Shreyas gives you a unique insight into yoga, irrespective of whether you are a beginner or have practiced for many years. At Shreyas, yoga is non-denominational and open to people of all faiths; we appeal to those who wish to familiarise themselves with this ancient Indian philosophy, without necessarily delving into its religious aspects. Often misunderstood to be simply a set of physical exercises, yoga is a practice that allows us to look deep within the Self for answers to questions of existence and being.
Yoga is derived from the Sanskrit word 'yuj' meaning, 'to join' or 'to yoke' and refers to the process of joining the mind with the body and ultimately the individual self (prakriti) with the divine self (purusha).
Yoga has an amazing effect on our body, mind and energies, restores balance into our lives allowing us to deal with life's ups and downs with a sense of equanimity; it resolves our inner conflicts, enables total excellence and allows us to fulfil our potential to become complete human beings. Traditional yoga classes at Shreyas are conducted by our experienced practitioner - teachers, based on both traditional Hatha Yoga and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Our teachers, trained in Shivananda Yoga, Power Yoga, Mysore style Astanga Vinyasa are unique, being steeped in ancient knowledge coming from the masters of established traditions, and also trained in modern teaching methods. All classes are adapted for beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.
Twice daily group classes and one group meditation session are included in the stay for all guests. For those who wish to explore different aspects of the yoga practice, there are sessions teaching Pranayama (understanding and regulating our breath), Pratyahara (sense withdrawal / internalising the mind) We also welcome yoga teachers who choose Shreyas as a venue for their students, to deepen their practice, in a serene and rejuvenating environment. Yoga teachers can design their own agenda for the retreat and we will provide all the facilities required, and are also glad to facilitate the retreat in a number of ways.
Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga tends to be considerably quicker paced than Hatha. This is because the emphasis is not just focused on the individual asana (posture), breath control (Pranayama) both within the asana and when transitioning between positions is important.
Hatha Yoga (pronounced as Hut-a Yoga); in Sanskrit, the Moon is known as “Ha” and the Sun is “Tha” – thus Hatha; Yoga is derived from the root word “Yuj” which means union. Hatha Yoga refers to the practice of bringing harmony between the two main energies in the human body – the energy of the moon and the energy of the sun.
If you are looking to spend some time reflecting and looking inwards, we provide a sacred space for you to do this and we will customize your stay to best meet your needs. Our retreats are designed to help you achieve a better understanding of yourself, and hopefully, the role and purpose of your life.
Shreyas is dedicated to helping our guests achieve a perfect balance in body, mind and spirit, through the medium of Yoga – the Indian spiritual practice of looking deep within the Self for answers to questions of existence and being. We demonstrate through our various customized spiritual retreat packages that contrary to popular belief - yoga can be practiced by everyone. Yoga has an amazing effect on our body mind and energies allowing us to deal with life's bouquets and brickbats with a sense of equanimity.
Yoga at Shreyas is a journey of self discovery and is practiced holistically; yoga for us is a process of integrating the body, breath and mind, and focus is placed on other limbs beyond the physical yoga asanas. On offer are yogic kriyas – cleansing techniques like: jalaneti – nasal irrigation, vamana dhauti – yogic stomach wash, shankaprakshalana – digestive tract cleanses; pranayama, pratyahara – yoganidra, dharana and dhyana – trataka or candle meditation, sound meditation, walking meditation and healing meditation practices.
Shreyas regularly hosts retreats by accomplished yoga teachers and wellness experts the world over who choose Shreyas as a venue for their students to deepen their practice in a serene and rejuvenating environment. Guest teachers can design their own agenda for their retreats and our in-house doctors and yoga teachers would be glad to facilitate the retreats in number of ways.