The Spirit of Yoga

The Spirit of Yoga:
Tour of Tamil Nadu and Yoga holiday with Alex Reed
10th to 24th February 2018

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The Spirit of Yoga is a yoga holiday and tour in one: an opportunity to experience yoga in its homeland, see some of the best temples in Southern India and learn from yoga masters of different traditions. Led by British yoga teacher Alex Reed, a small group of yoga enthusiasts will be travelling around a coastal region in south India – Tamil Nadu, famous for its remarkable temples, devotional spiritual traditions and wonderful vegetarian food.

Come and join us. This tour, along with its yoga programme, is designed to suit beginners and experienced yoga practitioners alike.

Between visits to sacred places, relaxation and shopping, there will be time and space to focus on your daily yoga practice with Alex and guest teachers from the area.

Alex’s classes are a blend of traditional practices and modern styles themed around the ancient philosophy of yoga. Morning classes will be warming and energizing, while evening classes will feature Satsang (talks on yoga philosophy), traditional meditation practices and guided relaxation.

Highlights include:

• Sunshine, palm trees and fresh coconut water – with warm weather and hotel pools to help you forget it’s February
• Full yoga programme
• Yoga, meditation and learning at local centres including Sri Ramana Ashram, Ashok Tree, Viniyoga Healing Centre and Vivekananda House
• Pilgrimage walk around holy Arunachala hill
• Join in the celebrations of the Hindu festival Maha Shivaratri, “the Great Night of Shiva”

And a lot more besides. Scroll down for the full itinerary

The Spirit of Yoga: Tour of Tamil Nadu and Yoga holiday with Alex Reed

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Chennai – Mahabalipuram – Tiruvannamalai – Pondicherry – Chidambaram

Itinerary

Day 1: Saturday 10th February 2018. Travel to Chennai

Board flight British Airways BA0035 from Heathrow (14:20) to Chennai (05:35, next day)

(Suggested flight)

Day 2: Sunday 11th February 2018. Welcome to India. Relax.

We will meet you on arrival at Chennai airport early in the morning and drive you to the Ideal Beach Resort in the seaside town of Mahabalipuram. Spend the day settling in and resting from your journey, enjoy the pool or wander down to the beach. Check in will be at 14:00 or earlier depending on room availability.

Group welcome and introductions

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Overnight in Ideal Beach Resort, Mahabalipuram

Day 3: Monday 12th February. Explore Mahabalipuram

After a morning yoga class with Alex in the hotel grounds, we step out for a full day’s guided tour of Mahabalipuram including the shore temple, rock carvings and the group of monuments. There will be time for a traditional Thali lunch at Ananda Bhavan, shopping and exploring the area.

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Overnight in Ideal Beach Resort, Mahabalipuram

Day 4: Tuesday 13th February. Yoga retreat at resort & Shivaratri festival

Today is a full day yoga retreat at the resort – morning and evening class with Alex (08:00 & 17:00) with a chance in the evening to head into town to experience celebrations for Maha Shivratri, the Hindu festival in honour of Shiva.

Overnight in Ideal Beach Resort, Mahabalipuram

Day 5: Wednesday 14th February. Drive to Tiruvannamalai

Following morning yoga with Alex (08:00) we leave Mamallapuram and drive 150km (3-4 hours) to Tiruvannamalai, a city of temples and pilgrims at the foot of the holy hill Arunachala, where we check into the Sparsa hotel.

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Overnight in Sparsa Ecotel, Tiruvannamalai

Day 6: Thursday 15th February. Tiruvannamalai tour

Morning yoga with the resident teacher (6:30-7:30). We then set out for a day’s guided tour of Tiruvannamalai, including the magnificent Annamalaiyar Temple (with a good nearby market for shopping) and Sri Ramana Ashram, where there may be the opportunity to join in meditation.

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Overnight in Sparsa Ecotel, Tiruvannamalai

Day 7: Friday 16th February. The Ashok Tree Yoga Centre

Today is a day for yoga at a nearby yoga centre the Ashok Tree, where we get the chance to learn Himalayan Hatha yoga with the centre’s teachers. Opportunity for treatments at the centre.

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Overnight in Sparsa Ecotel, Tiruvannamalai

Day 8: Saturday 17th February 2018. Yoga or pilgrimage walk

Today is a full day yoga retreat at the resort – morning and evening class with Alex (8:00 & 17:00) with the option of embarking on the pilgrimage walk around holy Arunachala Hill –an important sacred spot for many people, and believed to be an emanation of the Hindu god Shiva as a column of fire.

