The New Year is generally a time for reflection and resolution, and what a better way to start the year, than taking some time out for yourself to refresh your body and mind. Soukya is an ancient Sanskrit word, meaning well being, happiness and a harmonious state of the mind, body, and spirit’. Our luxurious villas are located along the Coromandel Coast, between the Bay of Bengal and the Buckingham canal backwaters. It’s a perfect location to escape the city, yet stay in luxury, surrounded by nature, using yoga as the tool to refresh your body and mind, while trying an exciting and exhilarating activity such as surfing.
Located a short drive down the ECR, away from the bustling city of Chennai, you will leave the stress and traffic behind you. After you cross the Muttukadu Bridge and look both left and right to the ocean and the backwaters, see the birds and reflection of the sun setting, we are sure you will feel a sense of peace. Then just 5 mins later you will arrive at Soukya Homestays. At Thiruvandathai, the Village where the Crocodile Park is based, you take a U-turn at the water tank and drive 300m back towards Kovalam. There you will see a small road to the left leading to a Temple and Temple Tank. Our Villas are located on the right side, in 7 acres of landscaped garden, surrounded by water filled lakes, looking onto the backwaters, known as the Buckingham Canal.
There will be a maximum of 16 people in the group for this Yoga and Surf weekend. The Yoga and Aqua yoga will be led by Shanthala T. Medappa who is a corporate professional who took up an alternative career; Shanthala grew up in Coorg and studied in a boarding school in Bangalore. After College she spent time pursuing her passions, cooking, studying advanced embroidery & Garment Technology and learning & Practising yoga in Mysore. Later she qualified to be a Yoga Shiromani and then Yoga Acharya at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre head quartered at Quebec. She is internationally certified. She believes deeply in the healing and rejuvenating power of Hatha Yoga and her sessions are holistic and focus on Proper Breathing, Proper Exercise, Proper Relaxation, and Positive Thinking through Meditation and following Proper Yogic Diet. She is also certified in Thai yoga. She currently teaches at Rutland Gate Yoga studio in Chennai and conducts workshops at various corporate offices. She has also conducted yoga vacations to Coorg, Munnar, Uttarkashi, Rishikesh, Bhutan, Thailand, Ireland and in January Maldives. She is also an entrepreneur and her brand ‘Old Mercara’ focuses on fresh unadulterated food with flavours of Coorg.
Since Soukya Homestays is only 3km from Covelong Point Surfing School, and yoga and surfing are fantastic activities together, we would like to offer you the opportunity to have a surfing lesson on Saturday and Sunday morning after Sunrise Yoga and Breakfast. By the time you are ready to go into the water, the breakfast will have digested and you will have the energy to catch some waves, under the professional tuition of some of the best surfers in India, who are International Surf Association Trained. For more details on Covelong Point Surfing School, check out their website www.covelongpoint.com.
This is an optional activity and if you would rather go for a cycle or a walk around the landscaped gardens or nearby Villages or swim in the pool or use the gym, badminton court, we will accommodate your individual preferences also. Then we will have lunch and you can rest for the early afternoon. In the late afternoon there will be an Aqua Yoga session to rejuvenate your body in the weightlessness of the swimming pool.
The menu will be yogic and designed with the expertise of Shanthala and Chef Shiva Jee of Green Meadows who specializes in Kerala and Asian food. The 24 hour Soukya Surf and Yoga retreat day will follow a cycle of check-in, dinner, meditation, sleep, wake, meditation, yoga, breakfast, surfing (optional), lunch, rest, aqua yoga, dinner, meditation…and again repeat…till you check-out Sunday eve.
The Villas have 3-bedrooms, 2 living rooms, TV room, balcony, terrace, patio, fitted kitchen with complementary tea, coffee, milk, Bisleri water can (if you have any special requirements let us know in advance). Each room has air conditioner, but do feel free to open the windows and allow the wonderful cross-breeze to flow through the Villa, which are so well built they retain the coolness even in the heat of Chennai weather. The sunrises and sunsets are spectacular, the birds are mostly active at this time also, you will barely here the sound of anything accept nature, frogs, crickets birds, wind rustling the leaves of the coconut trees. It is a space of serenity and peace and we are sure you will feel like a new person and ready for the city, a new week and a fantastic New Year ahead after your weekend with us.