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Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in Morocco.
Nestled behind palm trees, within the Palmeraie of Marrakech, Palmeraie Luxury, an oasis of serenity and well-being awaits you. A welcoming family atmosphere provides the comforts of home with the services of a hotel. Interiors, overseen by the creative eye of owner Meryanne Loum-Martin, is a creation spanning two decades of Oriental, African and European tastes. Often referred to as 'New Moroccan Style', this involves the use of natural materials, traditional techniques and dark and light textures to create a sense of harmony. This yoga retreat is within a lush garden landscaped by leading ethno-botanist and husband of Meryanne, Professor Gary Martin.
The venue offers twin share and single rooms. True well-being is found in a life of authenticity and tranquility. The venue is conceived from the soul of the local culture and honed with a delicate touch. Wellness enthusiasts can experience cultural and design delights. Delights that respects the natural materials, traditions, local communities and environment. This sanctuary is a harmonious blend of Arabic, Asiatic and African tastes with possibilities for guests to hear directly from the artists who are the hosts. The wide range of facilities and services as well as wonderful landscaped gardens, and private chill-out corners is inviting for indulgence and yoga.
Yoga with Perumal Morocco incorporates:
6. Meditation and or relaxation
Sequences are for all level participants and develop from the simple to the more complex. We practice at a level that is not too light yet not too strong to avoid becoming very adrenalized. The method is instructed meditatively encouraging one to open the body in progressive layers without being pushy or punchy. Classes are roughly 90 minutes and practiced twice a day without repeating the same sequence over successive sessions. Each class is not a separate entity from each other. They are synergistic with every lesson acting as a step into the next session. Our yoga retreat classes collectively create a whole felt within your entire being. The below sequence samples provide an insight into what is practiced on each lesson. Sequences are adapted to the individual or group. Participants coming into the retreat, after the group has already formed, will begin at the current sequence being followed. All yoga lessons are ending with meditation and relaxation. The Yoga with Perumal Morocco retreat method enables experienced and beginners to practice together.
A joint is any part of the body in which two or more bones make contact. They are quite sensitive and prone injuries. Those new to yoga without a fitness background or returning after a long inactive period require joint exercises first. The first evening class will be a preparation and tuning up of the body for the upcoming lessons. When arriving this sequence is an ideal first gentle entry step into the retreat. Included is an introduction into the upcoming lessons.
This class is the foundation to the upcoming leg and arm sequences while detoxing the body. Core muscles are in the trunk of the body. Remove the limbs and head then what remains is the core. Major muscles of the core are the abdominals and mid to lower back.
This progress to deeper lower abdominal postures followed by the upper abdominals through sequences coupled with deep breathing. Those with lower back problems are to avoid leg lifting and the boat sequences that follow. We progress into locust through east facing, camel and wheel postures before ending with meditation.
We practice a preparation and foundation leg sequence similar to what was authored by Perumal Koshy and published in Yoga Journal Italy. The lesson progresses from preparation exercises and then into the foundational leg sequence. Preparation sequences open the hip joints and knees before executing a series involving large muscle groups of glutes and quads. This sequence acts as a lower back opener through the iliopsoas muscles preparing our core for the next day upper body plank sequences.
Cat Cow Core Breathing/ Table pose pelvic tilt, upper body Arm Sequences. We move from non-weight bearing upper body preparation exercises into foundational strength isometric exercises or holding postures. Following are isotonic upper body strength sequences progressing from eccentric lengthening (with gravity) to concentric shortening (against gravity). This approach enables those with shoulder issues to progress in a controlled manner enabling an understanding of when to stop in the sequence. Head standing is practiced at the end of this lesson. It is ideal to headstand after having a well warmed up neck, shoulder and scapula area. This is accomplished with plank sequences. If you cannot headstand then the foundation along with theory of head-standing will be explained.
This is a recovery sequence. The previous sequences of the first morning onward did not focus directly on stretching but yet the body was made to feel light, loose and care free of pains. The previous sessions accomplished the freedom of the body that stretching provides through preparation and strength postures. Here we stretch the body directly. In this manner we avoid over stretching of the body during the retreat enabling reduced risk of injuries. Upcoming sequences will lead to stretching at the end of preparation and strength sequences.
The lesson sequences that proceed from the 4th day onward depends on the individual or group that is participating. What we proceed to do is based on feedback regarding ability. We either repeat the previous lessons or combines the previous lessons into more complex sequences with synchronized breath and movements known as vinyasa. There should be no hurry to enter into new and unfamiliar information especially if the previous sequences were challenging. The deeper goals of practicing yoga postures are to do them with an effortlessly movement while maintaining a still mind.
