7 Days Yoga Retreat and Cooking Course in Kerala, India

  • Santhi Yoga, KRA C23, Market Road, Kuravankonam, Kowdiar, Trivandrum, Kerala


Cooking Course and Yoga Holiday in India

  • 7 days with instruction
  • Ayurvedic nutrition and cooking course highlights the Ayurvedic perspective of nutrition. During this 7 day intensive course, participants learn the vital connection between Ayurveda and healthy living. Students will learn how to plan well balanced, nutritious vegetarian meals made from grains, beans, vegetables, fruits, seeds, dairy products, fat, spices and herbs, based on Ayurvedic principles. After the successful completion of the course a certificate will be issued. This course is open to everyone including yoga teachers, yoga practitioners; those who want to become healthy vegetarians and would like to learn about balanced food according to the principles of Ayurveda.

    What you will experience

    The healing system of Ayurveda, which dates back more than 6000 years, is considered the oldest system of medicine in the world. With the increase in physical and mental illnesses brought about by modern living, more and more people are now looking for the right guidance to lead healthy, balanced lives. Ayurveda and its principles of living have gained tremendous popularity in the recent times. As a result, there is a great demand for authentic Ayurvedic knowledge and lifestyle guidance. The Ayurvedic Nutrition & Cooking Course is a program that provides you with an opportunity to learn about various aspects of healthy living expounded by Ayurveda. Course also includes yoga asana practice.


    • Daily yoga asana
    • Daily cooking practices
    • Ayurvedic perspective of nutrition
    • Certificates upon completion
    • Ayurveda theory
    • Daily lunch

    Skill level

    • Beginner


      • Instruction language: English
      • Spoken languages: English
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    Accommodation of the students will be arranged in nearby guest house. Each student will be given individual rooms with attached bathroom. Shared rooms are also available. Students can use the kitchen, washing machine, and refrigerator. Free Wi-Fi internet connectivity is also available.

    Most of our students, especially single women or apprehensive travelers, like the start of their journey taken care of, so that they are not troubled in having to familiarize themselves with the new country and environment.

    Accordingly, in this package, we include the transfer upon arrival (one-way) & you are in our safe hands from the moment you arrive into Trivandrum airport.

    Detailed curriculum

    Introduction to Ayurveda

    Tridoshas (5-elements theory): determining Vata, Pitta & Kapha

    The 7-Dhatus or vital fluids of the body

    The 6-Tastes: sweet, sour, hot, bitter, salty & sstringent

    Food and consciousness: sattwa, rajas & tamas

    Daily & seasonal routines to balance each body type

    Nutritional value of various food items

    Prevention of diseases, purification of the body

    Diets for various body types

    Food combinations

    Order to eat food as per Individual

    Daily rhythms of time

    Ayurveda cooking sessions

    • Herbal tea and coffee
    • Types of milk : different ways of cooking milk with spices and Ayurveda herbs
    • Types of juices
    • Rice dishes
    • Vegetable dishes
    • Herbal soups
    • Demonstration of different types of Ayurvedic spices
    • Demonstration of different types of salts
    • Demonstration of different types of rices (Nava Dhanya)
    • Demonstration of different types of Ayurvedic herbs

    Daily schedule

    • 09.00 - 09.30 : Mantra chanting (optional)
    • 09.30 - 11.30 : Yoga asana practice
    • 11.30 - 12.30 : Lunch break
    • 12.30 - 14.30 : Ayurveda theory
    • 14.30 - 04.30 : Cooking practical
    • 16.30 - 17.00 : Tea break

    Santhi Yoga Teacher Training Institute is located in Trivandrum, Kerala, South India. Kerala known as 'God's Own Country' is probably one of the greenest places you will ever see. Trivandrum holds a number of tourist spots. Hill stations, back waters, beaches, lagoons, and wild life sanctuaries are present in Trivandrum, reflects the beauty of the state Kerala. Trivandrum has an international airport. Major public and private (including a number of international airlines) operate regular flights to and from Trivandrum. Many Indian cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, and Kochi are well connected to Trivandrum.

