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7 Days Ayurveda and Yoga Retreat in India

  • Vythiri Resort, Lakkidi, Wayanad, Kerala 673576, India

Meditation and Yoga Retreat India

This retreat will give you the opportunity to receive authentic Ayurvedic treatments and consultations as well as personalized therapeutic yoga and meditation sessions. During the week, you will be immersed in a healing journey tailored for your uniqueness. There will also be ample time to enjoy the pristine beauty of this tropical rainforest and the intimate, secluded location of Vythiri Resort that is known for its serenity.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga practice
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • A one-on-one yoga therapy session
  • Private Ayurvedic consultation with Dr. Sukumar
  • Access to a full spa menu and amenities
  • Daily Ayurvedic treatments
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily organic meals
  • 6 days with instruction
  • German, Spanish, English
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Single and double accommodations will be provided for this retreat.

During the week, you will be gifted with wisdom of Ayurveda, yoga, and meditation that will serve as a springboard for continued healing and growth well beyond the retreat. Dr. Sukumar, an 11th generation Ayurvedic physician and pulse reading master, will be joining from his renowned Ayurvedic hospital in India, offering his gift of insight and healing to each participant through pulse diagnosis and consultations.

Kristof and Tiffany bring their combined 30+ years of experience in yoga and meditation to offer classes and individual sessions throughout the week that will be highly considerate and applicable for your unique needs.

What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is often misunderstood and misrepresented as being an Indian system of holistic nutrition. Although Ayurveda absolutely highlights the importance of diet and offers much in the way of nutritional recommendations specific for each unique individual and their needs, its scope is so much wider and broader than this.

Ayurveda is one of the oldest traditional medical systems known to the world today. Original texts date back to beyond the sixth century B and before that, Ayurveda was an orally transmitted tradition - some claim it has existed for almost 10,000 years!

Ayurveda can be translated as: "ayus" - life and "veda" - science. This equate to science of life, or more fittingly, science for life.

What is the intention of Ayurveda?

Ayurveda understands that each person is unique and as a result, each person's path toward optimal health is unique. It helps individuals to know what types of lifestyle, food, colors, aromas, sounds, yoga, and touch therapy will create a state of balance and harmony in the body and mind. When the body and mind are in harmony, normal physiology is restored and healing takes place.

Ayurveda defines physiology in terms of three forces called "doshas". The three doshas are Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Vata governs the physiology of motion in the body. Pitta governs the physiology of metabolism. Kapha governs the physiology of structure. Each person has all three of these doshas within them. The balance of these three doshas at the moment of conception defines what Ayurveda calls one's constitution or "Prakruti". These doshas also fluctuate in accordance with how you live your life and as they increase or decrease, they cause different conditions, illnesses, and disease in both body and mind. This is called "Vikruti".

The goal of Ayurveda is to restore the proper balance of these physiological forces. This is accomplished by utilizing one's senses properly and living a lifestyle aligned for health and wholeness. Ayurveda utilizes diet, colors, aromas, sounds and touch to restore balance. In addition, Ayurveda is one of the most advanced herbal sciences in the world. Herbal medicine plays an important role in Ayurveda. Other tools often used by the Ayurvedic practitioner include: yoga, meditation, purification programs (pachakarma), and lifestyle coaching.

  • Tiffany Nicholson-Smith

    Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Yoga)

    Tiffany Nicholson-Smith is a radiant yogini, an Ayurvedic practitioner, and a lover of life, who is known for bringing her clarity, abundant energy, and aspiration for truth into everything she shares and offers. A world citizen and sacred activist, she approaches life with an open heart and an inspired mind. Tiffany has studied and retreated extensively with various teachers in India and around the world, immersing herself deeply into Tantric, Hatha, and Kundalini yoga, Advaita Vedanta, spiritual nutrition, Ayurveda, compassionate communication, and sacred sexuality.

  • Kristof Wittstock

    Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Yoga)

    Kristof Wittstock is a down-to-earth spirit, who is known for his clear dedication to truth and his humble heart. He has had the opportunity to study for the last 20 years with various teachers and schools, most situated in India, and steeped in the traditional, classical wisdom of Hatha, Laya, Kriya, and Kundalini yoga. Kristof also has a deep respect and love for Buddhism and has retreated extensively in the Theraveda tradition. His offerings are always infused with this revolutionary edge of Tantric yoga, meditation, and Buddhism.

This retreat will take place in Kerala, India. Situated in the lush rainforest of Kerala, one of the most awe-inspiring and beautiful states of India, hosting a diversity of wildlife, flora, and fauna, Vythiri Resort is the perfect location for taking the time needed for deep healing and rejuvenation.

Activities
  • Health club
  • Hiking trail nearby
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Swimming pool
General
  • Café
  • Garden
  • In-room safe
  • Lake nearby
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga shala
Services
  • Travel assistance

Daily organic and gourmet vegetarian and vegan meals will be served in this retreat.

Lush gardens, hiking trails, waterfalls and abundant nature are for you to explore.

Daily Ayurvedic treatments like abhyanga, shirodhara, and svedana are included in the price.

