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10 Days 9 nights Siva Intensive Yoga Retreat in Tamil Nadu, South India

Sri Akshardham, Mayiladuthurai Road, Vaitheeswaran Koil, Sirkahzi, Nagai, Tamil Nadu, 609117, India

Rejuvenating Yoga Retreat India

A state of being one with the universe and bringing back the universe within themselves is an act only possible for elevated souls. Siddha means an adept or one who attained perfection or "Siddhi". Just as a salt doll dissolves and merges into the oceans, the Siddhas have thrown their personality into the ocean of God or the ultimate reality within, and experienced a progressive transformation of their intellectual, mental, vital and physical sheaths. Thus a divine transformation of their entire human nature takes place after attaining such a unique realization.

Meet the instructors

Dr. K. , Yogi Jayam Karthikeyan ​, & Dr. C. Balu
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Highlights

  • Yoga practices
  • Various workshops
  • Meditation and chanting
  • Outing to ancient Siva Temple and take part in rituals
  • Meet like-minded people and make new friends
  • 10 Days 9 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals and fruits

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


10 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Hindi, Tamil
The maximum participants in the group is 20
Airport transfer available:
Chennai International Airport (US$110 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
16:00
Check-out Time:
16:00

Facilities

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Conference room
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Tour assistance

Sri Akshardham is located close to Vaitheeswaran temple. This place features a swimming pool and is one kilometer from the railway station. Sri Akshardham is built on five acres of land on the main road between Tiruchirapalli and Pondicherry in a very small town environment famous for an ancient Siva Temple.

This property offers air-conditioning rooms with attached bathroom. All the rooms are spacious and comfortable with an LCD television, 24-hour hot and cold water, 24-hour room service, and Wi-Fi access are available. The hotel has an in-house air-conditioning restaurant that serves delicious food.

Program

This is the path of Siva Yoga

Siva Yoga Intensive introduces you to this knowledge, practice, and experience on this journey. It is a 10-day immersion at a retreat not far away from where it all happened thousands of years ago and still practiced by a very few even today. It is the greatest secrets and mysteries kept within the Tamil tradition not known to the world.

Siddhars are known for hidden powers that led to them attaining a ‘God-like’ state. They used such powers to control time and space, body transformation and achieving immortality. These Siddhar yogis contributed teachings and practices and methods for the betterment and welfare of the society. Their approach was holistic and believed in “Food is Medicine, Medicine is Food”. They also said, “A sound mind makes a sound body.”

Sample daily schedule

Day 1 - Thursday

  • 16:00 Check-in
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 Get-together and initiation
  • 21:30 Lights off

Day 2 - Friday

  • 06:30 - 08:00 Practice Introduction to select asanas and why these asanas
  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 09:30 - 11:30 Workshop: Introduction to Siddha Tirumular, the Tirumantiram, and yoga
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 15:00 - 16.00 Siddha Tirumular Pranayama practice
  • 16:30 Tea/coffee break
  • 17:00 - 18.30 Asana practice
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20.00 - 21.00 Meditation and chanting
  • 21:30 Lights off

Day 3 - Saturday

  • 06:00 - 08:00 Practice
  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 09:30 - 11:30 Workshop on Siddha Tirumular’s Yoga
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 15:00 - 16:00 Siddha Tirumular Pranayama practice
  • 16:30 Tea/coffee break
  • 17:00 Excursion to an Ancient Siva Temple – Sivalokanathar
  • 17:30 Join in the temple rituals and walk around the temple
  • 18:30 Discussion about the temple and its importance/history
  • 19:00 - 19:45 Chanting and meditation at the temple
  • 20:00 Return back to the retreat
  • 20:30 Dinner
  • 21:30 Lights off

Day 4 - Sunday

  • 06:00 - 08:00 Practice introduction to select asanas and why these asanas
  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 09:30 - 11:30 Workshop: Introduction to Siddha Tirumular, the Tirumantiram, and yoga
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 15:00 - 16.00 Siddha Tirumular Pranayama practice
  • 16:30 Tea/c0ffee break
  • 17:00 - 18:30 Asana practice
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 - 21:00 Meditation and chanting (mantra)
  • 21:30 Lights off

