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India, Boutique Yoga Retreat: Year Round

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Key Information:
Specialty Category: Health and wellness retreat
Location: India
Region: Asia
Min Price: 140 Pound Sterling (GBP) per day
Max Price: 1175 Pound Sterling (GBP) per day

Shreyas can accept a maximum of 25 guests in its 14 minimalist, contemporary and spacious pool cottages/ luxury tents set within acres of garden and coconut plantation. Guests are unobtrusively tended to by carefully trained staff as they go about their daily agendas in complete privacy and quiet. Rates are inclusive of one night accommodation, all meals served in the dining area, yoga classes, one wellness consultation and usage of all facilities.

Shreyas combines the best of traditional and contemporary architecture with the most modern of facilities. It is comparable to the more exclusive 5 Star boutique hotels in South-East Asia, in terms of design, aesthetics, and service, comfort and general facilities for recreation.

At Shreyas, you can also come in touch with the rich and vibrant Indian spiritual tradition of Yoga and Vedanta. Numerous processes derived from the tradition of Yoga and a range of self discovery modules allow you to recharge body and mind energies and set about resetting your priorities and goals. The food at Shreyas is a range of Western and Indian vegetarian cuisines.

Their ingredients coming from our own vegetable and herb gardens. This is all provided in a private, serene and spiritual environment and guests are asked to refrain from alcohol and smoking during their stay with us. 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. They demonstrate through various customized programs that, contrary to popular belief, Yoga can be practiced by everyone - fit or unfit, old or young, supple or brittle.

Yoga has an amazing effect on the body and mind energies allowing one to deal with life's ups and downs with sense of equanimity. Shreyas will appeal to those who wish to understand/familiarize themselves with the philosophical tradition of India, without necessarily delving into its organized religious aspects.

Accommodation and Dining. The accommodation comprises of various tents and cottages spread around the expansive gardens and premises. There are 8 twin tents, 3 double rooms and 1 single. The tents are excellent with fixed bases and superb bathrooms which are semi-open to the skies. Each tent has its own verandas and they are well spread out to ensure privacy.

The rooms are located next to each other near the swimming pool and main lobby and there's a 3 bedroom cottage in the gardens. Each has an attached, state of the art bathroom. All the rooms and tents are done up in calm, earthy colors and in an almost minimal Aman style. The linen and furnishings are of the highest quality and the finish of almost every aspect is second to none- immensely stylish and comfortable.

All the bedrooms are non-smoking and are on ground level so there is easy access for wheelchairs. Each is air-conditioned, has an overhead fan, tea and coffee making machines. The rooms do not have Televisions or CD players. There are showers rather than bath tubs in each room. Hair dryers and heaters are available on request. Water at Shreyas is purified on site and is provided in all bedrooms and is safe to drink. Bottled water is charged extra.

Dining. There is one dining room where guests are encouraged to dine together. On warm nights dinner is often served out in the garden, and guests have a choice of joining a larger group or dining on their own. Lunch and dinner tends to be table d'hote, although occasionally they organize buffets. Should a guest have any particular likes or dislikes, the chefs will be more than happy to try to accommodate these wishes, to the best of their ability.

The food is exceptionally good and comprises Indian, Continental and limited Oriental. As much as possible is grown or produced on the premises. No alcohol is served or allowed on the premises and all meals are vegetarian. The menus are carefully planned to fit in with the overall wellness programs. Menus can be adapted to suit you if necessary and within reason. Room service is available but with a limited choice and is chargeable. All meals are included in the nightly room rate (excluding room services meals). There are fixed meal times with breakfast being served at 9am, lunch at 1pm and dinner at 8pm.

Children: One extra bed can be provided for children up to 12 years of age. Due to the peaceful nature of this retreat, it is not ideal for boisterous children who may find it a little stifling. No baby sitting services are available. Dress code: There is no official dress code. It is very relaxed and guests tend to relax in yoga or exercise clothes during the day, changing into something a little bit tidier for dinner. Guests are asked not to walk around bare-chested or in swim wear, other than by the pool.

A Typical Day at Shreyas. A day at Shreyas dawns with guests waking to the gentle rustling of the coconut trees, the chirping of birds and the crisp cool air. Stepping out of your luxury garden cottages with tented canopies or your poolside cottages, the curving pathways lead to the open-air yoga hall where you gently stretch and tone your body, practice deep relaxation, meditation and breathing exercises. If you like to run or walk instead, we have a wonderful shady, winding 3-kilometer pathway that meanders through Shreyas sprawling 25 acres of greenery.

Fresh and energized, you head for the dining room by the pool for breakfast, which includes freshly squeezed juices and fruits hand-picked from our own gardens. The more adventurous can sample our delicious breakfasts from cuisines across India. On cooler days, breakfast is served in the gardens. Of course, if you are on a particular diet recommended by our therapists or a special diet 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. If you have booked a massage, head towards the beautiful massage center, where our trained therapists will pamper and heal you with our rejuvenating Thai and Balinese massages. 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. You can opt to swim in the temperature controlled 25 meter lap or simply sun-bathe around it with a book from our extensive library.

Those wanting to do something energetic can test your batting skills in our cricket nets against BOLA, our professional bowling machine.
Or, perhaps you would prefer to work out in our equipped gymnasium and follow it up with a swim, outdoor Jacuzzi and steam bath. If you like cycling, let us know in advance and we can arrange for rental bikes and provide you with a guide of the neighboring towns and villages. There are beautiful temples, lakes and forests not too far from Shreyas and we can direct/escort you to them. Picnic lunches can also be arranged on request.

