Agnihotra Yoga Retreat

Kerala, India

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

Meditation Retreats 2

Speaks English

from US$461

Great 9.7/10

Based on 9 reviews
from US$461
Price for:

6 days / 5 nights

Great 9.7/10

Based on 9 reviews

Great

Based on 9 reviews

Speaks English

from US$238

Great 9.7/10

Based on 9 reviews
from US$238
Price for:

3 days / 2 nights

Great 9.7/10

Based on 9 reviews

Reviews 9

  • Yasemin Aslan India

    October 2017, BookMeditationRetreats

    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.

    There were lot of mosquitoes in the garden, I am always bitten so badly and my body gives reactions to that. So, in his place in Secret garden, the only issue for me was the mosquitoes. He gave me some organic creams, smokes and supported me a lot but it was still a bit of a distraction for me. However, compare to the other benefits I have got, I just did not care much and focused on my retreat.

  • Anonymous

    October 2017, BookMeditationRetreats

    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 Australia

    September 2017, BookMeditationRetreats

    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 Great Britain

    June 2017, BookMeditationRetreats

    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!

  • Francoise

    BookYogaRetreats website

    I spent an amazing time at Agnihotra practising yoga, fire ceremony, healing therapy , eating vegan food and i left full of energy and happiness.

    Rakesh is such a spiritual and sweet person. it's good to know a place where you can rest...

  • Rosi Switzerland

    BookYogaRetreats website

    When you reach a place for the first time, you feel immediately if this environment fits you.

    I recommend Agnihotra yoga retreat to all people want to make a break in this life and to be aware to give sens at his own life.

    The warm welcome that Rakesh gave us made us feel with my friend Françoise as at home.

    The meditation fire in the morning was gorgeous with multicolored flames and different sounds of birdsong that carried us into another world. I learned during this period of meditation that by creating a vacuum within us, it filled me with incredible energy giving answers to my questions and my state of being. Thank Rakesh for teaching me the prana method that at first seemed to me long and boring, but finally I appreciate the benefits.

    The yoga classes allowed me to perfect the postures and acquire more flexibility, in a very relaxed atmosphere !

    Secret garden is an environment that respect nature and vegetation & trees grow wonderfully. Attention to the coconuts that sometimes fall without warning!

    It's a little charming paradise. I like this place more near the beach "5 min. walking" where you can continue to mediate or just relax. Rakesh is attentive to your needs and I thank him for taking the time to show us also the surroundings.

    This retreat focuses on observation and understanding what one sees.

    It was a moment on a window of eternity. India sings, thank you Rakesh

  • Bassem United Arab Emirates

    BookYogaRetreats website

    I had five nights and six days at the Agnihotra yoga retreat and my experience was just beyond wonderful! I felt home and welcome from the first day. The center has a wonderful secret garden at the back and a meditation/yoga hall. This is a great retreat for those who want to connect with their inner-self, distress, detoxify and relax... and mostly, grow and evolve spiritually!

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  • 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

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    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

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    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

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    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.

  • Sanna Hiltunen Finland

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    Beautiful experience, I went trough lots of emotions during Homas. Lot’s of purification. The atmosphere is pure and sacred, full of good energy. Memorable experience.

  • Alex David Crocker United Kingdom

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    Syam’s fire ceremonies are something special, I always left feeling relaxed and peaceful. Will definitely be coming back.

  • Vincent France

    Agnihotra Yoga Retreat's Facebook page

    Our family spent a fantastic yoga and meditation week at Agnihotra Yoga Retreat in Varkala. Eight days out of time in a place filled with energy and compassion, learning authentic and holistic yoga, that is to connect the body and mind through asanas (physical exercises) and mindfulness meditations, six hours a day.

    We were fortunate to be teached by a wonderful person, our yoga master, Syam Ji (Rakesh Kumar is his civil name), fully dedicated to the teaching of is art and lifestyle, a yoga practice that is rooted in ancient Veda’s wisdom with Hatha yoga asanas coupled with Homa meditations, a practice that is using fire to purify the atmosphere and the soul!

    The yoga asanas teaching was very progressive, from the classic poses to more advanced one, working on strength, flexibility, and of course equilibrium. The yoga meditation part was also very well guided with breathing techniques, body scanning, and the fire and mantra chantings as wonderful ways to fix attention and totally be present to the moment.

    Food was also adapted to the retreat with a specific Ayurvedic regime to cleanse the body. Syam Ji is truly incarnating the values he his teaching, and his chanting of the compassion mantras were pure positive vibrations. He also was very generous with his time to engage in passionate conversations about Indian culture, the Vedas, the commonalities across religions, and laic spirituality nowadays.