    One of the healthier, reliable, and natural ways to treat the diseases is by taking the Ayurveda treatments which has gained immense popularity because of its effectiveness. The basis of Ayurveda treatment is a process of purification and rejuvenation. According to Ayurveda, the accumulation of "Ama" or toxic substances in the body, poor diet, weak digestion lead to other imbalance of the Tri Dosha and the buildup of toxins which can cause several problems or diseases.

    Ayur Santhi Ayurveda Panchakarma Centre, our sister concern offers various Ayurvedic treatments. Our doctors and other Ayurvedic experts work closely with the patient and understand the root cause of the problem that is healed through effective range of Ayurveda treatments. Ayurveda is so effective because it works on the root cause which is creating a problem for the patient. Thus, with the help of Ayurveda therapy, natural oils, herbs, minerals, etc. a lot of medicines are prepared that will resolve the issue completely giving absolute satisfaction to the patient.


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    • Course fee
    • Training manual
    • Aaccommodation
    • Airport pickup
    • Food during class hours
    • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
    • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 7 days before the arrival date.

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    • Review by Retreat Client from New York

      "I was very disappointed by the program. It was highly overpriced for the quality of what was provided. I would not have called it a retreat at all. For 600 USD for 7 days. I would have expected at least some comfort and better energy from the space where yoga and treatments took place. The guest house was far separated from the school where treatment and yoga were provided and wasn't very nice, and they didn't even want to cover the cost of air conditioning, which in south India during this time is a must! The yoga space was dirty and the mats were all worn and torn up, so it was good that I brought my own! The day was a strict regimen of yoga, breakfast, one Ayurvedic treatment, lunch, yoga philosophy and yoga again. This would have been fine except for the fact that generally when you are detoxing you should be in a place you can relax and feel the benefits, and the location of the center was not comfortable at all. It's a school, not a retreat center. They mainly do yoga teacher training there, so the others there were in a course, not doing a retreat, which meant Santhi's provision of a yoga philosophy course was just throwing me into the yoga teacher training course, which puts you somewhere in the middle of random parts of teacher training, which just felt strange. The Ayurvedic treatments were nice, and the staff was very friendly but that's about it. Even my 'consultation' with the Ayurvedic doctor felt like poor care. She determined my dosha and then gave me a piece of paper telling me what food I should be eating, but she failed to provide any real answers or support for the health concerns I had. It just felt like she didn't really care to actually help, she just through me into treatments without answering any questions as to why they were doing each treatment, or what the medication was that they were having me take. After the first day I asked to leave and receive a refund for the final 6 days I would not be staying since the quality of the retreat was so poor, but the director, Reshma, would not allow this. I don't have the funds to just throw away 600 USD, so I was essentially forced to stay somewhere that I was unhappy and uncomfortable. I thought this was very bad service, especially in work that is supposed to be healing. She did make some changes for me, which included providing AC and an additional treatment each day, but again this still did not change how I felt about the overall program. There were other things about the week that I wasn't comfortable with but I think I've voiced most of my issues with it. I think they may be able to advertise this as a week of yoga classes and Ayurvedic treatment experience, but not a retreat and people certainly should not be charged 600 or 650 USD for this."

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    • Review by Cliona Hurley from Ireland

