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7. Ayurveda for Mind, Body and Soul - Kerala
Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights


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Introduction to Ayurveda


Ayurveda is the oldest and most comprehensive healing modality on our planet. It originated in India thousands of years ago (evidence reveals it could be almost 6000 years old) and is considered more than just a medical system. It is a science of life (Ayur=life and Veda=science). Just as animals and plants live in harmony with nature, the healing system of Ayurveda helps to bring us back into equilibrium with our true selves, by using the inherent principles of nature.

Our programme is designed to give beginners a complete and comprehensive introduction to the principles of Ayurveda in a setting that could only pamper your every sense. Our accompanying Ayurveda expert will teach the theory of Ayurveda as well as diagnose your body type and explain the relevant emotional issues that go with it. He will recommend appropriate treatments which you can enjoy in the elegant spa rooms. We are confident you will return with a comprehensive knowledge of how to balance your daily living the Ayurvedic way. Alongside, our accompanying Yoga and Meditation expert will lead sessions on various kinds of meditations and yoga asanas, adding an element of composure in your lives. This is a great experience of learning about yourself and your health as well as how to live a balanced life going forward.

The teachings will be supported by a series of Ayurvedic massages, Yoga sessions and calming Meditations by the beaches and backwaters of Kerala.


Introduction of Our Accompanying Professional Experts


Ayurveda Expert
: Coming from a third generation of a well known family of Ayurvedic practioners and Vedic traditions in Rishikesh, our Ayurveda Expert is an Ayurvedacharya (Ayurvedic physician) with distinctions from Maharishi Dayanand University, one of the oldest Ayurvedic Institutions in India.

He constantly travels to teach and visit patients in 27 different countries. He has been initiated in the lineage of great Himalayan Masters from the Himalayan Yoga and Meditation tradition founded by Swami Rama and Swami Ved Bharati. He is the Vice-President, International Coordination of Association of Himalayan Yoga Societies.

Yoga & Meditation Expert:  Our Yoga & Meditation Expert is a teacher of Inner Silence Meditation. She also teaches Dhyan (Mindful Yoga) and Tai Chi which she learnt during her years in Singapore and Hong Kong.

Dedicated to bringing the rich spiritual heritage of her beloved country to the modern world she combines luxury travel with wellness and holistic teachings to enhance the travellers outer journey with inner wisdom.

Her own journey is under the guidance of Swami Anubhavananda, a teacher of Vedanta. She is also a freelance travel writer for Vogue India, Travel+Leisure, Asiaspa and Condenast Traveller.

Day 1

Arrive Kochi airport and Drive to Marari Beach Resort


Arrive at Kochi and transfer to Marari Beach Resort, which is an hours drive from Kochi airport.

Depending on your arrival time you may be able to enjoy the facilities of the resort during the afternoon.

7:00 pm This evening, participate in a short brief on the tour programme and orientation on tour logistics, led by professional experts accompanying the tour.

8:00 pm Dinner

Day 2

Day at Marari Beach Resort


07:30am Start your day with a refreshing Yoga session, followed by breakfast.

10:00am – 12:00 noon After breakfast, spend time contemplating on “WHY WE ARE ALL DIFFERENT”. You will be in the company of professional experts on the subject, ready for an open discussion to share your thoughts and impart learnings from their life.

01:00 – 04:30pm This afternoon, enjoy lunch followed by relaxing siesta time.

05:00 – 07:00pm In the evening, do what makes you feel best. The choice ranges from swimming, spa treatments, nature walks, boat cruise, discussion and talks with other group members or a silent and reflective stroll amidst nature.

07:00 pm In the evening, participate in Yoga Nidra Meditation, followed by dinner.

8:30 pm Dinner

Day 3

Day at Marari Beach Resort


07:30am Start your day with your morning Yoga ritual, followed by breakfast.

10:00am – 12:00 noon After breakfast, spend time learning from professional experts on todays subject “UNDERSTANDING YOUR BODY TYPE”.

01:00 – 04:30pm This afternoon, enjoy lunch followed by relaxing siesta time.

05:00 – 07:00pm In the evening, do what makes you feel best. The choice ranges from swimming, spa treatments, nature walks, boat cruise, discussion and talks with other group members or a silent and reflective stroll amidst nature.

07:00 pm In the evening, participate in Yoga Nidra Meditation, followed by dinner.

8:30 pm Dinner.

Day 4

Drive to Coconut Lagoon, by the backwaters of Kerala


07:30am Start your day with your morning Yoga ritual, followed by breakfast.

