Agnihotra Yoga Retreat

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

  • Kerala, India

Speaks English

from US$575

Excellent 10/10

Based on 5 reviews
from US$575
Price for:

6 days / 5 nights

Excellent 10/10

Based on 5 reviews

Excellent

Based on 5 reviews

Speaks English

from US$2,875

Excellent 10/10

Based on 5 reviews
from US$2,875
Price for:

7 days / 6 nights

Excellent 10/10

Based on 5 reviews

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    Review by Jessica Smith from United Kingdom

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    PROS Pros: 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!

    10 Value for money
    10 Accommodation & facilities
    10 Food
    10 Location
    10 Quality of activity
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    Organizer response: It was great to teach you also, I really appreciate your quest for the knowledge.

    2017-Jun-10 17:06:25

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    Review by Estefania Cruz Velazquez from India
    7.5 Value for money
    10 Accommodation & facilities
    10 Food
    10 Location
    10 Quality of activity
    10 Overall impression

    2017-May-07 11:39:30

  • Review by Francoise
    10 out of 10

    "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..."

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  • Review by Rosi from Switzerland
    10 out of 10

    "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"

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  • Review by Bassem from United Arab Emirates
    10 out of 10

    "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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Testimonials

  • Review by Georgina Campbell
    10 out of 10

    "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!"

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  • Review by Francesca Da Camara from Brighton, England
    10 out of 10

    "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"

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  • Review by Deividas Demenius from Norway
    10 out of 10

    "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..."

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  • Review by Krishangi Lila from Tallinn, Estonia
    10 out of 10

    "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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  • Review by Sanna Hiltunen from Finland

    "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."

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  • Review by Alex David Crocker from UK

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

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  • Review by Vincent from France

    "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"

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  • Review by Marion und Dieter from Austria

    "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."

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  • Review by Daniela Costantini

    "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."

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  • Review by Laura from Columbia

    "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."

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  • Review by a traveler

    "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."

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  • Review by Sabine

    "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."

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  • Review by Cloee Lecomte-Charrier from France

    "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!"

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  • Review by Raechel from Australia

    "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!"

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  • Review by Kate from UK

    "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."

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  • Review by Mathilde Chomé

    "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."

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  • Review by Maya Tauzer from UK

    "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."

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  • Review by Daniela Fries

    "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."

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  • Review by Jocya Longaretti

    "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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