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Yala Collective invites you to a unique journey in Kerala, the land of Ayurveda to an immersive experience to dive you into the intelligence of the body and the senses. The beginning of a new year is a perfect time to detox and clean your body to welcome all positive new change you will introduce in your daily life. This Ayurvedic Indian journey is for you to find the harmony and balance between mind, body, and soul.
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During this retreat, you will be staying at various accommodations including Kairali - The Ayurvedic Healing Village and Kerala Backwaters.
Kairali Village, known as The Ayurvedic Healing Village, is a nature’s paradise where one can recuperate from stress and strain and undergo treatment for one’s ailments, all while being on holiday. This Ayurvedic haven is situated in Palakkad, just a few kilometers from the world's biggest mountain pass between Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
Nature has bestowed Palakkad immensely with rich natural vegetation, mountains, forests, fertile valleys, rivers, and mountain streams which make it a panoramic repertoire. Time spent at this unique paradise will allow you to experience the authentic healing practices of ancient India while relaxing in the lap of modern holistic luxury.
Houseboats in Kerala is a unique attraction which has gained the attention of tourists from all over the world. One cannot think of complete tours and travel in India without exploring the scenic backwaters with a stay in a Kerala boathouse. Kerala Backwaters is a network of interconnected canals, rivers, lakes, and inlets, a labyrinthine system formed by more than 900 kilometers of waterways.
In the midst of this landscape, there are a number of towns and cities which serve as the starting and end points of backwater cruises. The backwaters have a unique ecosystem, freshwater from the rivers meets the seawater from the Arabian Sea.
Many unique species of aquatic life including crabs, frogs and mudskippers, water birds such as terns, kingfishers, darters, and cormorants, and animals such as otters and turtles live in and alongside the backwaters. Palm trees, pandanus shrubs, various leafy plants, and bushes grow alongside the backwaters, provide a green hue to the surrounding landscape.
Yala Collective proposes a program in collaboration with Kairali - The Ayurvedic Healing Village. It is a pre-emptive healing program created to stimulate the capacity of self-regulation of the body, according to the wisdom of Ayurveda, yoga, and meditation, in front of all the stresses that you undergo in your daily life. During the retreat, you will have the opportunity to express your creativity through the practice of yoga, meditation, cooking class, and dance.
Every morning, you will start introducing with a detox ritual followed from a meditation and pranayama (breath techniques) class. After this internal body cleansing, you will practice with Francesca Lo Cascio for a two-hour yoga class. Beyond this daily routine, you will enjoy Francesca’s teaching during three evening Yin yoga classes, created to deeply relax and stretch your body.
Nathalie Geetha Babouraj will guide you through the knowledge of Ayurveda. Following her guidance, you will learn and practice together the principles of this ancient medicine. Nathalie will also guide the group in the art of Indian dance, a joyful moment to learn how to express yourself through the movement of the body. You will also experience the New Year’s Day in Kerala! You will seize the opportunity to celebrate this important moment with a great night celebration.
Please note that this program is also open to people with chronic diseases, followed by their attending physician, who wish to create their lifestyle and further improve the processes of self-regulation and healing of the body in order to reduce symptoms as insomnia, anxiety, painful spurts, digestive disorders, and other discomforts of everyday life.
Ayurveda is Sanskrit and is a combination of the words “Ayus”, meaning life, and “Veda”, meaning science. You can think of it as “the science of life”. Ayurveda is based on the principles of finding harmony and balance between mind, body, and soul.
The main focus is preventing disease and maintaining vitality and health by following recommendations specific to your type. These recommendations offer insight into the ideal routine of proper diet, lifestyle, behavior, and state of mind. Ridding your systems of both physical and spiritual toxins is an important part of the practice.
Nathalie Geetha is a life-lover. After a career as a family physician, she decides to train in yoga therapy, dance, and Ayurveda, with Deepak Chopra. Following her guidance, you will learn and practice together the principles of this ancient medicine. A manual will be offered to you so that you can experience the detox at home when needed. This detox program is inspired by Nathalie Geetha's online program "Ma Détox Colorée".
To celebrate your body, let’s groove with this fun and joyful Bolly yoga class with Nathalie Geetha. Music will be your guide for movement; breathing, hips, shoulders, mudras, and eye expressions. All your cells will sparkle, so you dance with your soul.
Francesca Lo Cascio, Yala Collective’s teacher, will guide you during the meditation and yoga classes. The classes are mainly held in English with the possibility of classes available in other languages according to your needs. The languages include French, Spanish, or Italian.
The yoga program is dedicated to all levels of this discipline. Entirely based on how guiding your breathing its practice will be divided into four parts: the first part is dedicated to breathing (pranayama) and to meditation; the second dynamic part is Vinyasa yoga where the breathing guides your movements; the third part is Yin yoga where you will work on your connective tissue to deep hydration, detoxify, and rejuvenate your body; and the last part consists of deep relaxation (Shavasana).
Francesca Lo Cascio
Francesca est une architecte italienne et designer d'intérieur qui exprime son esprit créatif dans son travail autant que dans tout ce qu'elle touche dans sa vie quotidienne. Francesca a trouvé la recette parfaite pour l'inspiration et l'équilibre intérieur récoltée au cours de ses expériences de voyages, la pratique du yoga, un style de vie et une alimentation saine mais aussi en termes de vision culturelle et spirituelle.
Nathalie Geetha Babouraj
Nathalie is passionate about life and building bridges. She starts by combining the best of western progress and ancient wisdom since she grew up between France and India. She practiced western medicine for five years as a preventive doc for the firefighters of Paris. She explored yoga therapy and the Ayurvedic lifestyle in India, as well as in the USA, with Deepak Chopra. She loves to explore the intelligence of life through dance, cooking, and the power of the tribe. If she had to describe her job, it would be "designer of inner and sensory journeys" to create your own path to your soul.
This retreat will take place in Kairali - The Ayurvedic Healing Village and Kerala Backwaters in Kerala, India. Kerala is one of the most charming and captivating states in India and this exceptional natural beauty claims for it being named to be “God’s own country”.
During your stay, you will be provided with daily Ayurvedic delicious meals including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Food is perhaps the most important and most neglected ingredient of a healthy lifestyle. The Ayurvedic cuisine is a type of new wave food system where the diet includes all the necessary minerals and nutrients to promote growth and health while also keeping in consideration the palatability of the food offered.
This dietary system takes into account all the possible permutations through which the quality of food can be increased without destroying its taste. This cuisine is not only healthy but it also caters to all the age groups according to their choices. There is no dearth of variety and there are numerous dishes with varied preparations which help in maintaining the novelty of the food. This cuisine is the best way to promote a healthy lifestyle for everyone.
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