Welcome

 


      WELCOME TO YOGADVENTURES!

      VARANASI Heart of Shiva-Shakti + KERALA Soma Rasa Vinyasa Rejuvenation
      Teacher Immersion with Shiva Rea, Demetri Velisarius and special guests

      Rejuvenate and awaken your life-force with our winter retreat during the sacred time of Maha Shivratri - the celebration of the union of Siva and Shakti and one of the great sadhana festivals in the world. Our special India Yatras (sacred journies) are for the art of life-rejuvenation while opening to pilgrimages of ancient power and in giving back through solar light programs.

      Yatra 1: February 9-15, 2018 VARANASI
      Varanasi - Heart of Shiva-Shakti / Bhakti Prana Flow Immersion and Pilgrimage

      Join our winter pilgrimage to the holy city of Kashi/Varanasi during the sacred time of Maha Shivratri - the celebration of the union of Siva and Shakti. Experience one of the great sadhana festivals in the world. Our special India Yatra (sacred journey) is for being immersed in the heart of yoga sadhana.

      Experience life on the river Ganga in this ancient mandala of Varanasi as we enjoy the peaceful and ecstatic rhythms of Maha Shivratri with a post-fesitival day for rejuvenation and realization. We will gather together for yoga in a private family temple courtyard overlooking the Ganga for bhakti prana vinyasa and then rest in the middle of the day before our afternoon, sunset sessions on the Ganga with live music, kirtan, meditation and rituals. We will be joined by local kirtan artists, pujaris and friends from around the world as we become pilgrims together and offer seva to the local community. Receive the depth of yoga sadhana on the Ganga at the same time open to magic of Varanasi and the evening Drupad (ancient style of classical music/voice) celebrations.

      Yatra 2:  February 15-22, 2018 KERALA

      TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR WINTER SALE:  $108 off plus two more Kerala massages ends December 3rd !

      In our Living Flow Ashram Retreat, we create three paths of transformation and provide you with a special program for each week that gives you the space, options and menu of life-transforation:

      • Lunar Path: rejuvenation and relaxation 
      • Solar Path: sacred training and adventure 
      • Teacher Training Path: professional program for Prana Vinyasa teacher training/Kalari Vinyasa/Living
      • Ayurveda
      • Prana Danda Vinyasa

      HIGHLIGHTS:

      • Live the magic and mystery of India fully each day and go deeper into embodied healing and vitality
      • Transformative, evolutionary Prana Vinyasa Yoga
      • Living flow - Integrate a vital life-flow
      • Kalari Vinyasa Immersion (optional) in Kerala
      • Rejuvenating Massages and Aryuvedic Teachings
      • Daily Meditation
      • Evening Cultural Programs
      • Fire Ritual
      • Special excursions to temples and celebrations / temple offerings
      • Enjoy a skillfully-crafted week in an empowering and rejuvenating rhythm of living yoga, healing relaxation, and liberating play.
      • Daily Flow & 7-day Movement Alchemy Program including twice-daily Prana Vinyasa Yoga for inner and outer regeneration
      • Sunrise-Sunset Meditation & Daily Wisdom from Yoga Philosophy
      • Living Ayurveda - Create a daily health practice for your dosas for integrating into your life back home
      • Daily movers and shakers movement & rhythm with Shiva and musical guests
      • Daily mantra offerings and the latest alchemical music mixes
      • Global Tribe - enjoy a balance of personal retreat time & connecting in community with an global tribe of men and women,
      • Bonding - bring your family, beloved or travel solo and meet new friends for life.

      INCLUDED:

      • Prana Vinyasa Yoga / Kalari / Prana Danda Yoga
      • Gourmet vegetarian/pescatarian buffet (Brunch/Dinner)
      • Three Ayurveda Massages and Ayurveda consultation with doctor
      • Teacher Training Manual
      • Transfers from Trivanderum Airport (Somatheeram only) on 15th and 22nd
      • Includes: yoga, kirtan, boat rides on the Ganga and accommodations with brunch and dinner

      ADDITIONAL:

      • Teacher Training and required online course prep-post for practice and integration
      • Transportation to and within India
      • Any additional time outside of our listed retreat dates need to be booked directly with resort
      • Staff tips
      • Travel Insurance

