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Refreshing Yoga Retreat Holidays in Kerala, India

Immerse yourself in this transformational yoga retreat in Kerala, India! Guided by Santhi Yoga International’s experienced instructors, you will deepen your classical yoga learning theoretically and practically with an emphasis on understanding pranayama and meditation. In addition, this retreat includes campfire and mantra chanting, naturopathy diet workshop, and other fun activities like sightseeing, trekking, Kerala art form display, backwater cruise, and Ayurvedic treatment to make your trip to India an unforgettable one.

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  • Yoga classes and practices
  • Ayurvedic treatment or Panchakarma
  • Relaxing pranayama and meditation sessions
  • Fun sightseeing, trekking, and backwater cruise
  • Campfire and mantra chanting practices
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 4 nights' accommodation
  • Airport shuttle

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

5 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 20 participants
Airport transfer available:
Cochin International Airport (US$100 per person)
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  • Lobby
  • Yoga studio
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry

Santhi Yoga International offers accommodation in a wide range of categories to suit your requirements. All the rooms are neat, clean, and safe. Housekeeping services are available upon request. Single rooms with and without air conditioning, shared rooms, and dormitories are available. All the rooms overlook the serene and peaceful environment with botanical gardens and the natural habitat flourishing fruit trees and migratory birds. Santhi Yoga International ensures that your stay is as comfortable as home. Your room will be fully air-conditioned and free Wi-Fi is available. Please note that smoking and pets are not allowed inside the retreat centre.


Pranayama and meditation

Meditation is relaxation. It is not about concentration, it’s actually about de-concentration. It’s not about focussing one’s thoughts on one thing, but instead on becoming thoughtless. Benefits of meditation include a calm mind, good concentration, better clarity, improved communication, as well as Relaxation and rejuvenation of the mind and body.

“Prana" is the breath or vital energy in the body. On subtle levels, prana represents the pranic energy responsible for life or life force and "ayama" means control. So pranayama is "control of breath". One can control the rhythms of pranic energy with pranayama and achieve healthy body and mind. Patanjali in his text of Yoga Sutras mentioned pranayama as means of attaining higher states of awareness, he mentions the holding of breath as an important practice of reaching Samadhi.

The prana creates an aura around the body. It flows through thousands of subtle energy channels called ‘nadis’ and energy centers called ‘chakras’. The quantity and quality of prana and the way it flows through the nadis and chakras determines one’s state of mind. If the prana level is high and its flow is continuous, smooth, and steady, the mind remains calm, positive, and enthusiastic.

Ayurvedic treatment (Panchakarma)

Panchakarma is a Sanskrit word meaning “five actions” or “five treatments”. Which is a process used to clean the body of toxic materials left by disease and poor nutrition. Normally the body has potential to efficiently control these waste materials but due to one’s repeated dietary indiscretions, poor exercise patterns, lifestyle, the digestive enzymes, metabolic co-factors, hormones, which regulate the body’s internal homeostasis become disorganized. This can lead to the accumulation and spread of toxins throughout the physiology resulting in disease. This waste matter is called ama in Ayurveda. Ama is a foul-smelling, sticky, harmful substance that needs to be completely evacuated from the body.

Panchakarma removes all the excess doshas and correct imbalances thereby eliminating the harmful ama out of your system through the body’s own organs and channels of elimination (colon, sweat glands, lungs, bladder, urinary tract, stomach, intestines, etc). Panchakarma purifies the tissues at a very deep level. It involves daily massages and oil baths, herbal enemas, nasal administrations. It is a very pleasurable experience. Ayurveda recommends Panchakarma as a seasonal treatment for maintaining mental and physical hygiene and balance.

Depending on each individual’s needs all or only parts of the five therapies are utilized. Specially trained therapists must administer these procedures in a definite sequence for a specified period of time.. Like all medical procedures, Panchakarma Therapy always must begin with an initial consultation by a qualified Ayurvedic Physician who can determine the individual’s Prakriti (constitutional type), the nature of the health problem (if any), and the appropriate degree of intensity of the prescribed therapies.

