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“The Power of Yoga”

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Sharanagati Yogahaus
Ranked #1 of 103 Varkala B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed December 19, 2011

Sharanagati Yogahaus 

People come here for the yoga and Hari is an accomplished instructor.  Having lived 3 years in an ashram, he provides an authentic, fully rounded yoga experience, effortlessly combining the physical exercise with meditation and spirituality.  All this with small group instruction and without the rigidity of the ashram environment.  Guests are invited to two yoga sessions daily at an outdoor yoga pavilion floored with packed red river sand and covered by a thatched roof.  Yoga mats are provided.

The homestay and pavilion are located on a lush couple of acres with banana, papaya and coconut trees.  It's a short 2 minute walk to the bustle of the Varkala cliff scene. 

Sharanagati  has a nice vibe to it.  The refrigerator is always stocked with fresh fruit and  leftovers, and Hari has an open kitchen policy.  Guests are free to use the gardens, swing in one of the 3 hammocks, or engage in one of the impromptu discussions that seem to spring up regularly. There is a small common room but the convening of guests and sharing of tales tends to take place at a smaller outside thatched pavilion, where meals are served.

Our room was on  the smallish side, compared to other places we stayed in India, but was    entirely adequate.  A mosquito net was provided, but we did not feel the need for it in early December.  If you are a tall person the beds might be a challenge as my  husband's 6' frame just fit.

Breakfasts were simple, fresh fruit salad, oatmeal and chai.  Lunch tended to be a vegetarian thalis made up of about 5 dishes and Hari was auditioning a new cook while we were there.  Some of the dishes really stood out,  including a beet root torren which was delicious.

We considered the homestay to be an excellent value when one considers that our 3,000 rupee room gave us yoga instruction twice daily, a light breakfast and a substantial lunch.

  • Stayed: December 2011
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Reviewed December 18, 2011

We are so greatful to have met Hari! We stayed for 10 days and wished we booked for longer time in advance! After the 10 days we still are coming for at least one yogaclass a day. Hari is in our hearts and will be there forever.

Hari shares so much wisdom and you feel so taken care of. Hari has lived 3 years at Sivananda ashram and 1 year in a buddhist monastery and he is so skillful.

The yoga classes are always focusing on breath awareness and it´s beautiful to practice with him and in the yogashala.

Sharanagati is an oasis of tranquility and spirituality. If you are searching for your path or if you are already on it, this is a good place to be!

We wish we could give Sharanagati and Hari more stars, but since we can't we will just give our warmest heartfelt recommendations, knowing that we will be back again.

Love and light always,
Ganesh yoga ( Anjali and Surya)

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 7, 2011

Didn't attend the classes because I was ill. Found Hari the owner a bit difficult actually (and he loved talking about himself). The food was so so. The rooms were clean. Would have been nice to at least had a bar of soap in the bathrooms , toilet roll and a towel.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled with friends
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harivarkala, Owner at Sharanagati Yogahaus, responded to this reviewResponded December 9, 2011

sorry you had such a terrible time, but one thing ,we do have towls, they are orange, and some blue.. love to you, may the sun shine on you hari

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Reviewed November 15, 2011

Lovely Hari, homey feeling, comfortable bedroom, clean bathroom, less than 5 minutes walk to the cliff. Whatelse can i ask for?? and of cause, the yoga class. Hari makes the class so comfortable and it suits perfectly for someone new to yoga, and also someone who have practised yoga for years. Hari used to say 'once the asana is established, forget about the asana, focus on your breathing, only the breathing. That's all life is about."

Stayed for 5 days and extend 1 more days, total 6 days. If you are looking for free and easy way in approaching yoga, Yogahaus definately is the BEST CHOICE. Twice a day classes, 8am to 10am (7.30am to 8am meditation - optional) and 4pm to 5.30pm (3.30pm to 4pm meditation - optional). Meditation is an option.

One thing i learnt the most is Meditation session. Meditation also something that concern me the most, but not at all after having the session with Hari. I was wondering whether to join the vipassana meditation, but this is not a concern for me at all after this as i know that i am ready for it. Guidance, tips and sharing that i had with Hari on the meditation were a great help for me to go deeper on the meditation pathway. I am grateful and thankful to Hari for the sharing.

Throughout the 6 days with Hari, from leg pain to backache, from 30 minutes meditation to 45 minutes meditation, it all happened within 6 days. I have seen positive progression and that's really a great motivation for me to go deeper in meditation. Thanks Hari.

You will never want to miss Hari's class if you are in Varkala. Once you have been there, you will know what am i talking about. Experience it yourself. If you are not staying in Yogahaus, you can just join in the walk in class.

The yogahaus is very convenient place to the cliff, restaurant and the beach as well.

Definately will go to Yogahaus again!!!!


Om Shanti Shanti....

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  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 12, 2011

My fiance and I found this place and stayed for 5 days. It exceeded our expectations by far and helped us grow individually and as a couple.

Hari's gentle influence and warm presence helped me in such a way that is hard to describe! He reminded me that we are given challenges in life because we can handle them. If you remain open in mind and spirit, you will also have a transformative experience- Hari is an excellent yoga instructor and has a calming effect: I fell asleep during EVERY final savasana! I will return to Sharanagati yogahaus.

The food is excellent, the place is set up in such a way that is conducive to a harmonious livingspace - we really connected with the other guest staying there. Hari is knowledgeable about the area and gives good suggestions. For example, he even walked with me to introduce me to a great local ayurvedic doctor.

If you are willing to look inside yourself, this place will change you for the better! Hari truly has a gift for sharing the wisdom of yoga, life, and friendship.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 5, 2011

We didn't stay at the yogahaus but did a 9 day introductary yoga course. The teaching was superb and really got us into yoga. Hari is very patient and very good at explaining all the asana's.
The house itself is amazing set in really nice little gardens. We ate there a couple of times and the food was excellent every time.
Hari is an awesome guy, very friendly and informative. if you get the chance get him to take you for a walk down the cliff.
I thoroughly recommend this place either to stay, or if you don't want the yoga retreat lifestyle as a place to come to do a yoga course.

Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 1, 2011

I stayed there for a week with my aunt during our trip through south India.
the place is wonderful: great garden / tidy-clean and comfortable rooms / yumyum food / good location !!
we both have a passion for yoga but do not practice regularly... the yoga classes were 100% to our taste. felt very detoxicating and I enjoyed it a lot; still motivated continue doing yoga 2-3 times a week, lets see how long it lasts.
although we went there during monsoon it only rained sporadically but most of the time it was hot and sunny. not sure if that was an exception or if due to climate change you cant predict rains any longer. anyways the good thing was that there were hardly any tourists ;) it appears a bit deserted but many shops and restaurants along the cliff are open and happy to serve you... beach is overwhelming but waves are too wild so you can't swim. take moskito spray, pocket lamp and books!

its a calm and good place to spend time far away from daily grind!!

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  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with friends
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Address: Thiruvambadi Road | Black Beach, Varkala 695141, India
Location: India > Kerala > Thiruvananthapuram District > Varkala
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Ranked #1 of 103 B&Bs / Inns in Varkala
Price Range: $31 - $47 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
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Sharanagati Yogahaus Varkala, Kerala

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