A.J. is a highly experienced and qualified yoga teacher. He holds a bachelor's degree in economics, a master's degree in sociology, and a diploma in yoga. He had his yoga teacher training course at Sivananda Ashram and his yoga instructor certificate course from Vivekananda Yoga University in Bangalore. A.J. has been teaching yoga since 1996 and he specializes in Hatha yoga.
Alaa United Arab Emirates
Elephants Pass Ayurdeva and Yoga Retreat was exactly what I needed. I booked this retreat as a getaway from work, stress and to relax and have some quality alone time. What I got was much more than that. The location of Elephant Pass was perfect, with a breathtaking view just out of my room's door. I had breakfast at my terrace every morning, just to take in the view and it couldn't have been any better. The Yoga sessions were refreshing and rejuvenating, a much needed work out. The Ayurvedic massage treatment was a bliss. People who work there will not only make you feel welcome but will make you feel like family. Each and every one of the amazing team of Elephant Pass will go the extra mile to ensure that you are fully satisfied and happy. Although I wasn't a big fan of Indian food before, but their vegetarian curries were scrumptious!! I definitely recommend this retreat for anyone who needs a break from life and needs to destress, and I myself would definitely come back again next year.
October 2016, BookYogaRetreats website
I wish I could get a refund. I tried to make the best out of a bad situation but then on the morning I was leaving I was given a bill for the 2000 R for the transfer from and to the airport. I showed the manager the site where it states "Arrival by airplane. Please book your flight to arrive at Cochin International Airport (COK). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Elephant Pass Ayurveda & Yoga Retreat will pick you up from the airport. He said that is not from them, Elephant Pass. It was no good trying to discuss this matter with them. This place is not a yoga retreat, it is a place that can provide yoga to clients. As well it is not luxurious as the advert states. Maybe by Indian standards it is. All linen and towels were stained, old, mismatched, etc. There were a lot of outlets that were uncovered, holes in the wall. There was nothing Ayurvedic about the meals, whatever that is supposed to mean. It was vegetarian, often very oily. I tasted it. Although I asked for Juicing Detox only and they said they could provide it. They couldn't. As I said it is not a retreat, there were very few clients there and the ones that were there were just regular clients. If I am on a retreat I do not want to see other people eating crisps and junk food. I went to another retreat in Turkey and although I didn't expect it to be of that standard, I expected at least a retreat. To be honest I could go on about all the things that were wrong with this place. I had a week off for my vacation and I am so disappointed. Over 1000 US dollars wasted. The staff were nice and tried their best.
Elephant Pass Ayurveda & Yoga Retreat response to the review of Catherine Bradley
October 2016, Elephant Pass Ayurveda & Yoga Retreat
We are miserably sorry for the inconvenience caused from our part and would like to apologize for the same. Ms.Catherine Bradley was our valuable customer as in the case of others.The transfer fare, to and from the airport, actually we failed to notice in BookYogaRetreats site earlier. Elephant Pass Ayurveda & Yoga Retreat will take care of the refund.
Stephanie Navarro United Arab Emirates
I had a wonderful four days at Elephant Pass. A peaceful place with a fantastic team and breathtaking surroundings, the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate! The team is so kind, friendly, attentive, helpful and professional. They know how to take care of their clients and make them feel special. I highly recommend Elephant Pass, it was a fabulous four days, and I hope to go back again soon!
Ranjith B. India
In the first week of September, my family and I stayed in Elephant Pass Ayurveda & Yoga Retreat for a week. The experience we have gained was very fantastic. The retreat location was amazing and mesmerizing. The salient feature of river Periyar is wonderful, the treatment and care given by the team were praise able. I truly enjoyed the with my family. I will definitely visit this resort again with my family.
A traveler UAE
We visited this place in August 2016. The resort is amazing and has a scenic beauty of the greenery and the river, especially the early morning view. We enjoyed thoroughly the stay at Elephant Pass resort and would love to visit again.
J.P. Vac France
Peaceful place on the river bank, close to a little old temple dedicated to Shiva where the energy is very high. Nice team, very serious treatments and comfortable accommodation and food. After 21 days of Ayurvedic treatments and yoga and meditation, I feel really rejuvenated! Serious treatments, good doctor, serious following by the manager Suresh, very good massages, high level mastery of yoga and the team is kind and efficient. Enjoyed every day. I'll return next year with great pleasure!
I arrived late at night at Elephant Pass and was immediately tended to and take care of. Everyone there treated me as a most honored guest that I was made to feel so special. Every day I received massages and great healthy clean food. Being at the Elephant Resort really inspired me to continue practicing what I learned there and to apply it into my life.
My wife and I stayed at Elephant Pass for 20 days, receiving Ayurveda treatment and daily yoga instruction. The treatments were planned and executed by a fantastic, friendly and competent staff lead by Suresh. The location is beautiful, green and exotic complete with a gorgeous River at your doorstep, beautiful gardens where they grow many plants used in the daily treatments and do not forget the elephants. The vegetarian meals were well prepared with great variety and we did not miss the lack of meat or fish. Bashir was not only a great masseuse but a fantastic chef who along with Sherin introduced us to the traditional food from Kerala.I hope to return on a regular basis both for my health and for the chance to spend time with our Kerala Family at Elephant Pass. Suresh especially went out of his way to help us with our health issues and introduced us to a highly competent dental surgeon for some dental work which was completed to very high standards.Our Yoga Master Solaman was patient with us and yet managed to push us to make great strides in our abilities (in our opinion anyway). An unforgettable experience, I recommend this retreat to anyone serious about their health and relaxation.
My friend and I stayed here for 4 nights and had the most pleasant and relaxing time! Watching the elephants bathing was a wonderful highlight as well. The yoga classes in the morning were more calming than taxing on the body, nevertheless they were very good. Above all I cannot speak any more highly of the staff who were helpful, attentive and just looked after us with such great care.
I stayed at Elephant Pass for a total of seven nights and my partner joined me on the last three nights as he was having dental treatment in Cochin. Loved the location with Elephant Training Centre right next door and was fascinated to watch them be washed each morning in the river and have a swim each afternoon at 3 p.m. This complimented my stay whilst receiving two massage treatments each day which were professional and exceptional. I have a daily yoga session where the yoga hut overlooks the river which was divine on sunsets. I really enjoyed my yoga sessions and found i came away with a rich experience with his teachings. The food was wonderful and I liked to sit outside mostly to eat and enjoy the view of the river. The staff were very supportive and friendly, great place to have a retreat even on your own.
I stayed for one week at this beautiful place at Elephant Pass, for enjoying Ayurvedic food, treatments, special pure nature of Kerala and I visited different amazing nearest places. Special moments watching of elephant bathing, kind and friendly staff at the resort, best service with a great food, fruits and vegetables from the holy Indian earth. It was my first time practicing yoga and I was really impressed with the good yoga training with the yoga master and the combination with Ayurveda treatments was a very healthy feeling for my body and my mind is coming full of silence, great thankfulness to the universe and the whole staff at Elephant Pass. Coming back sure.
I visited this beautiful place for ten days and enjoyed it really a lot, pure nature touched with elephant smell, looked at elephant bathing every day. The Ayurvedic food there is healthy with the special cooking served by a lady every day, holy and delicious dishes with natural produce from the rich Kerala earth. The Ayurveda treatments are healthy too with the therapists taking great care of me. Thanks to all, my health is improving after this short time at this high energy place. Also the management from the resort is doing best work. Coming back for sure.
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