Yoga Retreat India

Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered India.

Don’t miss a great opportunity to reconnect and re-energize your body and mind whilst experiencing the magical tropics of Kerala. The uniqueness of this retreat is that we don't impose any fixed manuals, guidelines, books, traditions, rules etc. Bodhi Ayurveda and Yoga Retreat evaluate each individual and respect their choices and requirements throughout the programs. Experience supreme relaxation while discovering the benefits of meditative yoga asana and pranayama in the cacophony of tropical nature paradise.

Meet the instructors

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Highlights

  • Bhajan
  • Cookery show
  • Daily yoga classes and asana workshops
  • Pranayama and meditation sessions
  • Delicious vegetarian food and meal
  • 5 nights' accommodation
  • Guided nature walks

Yoga styles


5 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 18
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga shala
  • Bicycle rental
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Library
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance

All guests will be staying at Hinterland Village, a homestay where you can get all the warmth and care that remind you of home with the added benefits and luxuries of a resort. Each of the six available rooms is different and offers a unique blend of antique charm and modern comfort. There are a number of options of shared, double, or single rooms. All rooms are air-conditioned and offer stunning views of the surrounding greenery.

Program

Start the day with a warm-up, pranayama, Asanas and meditation sessions. Deepen your yoga practice on a daily basis for six days, working on the primary series and moving on to the advanced set of postures. Learn more about asanas, anatomy, and perfect certain postures during the afternoon workshops. Relax deeply and restore both your body and mind with yoga Nidra for deep relaxation.

The daily schedule is subject to change as per conditions. This retreat might be running in parallel with other retreats. When the number of students is less, classes may be combined with the morning meditation or philosophy classes with other groups.

SAMPLE DAILY SCHEDULE

  • 06:30 - 08:30 Yoga session
  • 08:30 - 09:30 Breakfast
  • 09.30 - 12:00 Yoga philosophy (group-wise) and Ayurveda massage (optional)
  • Tuesday to Saturday (5 days in a week)
  • 12:00 Guided meditation (5 days in a week)
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 - 15:00 Ayurveda massage (optional)
  • 14:30 Introduction to yoga philosophy for new arrival guest
  • 16:00 - 18:00 Yoga session
  • 18:40 Cookery show (Tuesday and Saturday)
  • 18:40 Bhajans (Monday and Friday)
  • 20:00 Dinner

Instructors

Jayesh
Jayesh holds a master's degree in yoga and is a qualified instructor of both Hatha and Ashtanga traditions. For the past five years, he has traveled to various parts of the world to share his passion for teaching yoga and spirituality to a vast number of people from different walks of life. Jayesh works at various yoga centers around India where he teaches Hatha yoga, asanas, pranayama, Nidra yoga, kriyas, meditation, and different stress management and relaxation techniques. He also specializes in diabetic therapy and professional yoga.
Saji Ramaswami
Saji Ramaswami is a professional yoga trainer and a spiritual teacher with special experience in the classic style of yoga, meditation, and philosophy of yoga-vedanta. He has been practicing yoga for more than 20 years in various ashrams and yoga schools in India. He is working as a yoga master with Hinterland since 2015 leading their yoga retreats and teacher training workshops. His special techniques combined with his gentle, peace, and kind manners, helps beginners as well as skilled yoga practitioners. Many yoga and spiritual aspirants have benefited from his inspiring talks and teachings.
Dr. Dinesh Manayattil
Doctor Dinesh is a professional Ayurveda doctor for the past 20 years. He works as a visiting consultant physician, teaches students and organizes seminars, workshops, research on Ayurveda, and other alternative medicines. He has 20 years of experience in teaching about Ayurvedic medicine and is an expert in consultation diagnosis, Ayurvedic food, natural and organic system.
HARILAL
Harilal is a professional Yoga Teacher with 14 years of experience in Yoga teaching at various parts of the world. He has been qualified from The International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Iyengar Yoga Teachers Training Centre, Ayurveda Panchakarma therapy and Spa Massage Therapy.
Gokul
Gokul holds RYT 200 certification from Yoga Alliance and specializes in teaching Hatha yoga. As a well-grained yoga teacher, he holds an in-depth understanding of teaching asana classes with mindful integration of meditation, breathing techniques,yogic lifestyle and mantra meditation. (Core Subjects: Hatha Yoga & Adjustment Alignment)
Aje Nyah
Aje Nyah follow firm principles of classical Indian Hatha yoga as well asAncient Egyptian Kemetic yoga. Aje also gives lectures and talks about Integral Wholistic Yoga Philosophy. His spiritual reasoning’s draws inspiration from the natural world and our connection with nature. Being a naturalist,organic farmer, wildlife filmmaker and a spiritual musician; he has some unusual perspectives and eye-opening views about life and the human experience, health and environmental conservation.
Irie Nyah
Irie Nyah, Yoga Teaching designed for women at all stages and phases with special focus on pregnancy and preparation for childbirth. However all women desiring to connect more deeply to their femininity or prepare their body, mind and spirit to welcome new life will benefit from these unique sessions. Irie is a Yoga Alliance certified Hatha Yoga teacher and has been teaching for the last two years in India and Australia.