Panchakarma treatments have been shown to create measurable brain wave coherence and to lower metabolic activity. They allow the body and mind to drop into a profound level of peacefulness. In this state of relaxation, it is possible to cleanse toxins from tissues as well as to release deeply held emotional tensions.

Five senses therapy treatment combines the therapeutic effect of all five senses working in concert. Sound therapies are specific Vedic hymns and mantras recommended for each imbalance. Touch therapy enlivens specific vital points on the body called marma points. Taste therapy uses certain herbal medicines. Sight uses Ayurvedic color therapy, and smell is accessed with combinations of rare aromatics. The effect is a harmonizing of all the senses to bring one’s awareness to the source of thought and feeling within the heart.

Naturopathy diet workshop

To bring you back to into a holistic balance in your body, mind and soul, providing a clear personalized path enables you to become the manager of your health for life. Major progress on the path to your optimal vitality is possible with determination and organization on your part. Santhi Yoga International will give you the information and all the support. This is why Santhi Yoga International has created this naturopathy workshop.

Benefits of naturopathy

Naturopathy workshop provides the background on the science behind the DSN philosophy on health. In this workshop, you will learn why what you eat can be so bad for you and how a clean diet and lifestyle can make you feel better than you have since you were a child. You will learn:

  • what is a state of balance
  • the basics steps for re-gaining the balance
  • extensive information about what we should be eating and what is toxic for us
  • some of the main misconceptions today about food and health
  • the basics of detoxing and weight management steps
  • practical preparation and tasting – quick and easy recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner

After the workshop, you will leave with:

  • a clear understanding of what a healthy lifestyle and diet are
  • print-outs of what we covered
  • tips on how to eat out and handle criticisms and doubt from family and friends
  • recipes and the know-how to recreate them
  • buzzing with energy from all the delicious nutrients you have eaten

Included excursions

Kerala art form displays

  • Kathakali

‘Kathakali’, an Indian classical dance form, it is the dance drama from the South Indian state of Kerala. Similar to other Indian classical dance arts, the story in ‘Kathakali’ is also communicated to the audience through excellent footwork and impressive gestures of face and hands complimented with music and vocal performance.

However, it can be distinguished from the others through the intricate and vivid makeup, unique face masks, and costumes worn by dancers as also from their style and movements that reflect the age-old martial arts and athletic conventions prevalent in Kerala and surrounding regions.

Traditionally performed by male dancers, it is developed in courts and theatres of Hindu regions contrary to other Indian classical dances which predominantly developed in Hindu temples and monastic schools. Although not clearly traceable, this classical dance form is considered to have originated from temple and folk arts that trace back to the first millennium or before.

  • Mohiniattam

Mohiniattam or Mohiniyattam is an Indian classical dance form that evolved in the state of Kerala, India, and is counted among the two popular dance arts of the state, the other being Kathakali. Although its roots date back to the age-old Sanskrit Hindu text on performing arts called ‘Natya Shastra’, similar to other Indian classical dance forms, Mohiniattam adheres to the Lasya type that showcases a more graceful, gentle and feminine form of dancing. Mohiniattam derives its name from the word ‘Mohini’, a female avatar of Lord Vishnu.

Conventionally a solo dance performed by female artists, it emotes a playthrough dancing and singing where the song is customarily in Manipravala which is a mix of Sanskrit and Malayalam language and the recitation may be either performed by the dancer herself or by a vocalist with the music style being Carnatic.

  • Kuchipudi

Kuchipudi is a pre-eminent Indian classical dance form counted among ten leading classical dance forms of India, it is a dance-drama performance art that originated in a village of Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh, India. Similar to all leading Indian classical dance forms, Kuchipudi too evolved as a religious art rooting back to the age-old Hindu Sanskrit text ‘Natya Shastra’ and connects traditionally with temples, spiritual faiths, and traveling bards.

This ancient dance form finds the place in the 10th-century copper inscriptions and in 15th-century texts like ‘Machupalli Kaifat’. Traditionally it is regarded that the sanyassin of Advaita Vedanta sect, Tirtha Narayana Yati, and his disciple Siddhendra Yogi initiated, methodized and arranged the present day version of the dance form in the 17th century. Usually, performance repertoire of Kuchipudi that is broadly oriented on Lord Krishna and the tradition of Vaishnavism include an invocation, dharavu (short dance), nritta (pure dance), and nritya (expressive dance respectively).

