1-Week Yoga Nidra Retrat

With Asanas & Pranayamas in our Ashram

Starting dates:  25 Nov, 2 Dec, 9 Dec, 23 Dec, 30 Dec, 13 Jan, 3 Feb and 17 Feb

Arrival Saturdays, departure Fridays. If you want to arrive earlier or depart later, please contact us. 

Introduction: Come to our little piece of paradise. Learn and practice Yoga Nidra as taught in the Satyananda Bihar Tradition, practice daily asanas, pranayama, chanting & meditation, and experience living a spiritual life. The program is designed to explore your deeper consciousness. Along side our daily classes, we offer a wide range of workshops. We are not a resort, we are not a guest house, we are an ashram living simply on an organic farm with a Play School. Our ashram holds an open, loving atmosphere of diverse individuals who function much like a spiritual family. We eat, chant, meditate, sing, learn, work, and play together.

ItineraryThe retreat schedule includes Yoga Nidra, Hatha Yoga, Mantra chanting and meditation. Our program assists you in establishing a daily routine of health and wellness or to deepen your existing yoga practice. It is designed to help you reconnect with yourself. During your stay, you will take part in daily classes, which are suitable for all levels, and practice asanas linked with the breath to revitalize the body, mind, and spirit. Each morning flow will leave you energized for the whole day, while the afternoon Yoga Nidra helps you to explore your deeper consciousness.

YOGA NIDRA – (Psychic Sleep Meditation – yogic dreaming) – the hallmark of Satyananda Bihar School of Yoga and the most popular and enjoyable of the Meditation from the Tantras. It is a lying down relaxation meditation which systematically takes you from the world of outer sounds step by step through body, breath and mind to your deep subconscious to release negativity, tap into creativity and positivity and explore your deeper consciousness connecting to your Higher Consciousness.

ASANA & PRANAYAMA Sadhana session:
The morning is an ideal time to connect with the body and breath, and calm your mind through asana. Asanas for fitness strenghth and flexibility, suitable for beginners, adepts and therapy. Pranayamas to balance, energise and focus. You will get a daily practice, adapted to your needs, that you can continue by yourself at home.

MANTRA CHANTING: Morning and evening Mantra Chanting sessions cleanse, focus and fill the mind with positive energy. In the evening there is a short group Meditation followed by  Kirtan (singing spiritual songs) or Satsang (spiritual discussions on truth). All are welcome to join or simply enjoy the vibrations.

KARMA YOGA: this is a special session where you get to participate actively in the ashram life, in the garden, in the kitchen, helping in the office, house keeping etc. Karma Yoga is the best way “To find the Higher Self you must lose yourself in the service of others” – this is Karma Yoga, Seva.

Daily schedule

5:45 am:   Rise and Shine Bell 
6:00 am:   Chanting & meditation
6:45 am:   Asana and Pranayama (Mon-Fri)
8:00 am:   Prepare breakfast/ Cleaning duties
8:30 am:   Breakfast & Clear up
9:00 am:   Cleaning duties – Karma Yoga
11:00 am: Optional extra class
1:00 pm:   Lunch & Clear up & rest
2:30 pm:   Yoga Nidra class
4:00 pm:   Personal Sadhana/ free time/ Outing
7:00 pm:   Dinner & Clear up
7:45 pm:   Bell – prepare for chanting
8:00 pm:   Satsang/Chanting/Meditation
9:00 pm:   Personal practice/ Sweet dreams

In the ashram we maintain silence from 9:00 pm to the next morning 9:00am to help us be more aware of our inner consciousness. Please cooperate.

Alongside our daily classes, we offer a wide range of workshops for a reasonable extra cost: Chakra Sadhana, Meditation medley, Yoga therapy, Kriya Yoga, Bhakti Yoga. Please inquire.

Weekly schedule

SATURDAYS: 

  • Havan preparation-3pm
  • Havan (Sacred Fire Ceremony)-  5:30pm, followed by Prasad (holy food)
  • Optional Talent show (share your talent with us) – 7:45pm

SUNDAYS:

  • Sunrise meditation by the Ocean 5.30am.
  • Visit of Gokarna, beaches, optional swimming etc.

MONDAYS:

  • Courses start.

TUESDAYS:

  • Ganesh puja & chanting at 8pm
  • Optional movie night- 9pm

WEDNESDAYS:          

  • Normal course day

THURSDAYS:

  • Market day: 4.00pm- shopping/swimming
  • Dinner in town is optional. Please inform us in the morning if you are not eating at the ashram.

FRIDAYS:

  • Free Introductory Class to Satyananda Bihar School of Yoga (Oct-April) -11:30am
  • Sunset Meditation by the Ocean– 5.30pm

What is included

– 6 nights accommodation

– 5 Yoga Nidra classes

– 5 Asanas and Pranayama classes

– Daily Chanting and meditation

– 3 daily vegetarian meals and tea and coffee

– Filtered water 24 hours

– Every Saturday Havan (sacred fire ceremony)

– Weekly Sunrise meditation by the Ocean

– Weekly Sunset meditation by the Ocean

– Swimming at one of the popular beaches

What is not included

– Airfare

– Transport to and from the airport

– Personal expenses

– Internet (WIFI), washing machine, bicycles, and hot water for showering are available at an extra cost

– Optional classes: Chakra Sadhana, Meditation medley, Yoga therapy, Kriya Yoga, Bhakti Yoga. Please inquire.

Location: This training will take place in Karnataka, India. Shankar Prasad foundation is located in the village of Bankikodla, which is only five kilometers from the ancient temple town of Gokarna. There are scores of temples to explore, gorgeous beaches to laze on, markets to prowl, and weekly festivities to enjoy in Gokarna.

Accommodation: Twin shared room with attached bathroom: Rooms in heritage buildings, surrounded by beautiful gardens and ashram organic farm. Have twin beds, attached bathroom with toilet and shower. Bed sheets and pillows are provided.

Dormitory with shared bathroom: The dormitories are in the century-old heritage house.  They sleep between 2 and 5 people. They are equipped with sleeping pads. Clean toilets and bathrooms are shared. Bed sheets and pillows provided.

Food: You will be served with three square vegetarian meals per day, plus tea or coffee. Meals are home-made by wonderful cook, who makes traditional, local-style food, wholesome, and colorful. Shankar Prasad grow their own rice and many of their own vegetables on fully organic farm, and sometimes cook lunch from morning harvest. What is not grown on the land is bought from local organic farmers in the village and neighboring town.

How to get there
Arrival by airplane: Please book your flight to arrive at Goa International Airport (GOI). You can then get a train from Thivim in Goa, or taxi which Shankar Prasad can send to pick you up.
Arrival by train: From Kerala or Mumbai, you can get any train traveling on the Konkan coastal railway, stopping at Gokarna Road, Ankola, Kumta, or Honnavar.

Retreat price: 
If sleeping in twin shared rooms with attached bathroom: 10275 INR
If sleeping in Dormitory with shared bathroom: 8665 INR

Booking/cancellation Policy:

A reservation requires a deposit of 10%
The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled
The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.