I've just finished my Yoga Teacher Training with Joseph who is the most awesome yoga teacher I have ever met. An interesting course with a mix of history, philosophy, anatomy and of course, the physical aspects of yoga. The accomodation was good and the vegetarian food was lovely.
My husband and myself have only been practicing yoga for a year, we’re in our 50’s so not particularly flexible to the degree of 20year olds. But I could not believe what two sessions (of 2 hours each) could achieve. Joseph was unbelievable as a teacher. His approach, his keenness to expand every students capability was amazing. Never did I think I would do a head stand at my age, but with his help I did hold for a few seconds. If you were to try any yoga class in Varkala I would recommend him. I would seriously consider a course next time we visit
I was so lucky to find Olive Garden to stay at in Varkala. The rooms are spacious, very clean, and probably the best value you can find in Varkala for that inexpensive price. The place is a little set back from the busier cliff, providing a tranquil and quiet atmosphere. They just opened up Olive Picnic in the neighbouring garden, with hammocks, relaxed seating and a serene feel with nice healthy foods and drinks on the menu. Perfect to hang out after yoga (they offer a great hatha yoga class with Joseph) or your early morning surf. Also Anil, the owner, is the most generous and helpful host. Would recommend to anyone looking to find a chilled out place to stay in Varkala!
I visited Varkala this winter to deepen my connection with yoga. A friend recommended Olive Beach and as I was staying there I decided to try out the yoga on my doorstep. Luckily for me I found Joseph and I was hooked! His warm smile, kindness, enthusiasm and sense of humour encouraged me to try things I never would have imagined doing. His wealth of knowledge and experience shines through but above all else he really cares for his students and is so eager to help you improve. Joseph has changed my relationship with yoga forever and I would recommend him to everyone.
Last year I was in Varkala and had the great opportunity to practice with an excellent yoga teacher Joseph. I teach yoga myself about 20 years now and time spent practising with Joseph was very valuable. I realised more aspects about my own practice, was encouraged to overcome limitations and the whole experience has helped both in my personal practice and my teachings. Thank you!