      DETAILS:

      • A welcome letter from Yogadventures with all the inside details will be emailed upon your deposit
      • A retreat flow for the solar, lunar or teacher training path will be available on the 1st day of retreat.
      • Check-in is at 4pm on the first day listed. Check-out time is at 10am on the last day listed.
      • If you would like to enjoy the resort outside of our retreat time together please arrange additional night accommodations directly with the retreat center
      • Guides: Shiva Rea + Demetri Velisarius and varying guest teachers
      • Price: Starting at $933 with accommodations or $550 "off site"(Varanasi week) and $1927 (Kerala week)
      • Low Deposit: $500
      • Dates: Varanasi February 9 - 15, 2018 Kerala February 15 - 22, 2018
      • Facebook Page: Yogadventurers
      • Register: use top Registration Tab
      • Kerala portion includes accommodations with brunch and dinner - there is an option for guests to attend JUST Varanasi or JUST Kerala portion as well.


 



Sanctuary

 

Yatra 1:  Varanasi:

Exquisite location near Assi Ghat on the Ganges.

  • Luxury and Comfort : Luxury is defined as something that is not essential but is expensive, desirable or valuable and provides comfort , we redefine luxury and make it available in your world. We take pride in announcing that our hotel is a great place for those who seek to find a home away from home while visiting Varanasi,.
  • Service : To achieve excellence we take clear direction and consistent focus in all aspects to build a better customer relationship, we are available 24/7 to assist our guests.

Yatra 2:  Kerala:

Our retreat center in Kerala India sits atop a hill overlooking the Indian Ocean, spreading over an area of 15 acres of lush greenery. Traditionally-styled Kerala wooden houses, bungalows and cottages are widely scattered down the contoured hills among the coconut groves and other naturally preserved plants.

  • Relax in a swinging hammock beneath the shady coconut palms
  • Indulge in relaxation and health benefits of Ayurveda
  • Bathe in the brilliant sun on the beach.
  • Swim in the soothing waves or pool overlooking the ocean.
  • At sundown, soak in the beauty of a thousand lamps as they gleam from fishing rafts at sea.
  • Enjoy the beautiful sunsets!!

About Ayurveda Centre

At the Ayurvedic Rejuvenation Centre, ayurvedic therapy is integral to the very spirit and essence, offering a variety of treatments including rejuvenation therapy, shirodhara, ayurvedic massages, and panchakarma. Our retreat includes three (one and half hour) Kerala style Ayurvedic massage.

Other optional treatments include, shirodhara, marma massage, abhyanga and more. You may book optional treatments after your initial consultation when you arrive.

*We have limited practice space connected to the hotels we reserve. Booking the Teacher Training portion of our program only is not an option unless you also have booked with our accommodations listed.

 



What People are Saying: Testimonials


"To be nourished by the healing art of Ayurveda, combined with deep daily prana flow practice is a precious gift every yogi should experience. Every layer of being being felt full of vitality and a deep peace that exudes from the swaying palm trees and the constant soundtrack of ocean waves. To experience the ritual and reverence of south India, with Shiva as our guide in the motherland of yoga has enriched my understanding of the teachings and of myself." - A.N.
 
"I had been waiting for years for just the "right" invitation to visit India, and the one from Shiva/Yogadventures was IT!  I am so glad that I had my inaugural visit to India with Shiva and the tribe.  They showed me parts and places of myself I was not aware of.  I had a deep uncovering of layer upon layer each day of the retreat.  Shedding so much, unraveling so much, day by day becoming more and more authentic with myself.  In India it is hard not to  unfurl your precious self, but with the guidance and experience of Shiva, it was truly a blessing and an experience I will always treasure"  KR
 
"The Kalari Pyatu practice in the traditional shala completely flipped my perspective of emobodying the Vira, warrior energy. This ancient practice made me feel simultaneously grounded and empowered like nothing ever has before! Plus, it is so rare to find traditional teachers of this martial art that are so warm and welcoming and the CVN teachers are!"  - Amanda
 
"To experience Shivaratrii Festival in Varanasi was a long held dream and in reality it was one of the most rich and awe inspiring initiations of my life! To be immersed in the culture and celebrations as they have been for thousands of years will stay with me forever, a privilege for any yogi to behold.A wild ride into the heart of real shiva shakti worship!"


