Pratyahara and Dharana Retreat

Sanatana Yog Sandesh, through 7 days “Pratyahara and Dharana Retreat” comes up to offer many logical and proven methods to work on the mind in order to attain a better state of awareness. These methods which are never a mystery and a dire need are taught in the name of “Meditation” at several schools of which Sanatana Yog Sandesh is one where they are imparted in a way so that they can be used in our daily lives for its betterment in several ways.

We all have the mental ability to stand as witnesses, to identify with external and internal objects, to visualize, to imagine, to hold on to any particular internal and external object. These abilities of/within the mind can be worked out to understand the mind and to explore the recess of the mind. There are thousands of techniques with so many different names in Sanskrit such as Antar Mounna, Ajapa Japa, Vipasyana, Chidakasha Dharana, Yoga Nidra, Prana Vidya and Pancha Dharana etc. to know the very nature of the mind. For all these techniques named before the tools are: our senses, sense objects & sense perceptions, our mind with infinite potentials and our beautiful human bodies. At Sanatana Yog Sandesh we provide you with these methods which one can use as tools to attain what is already within her/his reach; relaxation, withdrawal, concentration and so on…..

During this retreat an individual is expected to follow certain strict disciplines so that the experience of subtler level can be had.

 Total number of seats: 21

 Daily schedule:

5.30am to 7am: Personal practices (A bit of Asana,Pranayama and mental practices in your room or morning walk).

 7am to 7.15am: Herbal tea or Lemon,honey mixed with plain water before the class starts.

7.30 to 9 am: Asana (sitting) practices followed by Meditation/relaxation etc.

9am to 10am: Brunch (Salad, Vegetable dishes, Rice, Chapattis (Indian bread), Tea etc. This food is your main meal so feel free to eat as much as you can easily digest. At this time, we serve rice varieties, chapatti (Indian bread), lentils (Daal/Sambar), salad, vegetable curries, and a dessert on certain occasions.

11am to 12pm: Lecture.

12pm to 1 pm: Fruit/Fruit juice ( Fruit bowl with Juice/Herbal Drink/Tea).

2.30pm to 3.30pm: Pranayama and Pratyahara session.

4.30pm to 6pm: Asana/Pranayama and its practical method as to how to do them.

6pm to 7pm: Dinner (Idly, Dosa, Uapma etc., Lentils, Vegetable Dish, Salad, Herbal Hot Drinks and occasional Desserts)

7pm to 8pm: Kirtan, Chanting, video shows, personal time etc.(This is an optional session to be organized as per unanimous opinion. Participation of everyone brings a distinct harmony between all of us).

9pm: Bed time.

***These programmes are tentative and there can be substantial changes according to the need. Food timings will most probably remain the same trough out the course unless there is urgent need for an individual.

Retreat fees:

 (a) 41000/- Indian rupees only including food and accommodation for one person (both in single bed room or sharing rooms). The course fee is claculated from the day of the commencement of the course until the concluding day of the course. The arrival of the student before the commencement of the course and staying of the students after the concluding day of the course don’t come under the concerned course fee. The students have to pay the extra fee for the concerned days.

(b) 31000/- Indian rupees only without food and accommodation which is only for the classes and courses for one person.

 ***The course fee does not include Flight tickets, airport Pick ups and drop backs, day tours, tours after and before course, any other transport costs and students personal expense in miscellaneous ways.

*** Those who can’t afford the total course fee, if they can arrange their accommodation and food they can be allowed to participate in the course with half payment of  the course fee and in exceptional cases they can have total exemption in the course fee. Please, remember that this is only for those who have got no alternative but are seriously looking for the Yoga classes. This privilege must be resorted to when there is no way left. We cordially welcome those seekers!!!

For your convenience we hint at the normal exchange rates which keep changing as per the day:

1 USA$ – 60 rupees Indian

1 EURO – 70 rupees Indian

1 Australian$ – 47 rupees Indian

1 Swedish Kr – 7 rupees Indian

The above are the gross idea. It keeps changing but there is always a little bit change in the rates. You can always check the current rates at


A non-refundable deposit of 15000/- Indian rupees only excluding bank charges/commissions is required to confirm the candidature in the Pratyahara and Dharana Retreat. You can pay this through bank transfer or Paypal.

