holidsays, Yogaunited Ltd are experienced yoga holiday hosts, taking groups to India for an opportunity to practice yoga in its country of origin and get a sense of how yoga philosophy is embedded in daily life. With their passion and personal touch, these exciting and popular holidays attract people from all over the world and people return year after year so come and make new friends, enjoy the beauty of South India and make time to break away from your daily routine.
With wide horizons and clear water, these stunning natural surroundings are the perfect place for a holiday, whether you wish to retreat, or get a taste of Keralan life. Watch sunrises over the backwaters and sunsets over the sea, enjoy ayurvedic massage on site.
At Yoga United, we know and love south India and visit every year. Over the years, we have built great relationships with local tour operators, resort managers, so you can leave your guidebooks behind.
Dates for 2018
|JAN 18||India Retreat Experience||Judy Hirsh||Kerala||TBC|
|5-13 FEB 2018||Scaravelli Retreat Holiday||Catherine Annis||Kerala||BOOK NOW|
|07-15 Feb 2018||Retreat with Katrina Heather & Sue Gallagher||Katrina Heather & Sue Gallagher||Kerala||BOOK NOW|
|MORE DATES COMING SOON FOR 2018|
|Dates||Some suggested add ons!|
|30/01/2017 - 02/02/17||Tamil Nadu Temple Tour, Yoga Home Stay or the Best of Kerala Backwaters (homestay is fully booked)||Add on now!|
|19/02/16 - 22/02/17||Tamil Nadu Temple Tour, Yoga Home Stay the Best of Kerala Backwaters||Add on now!|
North India - The Golden Triangle, Taj Mahal, Varanassi
South India tour - Tamil Nadu temples to kerala tea planatations
Tamil Nadu Temple Tour
Yoga Home Stay
Best of Kerala Backwaters
We are very excited to add new resorts to our itinerary this year:
Kerala Island resort - with the most stunning unspoilt backwaters near Trivandrum (TRV). Its so serene and calm that you need to get a boat to get there! For the perfect retreat, this really is THE place to relax, there's even a pool bar. But don't worry, boats leave 24/7 so you can find shops, bars and tailors in nearby Kovalam.
Tamil Nadu - Mamallapuram, our second home. This resort is on a beautiful clean beach about 4km away from the UNESCO protected monuments, a lovely walk along the beach, anceint history, and guided tours on your doorstep. It's vibrant, spicy and exciting - and of course, there's shopping, and loads of cafes and places to eat!
We will aslo be back at our beloved Cherai Beach venue, nestled between the Keralan backwaters and the Arabian sea about an hour from Cochin. Beautifully landscaped with banana trees, coconut palms, lagoons and thatched villas. Watch sunrises over the serene backwaters and sunsets on the beach. The sea is warm and suitable for swimming. You may be lucky enough to spot kingfishers on the backwaters and dolphins in the sea.
South India is slow-paced and friendly. We use venues in Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
1. Blessed with a unique blend of warm sea and backwater corridors edged with coconut palms, Kerala is an exotic mixture of nature and culture at its best. Known locally as God's own country, the fertile land and natural beauty is truly magical. As Kerala is the wealthiest state in India, the welcome is very warm, the whole ambience is soft and slow-paced, a perfect introduction to India.
Annual religious festivals are bursting with colour and vibrancy, and as this area is attracting more tourists, you will find a wide variety of Western and Keralan cuisine prepared to y
- Twice daily yoga session (and related practices) with your chosen teachers (one full day off)
- Air conditioned accommodation with en-suite bathroom, fridge and private verandah.
- HALF board means TWO delicious buffet-style meals a day. See 'The Food' section below and check your individual holiday for a definitive guide
- Airport transfers on recommended flights (see recommended flight section below)
- There are yoga mats at the resort but you may want to bring your own or buy one to bring with you
Advice on flight bookings, visas, and onward travel - email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone customer services on 020 8361 1882
The restaurants serve breakfast and dinner buffets every day with the option to eat lunch elsewhere if you're out. Breakfast has a choice of fresh juice, cereal, toast, butter and honey as well as local south Indian delights like idli, dosa and puttu. Dinner consists of a huge array of delicious lightly spiced vegetarian curries, traditional authentic cuisine, complemented by less spicy options, and western dishes, soups, salads, puddings and fruit – just divine. Beer and wine is also available.
Speak to the restaurant captain for any special requests, and dietary requirements. As all food is freshley prepared with natural and mostly local ingredients, there's always a great choice, and the resorts we choose know how to cater for western tastes!
All accommodation is based on two people sharing twin or doubles. Please add a single supplement to your order if you prefer your own space or are travelling alone.
Spacious villas are all air-conditioned, but also have fans so you can adjust the temperature to suit you. All rooms have their own fridge, television, air conditioning, and veranda.
Beaches are long and clean and good for sunbathing, swimming and walking. All venues have swimming pools for those who prefer to stay cool within the resort.
What's not included?
Excursions may vary - check what's available on your individual holiday!
Optional extras not included in the cost of your holiday, and are often determined by availability with contacts so may vary from holiday to holiday but to give you a taste:
Flights, travel insurance and ayurvedic treatments
CHECK whether your holiday is based in Cochin, Trivandrum or Chennai before you book and make sure your ARRIVAL DATE matches Day 1 of your holiday - this means you often leave the day before! Please check the recommended flights with us before you book and also email a copy of your booking confirmation to us so we can check them.