Teacher Training


Yatra 1: February 9-15, 2018

VARANASI - Maha Shivratri Shiva/Shakti Tandava; Ganges Bhakti Prana Vinyasa Teacher Immersion

Juicy Prana Vinyasa teacher training is an option for those wanting to add more hours of study to their retreat each day.
Modules are for advanced modules Kalari Vinyasa, Bhakti Prana Vinyasa, & Prana Danda Yoga which include online support.

Optional Study in living ayurveda, harmonium/voice/mantras, indian classical dance and prana panda yoga in our Yoga Alchemy Flow Arts immersion that allows you to continue your study online from your live transmission.
  • Four hours of yoga daily
  • Yoga on the ganga and ghats
  • Meditation and kirtan on ganga
  • Temple pilgrimages

Yatra 2:  February 15-22, 2018

KERALA - Khajuraho Teacher Immersion + Soma Rasa Vinyasa/Rejuvenation and Art of Kalarippayatu

Kalari:  Experience an immersion into the art, practices, and realization of the yogic-tantric view of the “body as temple”. Your immersion will bring you into the capital city of Trivandrum or Thiruvananthapuram for seven Kalari Shakti daily practices at CVN Kalari with Shiva’s teachers leading to the practice sequence of the “Puttara Vandanam” or core namaskar of Kalarippayatu. These sessions will be complemented by sunset yoga sessions for the entire retreat with Shiva as well as special programs. This will deepen your experience of yogic embodiment and initiate you into the practice of Kalarippayatu – a requirement for teaching any aspect of the KalariVinyasa pathway in Prana Flow.

Teacher Intensive Includes:

  • Kalari practice at CVN Kalari with Sathyan Narayan and Rajeshekaranarayan
  • Video sequence of the Kalari Vinyasa developed by Shiva to practice in preparation to teach
  • Daily transportation to and from Trivandrum for Kalari in private taxis (this is an interesting 30 min drive each way)
  • Teacher training credit including opportunity for permission to teach the Kalari Vinyasa developed as a preparation to Kalarippayatu by Shiva with video certification post-training (This option is for 200-500 hour program electives, cannot be substituted for core modules)

About Kalarippayatu

Experience a dynamic introduction to the ancient Indian martial art form kalaripayattu, or kalari, and its shared roots within yoga and Ayurveda. Kalari is an embodied art form that is considered to be one of the oldest “martial art” forms in the world as warrior training is part of this profound and beautiful fluid form. Practiced in a Kalari – a temple created on the raw earth – this form complements the sacred relationship to the body in yoga while giving expression to the embodied power of shakti that is received from the earth and liberated through movement flow, meditation and marma massage. Shiva’s roots are part of CVN Kalari in Thiruvanathapuram with her teachers Sathya Narayan and Rajashekaran Nayar who will be leading the intensive. The fees support the clinic of CVN Kalari which treats patients at a low cost.

Required Reading:

  1. When the Body Becomes All Eyes: Paradigms, Discourses and Practices of Power in Kalarippayattu, a South Indian Martial Art by Phillip Zarrilli
 
Required Online Courses:
  1. Flow like a River: Intro to Kalarippayatu in the Tradition of CVN Kalari

Soma Prana Vinyasa:  Inner Nectar – Rejuvenation through Soma Prana Vinyasa™ and the Inner Arts of Yoga

Soma Prana Vinyasa is a regenerative practice that is one-half meditative Prana Vinyasa namaskars and deep lunar mudrasanas (long holds) and one-half inner arts of meditation, mantra, mudra, self-massage and deep shavasana. Soma is connected to the inner water, ojas, essence, vitality, and amrita as the sublime nectar of healing – the energy that can green a desert and restore love.

This new class format is distilled from 24 years of evolution of vinyasa and is the first module (part one) to offer how to teach lunar vinyasa as a balancing healing approach to transforming stress and tensions, cultivating ojas, and circulating nectar.

