Ten-Second Takeaway

If you want to just detox, rejuvenate and throw in some yoga for good measure, Shreyas Retreat will certainly not disappoint.

Checking In

Ready to detox? Fantastic, because checking into the world-famous Shreyas Retreat is a great way to get started. Just outside Bangalore city limits, the resort promotes the authentic and spiritual traditions of yoga, but without the austerity of a real ashram.

Cottages look rustic but are as luxurious as they get. Think canvas tents with fluffy mattresses, mood lighting lamps, wooden lounging furniture and an open air bathroom. Or rather that they open onto a private courtyard with a shower space outside too. Nothing quite beats a shower under the stars, does it? Unless it’s waking up to birds chirping and coconut trees rustling about. With your nearest human neighbour quite a distance away, privacy is another plus point here. Oh, and don’t go shouting and screaming, it’s a silent {or soft, at least} zone.

Strike A Pose

Since yoga is the focus of the place, sessions start at 6am {sometimes earlier} but since they have various options, pick a style and time which suits you best. Ours was yoga Nidra naturally! We {semi} joke. Our favourite is the Ashtanga Vinyasa segment one which happens in the open air – perfect to get into the zen zone. Hatha Yoga is another option, and takes place inside a yoga studio. Yoga retreats are also offered so if you’re really keen then sign up for those. If you’re a lone ranger, they have beautiful machans dotting the property for you to just practice in seclusion.

Food For Thought

They firmly believe in eating with the eyes, so each meal is set up differently – some in a tent with flowers decorating the table, others under the stars at night. It’s an organic and vegetarian affair here, but in no way is it limiting. In fact, you’ll be surprised as to how delicious Indian, European, Mexican and Oriental food can taste with fresh ingredients. They even have cooking classes if you fancy learning. Of course, no alcohol is permitted anywhere on the ground of the resort.

Make It A Lifestyle

During the day, head over to their rather massive organic veggie patch to get your hands dirty. Picking, plucking, sowing and generally helping the pros will leave you both fulfilled, useful and hungry! Or skip across to the mud hut which houses their spa. From Ayurvedic treatments like Shirodhara {the therapy of pouring warm medicated oil continously in a steady and rhythmic way on the forehead} and Abhyanga {the synchronised soothing one} to Balinese, Swedish and Thai massages, you must experience at least one of their treatments. Then hit the steam and then perhaps a splash in the infinity pool!

Where: Shreyas Retreat, Santoshima Farm, Gollahalli Gate, Nelamangala – 562123

Price: INR 18,000 per cottage upwards, including meals, beverages, group yoga sessions and use of all facilities.

Contact: +91 9916117773

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