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28 Day Soukhya Ayurveda, Meditation, and Yoga Retreat in Kerala

Ayuryoga Academy, Thottada Beach, Kannur, Kerala, South India, India

Soukhya Ayurveda Yoga Retreats India

Relax, connect with nature and enjoy the calm presence of the vast sea shore while deepening your yoga practice and Ayurveda treatments with Ayurgoya Academy which is located at Kannur beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in Kerala. It is quiet and safe, and the ideal place for an Ayurveda yoga retreat holiday.

Highlights

  • Daily medical treatment
  • Daily rejuvenating yoga classes
  • Daily calming meditation sessions
  • Ayurvedic Nadi Pariksha and constitution analysis
  • Consultation with experienced Ayuverdic doctor
  • 3 daily South Indian vegetarian meals
  • 27 nights of accommodation

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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Yoga shala
  • Laundry
  • Tour assistance

For this retreat, you will be staying in Ayuryoga Academy. Ayuryoga Academy is set in an area of about two acres of verdant garden, with a canopy of about two hundred coconut trees, on the Payyambalam beach Kannur. It offers you diverse vistas of the Arabian sea, facing the incredibly beautiful beach, where one could swim, sunbathe or just lounge around. The resort is built in traditional architecture using locally available natural materials.

There are no crowds, no bustle, no noise, and no pollution; instead, there is calm, quietness, gentleness, and tranquility. There is no pressure from overcrowded streets. Ayuryoga Academy is ready to welcome you to a comfortable place, where you can experience traditional Ayurveda / Panchakarma, yoga, meditation, mantra, etc. There will be 24 hours hot water facility for bathing and drinking, and Wi-Fi access in the reception area. From time to time, there will also be room service.

Presently, the center has two spacious double rooms having a center hall and a veranda which is facing and is very close to the sea. The center does also has three rooms having a center hall and a veranda which is facing a beautiful lake.

Program

Nowadays western people are well aware of the scope and benefit of Ayurveda as it is classical treatments using 100% herbs and can be used not only for curing the disease but also for the wellness and rejuvenation of body and mind. Hence, Ayuryoga Academy is combining both Ayurveda and yoga for an optimum result. Most of the guests are from France and Swiss and Ayuryoga Academy is looking forward to spreading their name not only in Europe but also in the USA and other American countries.

Soukhya, the rejuvenation program, is specially designed for complete detoxification and emphasis is placed on the rejuvenation of the body for all those who wish to detox and revitalize their body and mind through the experience of Ayurvedic panchakarma, rasayana, and yoga. The program consists of Ayurvedic panchakarma treatments followed by a week of special treatments that focus on revitalizing the body and mind in correlation with yoga modalities and a combination of vibrational experiences of homa therapy and meditation.

The last week, of course, will be designed with the rejuvenation treatments, foods, meditation, and mantra sadhana. This helps you to improve your immunity and vigor and to overcome the problems caused by a stressful lifestyle and daily struggle which disrupts your calm and spiritual life.

Preparatory treatments

  • Sanehapanam - oil/ghee intake
  • Abhyanga - oil massage
  • Podikizhi - powder poultice
  • Elakizhi - leaf poultice
  • Kashaya Dhara - a flow of decoction
  • Udwrathanam - powder massage
  • Shiro Dhara - oil flow on the forehead
  • Taila Dhara - oil flow on the body
  • Pichu - oil spun application on body parts
  • Shirovasthi - oil capping on head
  • Sthanika Vasthi - oil treatment on different body parts
  • Dhanyamala Dhara - fermented liquid flow on the body
  • Pizhichil - oil flow treatment on the whole body
  • Thala Pothichil - covering treatment of head
  • Njavarakizhi - rice poultice
  • Sweda - steam bath
  • Valuka Sweda - sand poultice

Main procedures

  • Vamana
  • Virechana
  • Nasyam
  • Asthapana Vasthi
  • Anuvasana Vasthi

The dietary and resting plan will be worked out by the physician according to your therapy.