Hightlights include:

Lunar Prana Vinyasa Namaskars for cultivating movement meditation, fluidity, rejuvenation
Lunar mudrasanas – long holds in forward bends, inversions, restorative and supine asanas
Meditation – mantra, mudra, and contemplation
Opening and closing chants for regeneration
Sahaja Prana Flow – healing flow of spontaneous movement
Pranayama – lunar breath flows and other prana kriyas
Wisdom sutras from the tantras and universal wisdom to bring into class
Prana nadi self-massage – with massage tools, sacred touch, and optional essential oils or ayurvedic oils
Life-practices for cultivating ojas through Ayurveda
Continued study and support through three-month to one-year online program that integrates the transformation of lunar vinyasa into your daily life


 

 

 


 

 



Retreat Flow


Throughout our journey, you will cultivate the rejuvenation practices of the “living flow ashram” Shiva has designed from 15 pilgrimages to India where we balance the solar and lunar arts of healing yoga, meditation, prana vinyasa flow and cultural programs so that we open to both the magic and peace of these sacred places. 

RETREAT FLOW:  

  • Welcome Letter from Yogadventures will arrive several weeks before retreat.
  • A retreat itinerary will be available on the 1st day of retreat.
  • Check-in is at 4pm on the first day listed. Program ends at 8am on final day - no morning practice check out day
  • If you would like to enjoy the resort outside of our retreat time together please arrange additional night accommodations directly with the resort.
VARANASI Maha Shiva-Shakti + KERALA Khajuraho Teacher Immersion with Shiva Rea, Demetri Velisarius and special guests

Yatra 1 Varanasi - Heart of Shiva-Shakti / Bhakti Prana Flow Immersion and Pilgrimage   7 nights Feb. 9-15 - Awakening Retreat
Optional Teacher Training: Ganges Bhakti Prana Vinyasa Teacher Immersion

Sample Daily Flow:

    6-7am:  Optional Homa and Sunrise Meditation on the Ganga 6:00 - 7:00
    7-9am:  Bhakti Prana Flow Yoga 7-9:00 and Chai
    Optional Temple Guide/Jyotish readings with Shiva Kumar and free time to rest and explore Varanasi
    3:30-8pm: Bhakti Immersion on the Ganga with live music and ritual puja with Shiva Kumar and local artists
    Two hour Bhakti Prana Flow Yoga, Sunset Kirtan, Temples along the Ghats
    Optional Evening Drupad Mela leading up to Maha Shivratri
    *On the night before MahaShivaratri, there is a parikrama or circumambulation around Kashi.
    **On this night, there will be no evening program for rest or stay at the Druped Mela

Yatra 2 Rejuvenation/Kalari
7 nights February 15-22 - Rejuvenation Retreat
Optional Soma Rasa Vinyasa + Kalari Teacher Immersion

Sample Daily Flow:

  • Morning early departure to CVN Kalari
  • Optional Yoga with Somatheeram Yoga Teacher
  • Brunch - Free Time - Aryuveda Treatments
  • Prana Danda Yoga with Demetri
  • Prana Vinyasa and Meditation with Shiva
  • Dinner with cultural program

"To experience Shivaratrii Festival in Varanasi was a long held dream and in reality it was one of the most rich and awe inspiring initiations of my life! To be immersed in the culture and celebrations as they have been for thousands of years will stay with me forever, a privilege for any yogi to behold. A wild ride into the heart of real shiva shakti worship!" - recent retreat participant





FAQs

What can I expect on a Yogadventures retreat?

Fun, connection, transformational yoga, celebration, nourishment, relaxation, release, uncovering self discovery layers, embracing the prana of nature, sacred living, rituals, living flow....

Do I need yoga experience?

No, we welcome all! Depending on if you chose the teacher training portion there may be some prerequisites and required reading and prepatory online courses. See Teacher Training Tab

When will I receive trip details?

You will receive a welcome letter from us approximately two weeks before the retreat, you will also receive a confirmation letter upon registration and a prep letter about a month before the event.

Can I arrive early and stay late?

Unfortunately we are unable to book any additional stays outside our retreat dates. Any addition stays need to be arranged directly with the venue. Please see Venue Tab

What’s Included?

Please refer to the Retreat Flow Tab for more details, but typically we include all lodging, breakfasts/brunch and most dinner meals. Each event varies, but we often include 1-2 excusions and a few other special treats. Yoga and meditation classes are included, however the teacher training yoga portion is additional

Can I go on a Yogadventure by myself?