Your transfer is included on the recommended flights - your driver will pick you up from just outside the terminal buidling and transfer you to your chosen resort. Good connections from all UK and US airports with Emirates. When you leave, if you have to...is up to you. If you're on an adventure, Emirates have excellent connections from all major Indian airports, and Dubai.
You will need a tourist visa for India - the official website and online application process is http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk/. Tourist visas are valid for 6 months so you can apply early. The new e-visa system is even eaiser- you can apply 30days in advance of travel and the visa is valid for 30 days.
For Kerala and Tamil Nadu, please check that your tyhpoid, Hep A and tetanus are up-to-date. We advise you to check with your health care practitioner for the latest information. There are not many mosquitos around because of the sea but at dusk, you should cover yoruself in mosquito repellent - you can anoint your mat with yogaunited's Bug-Off essential oil or mix it with your after-sun.
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Yoga teachers and group facilitators
Why not take your group to India? Let us take care of everything while you concentrate on the teaching - apply early!
We run yearly yoga holidays in India and have lots of experience and contacts to ensure your holiday is as successful as possible – come with us for a magical experience where everything is taken care of.
22–30 Jan 2017 Restorative Treat Retreat Experience with Judy Hirsh - NEW VENUE£825.00The theme for this year's holiday is 'Restorative Treat' - a simple formula to unwind, take stock and align yourself with the life you want to lead - return with valuable resources for daily life back home.
22 Feb - 2 Mar 2017 The Goddess as Body - Yoga & Creative Journalling Retreat with Beverley Nolan£825.00The Goddess as Body - Yoga & Creative Journalling with Beverley Nolan Two yoga sessions a day - one active, one restorative. Expect to dive into a detailed, and imaginative somatic exploration of your practice In addition to all the yoga sessions, there is an extra delightful and optional creative journaling session each day to unravel further the identities of the 12 wisdom goddesses. Discover your Golden Goddess (she who represents your aspirational self) Discover your Shadow Goddess (she who represents aspects of your unloved self). A bespoke workbook to take away with you of goddess-themed journaling prompts.
5-13 FEB 2018 Scaravelli Yoga Retreat Holiday with CATHERINE ANNIS£899.00Yoga United are delighted to welcome back one of our favourite teachers - Catherine Annis. Catherine is a member of the yoga teacher training faculty at Triyoga and is well known for her imaginative and practical approach to yoga. Originally a professional dancer, she discovered yoga as a teenager, and has been practicing / teaching yoga for more than 35 years.
7-15 FEB 2018 Yoga Retreat Holiday with Katrina Heather & Sue Gallagher£925.00Yoga United are delighted to welcome Katrina Heather & Sue Gallagher to Kerala. Experienced retreat leaders in the style of Desikachar tradition, and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, this promises to be a real treat!
11-19 Feb 2017 Jivamukti Holiday with Andrea Kwiatkowski£825.00Jivamukti yoga holiday with Andrea Kwiatkowski Daily schedule - (sample options to visit ashram , festivals, ) Meditation on beach or in Yoga shala breakfast Jivamukti class Ayurvedic clinic - treatments / beach time Yin / Restorative class Evening meal
2-10 FEB 2017 Scaravelli Yoga Retreat Holiday with CATHERINE ANNIS£799.00Yoga United are delighted to welcome back one of our favourite teachers - Catherine Annis. Catherine is a member of the yoga teacher training faculty at Triyoga and is well known for her imaginative and practical approach to yoga. Originally a professional dancer, she discovered yoga as a teenager, and has been practicing / teaching yoga for more than 35 years.
10-18 Feb 2017 Yoga & Tibetan Buddhist Meditation with ADELE ROBERTSON & LUCY MURRAY£799.00We are delighted to welcome back Adele Robertson for her fifth yoga holiday and introducing her co-teacher Lucy Murray. Adele's style is influenced by her studies with Viniyoga, Iyengar Yoga and Tibetan Buddhist Meditation teachers. She specialises in making yoga accessible for all stages of life and welcomes you on her holiday, no matter what your level of experience. Drawing on experience from teachings over a 20 year period. Lucy's students are encouraged to make choices for themselves and to work in a way which leads towards serenity, harmony and well-being. Lucy has a particular interest in Tibetan Buddhist Meditation and Yoga to promote mental health.
Embodied Mindfulness Course with Lyn Tally£825.00We are thrilled to welcome back LYN TALLY. for her course. Founder and co-creator of The Deliberate Method, Lyn travels to corporations to teach mindful stress management. Her light-hearted and down to earth nature reminds us all how simple a mindfulness practice can be and inspires us all to live it.
Ultra Lightweight Travel Yoga Mat£15.00Ultralight ultra-grippy 2mm travel yoga mat.
Swimcell 100% Waterproof Case for Phones£13.00The perfect waterproof case for iPhone 5, 6 and other phones measuring up to 10cm x 15cm. Ideal for any beach related holiday.
WorldSIM International SIM Card - Including £10 Credit£11.00Award winning travel SIM card can reduce your international roaming bills by as much as 85%. Comes with £10 credit loaded up and ready to go! Works with unlocked phones only.
Ghongha Water Bottle£23.00Stylish BPA free water bottle fitted with a soft silicone sleeve and lid.