Ayuryoga Academy will help you in the treatment of the following problems

  • Obesity
  • Lower back pain
  • Knee problems
  • Neck and head-related problems
  • Insomnia
  • Stress, depression, and anxiety disorders
  • Diabetes
  • Joint related diseases
  • Week immune system
  • Drug addiction
  • Intestinal diseases
  • Cervical spondylitis
  • Lumbar spondylitis
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Skin diseases and many more

Yoga and meditation

  • Ayurvedic medications and dietary changes will be suggested in addition to treatments
  • Regular yoga - two sessions of one hour each consisting of asana, pranayama, mudra, and bandhas
  • Yoga Nidra and meditation
  • Personal yoga therapy classes specially designed for your health requirements
  • Morning and evening sessions of Agnihotra and mantra sadhana

Ayurvedic Nadi Pariksha and constitution analysis

Analyzing the body constitution and suggestions for correcting lifestyle and dietary habits according to that.

Other activities

  • Vedic astrology consultation
  • Opportunity to explore natures beauty of Kannur
  • Cultural events to experience the traditions of Kerala art

Retreat location

The retreat will be located in Kannur, Kerala, India. The capital of North Kolathiri Rajas for many centuries, Cannanore has many monuments of historical interest. One of the early accounts of this coast can be found in the book on travels and adventures of Marco Polo dated around 1290 AD, which mentions Cannanore as "great emporia of spice trade". Others include accounts of the visit of Ibn Batuta of Tangiers from 1342 to 1347, the Greeks, Romans, Chinese, and Arabs.

Kannur is a land with a resonant past, mystery folklore, and ageless charm. Tipped by the Arabian sea, Kannur has its share of scenic splendor shrouded in avail of Malabar Mystique. Kannur is called "The city of lures and looms". It has an ancient history and is home to many indigenous art forms, which are:

  • Theyyam: temple oracles dressed in fiery, awe-inspiring costumes, gyrating to the sound of heavy drums and cymbals
  • Kathakali: ancient mime dance form depicting stories from Indian mythology
  • Thayambaka: a group of drummers numbering from fifty to hundred or more, accompanied by trumpets and cymbals performing together and reaching a crescendo.

The center is in the midst of the Arabian Sea and the lake, the distance between the lake and the sea is around 70 meters and the center is situated in between having the boundary of both.

Distances

  • Payyambalam Beach, 2 kilometers
  • Saint Angelas Fort, 3 kilometers

Unique features

Activities

  • Massage

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Beach
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Yoga shala

Services

  • Laundry
  • Tour assistance

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

Ayuryoga Academy offers a varied menu of delicious and healthy traditional south Indian meals using mainly local and organic ingredients. These meals are given according to each patients treatment plan, which includes beverages as well.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Excursions in Kannur area and surroundings (after the retreat) are available at an additional cost such as Wayanad/Calicut, waterfalls, wildlife safaris, Mysore city and palace, Fort Kochin, hiking in the mountains, etc.

Arrakkal Museum

The Arrakkal Museum is a museum dedicated to the Arakkal family, the only Muslim royal family in Kerala, South India. The museum is actually a section of the Arakkalkettu (Arakkal Palace). The durbar hall section of the palace has been converted into a museum by the Government of Kerala. Arakkal's family is the royal family, which ruled Kannur for several centuries.

They had a family relationship with Kolathiris, the rulers of the neighboring Chirakkal kingdom. Arakkal family had trade relationships with Arabs and later with Europeans. The islands of Lakshadweep and Maldives were ruled by the Arakkal family. The king of Arakkal kingdom was known as Arakkal Raja and the queen was known as Arakkal Beevi. A nominal entry fee is charged by the Arakkal Family Trust from visitors to the museum.

Madayipara

Madayipara is a significant spot owing to its bio-diversity, as well as, history. In the past, Madayipara was the administrative center of the Ezhimala kings. In and around Madayipara, one can find remnants from the past. At the southern side of the hill, stand the remains of a fort called Pazhi Kotta (kotta means fort in Malayalam). Here, one can also find watchtowers at the four corners of the fort.

Between AD 14 and AD 18, Madayipara used to be the site for the coronation ceremony of the rulers of the princely state of the erstwhile Kolathunadu. The hillock of Madayipara, which carries several signs of historic relevance, is also a place important from a religious point of view. There is a pond in the shape of a hand held mirror, connected to ancient Jewish settlers is another historic attraction.

Muzhappilangad beach

Muzhappilangad beach is the only drive-in beach in Kerala. It is located parallel to National Highway 17 between Kannur and Thalassery. One can drive the entire four kilometers length of the beach. There is an unpaved road winding through coconut groves leading to the beach. The beach is bordered by black rocks, which also protect it from the stronger currents of the ocean.