Yes! May of our Yogadventurers our come alone and leave with lifelong friends. If you’re traveling alone, a yoga retreat is the best way to meet new people with similar interests in a safe and healthy environment.

How many people will be on the retreats?

Depending upon the retreat but we host typically ~50 yogis!

What type of food is offered?

We always enjoy delicious food on our retreats and strive to include organic, fresh ingredients, vegetarian/vega options as often as possible.

What should I bring?

You will receive a more extensive list in your welcome letter, however some suggestions are yoga mat/props, sunscreen, comfortable clothes and shoes, layers for all weather, sunglasses, headlamp, book, journal, reusable water bottle, and an openness to flow!

How much free time do we have?

We offer a healthy balance between our group time and solo free exploratory time. Depending on the Yogadventure we will be in nature, we may be inside some of the time, we always have long breaks mid- day ... staying open to the flow of all and needs of the group.

Do I need extra cash? How much?

See the event Retreat Flow Tab to see all that is included. If you choose to go on any optional excursions you will be responsible for the costs and the retreat center can help you arrange for your needs. Please see Venue Tab

How do I get from the airport to the retreat center?

For most of our retreats you will be responsible for your own airport transfer unless stated otherwise. Our facebook page for each retreat is a good place to connect with other to arrange shared travel.

Do I need to book my own flight?

Yes, you are responsible for your flights and travel arrangements and details. You can find helpful suggestions on our Travel Tab and itineraries can be found on our Summary Tab

When should I book?

We are big fans of "the sooner the better" - we also often have Early Bird Specials for those to register early - more often than not our retreats sell out!

Is travel insurance mandatory? How do I purchase it?

Yes!  Travel insurance for all of our Yoadventure retreats is mandatory. We are unable to have your participation unless proof of travel insurance is sent to us. Purchase your travel insurance within a week of purchasing your plane flight. You can find many options at SquareMouth.com. Please send proof of travel insurance to retreats@yogadventures.com

Is my ticket refundable?

In the event of cancellation:
60 days or more prior to the retreat: your entire payment will be refunded, less $500 non-refundable deposit plus a $50 administration fee.
59-30 days prior to the retreat: less your $500 non-refundable deposit, your remaining balance can be applied to a future retreat only within 2 years.
29 days or less prior to the retreat: forfeit all retreat money rendered.

Do you have discounts available?

We offer a limited number of early-bird prices to make our trips as accessible as possible. We also offer occasional giveaways and specials on Shiva's facebook page and in our PULSE newsletter

What is the teacher training portion?

 This is for those wishing to gain hours towards certification in our Samudra School of Living Yoga - you can find more details on our Teacher Training webpage and our Teacher Training Tab  

 



Travel Information


INDIA VISA:

Effective January 15th, 2010, the Indian government has introduced new requirements for all visa applicants. All applicants, regardless of nationality or visa type requested, must submit a copy of their birth certificate or school diploma. Please do not submit the originals. If submitting a diploma, it must be a High School Diploma or above.

You will need a visa for travel to India, please begin this process soon. We have used both www.travisaindia.com and indiavisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html

AIR TRAVEL:

Trivandrum Airport (TRV) is the nearest airport to Somatheeram. Ground transport is included in the retreat package from TRV airport only on the listed start and end dates of the retreat.

GROUND TRANSPORTATION:

All transfers to and from Trivandrum airport to Somatheeram are included in the price of the retreat. Please send your flight itinerary to our retreat coordinator for ground transportation so we can arrange with retreat center. Arrival time is preferred by 2 pm. Departure time is preferred after 2pm, if possible. 

