Agnihotra Yoga Retreat

The Agnihotra Yoga Retreat offers yoga retreats, teacher trainings, and homa therapy designed for detoxification and rejuvenation.

Reviews 21

Darshini Govindaraju

from United Arab Emirates, May 2018

"Just what I needed and more"

AgniHotra Yoga retreat was what i needed and more.

The 6 days was just perfect for me. Our host/instructor/healer Rakesh certainly was very knowledgeable about what he is doing and we did spend the evenings learning more about healing, yoga and meditation. He does have the patience to listen to you and give you the right guidance. The place - pure lush green! I was there during the low period so there was only 3 of us in total. This gave us time to dig deep into healing, yoga and meditation. The accommodation was clean and the food served was scrumptious yet VERY healthy.

Catherine Cooper

from Great Britain, May 2018

"A wonderful opportunity to relax, re-energise and renew"

From the moment I arrived Rakesh was warm and welcoming. The programme was arranged for each day (depending on the weather) and although I wasn't there for a whole 6 day retreat, Rakesh ensured that I received treatments and healing and excursions.

I couldn't have asked for more!

Deepa Vegesina

from Belgium, May 2018

"Perfect retreat"

The place was the perfect get away. The location is very good and just 5min walk to the sea. The yoga schedule was just right to have yoga classes and ample time for meditation. Rakesh is a very patient and knowledgeable teacher and took time to understand what I expected from the retreat. The additionals like the ayurvedic message and healing sessions were also very well organised. The food regime was also the right one for a good detox. All in all it was a very good experience and would definitely recommend this retreat.

Lachelle Amos

from India, May 2018

"Spectacular energetic investment"

Rakesh is an incredibly humble light-filled host with compassion emanating in all that he does. He is a great teacher and gifted energy healer, who takes the time to answer any questions that may arise and to listen to your experience of the sessions. He went above and beyond to make sure that I was happy with the accommodation, food, and the center. I really enjoyed all of the excursions he organized.

The Agnihotra Yoga Center is beautifully lush with cashew, coconut, jackfruit trees and more. About a five minute walk from the beach, the sounds of the waves are clear and strong. The food is very fresh and delicious!

The Agnihotra rituals, pranic and magnified healings are all very powerful! A week at the Agnihotra Yoga Center is a well-spent time of personal development, reflection, and healing!

Anna Abrams

from India, March 2018

"Learning to float"

Life’s distractions are taken out of your hands to create opportunity for change. Built on a terrace, it feels like you’ve stepped into a private garden. The sounds of nature here are incredibly soothing. I will never forget the way this place looks at night. The food is fresh and delicious. Things are organized in a way that requires planning and attention to detail. If you end up here it is not by accident and is an incredible gift. I came knowing I was carrying a bag of grief I was ready to set down. I still can't fathom how I end up here when I most need it. I unconsciously pick my favorite person, crawl in their lap and say, "Ok. Rip the band aid off.” I spend long periods of time in a hammock or lounge chair listening to birds and taking big, long, sweaty naps. I am vulnerable and soft again. After leaving the retreat and continuing my journey, I realize what I have decided to trade for my bag of grief: peace. The next day I am scuba diving and have the words from the fire ceremony in my head. Deep under the water's surface, the current is pulling the fish, the coral, and my body in a gentle sway and I can hear "shanti, shanti, shanti.” I've made peace with the important stuff being beyond my control or understanding. When you learn to swim, they teach you to tread water, swinging your arms and legs in a repeated motion. Once you are an advanced swimmer, you learn to relax your body, release your head way back into the water, and float. I'm finally learning to float.

Anonymous

from India, March 2018

The retreat is a very peaceful place. It’s close enough to the beach that you can hear the sea. The rooms are very clean and comfortable and the food was delicious. Rakesh was always concerned that everything was ok with my stay. He’s an excellent teacher and took time to explain a lot about meditation which was something I hadn’t done before. The retreat had a lovely calmness and I would definitely recommend it.

