Ayurveda & Yoga retreat in Kerala
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Ayurveda & Yoga Retreat in a wonderful setting amongst coconut groves in Kerala, India
Date: TBC

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Kerala

Considered to be one of the most healing and culturally rich areas in India, Kerala is known as ‘God’s own country’ with its rich lush green vegetation, rivers, lakes and beautiful beaches, it’s a perfect place to unwind. The retreat is open to all levels of yoga practitioners, whether you are a beginner or wish to deepen your existing practice. This is the perfect way to start your New Year; -combining Asana, Meditation and Pranayama, with soothing Ayurvedic massages and tasty healthy South Indian food at a relaxing hilltop Ayurvedic retreat centre, set on a dramatic cliff top overlooking the sea in Varkala, Kerala, South India!

 

 

Why the combination of Ayurveda and Yoga?

Ayurvedic Hot Oil Therapy

The science of Ayurveda like the science of Yoga, was inspired and developed by the great masters and seers of ancient India. The origins of Ayurveda and yoga have common roots and play a highly complimentary role in spiritual evolution and the maintenance of physical well-being and vitality.

Ayurveda addresses not only healing but also prevention and maintenance of the vitality so is crucial in the practice of yoga.

Ayur in Sanskrit means "life" and veda stands for "knowledge" or "wisdom". The "wisdom of life" describes what is appropriate or inappropriate, what brings happiness or misery, what is good or bad for your personal flow of energies and herewith your longevity.

Supporting the natural balance in your body system, to harmonise the flow of energies is the aim when preventing and healing through Ayurveda.

At the heart of Ayurveda is the belief that the human body is a microcosm of the universe. The universe is built up of the five elements of nature: earth, water, fire, air and ether. The biological constitution of each body is based on these five elements. The so called doshas (Indian term for body constitution): Vata, Pitta and Kapha categorise each body type. An imbalance of the doshas can provoke ailments. The "wisdom of life" describes the natural healing.

On your retreat you will have a qualified Ayurvedic doctor available for a consultation, your food will be adapted to your own dosha (body type) and rejuvenated Ayurvedic massages will encourage a more supple and loose body as well as helping out in the detoxification process.


Your daily schedule (at a glance)

  • 7am - 9am
    Asana Class; You will flow into a beautiful creative sequence, and your practice will work on a subtle and more personal level. We believe in letting your breath be your guide, to bring health and vitality to the body, peace of mind, and joy to heart and soul. It's a perfect setting for an opening on many levels.
    With Chanting!!
     
  • 9-10am Breakfast
    This will include an Ayurvedic breakfast, including porridge, fresh fruit and traditional South Indian foods such as Dosa's and fresh fruit juices!
  • 12-2pm Lunchtime
    Delicious Ayurvedic food according to your constitution or choose from the array of local dishes offered on the menu!
  • Treatment slots will be:
    9.30 - 11.00 AM
    11.00 AM - 12.30 PM
    1.30 - 3.00 PM
    3.00 - 4.30 PM
  • 5 - 6.30pm Yoga Practice
    Another wonderfully led asana class outdoor's with an absolutely breathtaking scenary.
    Classes include Meditation and Pranayama
  • 6.30 - 9pm Dinner


The holiday includes:

  • airport transfers Trivandrum
  • all yoga classes - including meditation and pranayamas
  • accommodation
  • three Ayurvedic meals per day
  • all treatments and massages
  • all doctors consultations
  • medicine
  • 2 yoga classes per day

 

Visas

You will require a tourist visa to enter India, please contact the Indian Embassy, http://www.indianembassy.co.uk


Vaccinations

There is no compulsory vaccination for travel to India however you may want to visit your GP for further information or a Homeopath, for further information on Homeopathic remedies for travel please visit, Nelsons at http://www.nelsonshp.com or Ainsworths at http://www.ainsworths.com


Weather

Kerala has a beautiful tropical climate, with a maximum temperature of 33.c, sea levels stay at around 20.c.

We also have a small pool and our own sandy bay!


Culture & Ambience


What to Bring
  • Yoga Mat
  • Meditation Shawl
  • Simple & light clothing - including long sleeve tops
  • Sun cream & block
  • Sun hat
  • Insect repellent
  • Journal & pens
  • Torch
  • Alarm Clock
  • Sandals
  • Beach wear
  • A good sense of humour!

From experience it’s best to travel lightly. Most things can be bought in India at a cheaper rate, so if you forget something, don’t worry!!! ... There are lots of convenient stores around the town of Varkarla where you will be staying


International Flights to India

In addition to the above various agents and airlines travel to Trivandrum, try Yunnus at Crystal travel (020) 76120501


Domestic Flights in India

If you are already in India and need to get to Trivandrum, domestic internal flights are a cheap and safe option (see below)


 

Please always make sure you travel with insurance and contact the foreign office,
know before you go http://www.fco.gov.uk


Booking Form

A downloadable PDF booking form is available by clicking here

For more information, please contact Deepa on 07779 240985
or Rachel on 07914802512 or e-mail us at info@deepaspirit.com



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