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Shreyas is a superbly comfortable and stylish retreat on a par with some of the more exclusive small retreats in the world. Shreyas prides itself on its service, which is an attempt to apply the eternal Vedic instruction Athiti Devo Bhava or treat thy guest as an embodiment of the Divine.
The essence of Shreyas is the concept of wellness of body, mind and soul, for the purpose of self-mastery that manifests as excellence in all that we do. The principal medium through which guests are exposed to this is Yoga - which is non-denominational and open to people of all faiths.
Traditional Hatha and Ashtanga Yoga are practised this includes simple posture classes for stress management and moves on to more advanced modules. The centre focuses on self-development workshops in a safe and comfortable environment.
Besides the physical postures, Shreyas also offers breathing exercises (Pranayama), visualization techniques (sakshi bhava), deep relaxation classes (yoga Nidra), yogic kriyas (jala neti, Vaman dhouti) and candle meditation (Trataka), etc. Classes are suitable for both male and females.
Shreyas is a boutique retreat situated about 35 km from the center of Bangalore. In design, aesthetics, service and comfort levels, we have modeled Shreyas on some of the more exclusive & luxurious small hotels in South East Asia. We have just 12 rooms spread across 25 acres of coconut plantation, gardens and paddy fields. A maximum of 25 people are unobtrusively tended to by our carefully trained staff as they go about their daily agendas in complete privacy and quiet.
At the same time, Shreyas is a place where you can come in touch with the rich and vibrant Indian spiritual tradition that encourages us to search for meaning and purpose of our existence by looking into the depths of our souls. Numerous processes derived from the tradition of Yoga and a range of self discovery modules allows guests to truly recharge their body and mind energies and set about resetting their priorities and goals.
This is all provided in a private, serene and spiritual environment which is greatly enhanced by our guests refraining from consuming alcohol during their stay with us. So perhaps we are a bold alternative to the modern achiever; stressed out from pushing their body and mind to the limit in the unrelenting, yet seemingly fleeting, pursuit of peace and happiness.
Spread over 25 acres of landscaped gardens, the architecture and interiors are a seamless confluence of traditional and the modern - tiled roofs, antique doorways and stone pillars give way to contemporary interiors and state of the art facilities. The principal architect is Pratap Malik & Associates, based in Delhi
The Poolside cottages with en-suite bathrooms overlook the signature Antique-Pillared entrance, Infinity Pool & Jacuzzi and the central courtyard of the retreat.
The Garden cottage (each room with it's own en-suite bathroom) and a large living room is designed for a group of friends who wish to share the experience in close proximity of each other.
A day at Shreyas dawns with guests waking to the gentle rustling of the coconut trees, birdsong and the crisp cool breeze. Stepping out of your Garden Cottages with tented canopies or the Poolside Cottages, the curving pathways lead to the open-air yoga pavilion for your morning group Yoga session. The Hatha Yoga and Ashtanga Vinyasa sessions, deep relaxation, meditation and breathing processes practiced at Shreyas are customized to your level of experience, interest and competence, taking into account the physical ailments, if any. This session concludes with a Morning Meditation.
If you like to run or walk instead, we have a shady 3-kilometre pathway that meanders through Shreyas sprawling 25 acres.
After the morning session, head for the dining room by the pool for breakfast, which includes freshly squeezed juices and fruits, mostly hand-picked from our gardens. On cooler days, breakfast is served in the gardens. If you are on a diet recommended by our therapists or one of your own, please do let us know and we will be glad to be of service.
After breakfast, you are free to follow your own agenda. For those of you who have opted for one of our various packages and retreats, your personalized agenda will guide you to the next activity of the day.
According to Yoga, almost all psychosomatic disorders are caused by "stress" - an inability of the body/mind system to cope with the demands made on it - both professionally and in personal life. Whilst western medicine and psychiatry deals with stress with medicine that induces the release of "feel good" hormones, this does not eliminate the problem.
Yoga encourages us to deal with stress at the physical (with proper diet & Asanas -physical postures), physiological (with Pranayama-breathing practices), mental & intellectual level (with Meditation) - and is therefore referred to as a holistic healing science.
The root cause of stress lies in our inability to see the world as one unbroken stream of consciousness flowing through everything and everyone - Mistaking ourselves as being separate from the world, we compete with the world for our happiness. We feel that there is a limited pot of happiness and someone else's happiness limits ours and vice versa. Finding that so much of what we seek lies out of our control (since we want it from someone else or something outside of us), causes the system to suffer stress disorders.
At Shreyas, we aim to encourage guests to commune with nature (and experience its qualities of generosity, forbearance, patience and ability to nurture life), eat healthy vegetarian food, practice various Yoga processes, and also interact with local school children - all of this makes us connect with nature - both nature outside and within, also put our so called problems in perspective.