  • 2 daily yoga sessions
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Access to a full spa menu and amenities
  • Daily Ayurvedic treatments
  • Daily discourses and guided exercises
  • Daily integration sessions and mindfulness practices
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Individualized take-home Ayurvedic protocol
  • One-on-one yoga therapy session with Tiffany or Kristof
  • Organic and gourmet vegetarian and vegan meals
  • Private Ayurvedic consultation with Dr. Sukumar

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Cochin International Airport (COK).

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.

Verified BookYogaRetreats.com reviews

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    Review by Roger Morter from Nicaragua

    Incredible Teaching in a Fantastic Location

    CONS Cons: Larger group occasionally was too much for single bathroom facility.

    PROS Pros: Content of teachings was really comprehensive and included 'tasters' of a large variety of practices and techniques. The centre is set in a beautiful and peaceful lakeside location. Healthy vegan food.

    2017-Apr-29 16:22:54

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    Review by Emily Corkery from Canada

    PROS Pros: Beautiful property with a lovely couple that runs it all. Delicious homemade vegan food. Off grid with outdoor shower and compostable toilet.

    2017-Apr-15 13:35:37

Testimonials

  • Review by Mary from London

    "I just completed the YTT300 in Ecuador & highly recommend Living in the Self. Tiffany & Kristof are warm hearted, extremely knowledgeable, compassionate, organised, professional with an appropriate sense of humour & years of experience teaching & practicing yoga. We did so much on top of the curriculum such as a five day silent retreat, one day fasts, learning Sanskrit, partner yoga & attending kirtans. I've left with so much info to share with my clients in London & with guests on the yoga holidays I am running. Thank you, can't wait to attend another of your courses & pilgrimages. "

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  • Review by Atia Marie from Toronto

    "Tiffany and Kristof are the most humble and dedicated teachers I know; so much so, they probably won't include this in their testimonials, but they should. What drew me, and many others to their work, was their commitment to fostering love, compassion and community through yoga. It has been monumental for my spiritual growth, and I am certain it would aid anyone's physical well-being as much as it would serve one's overall life."

    "The YTT from Living in the Self, with Tiffany and Kristof, is absolutely unlike any other - it has changed my life, brought fruit to all of my relationships, and helped me grow in ways I didn't know were possible. It has been one of the most emotionally, mentally, and physically challenging and rewarding things I have ever done. "

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  • Review by Jody Harrison from Peterborough

    "I searched and searched for a 200 ytt that was suitable for me but also coordinated well with family life, business and daily schedules. Nothing seemed to be panning out until i heard through stoney lake wellness of the living in the self 200 yoga teacher training held in lakefield, on. "

    "I can truly say that gifts come to us in all different ways, but this was a blessing."

    "Kristof and tiffany offer a lovely style of teaching. Without a doubt, all of their teachings come directly from both of their hearts. this in itself created a wonderful learning experience. "

    "Over the last few months i have learned so much about myself, the yogic path, yogic philosophy, asanas, chakras, pranayamas, patanjali's eight limb path, the yogic diet., but one teaching that has really hit home for me is living in the present moment. I feel like this is such an importnant practise and will benefit not only ourselves, but our families, friends and students. "

    "Thank you tiffany and kristof for all of your offerings throughout this teacher training it has truly been a wondeful experience. "

    "Much gratitude to you both, "

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  • Review by Crystal Lee from Peterborough

    "When I signed on for the 200hr YTT with Living in The Self Yoga I had not attended a yoga class full time for years. I had roamed from class to class looking for something I knew should be there. None of them seemed to have that aspect of both the spiritual and physical practice I craved. After attending one Yoga class with Tiffany & Kristof I realized I had finally found it. Their warm loving personalities combined with a vast knowledge of the practice made me begin a journey into my self as a whole. I began to eat better, I slept better, I started meditating on a regular basis and the shifts didn't just happen within me, but also within my social circle and my family. I cannot recommend this program enough to anyone, whether you do this for yourself or to become a teacher, you will leave this program changed for the better of your own being. As busy mother of three children making the time for myself to do this course was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I am eternally grateful for the gift Tiffany & Kristof of Living in the Self Yoga brought to my life. We are forever changed for the better, more loving, centred, whole and beautiful beings inside & out."

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  • Review by Jocelyn Sousa from Boulder

    "This is SO much more than a yoga teacher training, words cannot express the amount of gratitude I have for this experience. You will not only learn yoga and meditation, but also ALL the tools you need to live a healthful and vibrant life. I 100% recommend this training, it will change your life!"

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  • Review by Rory Freedman

    "The time I spent with Tiffany and Kristof was transformative. The teachings, meditation, and yoga were profoundly impactful and I am so grateful for their mastery and passion."

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  • Review by Tonya Dowding

    "Tiffany's workshop addressed food in a different way than most cooking classes...She is a walking human encyclopedia regarding nutritional information, who addresses the issue of food examined from a spiritual standpoint. I learned so many amazing things that allowed me to transform my diet to a healthier alternative, and improve my perspective on cooking and eating consciously. Bon appetite!"

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "The yoga teacher training from Living in the Self with Tiffany and Kristof is absolutely unlike any other. It has changed my life, brought fruit to all of my relationships, and helped me grow in ways I didn’t know were possible. It has been one of the most emotionally, mentally, and physically challenging and rewarding things I have ever done."

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