Kelly Shaw

from Great Britain, January 2018

"Know thyself... "

This is a place where you can go and learn a thing or two about yourself in a calm and incredibly relaxing atmosphere amongst a forest of palms and banana trees. Rakesh offers a safe and welcoming space to examine inner thoughts and emotions and gives you the time and support needed to really get in touch with yourself and any past issues that you feel may be holding you back in some areas of your life. I went with a healthy dose of cynicism as this was my first mediation experience. What I gained was a better understanding of an ancient vedic practice which in turn enabled me to slow down and take a step back from my usual chaotic and stressful life. I also learned that we cannot change overnight but with some insight and long overdue self love, perhaps the person we want to be can flourish (and that actually, perhaps we are already that person, it's just about observing the thought patterns which make us think about ourselves in certain ways). These are old habits and as we know, old habits die hard. Rakesh helps you to understand how to observe rather than resist or fight intrusive / unhelpful thoughts. He teaches well and he has a way of making you understand things that you may have read previously but never quite managed to click it all into place.

Helena Dahlgren

from Sweden, January 2018

"A spiritual retreat"

I loved the tranquil location among the trees with the beach within a short walking distance , the simple clean accommodation and the spirituality of the yoga shala and meditations. The yoga teacher Rakesh is very nice and shares his knowledge in a low-key, compassionate and wise way.

Yasemin Aslan

from India, October 2017

"Incredible healing experience"

It has been a very interesting and incredibly healing experience for me. I was feeling so powerless and had a deep grief and lack of will power when I arrived Rakesh's place. I arrived in the late evening and from the time I met him I felt I am in the right place.He is one of these people who leave and act as he believe and talk. He has a holistic open heart life approach for all living beings and he devote himself his healing and practice to help people who reach him. The fire meditations, yoga, his healing energy work, the organic ayurvedic food and his presence all together create a very powerful healing/empowering environment for those need any support, cleansing, retreat or healing... It was such a miraculous experience, in the 3rd day, suddenly I realised the grief I was feeling for a long time has gone.. I started feeling so balanced and clear and pure.. I have done lot of similar work before but this was one of the very powerful transforming experiences I have every experienced. The yoga sessions were also so powerful and healing.. I learned so much from him in 6 days and at the moment I am doing my yoga teacher training and using the knowledge I gained from him already.. He is very pure, balanced, supportive and knowledgeable person and he has a very powerful energy. I wish I was able to spend more time with him. I will definitely revisit him in his new place opening in a farm.

Anonymous

from South Korea, October 2017

"Excellent Yoga and Meditation Education/Practice"

The location was perfect, close to the town and beach. And the accommodation was very comfortable with excellent food and peaceful meditation spaces.

Petra Cibulkova

from Australia, September 2017

This retreat gave me exactly what I needed. It opened the door to the beginning of my spiritual journey and helped me to start a regular practice.

Secret Garden is a peaceful and safe place with beautiful and healing energy. You will have a lot of opportunities to observe, reflect or just rest if that's what you need.

Rakesh is the nicest person, very kind and respectful, looking after his guests well and always making sure they are happy. He lives the truth of his teachings and making it his purpose to help people by spreading the peace, love and wisdom. He has been very supportive throughout my journey and always patiently answering all my questions.

I enjoyed daily Ahnihotra fire rituals at sunrise and sunset, it had a very calming and healing effect on me. Morning yoga, breathing exercises and relaxation was a great start to the day. The healing sessions also helped me a lot, clearing some old blockages.

The food was very fresh and tasty, carefully prepared to support the detoxification process. The accommodation is clean and had all I needed. There is a beautiful garden where you can continue practicing observations and listen to the songs of nature. You can tell the trees and plants also benefit from the good energy of this place.

I left this place with strong motivation to start making positive changes in my life. I feel very grateful for this experience and to Rakesh for all his teachings and kindness. I have learned so much. Thank you for everything!