    For those who seek to go beyond the western view of yoga (that is a “gym” practice), I highly recommend Agnihotra Yoga Retreat: it can be a life transforming experience! Kids are also welcome! Namaste

  • Marion und Dieter Austria

    Agnihotra Yoga Retreat's Facebook page

    We spent a whole week yoga vacation with Rakesh. It was a luck to found this amazing place. To do daily fire ritual in Agnihotrayoga retreat Kerala Varkala review Marionthe morning together with yoga sessions and Homa therapy was a great experience. It was a cleaning process, heart opening, sharped the sense, and we learned a lot about meditation. Based on the continued fire ritual from Rakesh we could feel the special atmosphere in this room, very powerful, full of energy and peace. A perfect place for meditation, relaxation, and healing. It was amazing to observe the progress in different yoga postures. Rakesh has an open focus, willing to share his knowledge in patience, love, and humbleness. I learned a lot of the original ideology of yoga, which get lost in a lot of western yoga styles. It was an enrichment to met Rakesh and it was a great time.

  • Daniela Costantini

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    At the beginning of March I made my way in South Kerala for two weeks in a spiritual journey but also looking for relax and a bit of sun and sea, when in the middle of it, I found Rakesh and Agni yoga meditation.

    After the first session I kept coming back every evening for yoga and meditation because there I found peace and connection inside and outside me. It was kind of magic how my thoughts shifted into the positive while inhaling the sweet smoke that was coming out of the fire which acted as a mean of purification.

    I know, two weeks are not much for a spiritual journey but we have to take what we got and make the best of it. I felt and still feel very lucky to have found someone so calm and sweet like Rakesh performing Agnihotra yoga and meditation. Still now I carry with me the benefit of those afternoons of yoga and meditation: when I am tired and stressed and overwhelmed I think about it and I feel calm, content, and grateful again, linked with the energy of the universe. Thank you, Rakesh. Namaste.

  • Laura Columbia

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    I went to Varkala with the idea of staying three days, at the end I stayed 10! Not just because of the magic and the amazing Varkala sea during the monsoon, but also because I found a peace oasis at Rakesh retreat center. He is such a genuine and authentic spiritual person, he performed the fire ritual everyday twice a day and invited me and my friends to join it, he even taught me the mantra and how to perform it, it was an amazing experience!

    I could feel the powerful energy of the fire and the meditation after the ritual. I also took some yoga lessons, which I fully recommend because they are not just a normal (western) yoga class, but a spiritual session which also involves a few meditations, relaxation, and breathing exercises (pranayama). When I go back to Varkala I will not doubt for a second to stay at his place and to share time with such a nice and lovely person.

  • a traveler

    Agnihotra Yoga Retreat's Facebook page

    I visited the fire ceremony whilst in India and had an incredible experience. I also received a healing from Rakesh. It was a personal experience but assisted me with some internal issues I was dealing with. Such a genuine man with a motivation to help people. Thank you.

  • Sabine

    Agnihotra Yoga Retreat's Facebook page

    My flatmate and I only stayed one night at the guesthouse in Varkala and also attended a morning class with Rakesh. It was a very intense yoga class for me, I really enjoyed his way of teaching. Also the place where the classes are held is very special.

  • Cloee Lecomte-Charrier France

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    Syam Ji is the best yoga teacher I’ve ever met! Yoga classes and fire meditation were amazing and the place is just stunning in the middle of the banana trees! I’ll definitely advise it to everyone!

  • Raechel Australia

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    A magical and beautiful space! The fire meditation was wonderfully relaxing and I’d highly recommend it for everyone. Fire, meditation, secret garden, Varkala, thank you Siyam Ji for sharing your magic and allowing me to come and use the space whenever I needed. An integral part to my miraculous stay in Varkala!

  • Kate United Kingdom

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    My sister and I spent a few weeks going to Syam's fire meditation’s and yoga classes. They were lovely ways to start and end the day, and Syam is a genuine, kind, and thoughtful man. It was great just to be in his company. I will be visiting the next time I head to Varkala. I also stayed at his guesthouse in the cottage, which was great and well priced. Totally recommend. Just for your information, Syam had his Facebook page hacked and previously had loads of positive reviews spanning many years.

  • Mathilde Chomé

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    I had a really great time with Syam Ji. He really takes care of you with a lot of respect. He’s very dedicated to your well-being with great professionalism. The place is very powerful, good vibes, and relaxing. I felt very good there. I fully recommend him to everybody.

  • Maya Tauzer United Kingdom

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    Great place, very good energy. I loved Agnihotra fire ceremonies, felt very good after them. Feel very lucky to had an opportunity to learn Agnihotra fire ceremony. Now I brought a bit of that beautiful energy to my home too. Thank you Rakesh my dear yogi friend.

  • Daniela Fries

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    I really enjoyed the morning yoga session! Beautiful place, wonderful atmosphere! I really liked Syam Jis´way of teaching yoga and especially the smoothness in his way of doing asanas. Also, the guesthouse is beautiful with very nice people around it! My friend and I really enjoyed our time there! Hope to be back someday.

  • Jocya Longaretti

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    I can only recommend Syam Ji who is the undisputed master of ceremonies of fire, Agni Hotra, and a very good yoga teacher. His knowledge and intuition will send you a wealth of knowledge and quality. You can only grows in after this, it’s a great experience of cosmic energy.

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