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Fri 09 Dec 2022
Sun 11 Dec 2022

4:30 PM - 4:30 PM (UTC+5.5)

Sthiram & Sukham | Discovering the Inner Balance



No. 69, BMTC Layout, Adjacent to Kammasandra Village, Lakshmipura
Hobli, Karnataka India


Sthiram and Sukham are one of the oft quoted phrases from Patanjali. Balancing steadiness with ease in an asana (posture) or any aspect of life is easier said than done. This requires negotiating a fine balance between two opposing forces of effort and effortlessness. Sthira includes being firm, steadfast, static and alert while sukham involves being soft, joyful, dynamic and free. The question before us is that could these forces be reconciled to achieve a greater harmony at the physical, energetic and psychological levels. Yogasutra and other important yoga texts not only promise us about such a possibility but also offer a step-by-step guidance in achieving it.

In this retreat, we will explore the meaning of these two important concepts experientially through the study of the sutras, practice of asana, pranayama and trataka and with the chanting of the mantras. With a deeper insight into the working of these two forces, one would be better equipped to harness them to their advantage both on the mat and off the mat.

The Details of the Retreat are as follows:

Date & timings: Starts on the evening of Friday, 9th December, 2022 at 4.30 pm and concludes on Sunday, 11th, December, 2022, 4.30 pm

Venue: Indica Ritambhara Retreat, No. 69, BMTC Layout, Adjacent to Kammasandra Village, Lakshmipura Hobli.

The Retreat, located just on the outskirts of Bangalore city, is a small beautiful space dedicated to Yoga & spiritual studies and practices in a simple and clean environment adjacent to a farm of its own. (scan the QR code for directions)

Retreat Fee: Rs 6000/- per person. The fees in inclusive of boarding, lodging and teaching. Early Bird Price is 5,500/- INR per person for registrations before 20th November, 2022.

Accommodation: Shared accommodation will be provided

Food: Simple sattvik food with fresh grown vegetables from the farm

Reaching the Retreat Venue: The venue is about 22 kms from Majestic Bus Stand and is accessible through Magadi Road and Tumkur Road preferably through own vehicles. The retreat center is very close to ‘Kamadhanu Kshetra’ – a highly popular Raghavendra Swamy temple in last few years. It would take about an hour to reach the retreat venue from the heart of the city. Participants have to make their own arrangements. If any assistance is required Indica Yoga Team will help.


Dr Vinayachandra Banavathy


Dr. Vinayachandra Banavathy is the Director of Indica Yoga, an Indic Academy platform that offers authentic, immersive and transformative yoga experiences across the world. He holds a PhD on psychological insights in the Vedas from Pondicherry University, besides Master’s in Sanskrit, English, Yogic Science and Applied Psychology. He is a dedicated teacher who travels across the world conducting courses, lectures and workshops on a unique blend of Yoga, Psychology and Sanskrit. His publications include a report on Standardization of Yoga Terminologies for WHO; a book co-edited with Dr. Anuradha Choudry titled ‘Perspectives on Indian Psychology’, published by Jain University Press, another book co-authored titled ‘Happiness: Indic Perspectives’, published by Development Foundation, besides a few articles, papers, booklets on Yoga, Indian Psychology, Culture and Spirituality.


Mr. Omkar Gothkindikar

Yoga Teacher, Therapist

Omkar, with a background of Bachelors & Master’s degree in Yoga from the prestigious SVYASA Yoga University, has nearly 2 decades of experience in training and teaching Yoga. He is loved and respected by his students and clients for the gifts he brings to their professional and personal lives as a Yoga teacher, Therapist, Counsellor, Coach and a Stress management consultant. Omkar travels widely conducting workshops, seminars, retreats etc. on both philosophical and practical aspects of Yoga including meditation and guided relaxation.


Ms. Ketki Gokhale

Yoga Teacher, Founder-Director Atman Yoga Consultancy

Ketki Gokhale is Founder-Director of Atman Yoga Consultancy and has been teaching Yoga in UK for more than 10 years focusing on Hatha Yoga, Power Yoga, Pregnancy Yoga and Children's Yoga. She has worked with corporate clients such as National Grid and provided tailored Well-being programs to manage stress and anxiety at workplace. She was a visiting faculty at Cambridge University Yoga Society and London Ayurveda University. She has been conducting Yoga Therapy, Chanting courses in addition to private and group classes. She has done Yoga Therapy and Master’s degree in Yogic Science from SVYASA, Bangalore, Yoga Teacher's training from Yoga Vidya Niketan, Mumbai and Diploma in Yoga Philosophy from Mumbai University. Her Yoga philosophy is all about inclusion, expansion and evolution within and she loves working with people to create yoga journeys that motivate towards fulfilling their ambitions.