Jessica Smith

from Great Britain, June 2017

"Jessica "

My experience with Rakesh was unbelievable, and far beyond what I expected. Rakesh taught me so much, and helped me begin a spiritual journey. I've taken so much away with me, so much that I can implement in my day to day life. Rakesh was not just a great teacher, he was also kind and fun and went out of his way to ensure I had a great time. I've never felt so calm and centred. The food is also so delicious!! Missing it already! Genuinely a life changing experience. Thank you Rakesh!

Marine Lemee

from India, March 2018

"Très bien!"

La méditation dans le shala était exceptionnel, rakesh est un excellent gourou

Victoria Böhland

from United States, February 2018

Rakesh was the best teacher i ever had :) he has Great Knowledge and gives Everything from his Heart. He has a Light within and Really wants to Share all this With the People and the World. I could Feel his positiv Energies every day a bit more. I am so thankfull for Everything he did to us from the beginning to the last Second!! And i just recommend it to do this retreat there. The Place is fantastic,the rooms Very Clean and nice and the schedule the best mixture out of freetime,excursions,Delicious food,asanas,Meditation,Healing,Personal Talks :)

I just Thank you so much for Everything you give to us which will Stay within us also After and outside of your wonderful retreat!!!!!

Testimonials 4

Georgina Campbell

Agnihotra Yoga Retreat's Facebook page

I had the most amazing time at Agnihotra Yoga Retreat. I've never felt so calm and centerd in my life. The fire meditation was a really special enlightening experience. The accommodation was fantastic, as was the food and amenities. The surroundings in Varkala are spectacularly beautiful, its a fantastic place to be. Rakesh was a delight to be around, he took care of me very well and I feel that i have learnt a lot from my experience at his retreat. I really do recommend the retreat to anyone and everyone!

Francesca Da Camara England

Agnihotra Yoga Retreat's Facebook page

I discovered the wonderful Agnihotra retreat during a trip to Varkala. The beautiful Shala is located in nature at the back of a secret garden and is made from cow dung which is thought to keep the energy of the shala very pure. I was so grateful to spend a few evenings meditating and experiencing the effects of the Agnihotra fire rituals.

I was also fortunate enough to attend a day retreat with Rakesh which included sunrise and sunset Agnihotra, knowledge from Rakesh about the history and benefits of the fire ritual, Hatha yoga twice daily, delicious Ayurvedic food and a session of magnified healing which helped to clear some emotional blockages and anxiety I was experiencing. I experienced deep peace and clarity after the healing with Rakesh and would recommend this to anyone looking for inner peace, harmony and clarity.

Rakesh is a humble and spiritual man and his traditional approach to what he does is inspiring.

Thank you Rakesh…Namaste! xx

Deividas Demenius Norway

Agnihotra Yoga Retreat's Facebook page

One day i came to Agnihotra Yoga without knowing what its actually is....and i stayed there for 3 weeks and was sad to leave. Syam Ji he is a wonderful yogi doing fire meditations at sunrise and sundown.He will teach you a lot about fire meditation and about its benefits to ones body and soul. Together with traditional hatha yoga class done with Syam Ji himself Agnihotra Yoga Retreat will be real remedy to your body and soul.

Honestly, i did found peace here...

Krishangi Lila Estonia

Agnihotra Yoga Retreat's Facebook page

I am very grateful for this divine meeting with Rakesh Syamji that brought more clarity and focus into my spiritual life. Agnihotra meditations were filled with radiant healing energy and took me to the journey in higher spiritual dimensions. One day we had a precious opportunity to honor the fire sacrifice meditations three times a day.....that day I will never forget. It was a great example of how can live in perfect harmony with the rhythms of nature and honor them with fire sacrifices.

I could also highly recommend Syamji's healing sessions. The magnified healing session that he offered to me had a great impact on my energy field and I am feeling more wholesome and harmonized after that.

Definitely I am recommending to anyone who comes to Varkala and is looking for some spiritual upliftment to come into contact with most humble and sincere healer and spiritual teacher Rakesh Syamji and to participate in his Agnihotra meditation sessions.

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