Retreat location

This retreat will take place in Hinterland Village. With seven acres of lush greenery, it is a haven of rich native biodiversity and an oasis of peace on the outskirts of the city of Kochi. Hinterland Village boasts more than 180 native species of flora that grow abundantly and naturally throughout the year. The Bodhi center at Hinterland Village was an initiative undertaken by its founder, Unni, to promote yoga and Ayurveda. Unni’s desire was to create a space where guests and visitors could immerse themselves in spiritual practices in a peaceful and natural environment.

The Bodhi Ayurveda and Yoga center at Hinterland Village is a spiritual paradise set amidst jungle giants overlooking a paddy field. The space around the Bodhi Ayurveda and Yoga center is a paradise for bird watching and nature walks. The resort also has a swimming pool set amongst the greens so guests can cool off from the South Indian heat. Hinterland Village takes pleasure in harmonizing with nature and guests are encouraged to do the same.

As the name Bodhi suggests, the aim of the retreat is to seek enlightenment regarding one’s own body and mind. As humanity often strives in chaos, Bodhi, or one's awakening, is an essential journey that everyone eventually has to take. In this sense, constant efforts are made to provide the most comfortable space for guests to practice yoga, to enjoy the special treatments, and to engage in the mutual exchange of ideas and thoughts.

NEARBY PLACES

  • Back water cruise, 12 kilometers - 30 minutes
  • Village Market, 3 kilometers - 10 minutes
  • Cherai beach, 50 kilometers - 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Fort Kochi, 27.7 kilometers - 1 hour
  • Kochi City, 21 kilometers - 45 minutes

Food

The price of this retreat includes daily sattvic vegetarian Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Enjoy a healthy selection of balanced meals made by the resort's excellent cook. Most of the vegetables and rice are organically grown and being used in the kitchen.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

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

  • Vegetarian
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)

Most of the famous attractions in and around Kochi are within driving distance from Hinterland Village.

The Mulanthuruthy Mar Thoman Church

The historic Mulanthuruthy Mar Thoman Church of the Malankara Syrian Orthodox, which was built between AD 1110 and 1125, is just 2.5 kilometers away.

Chottanikara temple

Chottanikara temple, one of the most famous shrines in Kerala, is at a distance of 4 kilometers. Less than 15 kilometers away is Tripunithura, which used to be the capital of the erstwhile kingdom of Cochin.

Kochi

Kochi is a metropolitan city with busy streets and an extensive array of exclusive showrooms, shopping malls, restaurants ranging in style from the casual to the swanky, and cinema theaters. Here you can shop till you drop.

Fort Kochi and Mattancherry

Fort Kochi and Mattancherry are just 30 kilometers away from Hinterland Village. These twin towns reflect the lingering aura of the colonial period in Kerala. You can see here the remnants of a mixed culture - Jewish, Dutch, French, Portuguese, and English. The Jain Temple, Synagogue, Dutch Palace, and St. Francis Church are famous for their historical as well as architectural importance. Fort Kochi is also famous for its Chinese fishing nets and fish market.

Kodanad elephant training center

Kodanad Elephant Training Center is just 35 kilometers away from Hinterland Village. The center hosts a minimum of 10 elephants some of which are owned by the Forest Department of Kerala and some are privately owned.

Other attractions

  • Cherai Beach is only 38 kilometers from Kochi.
  • The Bolgatty Palace, Thrikkakara Temple, Ernakulam Siva Temple, Durbar Hall, Aluva Manappuram and Kalady, the birthplace of Adi Sankara, are all within a radius of 30 kilometers from Hinterland Village.
  • Alleppey, famous for its for its houseboat rides on the famous Vembanad Lake, is just 50 kilometers away from Hinterland Village.

Spa treatments

This retreat includes a consultation with an on-site Ayurvedic/ Naturopathy doctor (Tuesday) that will administer treatments according to your body constitution. Two days massages and steam baths will be scheduled during your stay.

Body constitution analysis (Tridosha Constitution), Natural self - Healing Therapies, Hydro Therapies, acupuncture, Kriyas and personal private classes will be optional on extra payment.

What's included

  • 5 nights' accommodation
  • Access to the in-house library and other activities
  • Yoga session; Hatha yoga in classic style and pranayama
  • Balanced Kerala cuisine
  • Pranayama and meditation sessions
  • Free bicycle rental/ swimming pool
  • Guided nature walks
  • Personalized Ayurvedic rejuvenating massages
  • Consultation with Ayurvedic Doctor (Tuesday)
  • Cookery show (Tuesday and Saturday)
  • Bhajans (Monday or Friday)
  • Yoga mat and accessories
  • Herbal drinking water

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Extra activities

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive the Cochin International Airport (COK). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 40% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 5 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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