Program Description

This is not your average trip to India. This 10-day journey through the sacred sites of Karnataka is unlike any other tour you will encounter. Each day we will visit special historical sites connected with the ancient traditions of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism—all with a special eye towards the history and philosophies of yoga. This "Embodied History" of yoga tour allows participants to uniquely uncover yoga's past by experiencing the rich visual and material culture of India preserved through the millennia in its many sacred temples, caves, mountains, rivers, and shrines. Imagine—Indiana Jones meets spiritual pilgrimage meets academic study abroad program. We hope you can join us for this special educational and cultural journey into the heart of south India. 

Space will be limited.



Day 1 — Bangalore, Orientation

Day 2 — Shravanabelagola,  Hoysaleswara & Kedareshwara Temples

Day 3 — Chennakeshava, Patañjali Belur Temple, Shringeri Matha & Temples

Day 4 — Kedareshwara and Kadambeshwara Temples

Days 5-7 — Hampi Temples & Environs (UNESCO World Heritage site)

Day 8 — Aihole, Pattadakal Temples

Day 9 — Mahakoota, Badami Temples & Caves

Day 10 — Conclude in Belgaum, Belagavi Airport


*Complete itinerary, hotels, and detailed travel schedule will be provided prior to trip.

Trip Pricing Includes

  • *Morning yoga practice w/ Kory
  • Daily vegetarian breakfast + dinner
  • Private or shared accommodation options at 4-5 star hotels / eco resorts
  • AC bus transportation to all sites
  • Guided history + philosophy lectures w/ Seth
  • Seth's Custom Trip Guidebook (printout + PDF)
  • Recommended Readings (PDF)

Not included: roundtrip airfare to Bangalore, lunch, personal spending, driver tip, return travel from Belagavi (IXG) airport. 

* Yoga practice will consist of invigorating yet relaxing Āsana, functional movement, breath work, and meditation. Practices will be dependent on travel schedule and available facilities.

Your Guides

Dr. Seth Powell

PhD, Harvard University
Founder & Director, Yogic Studies

Seth Powell is a scholar of Indian religions, Sanskrit, and yoga traditions, who earned his PhD in South Asian Religions at Harvard University. His dissertation comprised a critical edition, translation, and detailed study of a 15th-century Sanskrit yoga text from south India known as the Śivayogapradīpikā—which uniquely combines yoga, ritual, and devotion. He also works extensively on the visual and material culture of yoga in premodern India, uncovering yoga's past through temple sculptures.

As an educator, Seth is passionate about sharing the latest academic research on yoga's vast history and philosophies and is gifted in his ability to present the ancient teachings of yoga clearly in an accessible, light-hearted, and inspiring manner—while maintaining a rigor and sensitivity to traditional Indian knowledge systems. Seth has spent numerous year traveling and conducting field research in India, including at many of the sacred sites we will be visiting in Karnataka. He will be sharing this research and knowledge with you throughout the trip! 

Kory Sheffer

Yoga Instructor
Founder & Director, Alchemy Studio

Kory is the founder and director of Alchemy Studio and Ashtanga Yoga Cleveland Heights. Formerly, Kory was the founder and director of Ashtanga Yoga Napa Valley (Napa, California) which flourished from 2015-2020. Kory has studied with many luminaries but her main teachers and influences include Tim Miller, Sharath Jois, and Mark Robberds. 

Kory is a supportive and encouraging teacher. She recognizes that all students are different and will require a unique and individual approach. She will provide supportive and at times alternative suggestions to ensure that each posture is appropriate for students to incorporate into their practice. Kory will be offering gentle daily āsana practices that will enliven the senses, nourish the body, and awaken the mind—laying the inner groundwork for our days spent traveling and exploring the outer landscape of Karnataka. 

Registration is OPEN

Sign up for this once in a lifetime journey, using one of the following payment options:

(1 Remaining Private Rooms!)

Private Room - DEPOSIT ONLY

Double/Queen bed • Non-refundable deposit • Remaining payment due by November 1

$500 USD

Private Room - FULL PAYMENT

Double/Queen bed • Includes non-refundable deposit

$3,400 USD

(3 Remaining Shared Room Spots!)

Shared Room - DEPOSIT ONLY

Assigned roommate • 2 twin beds • Non-refundable deposit • Remaining payment due by November 1

$500 USD

Shared Room - FULL PAYMENT

Assigned roommate • 2 twin beds • Includes non-refundable deposit

$ 2,900 USD

Questions about the trip?

For all questions or trip inquiries, please contact Kory at [email protected]


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