Yoga and Holidays in South France at the Viveka Yoga Center
An impressive, quiet place in pure, unspoiled nature.
Away from the stress and pollution of city-life, you can experience two daily yoga practices on the rythm of the birds singing and crickets chanting! We will also meditate together. We will share delicious organic vegetarian meals. You'll find enough quiet place around you if you like to stay quiet or come to the kitchen for a chat. We will go out and explore this beautiful Aude area, market, lake,...most of all we'll have lots of fun !
Type of Event
The price include two daily yoga tuition, meditation, organic vegetarian meals and accommodation.
I let you read some reviews from previous guests :
We finally arrived at home. I would like to thank you once more from the bottom of my tiny heart ;-) This week was one of the most beautiful thing that ever happened in my life. Sophie, Joe, Boyan, Tango the dog, the cats Loustic and Luna and the place where you live opened my heart in a way that it never had opened before. When we arrived I felt like coming home and when I left I felt like ready to leave and join my life. Rebekka also could open herself in a way she never did. I think that her brain stopped running. We would love to come again next we'll see :D
Samuel and Rebekka
Yoga really is a way of life!
A leisurely train ride from Carcassonne brought me to the beautiful haven of Viveka, where I had come to improve my physical ashtanga practice.
On arrival I was embraced by a warm welcome and the tranquility of the forest. But it wasn’t long before a rich learning experience opened up to me.
The Sanskrit meaning of Viveka suggests the ability to discriminate between what is real and what is not.
It seemed that this yoga retreat did live up to its name through simple but comfortable living. For me this meant going to sleep in the bell tent to the sound of the crickets and waking up with the dawn chorus; flowing through the primary series with a slight breeze filtering through the dome; sharing the company of genuine and open people; and hearing the sound of the conch summoning us all to enjoy the delicious veggie meals, cooked with thought and care.
It felt like such a luxury to have the time to read, find out more about the Yoga Sutras and practice pranayama. And it was a rare delight to shower outside in the solar powered shower (especially in the rain!). These simple yet inspiring things meant that a week of Viveka living not only deepened my physical practice but brought me closer to the heart of yoga.
Truly inspirational !
What a better place to practice yoga than in a quiet retreat tucked away in the hills just north of the Pyrenees and one hour south of the Medieval French City of Carcassonne. This quiet and enriching retreat left me wanting more!
“Viveka Yoga Retreats” far exceeded my pre-conceived expectations. As the Sanskrit name suggests Viveka describes the power that enables people to know what is real and what is not and knowing the truth supports us in our practice and in our daily lives.
The week was truly inspirational and what I really appreciated was the focus not only on the physical aspects of yoga but also on the mental and spiritual aspects of the practice which can be often overlooked.
In between the morning’s more dynamic Ashtanga practice and the afternoon’s more relaxing Pranayama (breathing) practice, the rest of the day was our own, to spend as we chose; enjoy some nature walks around the grounds of the retreat, visit the local French markets or just simply enjoy a blissful afternoon relaxing in our hammocks with a cup of tea and our favourite books.
My sojourn was spent in a comfortable and relaxing environment with fun and engaging fellow guests and warm and welcoming hosts who produced delicious vegetarian meals for us every day.
I loved the simplicity of sleeping in the bell tents, the environmentally friendly and clean outside compost toilets and waking up and taking an refreshing outdoor shower in the mornings before practice – some more refreshing than others depending on the amount of hot water generated by the solar power panels!
Either way, it made me feel at one with nature and helped distance myself from the hustle and bustle and often too complex and material world in which we live
I left one week later with a true feeling of calm and serenity and could not have wished for more.