TRAVEL INSURANCE:

Travel insurance for all of our Yoadventure retreats is mandatory. We are unable to have your participation unless proof of travel insurance is sent to us. Purchase your travel insurance within a week of purchasing your plane flight. You can find many options at SquareMouth.com. Please send proof of insurance to retreats@yogadventures.com

For more info on India check out: www.incredibleindia.org

As of October 27 - this is the best flight we've found for Varanasi to Kerala:

1:30 PM – 3:15 PM
Varanasi (VNS) – Mumbai (BOM)
Air India 696 Economy Class Airbus A319

5:25 PM – 7:40 PM
Mumbai (BOM) – Thiruvananthapuram (TRV)
Air India 667 Economy Class Airbus A321

YOGADVENTURES CANCELLATION/PAYMENT POLICY: Full balance due must be paid 30 days prior to event start date - if we do not receive full balance by this time we will automatically charge to the card we have on file from your initial registration. A non-refundable deposit of $500 PER person is required to hold your space for this retreat and is due at the time of registration.

In the event of cancellation:

  • 60 days or more prior to the retreat: your entire payment will be refunded, less $500 non-refundable deposit plus a $50 administration fee.
  • 59-30 days prior to the retreat: less your $500 non-refundable deposit, your remaining balance can be applied to a future retreat only within 2 years.
  • 29 days or less prior to the retreat: forfeit all retreat money rendered.

 


 






Registration

Registration Options:

  • Register for Varanasi portion ONLY - use below "Book This Retreat" Yatra 1 button 
  • Register for Varanasi AND Kerala - you can choose your accommodations from those we have reserved for our group - use both "Book This Retreat" buttons below for both Yatra 1 and Yatra 2
  • Register for Kerala ONLY - use Yatra 2 "Book This Retreat" button below

We strive to make our retreats customizable! Make it to fit your schedule and flow of life!

Yatra 1 Magical Mystical Varanasi
6 nights Feb. 9-15 - awakening retreat
Optional Teacher Training: Ganges Bhakti Prana Vinyasa Teacher Immersion


Yatra 2 Rejuvenation/Kalari in Kerala
7 nights February 15-22 - rejuvenation retreat
Optional Soma Rasa Vinyasa + Kalari Teacher Immersion


*If your desired retreat is sold out please add yourself to the wait list as we will offer advanced registration opportunity to the wait listed for next year*

CANCELLATION POLICY:
A non-refundable deposit of $500 PER person is required to hold your space for this retreat and is due at the time of registration.

Full balance due must be paid 30 days prior to event start date - if we do not receive by this time we will automatically charge to the card we have on file from your initial registration

In the event of cancellation:
60 days or more prior to the retreat: your entire payment will be refunded, less $500 non-refundable deposit plus a $50 administration fee.
59-30 days prior to the retreat: less your $500 non-refundable deposit, your remaining balance can be applied to a future retreat only within 2 years.
29 days or less prior to the retreat: forfeit all retreat money rendered.

*Proof of travel insurance is required in order for your registration to be considered complete

*We have limited practice space connected to the hotels we reserve. Booking the Teacher Training portion of our program only is not an option unless you also have booked with our accommodations listed. 


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Your Guides

About Your Guide: Shiva Rea

Shiva's retreats explore the art of yoga in practical, creative and life transforming ways. Her studies in the Krishnamacharya lineage, tantra, ayurveda, bhakti, kalaripayattu, world dance, yogic art and somatic movement infuse her approach to living yoga and embodying the flow. She is a leading teacher of Prana Flow yoga worldwide. Shiva is known for bringing the roots of yoga alive for modern practitioners in creative, dynamic and life-transforming ways and for offering the synthesis form of vinyasa flow out in the world.

As a global adventurer, she has lead over 80 retreats and pilgrimages nationally and internationally as well as served as a creative catalyst for conferences, festivals and actions for the environment, yoga and the arts including the third annual Yogini Conference of Kripalu and Omega. Shiva writes for Yoga Journal and is the author of award-winning CD's and DVD's to empower and transform yoga home practice.

About Your Guide: Demetri Velisarius

Demetri Velisarius, BSW, RYT 200, is a social worker, personal trainer, ex-boxer, bicycle racer, and Prana Flow Yoga teacher and a tantric meditator in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition of Vajrayana and Dzogchen. He has accomplished numerous meditation/yoga retreats and pilgrimages worldwide over the past 12 years including a silent 108 day Tibetan Yoga and Mahamudra Retreat. He has studied with numerous yoga, meditation and tantric masters including H.H. 12th Gyalwang Drukpa Rinpoche, Lama Surya Das, Paul Mueller Ortega and Lama Tsultrim Allione.