      "I had an amazing time with Santhi Yoga. What a team of people! Reshma was so helpful with everything and always at the end of the phone if you needed her. The food served there was organic vegetarian prepared by their own chef. The food was absolutely bursting with amazing flavors, and the kind staff makes sure you get second helpings if you've got the room! The day started with beautiful chanting prayers, all staff and the morning yoga instructor got involved, bringing peace and joy to the heart for a great start. JP and Gino were two fantastic teachers! Loved them both! Very helpful for posture correction. The style of yoga is Sivananda and it was extremely well taught and easy to follow. I learned a lot from this style. Also picked up handy tips from JP..Treatments!!! I have never experienced anything so fabulous! Again, amazing staff so helpful and always with a smile :-) (a pair of beautiful twins.) The names of the treatments I cannot recall, the first four days were traditional massages with oils and special specific herb medicines. But wow the one that absolutely rocked my world was the milk, sandalwood and herbal medicine running back and forth on my forehead, falling down through my hair. The effect of this after its completion is amazing. I have never felt so relaxed. I still lie in bed at night and try to feel that feeling of the milk flowing over and back... and bring myself back to the wonderful smells and smiles of Santhi Yoga.I could not have turned 40 and a different chapter in my life in a better place... Thank you so much all."

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    • Review by Claudia Cheron from Brazil

      "I would like to thank all the teachers of Santhi Yoga for the lovely time and excellent experience we had in the YTTC. We received intensive personal attention and the best food I ever had in India. It was really great to do this course in a small group and with good teachers. Thanks a lot!"

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    • Review by Kate Bradford from Canada

      "I loved being exposed to different teachers, different asanas and different methods. Everyone was professional, knowledgeable, fun, patient and interesting. I was always challenged (mentally, physically and spiritually). I will deeply miss all my teachers. I would recommend Santhi Yoga to anyone interested in studying yoga, taking classes or even to come and visit these fantastic people."

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    • Review by Lillian Cicerchia from USA

      "The program was very well structured and the management was very responsive and responsible. All of the lectures were very interesting and were held by good and qualified teachers. I learned a lot. I really enjoyed the afternoon practical sessions and always left the classes with more energy than before. Overall I had a wonderful experience and have benefitted so much from the classes."

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    • Review by Andrea Doey

      "I had the most wonderful month training with Santhi yoga, the teachers were amazing, friendly, professional & humble. The month helped me realize my true self and my potential. The growth I experienced was indescribable. Santhi studio is clean, comfortable and safe, the daily meals delicious and filling and the course content educational. You will not regret doing your yoga teacher training here. The people I trained along with are my family and memories made here will be in my heart. Hope to return for advanced training"

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    • Review by Evita Stenqvist

      "I attended the 2014 December 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training course! It really feels like coming to Santhi was meant to be! I was suppose to attend a course in the North India which completely fell through and at the very last minute contacted Reshma (literally the weekend before the course started) to see if they could fit me in by any chance ,which they could! At first I had mixed feeling, I really don't like the south of India, but then again I was finally going to do my YTT! I don't regret going one single bit! I even started liking the south, which was probably more to the serenity and sheer joy I felt from coming from the daily schedule at Santhi. We had some fantastic teachers, I absolutely adored JP who we had for every morning asana lesson and for the yoga teachings before lunch. He was just the type of teacher I had wished for, he said so many fantastic things and really put not only yoga in perspective for me, but also religion and spirituality! What I really loved about the course was the variety of teachers we came across. Santhi yoga really went out of their way so that we could experience different ways of teaching yoga! I would definitely recommend Santhi to anybody!"

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    • Review by Maria Jose Macias

      "From Omán, I went to Santhi Yoga, to find the key for my physical and spiritual development and I found it there. I feel specially thankful to Shivakumar and GP, the best Gurus that I could never find ."

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    • Review by Krishna Priya

      "I attended the 200 hour yoga TTC in Santhi Yoga and had a great experience with well-experienced, helping teachers. Classes are taken in a serene, spiritual environment devoid of all distractions."

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    • Review by Jabastin R

      "Santhi Yoga was the first place where I learnt yoga in its traditional way. I enjoyed every bit of my training program, which gave me time for some retrospection - to the spiritual aspects taught by J P. Sir. It taught me ways to deal with daily chores and to balance stress in my life, to observe and absorb different things around.Thank you all for the wonderful training, hospitality and life lessons provided during the study."

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    Trivandrum Kerala, India

    Santhi Yoga Teacher Training Institute is an internationally registered yoga school located in South India.

    Speaks English

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