Yoga & Ayurveda retreat to Kerala, India
29th December 2017 - 12th January 2018
Would you like to experience a true inner journey with deepen Yoga practice and Ayurvedic treatments while also enjoying the worldly pleasures of beautiful South India? This trip will give the best both worlds! We will stay at beautiful Ayurvedic resorts for total relaxation, experience true Yoga Ashram life while travelling with local guides to enjoy the tropical climate, visiting beaches, ancient culture and doing shopping. Come and join us for this truly special trip to fascinating India... Who leads? Rajesh who works at Hälsocompaniet as a Yoga teacher and Ayurveda therapist is leading the group to where he born, raised and learn yoga & Ayurveda
Ayurvedic Rejuvenation TreatmentsWe are staying the first three nights at a beautiful Resort in the serene water canal area called the Backwaters. The resort is next to the lake. Here you can enjoy daily yoga classes and Ayurvedic treatments in some beautiful nature surroundings. During this stay we offer a four hours Ayurveda wellness package with different Ayurveda treatments (Ayurvedic oil massages Sirodhara etc.), including a consultation with an Ayurveda doctor.
The ashram programme covers classical yoga techniques, taught in a warm and friendly environment, helps to instill in guests a deep awareness of the spiritual essence of life.
Meditation, Yoga classes, Yoga philosophy and Yogic food!
Staying on a House boatA glide in a "Kettuvallam" (House boat) through the enchanting backwaters of Allappuzha is sure to rob your heart. Palm fringed narrow canals winding through the large paddy fields and with ducks, tiny birds while the everyday life of the local people are going on right in front of your eyes.
We will enjoy the beautiful Backwaters both in day and night while living on a House boat!
Beach & funVarkala beach also known as Papanasam beach is a beautiful beach in Varkala, along the Arabian Sea, part of the Indian Ocean. The word Papanasam means wash away sins. It is believed that a dip in the waters of Papanasam Beach washes away all the sins in this and past life. Varkala beach is known for is relaxed and laid back atmosphere with a long beautiful beach, several, Indian-and International restaurants and small shops.
Visiting old Temples
Temples are fascinating examples of the art and culture of the country in ancient times with its elaborated background histories and deep spiritual significance. Temples in the southern part of India are distinct from the temples in the north in their architecture. We will visit some of the old temples with a local guide during our stay.
Shopping and Culture
Multicultural Kochi has been drawing traders and explorers to its shores for over 600 years. Nowhere else in India could you find such an intriguing mix of giant fishing nets from China, a 400- year-old synagogue, ancient palace, Portuguese houses and the crumbling remains of the British Raj. We will stay our last night of the trip in this place!
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Day 1-4:December 29th Arriving to Cochin International airport and we drive to the Lake resort is located for daily Ayurvedic treatments, yoga classes and delicious Ayurvedic or South Indian food. There will be some time for seeing the village area and see the life around the villagers. (Stay at this resort with Ayurvedic resort 3 nights and 4 days).
Ayurvedic Treatment Details
During day 2: Rasayana abhyangam, Podi kizhi, ushma swedam (duration 2 Hours)Rasayana abhyangam is a synchronized (4 handed) Ayurvedic massage performed by two therapists simultaneously. It gives total relaxation of the body both mentally as well as physically. It strengthens both muscles as well as nerve tissue.
Podi kizhi means herbal medicine stuffed in a bags which are massaged into the skin. This treatment reduces the inflammation in one’s body. It also relaxes the stiff muscles.
Ushma swedam-it is a medicated steam bath, highly beneficial in opening the sweat pores, thereby detoxifying the body system.
During day 3: Elakizhi & Sirodhara (duration 2 Hours) Elakizhi-In this medicated herbal leaves are stuffed in a cotton bag. This is highly beneficial for the strengthening of muscles and also corrects some of the neurological symptoms.
Sirodhara -it is a unique form of ayurvedic therapy of pouring medicated oil on the forehead from a specific height and for a specific period continuously in an oscillating manner. It is highly beneficial for loss of sleep, stress, migraine and head ache.