Approximately 100 to 200 meters south of the beach, there is a private island called Dharmadam Island. It is possible to walk to the island during low tide. Muzhappilangad is one of the important tourist destinations of Kerala. Its drive-in beach, the second-largest in India, has already entered the world tourism map. The drive-in-beach is a fast developing tourist spot, which is attracting both local and foreign people in large numbers.

Parassinikadavu snake park

The Parassinikadavu Snake Park is one of the major attractions of the Kannur District itself. The snake park, which is a subsidiary unit of the Pappinisseri Vishachikitsa Society, is the only one of its kind in the state and perhaps the whole of India. The park is dedicated to the preservation and conservation of snakes, most of which are becoming extinct gradually. There is a large collection of poisonous and non-poisonous snakes.

There are three snake pits, fifteen glass cases for snakes and two large glass houses for king cobras in the park. Other than the snakes, there are other kinds of rare animals, reptiles and birds like the endangered species of simhavalan monkeys and crocodiles. The park houses a variety of snakes, including the spectacled cobra, king cobra, Russell's viper, krait and various pit vipers.

Payyambalam Beach

One of the most beautiful beaches in the state of Kerala is at a distance of 2 kilometers from Kannur town. This beautiful stretch of sand and surf is the best place for a relaxing holiday. It is well known for the well constructed and laid out gardens and a gigantic sculpture of the mother and the child by Kanayi Kunhiramanin that was erected here. It is also famous due to the fact that the remains of Swadeshabimani Ramakrishna Pillai, A.K Gopalan, Pamban Mandavan and K.G Marar are laid to rest near this place. The essential plus points about the Payyambalam Beach are its cleanliness, its distance from the town and the beauty of its gardens. Payyambalam beach is a favorite picnic spot for the local residents.

Pythal Mala

Pythal Mala is an enchanting hill station, situated 4,500 feet above sea level near the Kerala - Karnataka border, is rich in flora and fauna. It is a six kilometers trek to the top of the hills. Abundant in flora and fauna, this place is now being developed as a hill resort. One has to trek 6 kilometers to reach the top of the hills. There is a proposal to set up a zoo at the top of the hill.

The enchanting hill station offers a challenging trek to those inclined to stretch their legs. Trekkers are rewarded by a profusion of exotic flora and fauna and an exhilarating view from the top. The 300 acres wide sprawling area is a safe home to numerous birds, hundreds of butterflies, rare plants and trees. Even during this sweltering summer at Paithal Mala one can relish a real cool climate.

Saint Angelos Fort

Saint Angelos Fort (also known as Kannur Fort or Kannur Kotta) is a fort facing the Arabian Sea, situated 3 kilometers from the town of Kannur. Saint Angelo's Fort was built in 1505 by Dom Francisco de Almeida, the first Portuguese viceroy of India and is on the Arabian sea about three kilometers from Kannur town. It was attacked in vain by the local Indian ruler in the Siege of Cannanore (1507).

On August 1509, Almeida, refusing to recognize Afonso de Albuquerque's as the new Portuguese governor to supersede himself, arrested him in this fortress after having fought the naval Battle of Diu. Afonso de Albuquerque was released after three months' confinement, and become governor on the arrival of the grand-marshal of Portugal with a large fleet, in October 1509.

Thalaserry Fort

When the British East India Company established its settlement on the Malabar Coast, they built the Thalaserry Fort, as a testimonial to their colonial imperialism. In 1700, the British built the Thalassery Fort on a small hill called Tiruvellapadkunnu and in 1708, it was strengthened by increasing its height and with bastions. The fort is a square structure built of laterite and is distinguished by its massive ventilated walls and strong flanking bastions.

The fort has secret tunnels to the sea and intricately carved huge doors. It was here that Haider's captain was imprisoned. The fort has a cemetery and the collector's mansion nearby. Many British officials have been laid to rest in this cemetery that is named after Sir Edward Brennen.

What's included

  • 27 nights of accommodation
  • 2 times a day Hatha yoga, pranayama, and meditation
  • All medicines during the period of treatment are included in the price
  • Consultation with Ayuverdic doctor
  • Daily 3 times South India vegetarian meals
  • Daily medical treatment and all medicines during the period of treatment
  • Extra individual yoga therapy sessions if needed
  • Free consultation with a dental doctor

What's not included

  • Excursions in Kannur or surrounding areas
  • Laundry services
  • Pick up and drop off from airports

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Cochin International Airport (COK) or Trivandrum International Airport (TRV). Airport transfers are not included. For more information, please send an inquiry to Ayuryoga Academy.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 26% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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