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Yoga Retreats (7)
Ines Stephan (Instructor)
For over 25 years, while as a devoted yoga student. Her father inspired the first lesson by challenging her to practice pranayama breathing. She continued a study of yoga through books from A.Lysebeth, G.Cella Al-Chamali Swami Satyananda Saraswati and began a multidiscipline solo practice. Ines produced all 30 Yoga with Perumal online video courses. This lead to a 10 year partnership and study of Yoga with Perumal method being taught on retreats. The student reviews of her teaching are very high.
from United Kingdom, January 2020
"Kick start the decade"
Our 4 days was an oasis of calm and relaxation. The accommodation was understated comfort, with a relaxing and homely vibe. The food was fresh, colourful and tasty. The gardens are a plant lovers dream; an incredible creation. Nothing was too much trouble. The three hours of yoga a day taught by the inimitable Ines was a fabulous combination of learning, breathing, movement and enjoyment. We are definitely going back!
from United Kingdom, December 2019
"Wonderful few days"
Loved the house and gardens, beautifully designed and furnished. Fantastic botanical cocktails and delicious food! Lovely ambience. Great yoga from the lovely and generous Ines - thank you Ines from both of us. Service in the hotel was also top notch and everyone so friendly and helpful. Would highly recommend.
from Switzerland, December 2019
The stay at the Palmerai was just amazing! It was good for the soul and the body.
I liked the location: an amazing resort with very simple luxury and a great botanical garden. Food was high quality and very healthy, and the staff was always willing yo help. It is a bit outside of the Medina which allows you to fully disconnect.
I very much liked our yoga teacher, Ines. Ines is a skilled person with great values. For me it was the first time that i could get an holistic understanding of what yoga is. Ines teaches you the way to get to many meaningful postures for your body. She has a very pedagogical approach, which is not so common among the teachers i know, and she is willing to help you to understand what is your way to yoga; and how you can make it meaningful for yourself.
Do not expect fixed rigid schedule during the yoga retreat with sessions of intensive workout, but rather flexible time with the teacher to go through many yoga concepts and a lot of work on your cores to finally get to some postures you never thought you would be able to do.
Tip: if you are booking the retreat on your own, you can ask Ines how many persons have registered for the same period. It can happen that you are the only one and the retreat will still take place.
Also, besides the teacher, Ines is also a very interesting person. It was great to meeting her! Highly recommended.
from Italy, November 2019
"Yoga retreat late October "
The Yoga lessons were great, Ines provided a lot of insightful knowledge and adapted well to all our yoga levels, while still challenging us.
The location was very beautiful and idyllic, picturesque in the Moroccan countryside far away from hectic Medina. The service was very good, the entire team and staff was highly accomodating!
from France, November 2019
"Yoga retreat with Ines was great!!"
I stayed at Jnane Alia which is very confortable and elegant in a very simple way. The pool is gorgeous and you can really swimm in it! The suite was extremely confortable and beautiful. The personnel is absolutely adorable and did everything to make me feel like in a perfect home!! I arrived exhausted and depressed following my companion's death 2 months before. After 5 days of yoga classes with Ines at Jnane Alia, I could return to Paris feeling a lot better. I love Ines' yoga both slow and powerful. I find it great for the body and the mind and it really helped my fight against depression and anxiety.
Ines is a wonderful person: very serious about her passion for yoga and at the same time very funny and caring.
This stay did me so much good that I am looking forward returning in January!!
from United Kingdom, November 2019
"Hotel with yoga classes, not a retreat "
from United Kingdom, January 2019
The setting of the hotel. The ambiance. Ines was so knowledgeable and inspiring.
from Switzerland, September 2019
"My perfect holidays in paradise.."
Die Yogastunden mit Ines in träumerischer Umgebung vermisse ich jetzt schon! Ich empfehle Ines auf jeden Fall weiter, weil Ines sehr professionell und kompetent ist, einem das Yoga mit viel Leidenschaft und Wissen näher bringt und mich inspiriert hat.
from Ireland, January 2020
"Yoga bliss in Marrakech "
Ines' method of instruction - part philosophy, practice and patience
from United Kingdom, October 2019
"The best yoga retreat I have been on "
I can not recommend this retreat more highly. Ines is the most wonderful teacher. After 12 years of practice I spent a magical week learning so much from her - her knowledge shines through in every practice. She manages to make the practice so peaceful, restorative and relaxing whilst also challenging. At the end of the week I have never felt stronger or more peaceful.