  • Theyyam

Theyyam also known as Kaliyattam, it is a ritual dance popular in north Kerala or the erstwhile Kolathunadu. Theyyam incorporates dance, mime, and music and enshrines the rudiments of ancient tribal cultures which attached great importance to the worship of heroes and the spirits of ancestors.

The mythical tales and mythological stories of India are often enacted in form of dance or drama or dance. It is an 800-year old celebration of divinity and devotion in the northern Malabar region of Kerala. It is a most visually impressive form of cultural enthusiasm among the people of different castes.

Theyyam is a combination of dance, drama, music, and mime. Though it has become a tribal festivity, the subject of performance is the glory of divine heroes and celestial spirits.

The ceremonial dance is accompanied by the chorus of such musical instruments as Chenda, Elathalam, Kurumkuzal, and Veekkuchenda. In some forms of Theyyam, the costume is made of coconut leaves for the lower part of the body, while the upper part of the body remains bare and painted. In some other forms of Theyyam, performers smear the body with a paste of rice and turmeric.

Headwear is the heaviest and largest part of the costume. Headdresses are made of different materials including bamboo sticks, wooden boards, peacock feathers, coconut leaves, and flowers.Such ornamental make-up and costumes help performers personify the grandeur of mythological figures including gods, goddesses, spirits, and demons.


  • Illikal Kallu

A place where many people come for a trek to the top of the rock. Illikkal Mala is situated six kilometers and 22 hairpin bends away from Meladukkam, in the Thalanad panchayat in Kottayam district. Near the Illikkal Kallu is Pezhakallu, which is almost as tall as the famous rock.

  • Ilaveezhapoonchira

It is a popular tourist destination in the state of Kerala. The place is very famous for adventure loving tourists. This destination is sprawled in an area of about thousands of acres, and it seems that nature has blessed this place with open arms. It is situated about 55 kilometers away from Kottayam. Many people come here to spend holidays and take the opportunity to relax and unwind away from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

Located at the base of Thonippara hills, Mankunnu hills, and Kudayathur hill, the destination is simply awe-inspiring. These hills enjoy an altitude of about 3200 feet above the level of the sea. This place not only offers wonderful views but also beckons trekkers to enjoy a rejuvenating trek. Beautiful views of Idukki, Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Thrissur, Ernakulam, and Alappuzha districts can be seen from the height.

  • Kochi Palace

Hill Palace is the largest archaeological museum in Kerala, at Tripunithura, Kochi, near Karingachira area. It was the administrative office of Kochi Rajas. Built in 1865, the Palace complex consists of 49 buildings in the traditional architectural style, spreading across in 54 acres.

The complex has an archaeological museum, a heritage museum, a deer park, a pre-historic park and a children park. The campus of the museum is home to several rare species of medicinal plants. Presently, the palace has been converted into a museum by The palace is about 12 kilometres from Ernakulam mainland and approachable by road and rail. Hill Palace Museum at Tripunithura, 12 kilometres southeast of Ernakulam, was formerly the residence of the Kochi royal family and is an impressive 49-building palace complex. It now houses the collections of the royal families, as well as 19th-century oil paintings, old coins, sculptures and paintings, jewelry and temple models. No photography inside.

Kochi or Cochin is located on the west coast of the Indian peninsula by the Arabian Sea about 218 kilometres away from Trivandrum (capital city) in the district of Ernakulam, state of Kerala, India. Kochi also known as Port City of or the Queen of the Arabian Sea is the home of Southern Naval Command of Indian Navy. It covers an area of 95 square kilometres with a coastline of about 48 kilometres.

Kochi is bordered with the Western Ghats by the east and the Arabian Sea by the west. Cochin is the best place for a tourist to begin his journey to explore the infinite diversity and beauty of Kerala. The city is rated as one of the top three tourist destinations by the World Travel and Tourism Council. Pedro Álvares Cabral, a Portuguese sailor reached at Kochi Fort in 1500. Gradually Portuguese sailors took the control of Kochi fort and its surrounding regions and they were able to control of this province until 1663.