Depth of progression into a sequence depends on the individual or group. Above sample sessions divide lessons to focus on specifics areas. This enables progression without overtraining. Additional sessions include pranayama and meditation and combining sessions with Vinyasa flow.
Please be advised that 2 yoga classes daily will be offered only if there are at least 2 people enroll the same date. If there is only 1 person enrolls, there will be only 1 yoga class per day.
Perumal Koshy, an American citizen, born in New Delhi of South Indian parents from the state of Kerala, began teaching under a Kung-Fu master while living in Los Angeles. A ten-year martial arts life through his teens and early twenties was followed by yoga. This began a yoga journey returning to his ancestral roots of Kerala, India and then England, Italy, and Morocco. These experiences lead Perumal to capture the heart and values of the world’s yoga styles. His method is a practical and easily comprehensible form of Yoga.
Teaching 5 years of London yoga weekly group classes through dozens of clubs began the first sequences of Yoga with Perumal. Up to 15 group classes per week were taught over a 5 year period from the London center in Covent Garden through South, Kensington. Covering other teachers of varying styles from Shivananda, to Iyengar and Ashtanga with the Yoga with Perumal method was well received. The method began here learning to adapt to soft and hard styles of yoga.
Following was 5 years in Milan, Italy which was an experience in intensive private lessons with up to 25 students at a time contrasting with large groups of cosmopolitan London. Numerous publications with Yoga Journal Italy and Italian seminars were established providing recognition of the Yoga with Perumal method. These Journals were syndicated through France and Holland. From the end of 2010, after 10 years of teaching yoga in 2 countries, pursuing a full-time yoga retreat schedule became an endeavour as the next step in the growth of Perumal. This led to Marrakech, Morocco with the year-round good weather as the ideal place for Yoga with Perumal retreats.
Fortunately Ines Stephan, a film producer with over 100 Moroccan commercials spanning 25 years from BMW to Omega, partnered to produce the Yoga with Perumal retreats and online video courses. Seven year of teaching intensive retreats in Morocco honed the method of Yoga with Perumal for daily twice a day classes with retreat students and fitness camps along with specialty tours such as a 7 day Fat E Bike and Desert Retreats.
Perumal departed from Morocco leaving the retreats to be run by Ines Stephan and is currently expanding into Europe with the Spa Yoga Retreat in Lake Garda, Italy.
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.
Palmeraie Luxury offers a lifestyle of serenity and well-being in the Palmeraie and countryside around Marrakech. The venue's setting is a collection of individual houses spread out in a garden. This gives guests an atmosphere of being at home while providing the comfort and services of a hotel.
Meryanne and Gary through several decades in Marrakech created a consciences organic cultivation of the venue Nestled amidst a fragrant grove of fruit trees it is hypnotic to the senses with the aromas of Gardenia, Jasmine and Bougainville. A spirit of nostalgia and timelessness soaks the atmosphere from past guests. The venue creates moments of tranquility and self-reflection to birth treasured lifetime memories.
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A hearty meal will be provided after the morning and evening yoga sessions. The venue uses fresh, ingredients sourced from their own organic gardens. Every delectable delight is an aromatic, visually appetizing and delicious. The Moroccan cuisines are a succulent twist of spice that is North African with the lightness of contemporary Mediterranean cookery.
The venue offers individual cooking classes. You may learn how to make a number of classic Moroccan savory dishes. Instructions in classical dishes of Moroccan cuisine range from B'stilla made from fish and preserved lemon to lamb tagine with tomatoes and caramelized spring onions, roasted pepper, cucumber and tomato salad. Of course not forget desserts such as spiced pears with oranges and caramel sauce. You will chop, roast and grind your way through a cooking experience under an authentic Moroccan chef.
The Hammam, a variant of a steam bath, is considered a wet relative of the sauna. They have played an important role in cultures of the Middle-East, serving as places of social gathering and ritual cleansing. This serene Hammam will prepare your senses to receive a holistic treatment for beauty, relaxation or therapy. All treatments are under a beautifully hand crafted ceiling with a decor reflecting an African design carefully blended with Arabian influences. Hammam is reserved through the facilities in the neighboring Douar Abiad.
Marrakesh Menara Airport
Transfer available for additional US$28 per person
The nearest airport you can fly into is Marrakesh Menara Airport (RAK). At the airport, you may rent a car with various companies and Yoga with Perumal Morocco will provide the directions. Alternatively, you may request their chauffeur to collect you at an additional cost.
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