Om Beach, Gokarna, India | October through March

Why yoga in Om Beach, Gokarna?

Shanti Yoga School - Location - Om Beach - Sunset

Beautiful tan sand. Warm, clear, blue water. Wild monkeys and dolphins. The most gorgeous sunsets on the horizon. This is paradise. This is Om Beach.

“OM” is the universal sound. It has significance to yoga. Om Beach is shaped like the sanskrit symbol for the word “OM”. It’s a short 10-minute tuk tuk drive from Gokarna, a spiritual city in the state of Karnataka, just south of Goa.

Trainings

We offer eight 100 and 200-hour trainings at Om Beach from October through March. Scroll down for our training course packages.

Retreats

Are you craving the beach? Hot sand and cool waves? Do you dream of doing yoga then seeing the sun set over the ocean horizon? We offer retreat packages for all levels and needs. Scroll down for our retreat packages.

Drop-in Classes

We offer drop-in classes from 8 – 9:30 AM and 4 – 5:30 PM every day except Sunday. Yes, we have mats. Yes, you can attend if you’re a first-timer or not flexible. Costs are posted outside the shala. Click here for directions.

Accommodation

Shanti Yoga partners with the best guest houses close to the shala. Your guest house will be within a 10-minute walk, often less.

If you book a training you will receive a private room included in the price.

If you book a retreat you can choose single/private or shared accommodation (2 per room). When sharing you will be partnered with one other student of the same gender. Or, if you’re a couple, you can choose to share one double room.

Your room will be clean, comfortable, and quiet. A perfect respite.

Food

The food in Om Beach is incredibly fresh. The restaurants near the shala source the freshest, healthiest produce from local farms. We encourage you to enjoy healthy vegetarian meals.

If you book a training you are responsible for your own food. This keeps costs low and provides you with the option of finding your favorite food. We find it’s best to let our students buy their own meals so we can focus on running the best training.

Meal costs are variable – some people need to eat more, some less. Meals are available at many restaurants close by (within a 10-minute walk). We recommend budgeting $10 USD/day for meals. If you eat light, you’ll find sticking to this budget easy. If you eat more you might spend more. We provide two complimentary fruit and tea breaks during the day.

When you decide to dine out in Om Beach you will have many delicious options. All restaurants on the beach are very close to the school – within a 10-minute walk.

Check out the specials at the Om Shree Ganesh restaurant over the bridge. Nirvana Cafe has the best local coffees and international espressos on the beach. Don’t miss the dessert specials at Manikarna Restaurant.

Activities

– Indulge in French Cuisine at Christophe’s in Main Beach

– Camp in a tent at the secluded Paradise Beach

– See wild dolphins while enjoying a boat ride to the cozy Half Moon Beach

– Shop for locally-made products in the historic and spiritual town of Gokarna

– Parasail for a birds-eye view of the shorelines

– Hike to various lookout points above the surf and sand

– Pray at holy temples built on the cliffs

– Explore Shiva Cave

– Swim and surf in the ocean

– Experience the nightly local market at Kudle Beach

Map

Shanti Yoga School is located behind the Om Shree Ganesh restaurant and guest house.

Contact

Reach out to us via our contact page.

Email: admin (at symbol) shantiyogaschool.com

What’s App: +91 75069 98624

How to reach

Air

Dabolim airport in Goa is the nearest airport, 160 km away. It is well connected to Indian and international cities.

Train

Gokarna has its own rail link which is well connected with Margao station.

The last train from Margao to Gokarna station leaves at 1 PM and takes 1.5 – 2.5 hours, depending on which train you take.

Alternatively, you can take the train to Ankola station which is about 20 kilometers away from Gokarna. This train journey is also 1.5 – 2.5 hours, depending on which train you take. From Ankola station, take a taxi or bus to Gokarna town.

No need to book train or bus tickets in advance. Buy your ticket at the station directly.

Bus

Many buses connect to Gokarna from cities such as Madgaon (125 km), Mangalore (225 km), Dabolim (140 km) and Bangalore (475 km). The exact routes and details change too often so you’ll have to ask at the bus station. Often you’ll have to transfer buses multiple times so it is not recommended.