Cancellation of the application for the course:

For the time being we do not provide this facility. Therefore properly decide before you make the payment for the course.

Remaining Payment:

The remainder payments can be made after arrival in Indian cash. For more details please look into Orientation guide.


Please contact us or email us via to check the availability of a place. It the place is available we will request you to  fill in the registration form online. After the registration, you will have to send a non-refundable deposit of 15000/- Indian rupees to finally be selected for the course.

About Fort Cochin:

Fort Kochi is situated near Arabian sea. It has a long history behind. When you arrive here you will come across a lot of things speaking about the past especially about European settlement and establishment the remnants of which is still seen alive. It is a beautiful place where you can experience the fusion of western and eastern culture. It is a place which has access from all over the world. For more information about Fort Kochi please check the Orientation Guide and the link shown hereunder:


At nearby homestays in Non-AC single or sharing bed rooms only depending upon the availability of rooms. For more information please refer to the Orientation guide and Yoga School menu.

Foods & Drinks:

Vegetarian, Sattvik (suitable for Yoga practices) South/North Indian food. For more information please refer to the Orientation guide and Yoga School menu.

 How to Get Here?

Cochin International airport is the main airport nearest to Fort Kochi. For more information please refer the Orientation guide and Yoga School menu.

“For information in detail please look into the Orientation guide”. 

General information regarding Pratyahara and Dharana Retreat:

:The retreat is open to only those aspirants who have been practicing Yoga for long time and are able to comfortably sit into any sitting Asana for at least 30 minutes.

:For personal health and hygiene, aspirants can bring personal bed sheets, pillowcase, sleeping bag or blanket. Medical prescriptions, Medicines on regular basis must also be brought. Other personal things such as torch, umbrella, padlock etc. may be needed during stay.

:During this retreat mobile phones, internet, Ipads, computers and use of electronic equippments are be to resorted to only when it is needed.

:Please carry your Passport with Visa stamped.

:All aspirants must take full responsibility for their own health and welfare.

:Please consider carefully whether your English language skills are sufficient.

:Sanatana Yog Sandesh takes responsibility for aspirant’s accommodation in non-Ac rooms but Ac-rooms only in exceptional situations with additional charges and simple vegetarian meals conducive to the retreat. In case our rooms are fully occupied aspirants have to manage their accommodation and food of their own. In this case they will be charged only for the classes.

:All other expenses required, such as additional food or special food, any medical needs, books, clothing, personal requirements and any other miscellaneous expenses are covered by aspirants during their stay. Aspirants should bring enough cash to cover the course formalities as well as their own personal requirements throughout the duration of their stay. There are ATM facilities or money exchange agencies in Fort Kochi in case it is needed.

:Light, loose, comfortable clothing and footwear is most practical in all seasons. You should bring an umbrella or rain coat.

:The course requires aspirants to remain sincere to the disciplines during the entire period of the course such as attending classes on time, observing silence as prescribed, personal practices as prescribed in private room, withdrawing temporarily from the distractions of daily life.

:Use of intoxicants or stimulants like Tea, Coffee, Smoking, Alcohol, Gutkha or any such type of addiction should be strictly avoided for speedy improvement.

:Once travel arrangements are finalized, kindly intimate us your arrival and departure particulars so that necessary arrangements can be made.

:At any point of time if aspirants feel that the place and service is not up to their satisfaction they can withdraw from the programme.

:Sanatana Yog Sandesh keeps the right to bring some substantial changes regarding the guidelines as per need to serve you all better.

:Sanatana Yog Sandesh expects you all to co-operate so that that our stay and work together might bring convincing result.

:Sanatana Yog Sandesh is happy to receive your kind and wise advice at any point of time.

***According to the request of a person or a group of people “Pratyahara and Dharana Retreat” can be organised in any part of the world. From 1st of December 2016 Rohit Kumar has been living in Europe. Therefore except Online Yoga Service all the Courses/Retreats/Programmes at Fort Cochin, Kerala is withhold for the time being.

Hari Om Tat Sat!

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