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4 Days 3 nights Ancient Siva Yoga Workshop Practice Retreat in Tamil Nadu, India

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

Ancient Siva Workshop and Yoga Retreat India

An ancient yogic practice, teachings, and tradition not known outside the Tamil culture, now given to the world. Siddha Tirumular was a perfect being who gave us the ‘TIRUMANTARAM’ that are sacred poems that gives mystical teachings of Siva Yoga and much more. A Siddha is a mystic who is believed to control and transcend the barriers of time and space. They are masters who have reached the highest degree of spiritual enlightenment.

This is still a living tradition that is available for you to follow today. You are now introduced to this great knowledge, teachings, and practice to experience it for yourself as you travel this journey. This yoga teachings go into the very depths of working out your karma and your present journey in life and to fulfill your purpose.

Join in the 4-day weekend workshop and practice that introduces you into this teachings and tradition. It is the best thing that can happen to you!

Meet the instructors

Dr. K. & Dr. C. Balu
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  • Daily workshops, practices, and experiences
  • Opens a door to the true nature of what yoga is
  • Opens a door to natural wellness in health, food, and lifestyle
  • Awareness of a rich ancient Tamil tradition, literature, teachings, and it's true nature
  • Be a part of a community of similar seekers and to grow with them
  • Opens a door to a lifetime journey of Siva yoga for you
  • 3 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner


4 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Hindi, Tamil
The maximum participants in the group is 20
Airport transfer available:
Chennai International Airport (US$110 per person)
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Sri Akshardham is located close to Vaitheeswaran temple. This place features a swimming pool and is 1 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.


Siddha Tirumular gave the Siva Yoga system that he called it as so that people can develop pointedly into a total practice of yoga that covers Kundalini, Tantra, and Ashtanga. All in one for the purpose of a human being to charter his or her course of life to its final conclusion with the desired result.

The weekend workshop and practice introduce you to this yogic practice with Arul Gurukulam so that you are aware of this and can come back over and over to enhance your practice and to experience it.

The weekend workshop has excellent people who will talk, explain, and provide a practice so that you can begin to experience the journey of Siva yoga. These mentors are experts on this ancient subject to bring it out to you so that you begin to experience it.

Tirumular's Siva Yoga is about all of yoga. Asana is just a very small part of the process, pranayama a much larger one paving a way to true meditation and wellbeing of the body, mind, and one's awareness of one's ‘self.’

The philosophy is your backbone to this yogic journey. It is the very root of the nectar given to you to develop yourself. The future journey will become a mystical experience once you catch on. The workshop explores practices and traditions that have been influential on this lineage and to help you to broaden your perspectives on yoga itself.

Ancient Tamil Nadu was and still is the hub of ancient spiritual practice in the south of India. You have the privilege of being there. The guiding principles of the Siva yoga practice is a journey that will eventually give you a chance to develop your true self to such a height that will re-write your karmic account bring you closer to the greater ‘self.’ It is truly yoga from the source!

Workshop topics and activities

  • Daily workshops, practices, and experiences
  • Opens a door to the true nature of what yoga is
  • Opens a door to a lifetime journey of Sive yoga for you
  • Awareness of a rich ancient Tamil tradition, literature, teachings about life, and it's true nature since the last 15,000 years or more that can make an impact in your life
  • Be a part of a community of similar seekers and to grow with them, a one great international family
  • Opens a door to natural wellness in Health, food, and lifestyle
  • Living in an environment where over 1000's of years of spiritual enlightenment and practices have taken place and are still being practiced
  • You will be the very first few to come in contact with this ancient practice and be at places where it all happened since over 5000 years recorded

Daily schedule

Day 1 - Friday

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

Day 2 - Saturday

  • 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 - Sunday

  • 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
  • 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 - Monday

  • 06:00 - 08:00 Practice
  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 09:30 - 11:30 Workshop about Siva Siddhantha and the Tamil tradition
  • 11:30 - 12.45 Receiving of ‘Participation Certificates’ and a short get together
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 16:00 Tea/coffee break and checkout

Included excursions

There will be at least one excursion to an Ancient Siva Temple for the Siva yoga weekend workshop retreat.


Dr. K. Venkatachalapathy

Dr. C. Balu Kumar


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.


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)

The Siva Yoga weekend is designed as a retreat with workshop and practice for one to get into the Siva yoga teachings. Your days have been carefully planned so that your time is maximized in the three days, you are with Tyoga, along with one exertion to an Ancient Siva Temple where a great miracle had happened many hundreds of years ago.

In your leisure time, you have a pool to enjoy. The retreat even for three days is an ideal place to stop for a moment in time to reflect upon yourself and have teachers who can clear some of your questions based on yoga and life.

This programme does not support spa activity. However, there are other wellbeing programs as in health care is provided in the Siddha tradition.

What's included

  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Workshops
  • Practice
  • Asana
  • Pranayama
  • Meditation

What's not included

  • Anything that is not mentioned in the inclusions list
  • Flight ticket and travel to the center
  • Transport from/to the airport
  • Porterage at airports, tips, Insurance and etc
  • All items of personal nature
  • Any increase in taxes or fuel, leading to an increase in surface transport

How to get there

Recommended Airports

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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