Yoga is a complete science of life that originated in India many thousands of years ago. It is the oldest system of personal development known, encompassing body mind and spirit. Many people are first drawn to yoga as a way to keep their body fit and supple and as an aid to relax their mind. Those who continue with regular practice notice subtle changes in their approach to life, for, through exercising the body and stilling the mind, an inner peace can be found. This is ones true nature and the essence of yoga practice.
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Classes at Shanti Bhavan are led mostly by Sivan who teaches traditional Sivananda (hatha) yoga, early morning and late afternoon, 6 days a week. Courses are offered in weekly 6 or 12 class blocks and are suitable for all levels of experience.

Hatha Yoga has 5 main principles covering exercise (asanas) breath (pranayama) relaxation (rest) diet (vegetarian) and thought (positive thinking). Staying in Kovalam will give you the perfect opportunity to practice all 5 in a fantastic location under the guidance of an experienced teacher.

Sivan is from Kerala and grew up in Pachaloor, the backwaters on the outskirts of Kovalam. He studied yoga at the Sivananda Ashram at Neyyar Dam and obtained his masters certificate there. Experienced in running yoga holidays, (together with his wife Karen he previously owned and ran Kailasam Retreat in Kovalam) Sivan has lived in England holding residential weekends and classes in Cornwall and has enjoyed being a guest teacher at Hazur Vadisi in Turkey.

His courses are always very popular with many students returning again and again.

NB : class sizes are limited; avoid disappointment and reserve your place before arrival. Remember to bring a yoga mat as we are unable to provide them.


weekly courses

6 classes/ once daily £25.
12 classes/ twice daily £45. Listed with the travel-quest specialist travel directory



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