Day 5 - Monday

  • 06:00 - 08:00 Practice introduction to select asanas and why these asanas
  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 09:30 - 11:30 Workshop: Introduction to Siddha Tirumular, the Tirumantiram, and yoga
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 15:00 - 16:00 Siddha Tirumular Pranayama practice
  • 16:30 Tea/coffee break
  • 17:00 - 18:30 Asana practice
  • 19:00 Dinner (with small pooja)
  • 20:00 - 21:00 Evening walk to Vaitheswarankoil (with importance)
  • 21:30 Lights off

Day 6 - Tuesday

  • 06:30 - 08:00 Practice introduction to select asanas and why these asanas
  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 09:30 - 11:30 Workshop: Introduction to Siddha Tirumular, the Tirumantiram, and yoga
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 15:00 - 16:00 Siddha Tirumular Pranayama practice
  • 16:30 Tea/coffee break
  • 17:00 - 18:30 Asana practice
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20.00 - 21:00 Meditation and chanting
  • 21:30 Lights off

Day 7 - Wednesday

  • 06:30 - 08:00 Practice introduction to select asanas and why these asanas
  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 09:30 - 11:30 Workshop: Introduction to Siddha Tirumular, the Tirumantiram, and yoga
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 15:00 - 16:00 Siddha Tirumular Pranayama practice
  • 16:30 Tea/coffee break
  • 17:00 - 18:30 Asana practice
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 - 21:00 Meditation and chanting (mantra)
  • 21:30 Lights off

Day 8 - Thursday

  • 06:30 - 08:00 Practice introduction to select asanas and why these asanas
  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 09:30 - 11:30 Workshop: Introduction to Siddha Tirumular, the Tirumantiram, and yoga
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 15:00 - 16:00 Siddha Tirumular Pranayama practice
  • 16:30 Tea/coffee break
  • 17:00 - 18:30 Asana practice
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20.00 - 21:00 Meditation and chanting (mantra)
  • 21:30 Lights off

Day 9 - Friday

  • 06:30 - 08:00 Practice introduction to select asanas and why these asanas
  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 09:30 - 11:30 Workshop: Introduction to Siddha Tirumular, the Tirumantiram, and yoga
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 15:00 - 16:00 Siddha Tirumular Pranayama practice
  • 16:30 Tea/coffee break
  • 17:00 Excursion to an Ancient Siva Temple - ThillaiNataraja
  • 18:30 Join in the temple rituals and walk around the temple - Tirumularnathar
  • 18:30 Discussion about the temple and its importance/history
  • 20:00 - 20:30 Main temple ritual
  • 21:00 - 22.00 Meditation
  • 22:45 Return back to the retreat
  • 23:45 Dinner
  • 24:00 Snack and lights off

Day 10 - Saturday

  • 06:00 - 08:00 Practice
  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 09:30 - 11:30 Workshop about
  • 11:30 - 12:45 Receiving of ‘Participation Certificates’ and a short get together
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 16:00 Tea/coffee break and check-out

Included excursions

Day 3: Excursion 1

  • 17:00 Excursion to an Ancient Siva Temple – Sivalokanathar
  • 17:30 Join in the temple rituals and walk around the temple
  • 18:30 Discussion about the temple and its importance/history
  • 19:00 - 19:45 Chanting and meditation at the temple
  • 20.00 Return back to the retreat
  • 20.30 Dinner
  • 21:30 Lights off

Day 5: Excursion 2

  • 20:00 - 21:00 Evening walk to Vaitheswarankoil (with importance)
  • 21:30 Lights off

Day 9: Excursion 3

  • 17:00 Excursion to an Ancient Siva Temple - ThillaiNataraja
  • 18.30 Join in the temple rituals and walk around the temple - Tirumularnathar
  • 18:30 Discussion about the temple and its importance/history
  • 20:00 - 20:30 Main temple ritual
  • 21:00 - 22:00 Meditation
  • 22:45 Return back to the retreat
  • 23:45 Dinner
  • 24:00 Snack and lights off

Instructors

Dr. K. Venkatachalapathy

Yogi Jayam Karthikeyan ​ Kumar

Dr. C. Balu Kumar

Location

Vaitheeswaran Koil is located in India at the longitude of 79.71 and latitude of 11.2. It is a small town on the Tiruchirappalli Chennai state highway. It is 134 kilometers/83.3 miles and it takes about three hours by car. You can travel North East heading for the coast.

Vaitheeswaran Koil is also located 90 kilometers/56.2 miles South of Pondicherry. It takes about two hours traveling on the road by car.

