8 Days Yoga retreat

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1459 €

8 Days Yoga retreat

- This yoga retreat is available from the September 30th October 7th, 2017 -


Celebrate the fullness of life on the tropical southern shores of India. Escape to a private retreat with Laurent and experience the magic of Kerala – “God’s Own Country”. Known for its backwaters, abundant wildlife, flora and endless beaches, Kerala is the perfect alternative to the hectic pace of life. During the retreat you will experience daily yoga and meditation practice and optional traditional massages or a consultation with an Ayurveda physician to understand more about your ‘dosa’ constitution and how to balance your body and mind.

Yoga retreat highlights:

  • Luxury accommodation at Marari Villas right in front of the Arabic Sea
  • Rooms with direct access to the beach, ensuite bathrooms and private verandas for privacy
  • Daily Mindful Yoga with Laurent Roure
  • Scheduled transfer from Kochi airport to the venue and back
  • Indian vegetarian gourmet meals by local chef
  • Optional sightseeing visits and local tours
  • Plenty of time to relax in the beach or in the swimming pool


Program

In the morning: We will work with traditional Hatha yoga postures and sequences to prepare you for the rest of the day. Every day classes are focused on a different part of the body. You will be able to discuss with me how to improve your practice, your goals and to how best to work around any ailments or health conditions. The practice will be a mix of the gentle and dynamic. We will explore breathing exercises and relaxation techniques that you will be able to practice at home yourself.

In the evening: After a long day of fun and activities, I’ll teach a gentle and restorative hatha class with particular focus on gentle stretches and releasing tension from the body. Most essentially we will be bringing lightness to the spine, focusing on our breathing and learning to meditate away the stresses of the day. After each class, I will be teaching the wonderfully beneficial yoga nidra. It provides complete physical, mental and emotional relaxation, and is perfect for those suffering from tiredness, insomnia, anxiety or depression or anyone who needs some blissful chill out time.


Location

This fantastic yoga retreat will take place at a collection of ‘Boutique Serviced Villas – Marari Villas’ on beautiful, undeveloped Marari Beach. The venue provides all the ingredients for a great retreat holiday: a stunning setting overlooking the Arabian Sea, fresh local food to nourish the body and soul, caring staff and all the comforts of a superior hotel, managed by a foreign couple who have lived in Kerala for the past 6 years.


Marari Beach lies on a relatively undiscovered shore near the renowned backwaters of Alleppey and is ideally located just 1½ hours from Cochin International Airport and within a few hours’ drive of all major tourist destinations in central Kerala. The beach has not been marred by development, unlike other tourist destinations. Only the local fishermen, their traditional colorful wooden boats and the abundant wildlife share the beach, so you are virtually alone to enjoy the endless white sand under your bare feet, the vibrant green coconut palms, the welcoming warm ocean and an experience of ‘real India’ with a touch of luxury.


Accommodation

The Villas has blended contemporary design and traditional Kerala architecture , offering residents inspiring indoor-outdoor living, perfectly suited to the tropical environment. There are atmospheric shaded verandas for lounging whilst watching the colorful fishing boats and spotting dolphins as well as spacious beach gardens with hammocks, sunbeds and umbrellas surrounded by tropical plants.


Food

Healthy vegetarian food prepared by in-house chefs is a fundamental element of our retreat experience: Daily herbal tea & fresh fruits before the morning class will be followed by healthy buffet brunches with fresh juices, tropical seasonal fruits, muesli, eggs, toast, homemade jams and a variety of delicious South Indian breakfasts like idli, appam, dosa.

In the evening, the chefs will spoil you with delicious vegetarian Kerala dinners offering various vegetarian dishes, salads, rice and local breads (appam, chappatis or parotha). You will experience a traditional Kerala ‘Sadhya’ Feast on a banana leaf, which is a treat for every visitor to Kerala and a barefoot BBQ in the beach garden (fresh seafood options are available on request).

Guests can explore the local market with the chef and have a cooking class, so they can replicate some Kerala dishes back home.


Additional information

Meeting Point

Kochi Airport


Airport transfers

Scheduled transfer from Kochi airport to the venue and back


Course Info

For all levels


Travel Information

No travel insurance mandatory


What to bring

Bring your own yoga mat

 
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Payment conditions


  • 10% Payment is received through Bookingyoga.com
  • Payment method: Credit card


  • Upon Confirmation: 30%
  • 45 Days before arrival: Final Payment
  • Payment method: Bank transfer

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Instructor

Laurent Rour

Laurent is a RYT 500 hrs registered teacher with Yoga Alliance in the UK. He began practicing yoga in the early 90’s, focusing on the Ashtanga and Vinyasa flow styles. Following many years of dedicated practice, he realised that he needed to move further inside himself. He got introduced to the work of Vanda Scaravelli inspired yoga and met with teachers like John Stirk, Su Sareen, and Gary Carter who all helped liberate his thinking and taught him how to express himself more during his own practice and his teaching. He likes to think outside of the box by experiencing new movements, new approaches, and new discoveries, which will make yoga evolves in time. 

However, he also strongly believes that Hatha yoga has been on this earth for centuries for good reasons and that we need to constantly remind ourselves and learn the traditional tools that yoga offered us.He termed his classes “Mindful Hatha yoga” where pranayama and breath work, meditation and yoga Nidra, and of course, postures and movements are practiced and taught with simplicity and great awareness. It is not a new style of yoga as such, but a tool that can be used beside all styles of yoga. It encompasses teaching us to tune in a little more to our consciousness and our physicality and developing a clear awareness about ourselves during a yoga class and maybe, during our day to day life.

For the last 6 years, in London, he also brought yoga to some very lucky children (4 to 15 years old). He introduces them his own blend of playful yoga techniques including mindfulness and meditations, beside the more traditional fun asanas and breath work. He believes that, like a little seed, yoga should be planted in those little heads as early as possible to the process of growing up and face the world.Laurent teaches in the UK and Worldwide, classes, workshops, and retreats.

Inclusions & Exclusions

What's included in this yoga retreat:

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Taxes
  • 8 brunchs & 7 Keralan vegetarian dinner (Optional seafood meal supplement INR 200 per person per meal)
  • Herbal teas & drinking water
  • Use of the yoga space & facilities (yoga mats, bolsters, ropes provided)
  • Airport transfer from/to, have been arranged as a group. People arriving on different times can arrange transfers for £30
  • 2 Yoga classes/day (Only 1 morning class the day of the sightseeing visit)
  • 3 hour country boat ride on the backwaters (1 ride)
  • 1 cooking class with the resident chef
  • WiFi internet
  • Use of bicycles


What's not included:

  • Airfare 
  • Optional activities
  • One to one Yoga classes
  • Massages, Ayurveda treatments, and consultations
  • Entrance to sights
  • Any non-scheduled food or drinks
  • Any meal out to local towns or villages
  • Flights to Kochi International Airport
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • All services not listed above

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