If you want to take the bus from Dabolim airport you can get a taxi to the local bus stand, take a bus to Karwar, and transfer to another bus to Gokarna.

Taxi

From the airport or train station you can take a taxi to our location. This is our guest’s preferred option. Be sure to book at the airport’s pre-pay designated stations for the best price. Prices change all the time but should be around $65 USD one-way. We can assist with pre-booking a taxi but it’s often cheaper if you book direct at the airport.

The taxi will take you to Gokarna town, or to the entrance of Om Beach. It’s better to take the taxi to Gokarna and then take a rickshaw to Om Shree Ganesh.

It takes 3.5 – 4.5 hours to get from Dabolim airport to Gokarna town by taxi. Average is 4 hours. It depends on traffic, time of day, etc.

Last mile

Important: There is no ATM at Om Beach so take money out PRIOR to leaving Gokarna town. No need to exchange money in advance – just use ATM. We recommend SBI (State Bank of India) because they typically don’t charge fees.

From Gokarna train station: hire a tuk tuk (~400 Rupees, one-way) and ask them to drop you at Om Shree Ganesh at Om Beach. If they don’t know where that is, ask to drop at tuk tuk stand in Gokarna, and ask there to be dropped at Om Shree Ganesh.

If taxi drops you in Gokarna town (recommended): hire a tuk tuk (~200 Rupees, one-way) and ask them to drop you at Om Shree Ganesh at Om Beach.

If taxi drops you at the entrance to Om Beach (not recommended): you can walk 20 minutes down the cliff steps and through the beach until you reach the Om Shree Ganesh.

Once at the Om Shree Ganesh Restaurant, ask the front desk how to get to Shanti Yoga, or follow signs.

Pricing & Packages

200-hour Yoga Teacher Training

21 Days
$1500
$ 779 You only pay our cost
  • Donation-based - pay what you want after
  • Authentic yoga training
  • Includes private accommodation
  • A way to kick-start a personal yoga practice
  • Portion of profit goes to community initiatives
  • Deepen your personal practice
  • Receive Yoga Alliance Certification to teach Yoga
  • Food not included - eat what you choose
Popular

100-hour Yoga Teacher Training

11 Days
$800
$ 479 You only pay our cost
  • Donation-based - pay what you want after
  • Authentic yoga training
  • Includes private accommodation
  • A way to kick-start a personal yoga practice
  • Portion of profit goes to community initiatives
  • Deepen your personal practice
  • Hours Count Towards Yoga Alliance Certification
  • Food not included - eat what you choose
Economical

Yoga Retreat

Cost per day
$120
$ 49 Why pay more at a resort?
  • Authentic yoga classes
  • Includes private accommodation
  • A way to kick-start a personal yoga practice
  • Portion of profit goes to community initiatives
  • Deepen your personal practice
  • Three healthy vegetarian meals/day included
Convenient

200-hour Teacher Training Schedule

Oct 7 – Oct 27 2019

Nov 4 – Nov 24 2019

Dec 2 – Dec 22 2019

Jan 6 – Jan 26 2020

Feb 3 – Feb 23 2020

Om Beach, India

$779 USD (includes training & accommodation)

100-hour Teacher Training Schedule

Oct 7 – Oct 17 2019

Nov 4 – Nov 14 2019

Dec 2 – Dec 12 2019

Jan 6 – Jan 16 2020

Feb 3 – Feb 13 2020

Om Beach, India

$479 USD (includes training & accommodation)

Yoga Retreats

Our yoga retreats work differently than teacher trainings. Trainings are set programs. They are intense, standardized programs. A yoga retreat is not – it’s vacation.

We price retreats by the day. The cost is $49 USD/night. This is significantly less than what you’ll spend at a resort. The cost includes a single room, 3 meals, and up to two yoga classes per day.

What’s more, if there’s a teacher training in progress during  your retreat you may attend any of their classes – no additional fee. This gives you the opportunity to learn even more about yoga. These classes are not mandatory – the choice is yours. This is your vacation.

"To perform every action is yoga." - Swami Kripalu