Welcome to one of the most extraordinary surf retreats in India. Yoga is much more than just exercise; it is a way to establish a healthy, vibrant and balanced approach to living.

Welcome to the most extraordinary Surf and Yoga Retreat in India. If you like yoga and surfing, our location on India's the Arabian Sea harmonizes both together. Here you can connect with the worlds most ancient spiritual tradition. We offer Ashtanga Yoga classes with dedicated and experienced instructors. East meets West in an out of this world combination and you can do both here at India’s Original Surf Ashram. South India is especially beautiful and is just the place to plan your next adventure. Relax, reflect, recharge.

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WHAT IS ASHTANGA YOGA?

Ashtanga (also spelled Astanga) means "eight limbs" in Sanskrit, which refers to the eight limbs of yoga laid out in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. The Ashtanga method of asana practice was interpreted by T. Krishnamacharya and Sri K. Pattabhi Jois from an ancient text called the Yoga Korunta, which they claimed described a unique system of hatha yoga developed by the legendary sage Vamana Rishi.

The Ashtanga method stresses daily vinyasa flow practice using ujjayi breathing, Mula Bandha, Uddiyana Bandha, and Drishti. There are six different Ashtanga series, through which a student progresses at his or her own pace.

The primary series is called Yoga Chikitsa, which means yoga therapy. It is intended to realign the spine, detoxify the body, and build strength, flexibility, and stamina. The series of about 75 poses takes an hour and a half to two hours to complete, beginning with sun salutations Surya Namaskar A and Surya Namaskar B, then moving on to standing poses, seated poses, backbends, final poses, Savasana (relaxation).