Yoga at holy Arunachala hill

Overnight in Sparsa Ecotel, Tiruvannamalai

Day 9: Sunday 18th February 2018. Drive to Pondicherry

After morning yoga with Alex (08:00) we say goodbye to Tiruvannamalai and drive 100km (2-3 hours) to the old French colonial seaside town of Pondicherry, where we check in to the Dune Eco Village & Spa.

Optional evening meditation with resident teacher (17:00)

Overnight in Dune Eco Village & Spa

Day 10: Monday 19th February 2018. Explore Pondicherry

After morning yoga with resident teacher (07:00) we will have a guided tour of Pondicherry – including the Ganesha Temple and the Catholic Church. There’s also time for lunch at Satsanga French restaurant and shopping at local market. Evening meditation with resident teacher (17:00).

Overnight in Dune Eco Village & Spa

Day 11: Tuesday 20th February 2018. Yoga in Pondicherry.

Today is a day for yoga at Viniyoga Healing Centre, with a talk on the legacy of Sri T. Krishnamacharya, the Godfather of modern yoga and Vini yoga class. Option for yoga therapy assessment.

Overnight in Dune Eco Village & Spa

Day 12: Wednesday 21st February 2018. Optional visit to Chidambaram

Optional visit to Chidambaram (65km each way) to see the temple of Shiva Nataraja – the Hindu god Shiva performing his cosmic dance of creation and destruction. Or morning yoga and evening meditation with resident teacher (7:00 & 17:00)

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Overnight in Dune Eco Village & Spa

Day 13: Thursday 22nd February 2018. Travel to Chennai

Morning yoga class with Alex (08:15). Check out of Dune late morning and drive 160km (3-4 hours) to Chennai and check into the hotel Accord Metropolitan.

Overnight Accord Metropolitan, Chennai

Day 14: Friday 23rd February 2018. Explore Chennai

Today we will have a guided tour of Chennai, a stop for traditional lunch and a visit to Vivekananda House for a yoga class and talk on the influence of Vivekananda who spread the message of yoga to the west, and get the chance to see the aarti evening prayers at the Sri Rama Krishna Universal Temple.

There is not much time to sleep tonight as we will have to leave very early the next morning to board the flight home.

Overnight Accord Metropolitan, Chennai

Day 15: Saturday 24th February 2018. Return international flight

04:00 early morning transfer to Chennai airport to board return flight British Airways BA0036 from Chennai (07:30) to London Heathrow (13:10).

(Suggested flight)

The cost per person sharing a twin or double room:
£1795
Single room supplement:
£550
The cost includes:
  • 13 nights’ accommodation in a sharing twin or double room or single room with en-suite facilities (Check-in is 1400 hrs and checkout 12 noon. Early check-in late checkouts are subject to availability).
  • Breakfast and dinner each day
  • All arrival/departure transfers, long drives and sightseeing by a chauffeur driven private air-conditioned car or coach
  • Services of a local English-speaking representative for all arrival and departure transfers to assist you at airports
  • All yoga tuition and classes at local centres as per itinerary
  • Services of English speaking guide during sightseeing as specified in the itinerary.
  • Entrance fees to all monuments during sightseeing as specified in your itinerary.
  • Yoga tuition and tour leading by Alex Reed.
  • Mineral water while travelling
The cost does not include:
  • International Flight – contact us for a quote or book your own
  • India visa fee (USD $75 per person).
  • Any expenses of a personal nature like laundry, telephone calls, beverages, gratuities etc.
  • Camera fees at monuments and other places of interest.
  • Travel Insurance: It is essential to have adequate travel insurance in place before your departure. This should be appropriate for your age, health and destination you are visiting.
Please ensure:
  • It includes comprehensive medical and repatriation cover
  • It provides cover for your whole trip
  • It covers you for all activities
  • It covers all your pre-existing medical conditions
  • Keep your Policy Number and Insurer’s 24-hour Emergency Number handy with you

A non-refundable deposit of £400.00 per person is needed at the time of booking. Balance payments will be due 8 weeks before departure

CONTACT US

To enquire or make a booking on this tour, please call: 020 8901 7630 Monday – Friday 9.30am – 5.30pm, Saturday 11am – 4pm

TESTIMONIALS:
“I cannot recommend this company enough. Safe to say India has got under our skin and into our hearts, and when we visit again we will definitely be booking with this company - if you are thinking of going I urge you to do the same.”- Gillian and Ashley Iredale
``The whole experience was great, the most relaxing day of the holiday was the cruise up the backwaters when the whole group experienced it together``- Margaret Fortune
``A whole variety of experiences- worship, culture, scenery, friendliness of the people & their hospitality``- Daphne Brindle
``Being in India and witnessing the faith that the people of India have, Hindus, Muslim or Christians, seeing with my own eyes the devotion the people have`` - Steve Breward
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