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Healing Ayurvedic India Yoga Retreat

Enjoy 2 weeks of relaxing and rejuvenating before Christmas in this beautiful South Indian resort. You will be pampered with healing well water, 2 yoga classes a day with qualified and experienced instructors, individually structured Ayurvedic treatments by an Indian doctor of ancient Ayurvedic lineage, delicious traditional food, and optional excursions. You can also have the opportunity to shop, chill on the beach, or try a surf lesson. In this retreat, your cleansing program will work from the inside out and the outside in. Look forward to seeing you there!

Retreat highlights

  • Yoga classes
  • Meditation practices
  • Daily Ayurvedic treatments
  • Individual yoga therapy session
  • 14 nights' accommodation
  • Daily meals

Skill level

  • Beginner

Yoga styles

13 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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IHA Ayurveda Resort is a peaceful guest house with its own gardens and a treatment room on site. It is a family run business and all food is cooked freshly in the adjoining kitchen. Rooms are twin bedded and en-suite. Each room has a private balcony with tables and chairs. You will do your yoga practice on the rooftop with sunset meditation on the beach some days.

Inner Fire Ayurvedic Yoga in India Program

This retreat is particularly suitable for older people (although you will need to be comfortable with steps). It is open to all and particularly suitable for mature people with a reasonable level of fitness who desire to kick start or maintain a healthy lifestyle. No prior experience of yoga is necessary as you will be guided and nurtured by Inner Fire's team.

You will have morning and afternoon yoga and meditation practices: an eclectic mix of East and West styles including flow (Vinyasa), classical holding postures (Sivananda), and Dru mindful movement. You will work with:

  • Asanas (postures or exercise)
  • Prananyama (breathing techniques)
  • Pratyhara (inwards focus)
  • Dharana (concentration)
  • Dhyana or meditation (mindfulness)
  • Philosophy (ways to live)
  • Sattvic diet (eating well)

Retreat location

This retreat will take place at IHA Ayurveda Resort in Varkala, Kerala, South India. Varkala town is a local Indian hub of traditional shops and cafes. This resort is set 5 minutes from the Varkala cliff which is more tourist-oriented.

Nearby places

  • Varkala cliff - 5 minutes

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food will be mainly vegetarian based on a Sattvic yoga diet although Inner Fire may offer fish some nights if it is your dietary preference. Food in Southern India is almost wheat and dairy free by tradition so it is easy for you to accommodate these intolerances.

Things to do (optional)

  • Enjoy the delights of Varkala cliff and the surrounding area
  • Experience Kerala backwater boat trips (the kingfishers are a highlight)
  • Explore local beaches by tuk tuk or foot
  • Go shopping
  • Hire bike or mop
  • Surf, body board, and swim
  • Visit elephant sanctuary and lion park (an elephant ride is possible)
  • Visit local towns and beaches
  • Visit temples with intricate Hindu carving

Spa treatments

In this retreat, you will have daily Ayurvedic treatments including massage and herbal medicine for the first week. In the second week, the treatments are added as needed. These treatments are included in the price.

What's included

  • 14 nights' accommodation
  • Ayurvedic treatments and herbal medicine
  • Individual yoga therapy session
  • Most meals (some lunches will be out)
  • Yoga classes

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Herbal medicine (if you are advised to take this home)
  • Taxi transfer to the resort

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please arrive at Trivandrum International Airport (TRV). You can take a taxi to go to IHA Ayurveda Resort for 15 GBP. You can share with other people arriving on the same flight.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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