The stay at the resort includes:
Welcome drink on arrival. • Accommodation-in-spacious,-well-appointed rooms • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner • Usage of swimming pool • Usage of indoor – outdoor activities • Evening tea • One-hour sunset cruise on Shikkara (Small boat traveling) • two yoga sessions.
Day 4-7: Going to The Sivananda Yoga Ashram which is about 150 km outside from Alappuzha. We are staying 5 nights at the yoga Ashram following the daily ashram schedule with morning and evening Meditation, Chanting, philosophy talks, karma yoga, two asana classes and philosophy lecture. Accommodation is in dormitory. Ashram offer vegetarian brunch and dinner are included in the stay. An afternoon snack is also served. On the weekly Friday, we will arrange a trip to the Capital of Kerala called Trivandrum where you can do shopping, for example, Indian clothes, spices, wood handicrafts etc. To read more about the ashram please see http://www.sivananda.org.in/neyyardam/
Day 8-13: Leaving the ashram to the beach resort Varkala, famous for its relaxed atmosphere and high cliff where many shops and variety Indian restaurants are located. Staying in Varkala for sunbathing, swimming, shopping and daily yoga classes. Just walk few meters to the beach from our Hotel. During this stay, only breakfast is included so that you can visit the many Indian restaurants! To know more please Google Varkala beach.
Day 14: Going to Alappuzha which is also called for East of Venice with its system of small canals. Here we will go on a day trip on a traditional Kerala house boat in the Backwater area and we spending the day at the house boat. Checking at 11.30 am and check out next morning 17.00 pm. Including a welcome drink of tender coconut water, delicious lunch, coffee/tea and snacks and slowly cruising around the water canals. Some photos are available here http://www.atdcalleppey.com/
Day 14-15: Leaving the house boat after evening tea to arrive in Fort Cochin which is a charming old area with small shops and restaurants near the famous beach. Great opportunity to buy some presents, have lunch and dinner and walk around the old city next to the beach side. We will stay our last night here in Fort Cochin, only breakfast is included.
Day 16: Going to The International Airport of Cochin to fly back to home on Saturday 13th January.
Prices and services
The trip cost 15.000 Swedish kr and includes:
All transportation with Air conditioned vehicles between locations.
Accommodation in twin share room at clean and nice places in the mid price range.
Meals are included except when staying the beach in Varkala and the last day of the trip at Fort Cochin where you get a chance to taste from different Indian restaurants. Food included in the package are at Ayurvedic resort breakfast, lunch and dinner, at the Yoga Ashram vegetarian brunch and dinner, at the House Boat breakfast, lunch, dinner and coffee/tea. During traveling, we will stop for coffee/tea and snacks which are also included.
The price is not including:
Flight ticket to and from Cochin, Kerala, India.
By request we can arrange a special Ayurveda consultation with the Ashram Ayurvedic Doctor named Dr. Vishnu. Dr.Vishnu is a dear friend of Rajesh and the resident Doctor at Ashram and conducting many Ayurvedic wellness courses and programs for people from all around the world. A consultation can determine your Prakruthi (Vata, Pitta, Kapha) and lifestyle management according to Ayurveda. Cost 150 Swedish kronor for 20 minutes consultation.
Any extra local traveling with taxi or riksha. But we are happy to arrange local transportation for you to markets or buying local mobile sim card etc.
Tips for local staff and drivers. Tips are not mandatory but very appreciated.
Rate for children 5 to 12 years is 8000 kr including all meals and activities. Note that the child get an extra bed in your room but there is no Ayurvedic treatment included for children in this package.
Flights & costs: Airlines Qatar and Emirates airways have the shortest travel time to Cochin/Kochi, it takes about 12 hours and cost about 6000 - 8000kr.
Last day of booking your space on the trip is 19th of September! Please do not book any flight tickets until the trip and your space is confirmed.
This trip is arranged in collaboration with James Joseph, MM Travels, Pulincunnoo.Kerala, India.