My pal Chris suffered from a severe trigeminal neuralgia which mainly caused his breakdown back in 2014. In search of alternative treatments and being fond of yoga I suggested him a YOGA RETREAT in India.
There are virutally dozens of offers on the net but only one really caught our interest. It was like finally finding the needle in the haystack when SHARAGANATI YOGAHAUS suddenly appeared.
Unlike all the other places, Hari the guruji and landlord is running the house as a private guesthouse where he likes to welcome friends and good souls rather than paying guests.
You virtually feel the spirit once you enter the lush gardens surrounding his traditional Varkala style house. "Feel yourself at home, make your self comfortable and take a deep breath" were his first words when we arrived late night coming from Delhi.
We went to our room, settled, and felt asleep in the huge old canopy bed. Waking up in the morning, listing to the early morning music from the eagles and other birds we noticed the sound of cymbals calling for the morning meditation. Still a bit sleepy we took our stuff what we thought would be appropriate for the first class and we went up to the roof top where Hari had set up a nice space for meditation and first Asanas of the day. First we noticed our compatriotes for the days and weeks to follow.
A bunch of goods souls from around the globe with wide open hearts ready to share their experiences.
Take a deep breath, inhale and exhale, there is nothing to do and there is nowhere to go became our credo and mantra for the weeks to come. Starting the day with Pranayama excercises and Vipassana medition he well prepared us for the Asanas to come (morning asanas). Breakfast was served at 10.30. Oatmeal and an abundance of locally fresh fruits were waiting....
Freetime afterwards, enjoying the peaceful setup of the garden.
Some of us also went to the cliff with all its hustle and bustle of little souvenir shops and restaurants enjoying a freshly brewed coffee or an additional freshly squeezed juice at famous juice shag while using the free wifi available everywhere. Hari prefers to keep his place sacred so no mobile phones or computers allowed on the premise.
Back at 1.30 pm Sheba the second good soul of the house was waiting with here freshly cooked Kerala style Vegan lunch..... mouth watering. The bunch gathered in the tea hut in the garden enjoying this feast for all senses and finishing off with Masala tea and good conversation before the afternoon class started at 4 pm shap.
The class started as almost every day with a few sun salutations to get you warm and ready for asana classes.
Hari is an excellent teacher, giving you the room to explore and get to know your body rather than pushing you beyond your limits. Routine came automatically over time and especially Chris started to forget about his desease and recovered more from day to day.
I advised him also to get some complementary Ayurveda treatments which he evenrually fiddled it in after breakfast.
Ayurveda in Varkala is like Currywurst in Germany. You will find it at every corner and at many price levels. We relied on Haris expertise and his ties to the local community. He recommended Mother Ayurvedic Clinic lead by Mrs Bindu and her husband taking excellent care of you. Well you don't have to expect luxury treatment rooms but what you get is authentic Ayurveda treatments and medicine. Based on Chris precondition a treatment of massage and shirodhara oil forehead treatment was chosen to calm mind and to release toxins.
Well we can for sure not really answer what at the end caused the breakthrough. Was it three weeks of intense Yoga or the Ayurveda treatment or both.... well its not so important.
Important is that I have my buddy Chris back with whom I hope to enjoying many interesting journeys in the years to come.