Chennai to Vaitheeswaran Koil is 244 kilometers/152.1 miles. It takes about 5.5 hours traveling by car.

Food

Tamil cuisine is a cuisine native to the Tamil people who are native to the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Tamil people are famous for their deep belief that serving food to others is a service to humanity. The region has a rich range of cuisine and vegetarian traditional dishes. Rice, legumes, and lentils are used extensively and the flavor is achieved by the blending of various spices. Vegetables and dairy products are essential accompaniments and tamarind is used as the favored souring agent.

A sappadu (a typical meal) consists of rice with other typical Tamil dishes served on a banana leaf which gives different flavor and taste to the food, then a dessert (normally Paayasam) is usually served as a dessert to finish the meal.

‘Virundhu’ which means ‘feast’, is when guests are invited during happy ceremonial occasions to share food. For festivals and special ceremonies, a more elaborate menu with steamed rice.

  • Variety rice (e.g. tomato rice)
  • Dal
  • Sambar (lentil stew)
  • Kara kuzhambu (spicy stew with a coconut base or dal base)
  • Rasam (tamarind stew with other herbs and spices)
  • Thayir (curd) along with poriyal (dry fry of vegetables)
  • Varuval (oil fry of the vegetables or meat)
  • Kootu (vegetable mixture with green dal or coconut)
  • Keerai masiyal (ground greens)
  • Aviyal (a mixture of cooked vegetables, finally added with buttermilk or curd in the preparation)
  • Pachadi (salad of cucumber, or onion in curd)
  • Appalam (fried papads)
  • Thovaiyal (wet ground paste of some item)
  • Oorukai (pickles)
  • Payasam (sweet liquid of many varieties with milk base or coconut milk base or dal liquid base)

After the completion of the feast, banana and betel leaves (eaten with areca nuts and limestone paste) are provided to aid digestion.

Guests sit for a full course meal served on a banana leaf. Traditionally the banana leaf is laid so that the narrower leaf tip is on the left and the wider portion of the leaf on the right. Also the stem of the leaf running horizontally in the center with top and bottom halves. Before the feast begins the leaf is sprinkled with water and cleaned even though the leaves are already clean. The top half of the banana leaf is reserved for accessories, the lower half for the rice. The lower right portion of the leaf may have a scoop of warm sweet milky rice Payasam, Kesari, Sweet Pongal or any Dessert items.

While the top left includes a pinch of salt, a dash of pickle and a thimbleful of salad, or a smidgen of chutney. In the middle of the leaf, there may be an odd number of fried items like small circles of chips either banana, yam or potato, thin crisp papads or frilly wafers aruna Appalams and vadai. The top right-hand corner is reserved for spicy foods including curry, hot, sweet, or sour and the dry items.

Tamil culinary terms in English

  • The word curry is an Anglicization of the Tamil word 'kari.'
  • The Tamil phrase "milagu thanneer" means pepper soup, literally pepper water, has been adapted in English as "mulligatawny"
  • The word congee derives from the Tamil word 'kanji.'

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

A 10-day and 9-night event designed for you to continue your journey into the SIVA YOGA teachings of SIDDHA TIRUMULAR.

The retreat is an INTENSIVE, to maximize time within a short duration for you to be groomed and to continue in this yogic practice not far from where it all happened many 1000's of years ago. You are in the spiritual arena that has such great history and tradition. The INTENSIVE is an ancient teaching of Siddha Tirumular based on his teachings of Kundalini, Tantra, and Ashtanga Yoga. Siddha Tirumular was a disciple of Nandi Devar, a direct disciple initiated by Lord Siva Himself.

What's included

  • 9 nights in a single accommodation (air-conditioned room) with attached bathroom
  • Workshop, practice, meditation classes
  • 1 evening outing to ancient Siva Temple and be a part of the rituals there
  • Use of the swimming pool
  • All vegetarian meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
  • Fruits and health drinks

What's not included

  • Anything not mentioned in "what's included"
  • Flight ticket and travel to the center
  • Transport from and to the airport.
  • Porterage at airports
  • Tips
  • Insurance
  • All items of personal nature
  • Any increase in taxes or fuel leading to an increase in transport

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Tiruchirappalli International Airport (TRZ) or Chennai International Airport (MAA). Other than traveling by car. There are trains and buses direct, either from Tiruchirappalli or Chennai cities.

Airport: Chennai International Airport Airport transfer available: Chennai International Airport (US$110 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 10 days before arrival.
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