The massages at Shreyas are also designed to remove knots of stress out of your muscles. We do not claim that you will be cured of your ailments but can promise you that you will leave with a mindset well on its way to recovery. We have qualified yoga therapists at Shreyas who can tailor the yoga for you - but we do not claim to be healers - that is left to you. We simply aim to bring you in touch with your forgotten Self. There are also classes on yoga philosophy and sessions to see how this can be integrated into your life.
Insomnia can be tackled with Yoga Nidra or deep yogic sleep practices, light meals at night, avoiding intoxicants and meditation. Back pain can be helped with various yoga postures that help stretch, relax and strengthen the spine as well breathing and meditation practices.
Shreyas Retreat is located in Bangalore. It is 50 minutes drive from Bangalore International airport, and approximately one and a half hours drive from Bangalore city. For more information on how to reach us, please read some info below.
Meals served at Shreyas are vegetarian, and thoughtfully planned to complement the lifestyle you will be experiencing at Shreyas. If you have any dietary restrictions or preferences please inform us prior to arrival and we will be glad to oblige. Shreyas is the only member of Relais and Chateaux in the world that serves a purely vegetarian menu and operates on a no-alcohol policy.
Guests at Shreyas get a unique opportunity to experience living a yogic lifestyle along with the Shreyas staff, who are all trained in every aspect of Yoga. If you choose to, you can learn to cook, work in our organic agricultural garden and interact with local village school children learning from, and teaching to them.
Shreyas offers a wonderful opportunity for guests to get a glimpse into the simple, hardworking lives of the local villagers. And, for those who are interested, exercises in Community Service and 'Volunterism' are arranged at the local village, schools and orphanages. This may include procuring or collecting vegetables from Shreyas farm, preparing and serving a meal to children at a local school or orphanage, planting saplings in the village, contributing towards the village school's requirements such as uniforms, stationery and infrastructure for villages needs like rain-water harvesting projects etc.
If you have booked a massage, scrub or any beauty treatment, head towards the Rejuvenation Massage Center for our range of Massages ( Ayurveda, Thai, Balinese, Swedish or Aromatherapy massages), exotic scrubs (made from ingredients like chocolate, coffee, spices, coconut & honey) or beauty treatments (like facial, pedicure or manicure) A qualified Naturopath is available to discuss and choose the massages and scrubs / masks that suit you. You can speak with our qualified therapists for cures for all kinds of physical battle scars you may have picked up over the years such as back and neck pain, losing or gaining weight, skin related problems etc. End your masage session with a visit to the steam room.
You can opt to swim in the infinity-edge 25 meter lap pool or simply sun-bathe around it with a book from our extensive library. The temperature of the pool varies from 20 - 30 degrees Celcius, depending on the weather. Those wanting to do something energetic can test your batting skills at our cricket nets against BOLA, our professional bowling machine.
Or, perhaps you would prefer to work out in our gymnasium and follow it up with a swim, outdoor Jacuzzi and steam. There are beautiful temples, lakes and forests not too far from the boutique retreat and we can direct/escort you to them. Picnic lunches can also be arranged on request.
An activity that our guests have really enjoyed is spending time on rice paddy, agricultural and herb gardens, where you get an opportunity to get your hands and feet dirty and truly commune with nature. Feel your stresses disappear as you become one with nature.
If you would like to learn the Sacred Chants from our scriptures and delve into the Indian philosophical tradition, you can join the classes at one of the traditional huts by the lawns.
If you are interested in deepening your knowledge and practice of Yoga, you are welcome to meet our Wellness Consultant who would then arrange for a private Yoga session for your specific requirement and level of expertise. Depending on your choice of sessions, they can explain the various therapeutic as well as spiritual benefits of all physical postures, breathing techniques and various meditations.
Some of you may prefer to visit the city of Bangalore and its chic shopping outlets to pick up gifts and other items for yourselves or your loved ones. We can provide the necessary transport with a guide, should you so require. We also offer a pick up service, should you have items sent for alterations etc. that have to be picked up.
Flights to Bangalore are available from Europe, Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Trivandrum, Vishakapatnam, Calcutta. Followed by a 1 hour drive. Shreyas is 35kms north-west of Bangalore. The newly opened Bengaluru International Airport is one hour away from Shreyas and is a beautiful drive through the countryside. The new route completely by-pases Bangalore city and and the busy traffic junctions.
Air France, British Airways, Gulf Air, Jetstar Asia Airways, KLM, Lufthansa, Malaysian Airlines, Royal Nepal Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Emirates & Sri Lankan Airlines etc.
To Bangalore, followed by a 1 hour drive.