The Shore Temple is an historic site of stone carving and stone temples.
You will have free time to explore and shop at this small town by the sea, 50km from Chennai.
Mahabalipuram is a fabulous mixture of the ancient and modern India which is small enough to walk around and take in the sites. A haven for the western traveller includes an East and West shopping mix and lots of cafes and hotels, a welcome break from the City. There are lots of opportunities in the town to have a massage or to have clothes made in a couple of hours, in one of the small tailor shops or just do a bit of sun bathing. A popular destination with the locals and courting couples to spend some time away from the family.
You may wish to take a guided tour around the town
You may wish to spend time at the beach
Theory of Asana
Patanajli Sutra (Philosophy)
Application of Asana
Meditative Practice (gentle asana)
Visit the Shore Temple at Mahabalipuram – 17 February 2018.
You may wish to visit the world famous ashram
Travel to and from Mahabalipuram (50km – 1hour) to Chennai hotel in air conditioned mini bus. Leave (Chennai 8am and return 6pm on the 17th February 2017.)
Entrance fee to Mahabalipuram.
Entrance fee to Mahabalipuram Shore Temple.
Cost of guide at Mahabalipuram Shore Temple.
Study 6 days Yoga at the internationally renowned Krishnamacharya Mandiram.
Tirumalai Krishnamacharya (November 18, 1888 – February 28, 1989) was an Indian yoga teacher, ayurvedic healer and scholar. Often referred to as "The Father of Modern Yoga," Krishnamacharya is widely regarded as one of the most influential yoga teachers of the 20th century and is credited with the revival of hatha yoga.
Some of Krishnamacharya's students include many of yoga’s most renowned teachers: Indra Devi (1899–2002), K. Pattabhi Jois(1915–2009), B.N.S. Iyengar (born 1924), T. K. V. Desikachar (1938-2016), Srivatsa Ramaswami (born 1939), A. G. Mohan (born 1945), and Avathuta H. H. Guru Dileepji Maharaj (born 1969). Krishnamacharya was the brother-in-law of B.K.S. Iyengar (1918-2014), the founder of the style of yoga known as "Iyengar Yoga," who credits Krishnamacharya with encouraging him to learn yoga as a young person in 1934.
TKV Desikachar, son and student of T Krishnamacharya had the privilege of living and studying with T Krishnamacharya from 1960 until Krishnamacharya’s death in 1989. For over 50 years, TKV Desikachar has devoted himself to teaching yoga and making it relevant to people from all walks of life and with all kinds of abilities.
His teaching method is based on Krishnamacharya’s fundamental principle that yoga must always be adapted to an individual’s changing needs in order to derive the maximum therapeutic benefit. In addition to the three decades of yoga training he received from his father, TKV Desikachar holds a degree in structural engineering. One of the world’s foremost teachers of yoga and a renowned authority on the therapeutic uses of yoga, TKV Desikachar continues to be an inspiration for all the teachers at KYM.
The Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram was founded by TKV Desikachar, son and student of T Krishnamacharya in 1976. Starting his career as an engineer, TKV Desikachar was inspired by his father’s teachings and became his student in the 1960’s. He studied with Krishnamacharya for over thirty years. Today, TKV Desikachar is known and respected the world over as an authority on yoga. The Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram founded by him as a tribute to his father and mentor, is a Public Charitable Trust, recognised by the Health and Family welfare Ministry, Government fo India.
Since its inception, the KYM has always stood for quality teaching respecting the needs, interests, abilities and secular faiths of its students. The KYM has played a significant role in popularizing yoga as a holistic science that stems from a well founded theoretical basis, rather than as mere exercises for physical fitness. The focus of all activities at the KYM is that anyone who wants to can practice yoga, that is specifically suited to his or her needs, and experience its multiple benefits.
Kym is also recognised By the Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga (MDNIY), New Delhi, as one of the Premier Yoga centres in the country.
Visit Pondicherry – 22 February – 25 February 2018
Suggestions: You may wish to visit the world famous ashram.
Hanu Reddy, Wallace Gardens, Chennai. (3 Star) 14 February – 28 February 2018.
In the heart of a quiet residential community directly opposite a treatment spa. Lots of local restaurants, cafes and local shops.
Radisson Blu, Mahabalipuram (Additional Cost) 17 February – 19 February 2018.
Sample a touch of luxury at this 5 star hotel, near the sea. Western menu and alcohol available.
Pondicherry- Villa like this! 22 February - 25 February 2018.
What you will be doing
Arrival –Transfer to hotel
Trip to Shore Temple
KYM-Yoga & travel to Pondicherry
Trip to Ashram
Free day/travel to Chennai
Departure to airport
If you would like to sign up for the Yoga trip to KYM with the weekend trips to Pondicherry and Mahabalipuram please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The deposit is £600 which includes the group (12 maximum) Yoga class tuition ( 6 days). Travel within Chennai from hotel to KYM and travel trips to Pondicherry and Mahabalipuram. The entrance to the shore temple (Mahabalipuram) with guide is also included. Travel to and from Chennai airport is included provided you travel at the same time as the organiser, Flight dates and times provided below:
BA0035 Depart: London Heathrow: 14:20 13 Feb 2018 Arrive Chennai 05:35 14 Feb 2018
BA0036 Depart: Chennai: 07:30 28 Feb 2018 Arrive: London Heathrow: 13:15 28 Feb 2018.
Estimated of total cost of trip:
£2200- £2500 dependant on additional accommodation for Mahabalipuram trip.
Please contact the following email addresses for further information re Yoga Classes.
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Deposit is payable by the 31st January 2018.
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I have studied Yoga for 20 years including the following styles: Ashtanga, Iyengar , Sivananda, general Hatha Yoga and of course viniyoga , the breath centric style of Yoga where the control of the breath using specially designed practices is seen as key to improving self awareness.
I was first introduced to ViniYoga in 2004 where a teacher from Bristol visited Edinburgh. I took my first trip to Krishnamacarya Yoga Mandiram in 2006 where I completed a 4 week programme of study in a group of around 35 students form across the world. I started working individually with my teacher Padmini in 2007 and have made around 5 further trips to India since.
I qualified as a Yoga teacher in 2009 and have experience teaching; in a medical centre in California, teaching women fleeing from domestic abuse in Edinburgh, general Yoga Classes and individual lessons also in Edinburgh.
I have attended many meditation and Yoga retreats over the years and I have a chanting practice which includes both Vedic and chanting the Sutras of Patanjali.
Along with my Yoga qualification I also hold qualifications in Massage, Nutritional Therapy, Teaching and Counselling Skills. I am a keen student of schools of Philosophy both from India the and West and a have a particular interest in Yoga as therapy and Yoga can improve self esteem.
For those who choose to stay in Mahabalipuram in a 5 star hotel for the whole weekend and travel back to Chennai on Monday, they should budget for £250 for 2 nights’ accommodation plus breakfast and travel back to Chennai.
Travel to and from Chennai (KYM) at 5pm on the 22nd February 2018 to Pondicherry Villa. (140km – 3hours). Return in the 24th February 2018 around 3pm, arrive Chennai hotel 6pm.
Each class will last around one hour; you will be in a group of around 12. Three of the Yoga classes will be held in the morning and 3 classes in the afternoon.
The day will start around 9am and finish around 6pm with approximately 2 hours for lunch.
Please note it will be possible to take private classes at an additional cost.
1. The cost of the Yoga tuition.
2. Travel to and from KYM from hotel.
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