The most popular of all activities 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. Follow up this hour or so of light physical activity by relaxing in our thatched hut with fresh coconut water and feel the nostalgia creep in as you watch the trains pass by.

If you are interested in deepening your knowledge and practice of yoga, you are welcome to meet our yoga therapist and arrange for a private yoga class for your specific requirement and level of expertise. They can explain the various therapeutic benefits of all physical and breathing postures 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.

Lunch is a relaxed affair, set in the dining hall providing an opportunity for all our guests to interact with each other. The menu is almost always a welcome surprise - from refreshing cold or hot soups, crunchy green and other exotic vegetable salads, lightly creamed pastas made with extra virgin olive oils, lasagnas, to various Indian vegetarian dishes cooked by a our chefs who bring their experience and expertise from all parts of India and their travels across the world. You will truly be surprised with the variety of vegetarian food that is available at Shreyas.

The afternoon is yours to spend as you wish; to rest, read, watch a movie or come back to the pool. The beautiful garden cottages and poolside cottages are air conditioned, and our garden cottages have a unique open bathroom that leads into your own private courtyard. You can take your books to your room, sip from the herbal teas provided in your room, and spend the afternoon reading in your private veranda overlooking the lush green gardens.

The rays of the setting sun cast a golden glow on the yoga hall, where a yoga class is held every evening for all our guests. Speak with our wellness consultant on arrival, to work out a routine that is specially tailored for you or join a larger group. You can even ask our yoga teachers to spend some time after the evening class to give a talk on the philosophy of Yoga and how it can be integrated into your busy lives back home.

Night transforms Shreyas into an ethereal retreat - softly glowing candles, soothing music in the background, the gentle lapping of water in the infinity pool and the sound of nature all around us. Join the other guests for dinner in the dining room, or in the beautiful lawns, under the stars, attended to by our courteous and attentive staff. You can choose to eat with a larger group or on your own.

The gourmet vegetarian meals at Shreyas vary everyday - from local delicacies to mouth watering "tandoori" (clay baked) cuisine to varied continental dishes - all made from ingredients organically grown and freshly picked from our fields. You can choose not to have our freshly made desserts such as egg less chocolate cake, cream tarts and various Indian delicacies. In fact, we live the moral code of yoga - eat well, but in moderation, practice yoga & exercise, and live life completely.

Occasionally, we organize local and foreign classical musical and dance recitals in our very own amphitheater. You can also request our staff to take you to a neighboring village to witness the festivities of the numerous spiritual and cultural events that take place each month. Wind up your day in our state of the art home theater that has over 500 movies for your viewing pleasure. Nestled in luxurious comfort with a warm cup of chocolate or herbal teas and your favorite movie, this is every movie buff's delight! But try not to sleep late for you have an early start the next day!

Property amenities:
Retreat facilities:
- One of the finest yoga pavilions in South India: a large yoga hall
- The hall is open-sided and overlooks peaceful gardens
- Extremely well equipped gym
- A large heated and ozonated swimming pool, 25 x 6m
- Outdoor Jacuzzi (by the swimming pool)
- Indoor steam rooms
- Two spa treatment rooms offering Indonesian and Thai massages
- Walking track around the gardens
- Cricket net with all the necessary equipment, including a professional bowling machine, for guests to practice their batting skills or to get rid of some aggression
- Extensive library for guests to borrow books during their stay
- There is a home theater with extensive audio visual facilities and a wide choice of DVD's to watch
- Comfortable, peaceful sitting room for guests to relax in
- Conference hall available for guests' use
- Retreat services. The retreat is available for exclusive use and residential workshops. The retreat can arrange vehicles for taking local excursions
- Wellness consultations (one is offered upon arrival and is included in the nightly room rate)
- E-mail checking facility in the office (free of charge)
- Highly qualified Yoga instructors
- Possible excursions
- Visits to Bangalore, Mysore, Belur, Halebid, Srirangapatnam, Sravanabelagola

Shreyas is a boutique retreat situated about 35 km from the center of Bangalore.

Traditional Hatha and Ashtanga Yoga are practiced - this includes simple posture classes for stress management and moves on to more advanced modules. There will be two yoga sessions a day, morning and afternoon, tailored to the level of our guests. All the classes and discussions are optional. The center also focuses on self-development workshops in a safe and comfortable environment - ideal for both male and female.

People are also encouraged to get away from an over-worked and hectic lifestyle or the rigorous of the office; to come and de-stress by working in the vegetable and herb garden, planting paddy and getting their feet dirty! A true retreat geared to self -discovery, where the intention is to bring a little of the best of Indian spiritual wisdom (namely, Yoga) into the lives of its guests.

Price Includes:
- Stay in a Luxury Garden or Pool Cottage
- Gourmet Vegetarian Meals
- Wellness Consulting sessions
- Twice Daily Yoga Classes for physical strength, therapeutic and stress management
- Six rejuvenation massages
- 2 Private Yoga instructional classes
- Interactive sessions on Yoga philosophy and Indian Spirituality
- Interactive sessions on integrating the philosophy for material and spiritual success
- Nature based Yoga activity
- Community based activity
- Airport Transfers
- Day excursion/ shopping in Bangalore
- Twin/ Double Occupancy

Price Excludes:
- Airport transfers
- Car hire and private drivers for the duration of your stay
- Air or train travel can be arranged on request

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