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This retreat in India is the perfect choice for anyone who really needs to de-stress and rejuvenate. You can enjoy a very carefully constructed program with a range of holistic remedies, which combine all the best of the wisdom of the sister sciences of Ayurveda, yoga, and meditation. Every detail of your stay at Namaste Ayurvedic Wellness Centre is taken care of to allow for your complete relaxation. The aim of this retreat is to ensure you leave in a total state of profound bliss.
Airport transfer included: Cochin International Airport
You will stay in a cottage which is a part of Namaste Ayurvedic Wellness Centre. It offers a heritage style thatched cottage rooms with en-suite bathroom facilities attached. The facility has a panoramic greenery around. The interiors reflect the ambience of traditional Kerala homes. Cots, tables, and chairs are handcrafted in traditional style.
These eco-friendly cottages are constructed in such a way to give natural cooling inside the rooms. The property is so exclusive that it accommodates maximum eight people at a time. The environment is green, healthy, and unblemished by pollution or other evils of modernization. Namaste is the right place to unwind in peace and harmony with nature.
Yoga is the way of life that integrates the body, mind, and spirit. Yoga alleviates mental stress and encourages relaxation and inner peace. Furthermore, yoga can also be therapeutic - both as a remedy and as a prophylactic. In the Ayurvedic teachings, yoga and meditation are an essential part of any program of treatment to establish a balance between the Doshas. In all but a few cases, yoga and meditation practice are integral parts of the daily schedule.
The four main paths of yoga:
Raja yoga is the path of systematic analysis and control of the mind. Compiled by Patanjali Maharshi, Raja yoga is also known as ‘Ashtanga yoga’, because its practices can be divided into eight limbs (ashtanga = eight limbs).
The eight limbs:
Yogasanas are various body postures which are practiced to calm the mind enabling a deep state of meditation to occur. It involves various poses such as standing poses, sitting poses, and lying poses. During their performance, you will stretch and relax your structure fully. This frees nerves from stress and strain and improves their functioning.
Pranayama - knowledge and control of prana (vital energy) is called pranayama. Controlling the mind is not possible without controlling the prana as the two are intimately connected. Through pranayama the body becomes strong and healthy, the mind becomes one - pointed. The mind is prepared for dharana (control of senses) and dhyana (meditation).
Dhyana (meditation) is a state of higher consciousness achieved through a fully rested and relaxed body and a fully awake and relaxed mind. In meditation, there is a constant observation of the mind. Meditation is an experience that cannot be described just as colors cannot be described to a blind person.
You will have a picnic to Athirappilly Waterfalls and Thumburmuzhi Garden.
Namaste Ayurvedic Wellness Centre is situated in a serene village in Chalakudy, which lies on the of the lap of Western Ghats. Chalakudy is blessed with a beautiful river, fascinating waterfalls, rainforests, and stunning villages. The panoramic view around Namaste’s campus is very refreshing and energizing. The flora and fauna of Namaste’s campus include various medicinal plants, coconut palms, areca nut palms, nutmeg trees, banana plants, mango trees, organic vegetables, and different types of spice plants including pepper, turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, etc.
Athirappilly Waterfalls is located at the entrance of Sholayar Ranges, the major host town Chalakudy. This waterfall is one of the major picnic spots of Kerala. Affording to the onlookers, one of the most bewitching sights, Athirappally Waterfalls is 80 feet high and located exactly in the forest area. Combined with the natural greenery, it infuses freshness into any tired soul. The Athirapally Falls joins the Chalakudy River after plummeting a drop of 80 feet.
A much-needed escape from the troubles and stress of life. Let the soothing sounds take you to some of the natures most relaxing places, the beautiful waterfalls of Athirampally and Vazhachal. The charm of the Athirampally and Vazhachal nature cannot be described by words, starting calmly from the high ranges and crashing through gorges overhung with trees, this waterfall is one of the best places in India to re-capture a real sense of the classical idea of the 'picturesque', not just calm and sweet, but something wild and natural.
Thumboormuzhi Dam is an irrigation dam built on the Chalakkudy Puzha where a portion of the water from the river splits into two canals namely Edathukara canal (left side canal) and Valathukara canal (right side canal). These canals are the backbone of the irrigation for the nearby villages.
Some of the butterflies that can generally be seen in the garden include lemon butterfly (papilio demoleus), southern bird wing (troides minos), common rose (pachliopta aristolochiae), light blue tiger (tirumala limniace), dark blue tiger (tirumala septentrionis) and common crow (euploea core).
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Namaste Ayurvedic Wellness Centre offers a home cooked traditional vegetarian Kerala cuisine. Traditional Kerala cuisine comprises of rice and delicious curries are served on plantain leaves or on plates. You will be served traditional cuisine like puttu and kadalakari, appam and stew, dosa and chutney, idly and chutney, upuma, idiyappam, thali, kanji, sambar, thora, aviyal, kalan, and rasam. During your stay, you will be provided with nutritional and dietary guidance for a healthier life.
This yoga retreat includes 4 head massages, 4 herbal steam baths, 4 neck and shoulder massages, and 8 full body massages.
Please book your flight to arrive at Cochin International Airport (COK). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Namaste Ayurvedic Wellness Centre will pick you up from the airport.