10:00am – 12:00 noon After breakfast, spend time learning from professional experts on todays subject “THE RIGHT FOOD FOR YOUR BODY TYPE”

01:00 – 04:30pm This afternoon after lunch embark on a short drive to Coconut Lagoon amidst the beautiful backwaters of Kerala.

05:00 – 07:00pm In the evening, do what makes you feel best. The choice ranges from swimming, spa treatments, nature walks, boat cruise, discussion and talks with other group members, a silent and reflective stroll amidst nature or optional excursion tours (at supplement charge)

07:00 pm In the evening, practice Yoga Nidra Meditation, followed by dinner

8:30 pm Dinner

Day 5

Day at Coconut Lagoon


07:30am Start your day with your morning Yoga ritual, followed by breakfast.

10:00am – 12:00 noon After breakfast, spend time learning from professional experts on todays subject “HOW TO AVOID ILLNESS AND REMAIN BALANCED AND HEALTHY AND LET YOUR AMBITIONS AND DESIRES NOT RUIN YOUR LIFE”

01:00 – 04:30pm This afternoon, enjoy lunch followed by relaxing siesta time.

05:00 – 07:00pm In the evening, do what makes you feel best. The choice ranges from swimming, spa treatments, nature walks, boat cruise, discussion and talks with other group members or a silent and reflective stroll amidst nature.

07:00 pm In the evening, practice Tratak Meditation, followed by dinner

8:30 pm Dinner.

Day 6

Day at Coconut Lagoon


07:30am Start your day with your morning Yoga ritual, followed by breakfast.

10:00am – 12:00 noon After breakfast, spend time learning from professional experts on todays subject “BECOMING YOUR OWN MASTER”

01:00 – 04:30pm This afternoon, enjoy lunch followed by relaxing siesta time.

05:00 – 07:00pm In the evening, do what makes you feel best. The choice ranges from swimming in the open ocean, spa treatments, nature walks, boat rides, discussion and talks with other group members or a silent and reflective stroll along the beach.

07:00 pm In the evening, participate in a session of ‘breaking silence through chanting’, followed by dinner

8:30 pm Dinner

Day 7

Departure


07:30am Start your day with your morning Yoga ritual, followed by breakfast.

After breakfast, pack up and bid farewell to your group members.

About the Venue

MARARI BEACH RESORT, MARARI: Marari Beach is an endless vista of sand and surf - an authentic experience of the world of Kerala's traditional fishing villages, and a recreation of ancient harmonious way of life.

ACCOMMODATION • Garden villas • Garden pool villas • Deluxe pool villas

CUISINE • The focus at Marari is on Kerala cuisine. Seafood is always seasonal varieties, based on fresh catch of the day. Another favourite is the fisherman's curries, simmered in clay pots, and served up with a traditional leaf spoon.

THINGS TO DO • Relax on the beach, take long walks or bicycle rides. • Stroll down to the village and explore the local life of Marari • There are regular cookery classes most evenings, so you can learn and enjoy Kerala cuisine even when you go back home • There's a full size pool, beach volleyball and tennis for the more active • For those fond of reading, there are lots of books and stuff in the clubhouse to keep you entertained • Ayurvedic massages and Yoga classes will get you into a deep state of relaxation

GETTING THERE • Cochin is the nearest International Airport 60kms, and Mararikulam is an hours' drive from there.

COCONUT LAGOON, KERALA: There are so many facets to the Coconut Lagoon experience - the heritage of the old fuedal villages of Malabar, the vast frolic of the Vembanad lake, the shimmering waters of the canals that criss-cross the property. Together, they become an experiment in ecological living that remains startlingly different.

ACCOMMODATION • Heritage bungalows • Heritage mansions • Deluxe pool villas

CUISINE • Kerala cuisine • Seafood specialties • A wide selection of International favorites

FACILITIES • Swimming pool • Ayurveda • Yoga and meditation center • Recreation Area • Kalari (Martial Arts) training

THINGS TO DO • Sunset cruise • Explore life on the backwaters • Visit the Kavanar bird sanctuary and farms • Experience organic farming and fish cultivation • Learn to cook with spices • Attend a performance of Kathakali, Kerala's classical dance, or a traditional music concert • Village Walk • Try your hand (and foot) at Kalari, Kerala's home- grown Martial Art

GETTING THERE • Coconut Lagoon is not accessible by road. • It is 10 km from Kottayam to Kavanatinkara boat landing by road, and 10 minute boat ride to Coconut Lagoon • 45 km from Cochin to Puthenangadi boat landing by road, and 25 minute boat ride to Coconut Lagoon. • Cochin is the nearest International Airport

 

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