If you have always wanted to go to an ashram, but wanted a hint of luxury, and if you want to explore your spiritual side and to improve your Yogi poses, then Shreyas may be the spot for you. Situated an hour north-west of Bangalore in 25 acres of verdant gardens lies this charming Yoga retreat. It’s the brainchild of owner Pawan Malik, an ex-banker who wanted to create an environment where you could get away from it all, practice Yoga and meditation, and have a purely vegetarian diet in comfortable, peaceful surroundings. And so Sheryas was born. The atmosphere is decidedly laid-back, you do as much or as little as you want; it’s your time to heal your body and mind. There is a good variety of classes and a full daily schedule, but there is no pressure to attend any. The goal is rejuvenation and relaxation. The rooms are bursting with light from the large windows, the interiors are clutter-free, with Buddha statues and water channels - all very Zen-like. At night the property takes on a magical feel from the hurricane lamps that light the surrounds. Food is a big highlight for the guests, and their varied menu is a delight. You can choose from a light American breakfast of fresh juices, toast and oatmeal or a tastier Indian version with idis and parathas. Lunch and dinner are grand affairs, both have four courses, and can be either Indian or Mediterranean. The ingredients are mostly from the garden, and are low in salt and sugar, high on flavour and spices.
Shreyas has 14 exclusive rooms that can accommodate a maximum of 25 people on a sharing basis.
3 En-suite cottages that overlook the signature swimming pool.
One 3-bedroom cottage (with en-suite bathrooms) with its own living room is designed for a group of friends who wish to share the experience in close proximity of each other.
Elegantly designed tents are set in a peaceful environment amidst the trees and flowering shrubs. Each tent accommodates two people, and has an en suite bathroom that open onto a private walled courtyard.
There are two massage rooms with therapists offering Thai, Indonesian, Swedish or aromatherapy massages, facials, scrubs, wraps and some ayurvedic treatments.
Massage Therapy at Shreyas Retreat
- Balinese Massage
- Thai Massage
- Swedish Massage
- Aromatherapy Massage
Fitness at Shreyas Retreat
- Yoga Asanas
- Hatha Yoga Classes
- Ashtanga Yoga Classes
Holistic Health at Shreyas Retreat
- Synchronized Abhyanga
- Irechanam (Purgation Therapy)
- Patra Pinda Swedam
- Choorna Pinda Swedam
- Sarvanga Dhara
- Pratyahara (Internalising processes that will lead to meditation)
- Yoga Nidra
Mind & Spirit at Shreyas Retreat
- Sacred Chants (Science of Sound)
Beauty Therapy at Shreyas Retreat
- The Crystal Salt Scrub
- Nourishing Honey And Coconut Scrub
- Aromatic Natural Spice Scrub
- The Chocolate Indulgence Exfoliating Scrub
- The Chocolate Indulgence Body Mask
- Invigorating Coffee Scrub
- A Stimulating Coffee Mask
The menu is vegetarian and no alcohol is allowed. A 4-course set meal is served every evening with dishes inspired by Indian, Mediterranean or Oriental cuisine. Supremely healthy (low in sugar and fat), the food is delicious with chefs catering for all kind of dietary needs and quirks. While lunch is served at a communal table, dinner can be eaten on your own if desired.
The focus at Shreyas is on yoga with complimentary morning and evening classes offered. As well as yoga, guests can use the slick infinity pool, visit the gym, go jogging or have a go with the cricket net and bowling machine.
- Cricket net with equipment
- Bowling machine
- Cooking classes
- Walking track round the gardens
- Nature farming
All rooms and tents
- Air conditioning
- ISD/STD lines
- Broadband Internet connections
- Yoga pavilions
- Yoga hall
- Chanting/Sound meditation classes
- Ozonated swimming pool
- Indoor steam rooms
- Home theatre
- Sitting room
- Machans and meditation huts
Shreyas lies on a 25-acre estate containing beautiful gardens dotted with trickling streams and winding paths. Sleekly designed with walkways over pools and open-plan living space, it is a supremely stylish yoga hideout. There are just 12 cottages, all with chic Balinese-inspired interiors, some located by the pool, others in the gardens.
Shreyas is one hours’ drive from Bangalore International airport, and approximately one and a half hours drive from Bangalore city.
This is a perfect place to go for a retreat, a haven to unwind and totally de-stress. As it takes a maximum of 25 guests, and class sizes are small, you get great individual attention. There is no pressure to participate in any class, so if you are someone who needs to be kicked out of the bed to go to a class, then this is not for you.