The Yoga of Synthesis alone will develop the head, heart, and hand, and lead one to perfection. This can be achieved by the practice of the Yoga of Synthesis. H.H. Sri Swami Sivananda



The 5-day retreat will be held at Sivananda Yoga Vidya Peetham’s wonderful new ashram situated amidst rice paddies of northern Kerala. Days begin with meditation and chanting, watching the sun rise while repeating Gayatri mantra. After tea there is a yoga asana and pranayama class. Brunch is a delicious Kerala-style vegetarian meal. Talks and discussions fill each day. We’ll enjoy chai, a snack, and rest at mid-day, with another yoga and pranayama class in the afternoon. Ayurvedic massages and panchakarma treatment are available at the ashram at extra cost. After dinner there is evening meditation, chanting, talks and programs. The newly constructed rooms with bathrooms are double-sharing. Single rooms are available upon request. There are many nearby temples, beaches and legendary ashrams for day visits. The region is Swami Govindanandaji’s ancestral home so we will be hosted and immersed in the traditional and colorful culture of Kerala.

October 6 Sunday Durgashtami
Pick up at arrival airports – Kannur, a new airport, is closest to the Ashram. Pick from Mangalore or Kozhicode also OK. If your international arrival flight is at another airport you will be required to make your own way to Kodakkad. Contact us for assistance please.
Check in Koddakad SYVP Ashram. Our program commences during the last few days of Navaratri, the nine-night worship of the Divine Mother, an important festival celebrating the victory of the Divine Mother over our lower natures. Accordingly, we will inaugurate The Yoga & Yatra Synthesis 2019 with a colorful Ganesha & Durga Puja in the evening.

October 7 Monday Mahanavami
On this day, as per tradition, no study is done, hence no talks or lectures, but we will have yoga classes. We will visit Guruvanam where the great siddhayogi Nityananda did tapas, and Ananda Ashram where the saints Papa Ram Dass and Mother Krishnabai lived, then Nityananda Cave Ashram and Bakel Fort. In the evening we will observe Lakshmi Puja with Lalita Sahasranama Archana—chanting the 1008 names of the Divine Mother with flower offerings.

October 8 Tuesday Vijayadasami or Vidyarambham
Ganesha and Saraswati puja in the early morning will celebrate the victory of the Goddess. On this day it is traditional to worship the goddess within sacred books and texts and for artisans to worship the tools of their trade to pray for success in the following year. Yoga and pranayama classes with Swami Govindananda, Robert and Meenakshi Moses.
An introduction to Ayurveda by the ashram’s resident doctor. Dr. Robert Svoboda will arrive in the afternoon. Evening meditation will be followed by chanting with Radhakunda das and close with arati. 

October 9 & 10 Wednesday & Thursday
Dr. Robert Svoboda will lead an investigation into the use of Ayurvedic Principles in our Daily Lives over the course of these two days. Guided by Dr. Svoboda, the morning meditation, sunrise worship, yoga and asana classes and our daily meals will all be focussed around the principles of Ayurveda. Evening meditations will be followed by chanting with Radhakunda das and close with arati.

October 11 Friday
Morning meditation, yoga classes and brunch. Then a Question & Answer Session with Dr. Robert Svoboda before he departs. We will then pack up and get going on the 10-day pilgrimage segment of our program.

We will be traveling in A/C busses and staying in very comfortable lodging. As much as possible we will keep to our now established daily routine of early morning meditation, sunrise worship and yoga class. In some locations we may have to adapt our timing and program. We will be ‘on pilgrimage’ maintaining an adaptable attitude while visiting temples for darshan according to local custom and belief. At each place we will relate the puranic story of the devas and reflect on its meaning. We will also visit a number of ashrams where saints have lived. There will be time for shopping, sightseeing and enjoying some of Kerala’s amazing nature reserves, backwaters and beaches.

NOTES ABOUT THE ITINERARY: Since there are an abundance of places to visit we want to make sure that we make the best of our time. This can depend upon temple festivals and timing, all are set in a special calendar (panchanga). Click on ITINERARY below to view our current plan. This may change slightly as details arise – stay tuned please.