Āṟupaṭai vīṭu – Ashtanga Yoga and Royal Enfield Tour, South India, August 15 to 26, 2022

Teacher : Jean-Claude
Level : all levels

Date(s) - 15/08/2022 - 26/08/2022
07:00 to 19:00

Yellow House
1/1, Anal Gandhi Street
Mahabalipuram - India

The six abodes of Murugan (Āṟupaṭai vīṭu), are six temples located in the state of Tamil Nadu, in South India. The God is known by different names such as Kārttikeya, Skanda, Vadivela, Kumāra or Subrāhmanya in various temples. Murugan’s six most sacred placesare mentioned in classical Tamil literature, in “Sangam Thirumurugatrupadai”, written by the great holy poets: Nakkeerar, Thiruppugazh and Arunagirinathar.

 A unique session during which we practice Ashtanga Yoga and we do a motorcycle trip in Tamil Nadu (South India).

  • A small group
  • The experience of JC Garnier on the roads of South India will be precious to you to discover the most beautiful sites of Tamil Nadu (temples, beaches, landscapes, etc …).

An 8-day motorcycle trip for those who like the idea. For those who prefer, there is a car that accompanies us (luggage, etc.).    He who has driven a motorcycle in India , will be able to to ride oneeverywhere …! At the time of mass production, a ROYAL ENFIELD is a rare commodity. It is an old-fashioned motorcycle, lovingly assembled by hand, developed with mastery and designed in such a way that each model is a unique piece, made in the suburbs of Chennai in southern India. Its timeless line and its splendid mechanics are all elements that have allowed this brand to flourish.

The code of conduct in India is very simple :

• By motorbike, we let everything that is bigger (bus, truck, car, tuk-tuks, “sacred” cows, elephants, etc.) pass by.

• We do not let anything pass that is smaller (pedestrians, bicycles, mopeds, dogs, monkeys, etc.)

Driving a Royal Enfield you will travel and take the roads of Tamil Nadu, discover richly decorated majestic temples, architectural evidence of the imprint of the Hindu religion. The Indian countryside has kept a human warmth and inner wisdom that soothes the traveler.   In the end of the afternoon, stop in a welcoming hotel, relax and evening meal, visit of Temples, every morning practice of Ashtanga Yoga (2h), then breakfast, then adventure …

In an atmosphere, which facilitates turning towards your inner self, join us to learn or improve your practice of Ashtanga Yoga (hyperlink) (Yoga Korunta), transmitted by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois.

A retreat in India, cradle of religions and philosophy with its 5000 years of history, is to come back to the origins Yoga. During the 2nd century BCE, Patanjali codified the love of wisdom (the philosophy of yoga) by writing the Yoga Sutra (Yogasutra), a sort of synthesis of the previous theories

During your retreat in India you will be able to immerse yourself in the only country where sacred is inseparable from every moment of daily life, offering a unique experience. South India, the ancestral land of the Dravidians, is the part of the Subcontinent where Hindu civilisation has its deepest roots. Daily life has kept its charm; through centuries the temples built on the rocks on the shores of Mahabalipuram have resisted the battering of the sea and time.


Harmony of the session

We will implement together to learn or deepen Yoga Mālā, the garland of postures according to the teaching of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois.

Recommended for people who do not have time to practice every day.

You will have more time to go deeper into your practice, which at the same time will help you develop a better listening, understanding and knowledge of yourself, and your self-integration.

In accordance with your abilities you will practice the first, second or third series.

During classes, the teacher will give you individual attention, detailed instructions and adjust you personally when necessary.

This retreat is open to all, beginners, intermediates, advanced and teachers. If you are a beginner, you will be initiated to the fundamentals of Ashtanga, if you are advanced, you will improve the rhythm, the Vinayasa, the Mula Bandha, Uddiyana, and Ujjavi breathing. Teachers will be able to observe how to adjust students.

Your hotel “Mantra Kodam” at Kumbakonam 

SESSION from August 15 to 26, 2022 with 8 days of travel

  1 Beginning Monday 15 Mahābalipuram  Your Hotel at Mahābalipuram
  2 Tuesday 16 Mahābalipuram  Hotel  Mahābalipuram
  3 Days Travels Dates  Departure  Arrival
  4 Wednesday 17 Mahābalipuram  Kumbakonam Hotel
  5 Thursday 18 Kumbakonam  Madurai Hotel 
  6 Friday 19 Madurai Madurai Hotel 
  7  Samedi 20 Madurai  Tiruchendur Hotel 
  8  Dimanche 21  Tiruchendur   Tiruchendur Hotel 
  9 Monday 22  Tiruchendur Madurai 
  10 Tuesday 23 Madurai  Palani Hotel 
 11 Wednesdayi 24 Palani  Tiruvannamalai Hotel 
11 Back Thursday  Tiruvannamalai Hotel Mahābalipuram
12 End  Friday 26  Mahābalipuram Hotel Mahābalipuram

At the end of this session you will receive a text containing all the explanations of this trip.

Asthanga yoga is only practiced indoors. 

Depending on the number of people the courses take place in Mahabalipuram at the Yellow House, either in the small yoga room or the big “Maha Lakshmi”.

  • Yellow House : Anal Gandhi Street 1/1
  • Mats, blocs and straps will be at your disposal. Obviously you can bring your own kit, if you prefer.

The new Yoga Shala « Maha Lakshmi »

For more information to prepare your travel, please consult our website :

  • Travel, flights and transfers
  • Visa
  • Accommodations, hotels
  • Indian cuisine and food
  • Clothing tips
  • Health

Payment :

  • Ashtanga Yoga Session: 550 euros
  • Cancelling fee : 100 euros per person
  • More expenses : the car, motorbike rental, hotel rooms, meals and your personal expenses