My wife and I spent 8 nights here last month. After 2 weeks' cycling in South India immediately before, we arrived tired and stressed in mind and body. By the time we left we were fully relaxed and my body hasn't been so stretched out and flexible for years. Hari is superb as are his key staff, Sheeba and Sheela. Everything is so slow and peaceful and our fellow-guests, who came from all over the world , were a delight. I cannot recommend the Yogahaus highly enough and, if I do not return soon, I will be very disappointed in myself. Stephen
I spent twelve days in Sharanagati Yogahouse. Good programm, very delicious vegetarian food and very welcoming host Hari. Garden is tropical and beautiful. Yogahouse is simple and clean. After yoga, meditatsioon and pranayama you feel more relaxed and calm. Thank you!
Words can not express the connection, peace, yoga and overall experience Hari provides at Sharanagati. The yoga is authentic with focus on pranayama, asanas and meditation. The gardens are beautiful, peaceful and well maintained. And the food...Sheba’s meals are the best you will have. Listening to the birds and looking up into the trees as you practice is something you never forget. Hari’s attention to detail and welcoming way always makes you feel like you are coming home. This reflects in the interesting likeminded people you meet at Hari’s. We will see you again. Om shanti shanti shanti
Hari' expert tuition combines work on the body and through the breath, highly effective mind training . He'll remind you over and over again to "babysit the breath" or " breath and know you're breathing" whether you,re in down dog or a shoulder stand. The benefits: deeper sleep, lucid dreams and ( for me ) a rush of creative ideas ( I write) I can barely keep up with . All that plus Sheebs's cooking gets better each year and you meet the coolest most likeminded people at Hari's...so don't tel everyone!. David & Michele
I love returning to do yoga with Hari at his slice of paradise in Varkala. Hari has carefully created an environment with gardens that are beautiful & peaceful and practical providing fresh fruit and vegetables for meals. Hari provides yoga teaching, praniyama, meditation in a way that is easy to understand and follow. Its straight forward and honest teaching, Hari lets you choose to "marinate in your own stuff (not the word I want to use more sounds like hit with an S) or let it go". I learnt that Sharangati means surrender- which I did on my yoga vacation. The no phones rule meant I surrendered the need to constantly check my phone. This saw me connecting with other people, relaxing and resting and being present. Hari encourages personal growth and reflection, he joins the guests for meals and encourages conversation. On the flip side I love the discipline and boundaries in place, when we are reminded by Hari to avoid conversation and eye contact between meditation and yoga class. Sharangati Yogahaus attracts inspiring people that have interesting stories to share from all over the world. I meet guests from London, NY, NZ and many other places while we shared a yoga connection it was great to hear about their other passions. Conversations without distraction were meaningful and often funny, entertaining and inspiring. Going out at night with other guests meant as a solo traveller I had instant friends! I found myself getting a mental realignment along with improved asana after doing yoga twice a day along with breathing and meditation. Hari offers guests the opportunity to stretch your body and your mind, along with yoga classes twice a day Hari provides enlightening spiritual discussion where you can learn from his years of experience and knowledge. The options for relaxing are endless whether you choose the healing waters of Black beach or to chill out under a tree in a hammock. Hari has extensive local knowledge of the area and can steer you in the direction where you need to go, From visiting a temple, to Ayurvedic treatments, massage or even where to eat. Hari has adopted India as his home and will share his favourite places to go to in India along with local knowledge and customs. Its worth getting up early to see the rituals at the beach. Day 2 Hari took us as a group on a mindful walk along the beaches away from the cliffs to quieter fishing villages, where we spent time in silence walking and observing local fisherman. We then all had a delicious South Indian breakfast of idle and masala dosa at a local return of the tourist trail, with chai. I have stayed in the new accomodation and in the original house, both are very clean and beautiful. The beds have nets above them and ceiling fans. Showers in the ensuite have hot and cold water. This stay I had a room on the top level, with fantastic views of the garden. Hari's staff have an eye for detail, they light incense and provide flowers, plus the option to refill water with filtered water ensures your not adding to landfill. Hari has a great library that makes for enjoyable holiday reading between classes, you can learn more about the 8 limbs of yoga or read Shantaram. Sharangati yogahaus has everything you need for a comfortable yoga vacation, I loved how the repetitiveness of the yoga leads to improvements and muscle memory. While Hari's suggestion to Relax RELAX is a great idea to take away, back to reality. Hari is a refreshing yogi, I appreciated hearing about his journey to becoming a yoga teacher along with hearing him singing chanting throughout the day- high vibrations radiate here. Especially in the kitchen Sheeba makes the best vegetarian meals- her food is delicious and nutritious stopped all my cravings. I would love to take a cooking class with her (if thats ever an option). I find going to Hari's for yoga/breathing and meditation restores me and I go back home with more energy and compassion and improved mental capacity, able to slow down. Knowing whats important and whats not (self care and health). Thanks Hari for the reminder to relaX.…