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Living Joyfully Retreats invites you to join in this yoga retreat in beautiful India specially designed for gay and bisexual men. Relax and unwind, take a deep breath, and reconnect with yourself in the idyllic coastal backwaters of Kerela. Enjoy sunny days, spiritual practice, incredible food and culture, and amazing accommodation. This retreat will be specially focused on yoga and meditation, spiritual discussions, and amazing cultural activities.
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During this holiday, you will stay either in a shared or a private room. The charming and beautiful Kerelan guest house has windows with mosquito nets in all rooms and attached bathrooms with western toilets and hot water showers. The group will stay in two separate houses. You will be practicing yoga and meditation on the spectacular private beach of house number one and eating in the house number two.
Both guest houses adhere to incredibly strict hygiene and cleanliness practices and are under the same management. There is a huge communal space and comfortable lounging areas outside.
House one is perched high on a hill overlooking the Arabian Sea and has its own private beach. It is an incredibly tasteful and stylish traditional house with all modern conveniences including air conditioning and western bathrooms.
House two is a grand and beautiful old hand loom factory restored into an elegant home stay and was the first to pioneer tourism in the area. This house also has every modern convenience including air conditioning.
During this retreat, you will enjoy two daily wonderful yoga and meditation practices. One class will be held by the morning and a second practice will be held in the evening. You will also have the opportunity to explore beautiful beaches on the Arabian Sea and will have plenty of free time to visit other exiting places. All activities will be accompanied by delicious local meals that will delight your senses.
This retreat will give you the opportunity to engage in practice. Alongside the group sessions, you will have plenty of time and space to reflect, reconnect, and enjoy the simple things in life. Whether you are a complete beginner wishing to refocus or deepen your practice, the teachers will work with you as a group or one-to-one if you wish, to guide you.
Marcus first discovered the ancient discipline of yoga in 1995 at a local YMCA in New York City and has practiced with passion and purpose since. In 2008, he decided to combine his professional skills as a massage therapist with his deepening yogic studies and received his first certification in Vinyasa flow at the Laughing Lotus Yoga School in San Francisco, California. In 2012, he completed a second certification with Tias Little of Prajna Yoga. He also completed a children’s teacher training with Bija Yoga School and has taught yoga to children of various ages.
This retreat will be held in a village in Kerala, India, very close to one of the secluded, clean, and golden beaches of Kerala. Whilst many parts of Kerala have succumbed to mass tourism, this part of the state has not yet done so and feels incredibly authentic in an unspoiled spot.
The estate is located right among spectacular scenery in an authentic Keralan village with delightful locals and beaches to die for. The location is truly idyllic and set between beautiful beaches and some of the most tranquil Keralan backwaters.
During this holiday, you will be served three daily delicious and locally sourced meals. The food is organic and vegetarian, made from all the local produce around, incredibly fresh, and prepared with amazing skill.
At the estate, you will realize that they practice incredibly strict standards of hygiene and cleanliness. You will also be offered fresh caught fish. Prepare your taste buds to be blown away and feel the health benefits immediately as you eat fresh organic food.
Although the area is little mentioned in the guide books, a mass tourism has not yet taken hold in this corner of the state. The Lonely Planet describes the food of Costa Malabari as, perhaps the best they have tasted in all India. Whilst food in India is generally delicious, the food there is in a league of its own and has to be eaten to be believed.
The food is organic and made from all the local produce around them and hence, incredibly fresh whilst prepared with amazing skill. In fact the food is another highlight of this tiny little place and an art that sadly is dying out.
During your free time, there are too many activities to enjoy. You may take a serene backwater boat trip, visit a working wooden hand loom cooperative, or go see the spectacular elephant festival. You may also wish to try the incredible Auyervedic massage.
There is a huge amount of cultural activities and sights in the area like the Theyyam theater, one of the oldest known theater performances on earth. Starting at 2:00 a.m., the show culminates with the extraordinary spectacle of a man in a huge costume dancing whilst in a trance and then his costume is set alight as the sun rises.
During this retreat, Auyervedic massage services will be available for an additional cost.
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