Jnane Allia is a beautiful setting - away from the hubbub of Marrakech but close enough to go and explore. The staff looked after me so well. I was very sad to leave. They went the extra mile in everything and the food was sensational. The bedrooms are beautiful, lots of space and incredibly comfortable.
I had the most wonderful hammam and massage with Rashida and emerged feeling brand new.
I wholeheartedly recommend this retreat to others - no matter what your level of experience in yoga.
from United Kingdom, April 2019
"Fabulous Moroccan yoga experience"
Ines always went beyond the hour and a half, sharing her knowledge and philosophy of yoga. She listened about back concerns and took us through yoga exercises to target and relieve pains. She was an exceptional teacher and is sending exercises to my husband to continue the work he has done with his back. The food was very good: breakfasts exceptional. Rooms were beautiful and large and located close to the lovely pool. Staff were courteous, friendly and discrete. Also, just a twenty minute ride to the airport.
from United States, February 2019
My husband and I attended the retreat together. We had an amazing time. Our personal instructor Ines was brilliant, she walked us through all the postures and we have both returned home very knowledgeable on Yoga. We also had a great laugh with Ines, she was a joy to be with and we shall definitely be returning back next year 🙏. The accommodation was lovely and the food they served us was excellent. Our waiter smile even delivered our tea & juice to our villa in the mornings if we felt like not going to the restaurant. Overall, the whole team where amazing, they couldn't do enough for you. Thank you all so much, it was an absolute pleasure and I'm so looking forward to visiting again next year. It was an absolute delight 😘💪🙏
from United Kingdom, October 2018
"A retreat like no other"
The resort was small and beautiful, so personally decorated by the owners, and the staff could not be more helpful or just generally lovely.
Yoga with Ines every day was a treat, sometimes it ran on a little long but you didn't notice as it was all part of a well rounded class.
Food was excellent every day, I'm quite a fussy eater so when I found out there wasn't a menu as such, just freshly prepared food that changed daily, I was a bit nervous, but there was nothing to worry about at all. Breakfast and dinner here every day was delicious and very healthy with a great selection of Moroccan recipes.
from United States, January 2018
"Perfect in every sense"
Chic yet cosy accomodation, friendly and accommodating service, delicious food, good value for money, great yoga, a true oasis. Thank you so much Stefanie of Jnane Allia for making it perfect.
from Germany, October 2017
The organisation was perfekt, everybody was very helpful .
from Ireland, June 2017
My time at the Kasbah Du Toubkal and with Perumal Koshy was pure tranquility. From the moment I arrived, the staff where so accommodating and always on hand if I needed anything. Perumal greeted me with a very warm welcome and told me about the few days of yoga to come. I had started my practice of yoga about two years ago and only really doing Ashtanga I was a bit on edge to try a different style., but I can say after my few days with Perumal his approach to yoga and his method have made me a stronger person. the difference in my practice at the end of the week was amazing. I would highly recommend both the yoga and the accommodation for anyone looking to escape life for a few days, pure tranquility.
from United Kingdom, June 2017
the Kasbah, the local people, the food and hiking were exceptional
from Argentina, August 2019
Everything perfect. The food the place the yoga clases. Inés is amazing and ver teachs unfirgettable. I will come back for more. Perumal yoga is a guarantee in truth ,quality and kidness. So happy to choose perumal Yoga in marrakesh. It was perfect. The place cant be better. The food but the best was the Yoga teacher si kind so humble. Perfect 10 points.
from France, February 2019
"Perfect Teacher in a marvellous place "
I'm just back from a three days yoga retreat in Jnane Allia.
I was looking for a place where I could relax and do yoga without belonging to a group.I am fully satisifed by my stay. The Riad is just perfect in terms of set up, as it is quite little, everything is easy! The rooms are pretty, big and nothing miss, they are situated around the pool, the atmosphere is very quiet, everybody is really respectful and all is really calm. The food is absolutely fantastic, Stéphanie is great, like a real mom she looks after you during all your stay, I've done two sessions of yoga per day with the great Inès, so devoted and attentive, her yoga method is absolutely great, very different from what I've experienced so far, she teaches hatha yoga by making us learn the asanas but also pranayama and all the philosophy and pillars of yoga (that are too often forgotten). I've loved her behaviour, she is a fantastic teacher and I recommend her to all people who need to have a break and enjoy the peacefulness of yoga.
from France, January 2019
"Yoga, detente et confort "
La qualité de l’enseignement, excellente!
J’ai adoré les cours de yoga, et beaucoup appris.