During the year of 1663 the Portuguese were beaten by Dutch attack and they captured this city. Later in 1773, the Dutch were beaten by the King of Mysore, Hyder Ali who and his successors able to keep the control of the city till 1814. After that it was gone under the rule of British Rulers up to Indian independence. Later on in 1956 Kochi became a part of the state Kerala when the state was established.

Temperatures variations remain unchanged throughout the year in Kochi. The range mostly stays between 22 to 32 degrees Celsius, but sometimes, it may reach up to 37 degrees Celsius (in May) and may fall around 16 degree Celsius (in January). Monsoon season comes in two times in Kochi. The first monsoon called southwest monsoon continue from June to September. The returning monsoon or northeast monsoon continues from October to December. Average annual rainfall of Kochi is 323 centimeters.

Backwater cruise

Kumarakom, situated 13 kilometers away from Kottayam is a sleepy little village on Vembanad Lake in Kerala. It offers a wide variety of flora, exotic sightseeing, boating, and fishing experience. The bird sanctuary spread across 14 acres is a safe home for many migratory birds like Siberian storks, wild ducks, etc. Kumarakom is a veritable cornucopia of travel pleasures that will mesmerize your senses. It is truly a paradise on earth. It is one of the foremost travel destinations on the planet and a crown jewel of Kerala tourism.

The legendary backwaters of Kumarakom have brought visitors from far and wide to its shores. The dancing palm trees and the exquisite houseboats are just an added advantage or flourishes to your vacation. Houseboats are one of the unique features of Kumarakom tourism. Majority of the tourists visiting Kumarakom ask for a trip in these houseboats, enjoying the beautiful backwater and the cool air around. These houseboats are made in the format of traditional 'Kettuvallams', which will make you feel the rich traditions of 'God's Own Country'. You can have a cruise through the Vembanad lake and Alappuzha backwaters. Experience the typical Kerala cuisines while having a calm voyage through the backwaters.


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Retreat location

This retreat will take place at Santhi Yoga International Teachers Training and Research in Kerala, India. Hosana Mount is 70 kilometers away from the Cochin International Airport (COK), 35 kilometers away from the nearest railway station in Kottayam, and 178 kilometers away from the Trivandrum International Airport TRV. It is only 40 kilometers away from Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, 30 kilometers away from the beautiful hill station of Vagamon, 92 kilometers to Thekkady Tiger Reserve, and 110 kilometers to Munnar hill station famous for the rarest animal found only in this place in the world.

So many other beautiful places of attractions are located nearby the Hosanna Mount like "Ilaveezhapoonchira Tourist Centre". Many Indian cosmopolitan cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru etc. The training center also has easy access to Cochin International Airport (COK) and the journey only takes approximately only one and a half hours.


  • Kottayam railway station - 35 kilometers
  • Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary - 40 kilometers
  • Vagamon hill station - 30 kilometers

Unique features


  • Spa
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)


  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Yoga studio
  • Patio


  • Free bottled water
  • Free parking
  • Free toiletries
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Toiletries


Santhi Yoga International takes special care in all your dietary needs. Santhi Yoga International's priority is yogic and sattvic food. The diet arranged is entirely vegetarian incorporating the goodness of naturopathy so that you can enjoy a healthy balanced meal. The meals are prepared with freshest ingredients with spices known to promote digestion and detoxification. You will be provided with breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Yogic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Santhi Yoga International provides spa treatments at an extra cost for you if you need it. Please let Santhi Yoga International know before your arrival.

What's included

  • Yoga classes (theory and practical)
  • Pranayama and meditation sessions
  • Ayurvedic treatment (Panchakarma)
  • Campfire and mantra chanting
  • Sightseeing and trekking
  • Backwater cruise
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • 4 nights' accommodation
  • Full time customer care service

What's not included

  • Airport Transfer
  • Swimming pool

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Cochin International Airport (COK). Transfers from and to the airport are available at an additional cost. Please let Santhi Yoga International know if you wish to book an airport transfer.

Airport: Cochin International Airport Airport transfer available: Cochin International Airport (US$100 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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