La gentillesse de l’accueil de tout le personnell, avec une mention particuliere pour Stephanie, adorable et très pro, toujours avec le sourire!
from United States, January 2019
"Ein Yoga Retreat definiere ich anders "
Die Unterkunft war nett, die Menschen sehr nett und herzlich
from France, August 2018
Reviews from 3 superbegginers in Yoga ;)
From Edwige : A great teacher in a great venue. With Inès' yoga sessions twice a day for 6 days I got what I came looking for and even more. A strong knowledge of Yoga's foundations, and a stronger body and mind to take home. Thank you so much Inès for your good humour, your patience and all your advice. I'll be back ;)
From Cecilia : Super semaine de yoga avec une prof passionnée et très professionnelle qui s'adapte au niveau de chacun et qui a à coeur leur progression.
En tant que grande débutante de yoga et n'ayant pas fait de sport depuis 8 mois, 2 sessions de 1H30 par jour me paraissaient beaucoup mais c'est idéal pour découvrir les bases du yoga et travailler au renforcement du corps et de l'esprit.
Au bout d'une semaine j'ai effectué une belle progression et j'ai envie de continuer à pratiquer le yoga. Inès explique explique bien les exercices demandés, elle nous corrige et est disponible pour répondre à toutes nos questions.
Je recommande à tous cette semaine yoga, que vous soyez débutants ou non.
From Love : Inès, thank you so much for this super week of yoga, we have made a lot of progress as you had promised during our 1st class and we go back home with a sense of accomplishment. I highly recommend to anyone who wishes to discover what is Yoga to take this retreat and be sure to be back with a improved level of Yoga practice ! Plus Marrakech is a wonderful place to visit !
from France, June 2018
Le lieu est extrêmement reposant, les suites sont spacieuses, climatisées et propres. La salle de bain est superbe. La structure est encore plus belle que sur les photos. Le personnel est aux petits soins, d’une gentillesse incroyable. Les repas sont cuisinés sur place avec des produits frais et savoureux. Petit déjeuner très complet servi après le cours de 9h-10h30, jus frais. Les cours de yoga sont progressifs ce qui permet d’être toujours disponible pour la session suivante. Ils se font dehors dès que possible et sont d’une grande qualité. 2 x 1h30 par jour (parfois plus longs fonction du thème abordé), de quoi redécouvrir ses capacités et apprendre énormément. Tout est fait pour profiter d’une véritable coupure dans le quotidien, dans le calme et la bienveillance. Cours de cuisine et massages sur place, très agréables. Je voulais un lieu avec peu de monde, où non seulement je pouvais faire du yoga mais où je pouvais aussi bien manger et me détendre sans être dans un groupe, c’est tout à fait réussi !
Merci à tous pour votre patience et votre gentillesse.
from Canada, June 2018
La philosophie de Pérumal ainsi que son enseignement était parfaite
from France, May 2017
Gentillesse des gens, les jardins, les yoga classes
We discovered yoga during a yoga retreat in Marrakech with Ines. We really appreciated Ines's global approach. She was very attentive and available to answer all our questions and correct our postures. She especially gave us the desire to continue once back home. Thank you so much.
I spent a week at Jnane Allia in September. Truly an oasis of tranquillity to relax and switch off. Beautifully decorated rooms with private patio. Very nice and clean pool area to enjoy the sun and read a book. The staff was so helpful, friendly and always full of smiles. Stefanie, the manager of the hotel is going out her way to accommodate the guests needs. She is such a pleasant and helpful host. The food was lovely, something different every night, a fusion of Moroccan and Italian cuisine. Breakfast, a delight every morning. A massage by Maria, another wonderful and relaxing treat.
This week I was the only guest doing yoga. I could fully benefit from private lessons with Perumal. I started with yoga only a year ago, Perumal adapted the program to my level. His progressive approach has improved my mobility, breathing and strength in just one week. Having had my first yoga lesson back in Switzerland made me notice, I improved my technique in different asanas. I have met Perumal as a very warm and intuitive person. His way of teaching is challenging, yet very motivating.
I can only highly recommend yoga with Perumal at the tranquil oasis Jnane Allia. I hope to be back.
Kasbah Toubkahl is the perfect setting for a yoga retreat. High in the mountains with spectacular views. It's easy to forget the 'daily grind' here.
Perumal is an experienced and patient teacher. Not only did he guide us in our positions but also gave us background on the origins of yoga. I would recommend this trip to yogis of all levels.