4 Days Yoga Retreat in Marrakech Oasis, Morocco

Yoga Retreat in Marrakech, Morocco

Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in Morocco.

A simple yet elegant atmosphere suspends itself in a fusion of Moroccan and Italian architecture. Marrakech Oasis, an indulgence into timelessness, keeps an eye on traditional styles. Earthy organic touches engulf the senses within the reach of modern comforts. Clean lines and large openings to the outdoors preserve a connection to nature. Enjoy your yoga retreat here with Yoga with Perumal Morocco.

Retreat highlights

  • Morning or afternoon yoga class (1 sole participant)
  • Morning and afternoon yoga classes (minimum 2 participants)
  • 1 month free access to 30 Yoga with Perumal online video courses
  • 1 month free access to 700 pages of supportive text to all video routines and sequences
  • Learning traditional cultures
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Half board meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


3 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Italian, English
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Special menu request

The venue offers eight exclusive suites, all overlooking the pool and facing south-southwest, for unforgettable views of dazzling sunsets silhouetting the Atlas Mountain peaks. Suites feature living rooms with fireplaces and romantic terraces. Interiors interpret Moroccan tradition with flair for those who appreciate the Sahara.

Program

Yoga with Perumal Morocco incorporates:

1. Pranayama

2. Preparation

3. Salutation

4. Strength

5. Stretching

6. Meditation and or relaxation

Retreat Method

Sequences

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.

First Lesson Evening – JOINT PREPARATION, STRETCHING, MEDITATION

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.

Second Lesson Morning – CORE AND DEEP BREATHING

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.

Third Lesson Evening – FOUNDATION LEG SEQUENCE

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.

Fourth Lesson Morning – PLANK SEQUENCES TO HEAD-STANDING

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.

Fifth Lesson Evening – STRETCHING & MEDITATION

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.

6th Lesson Morning - ONWARD

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.

Instructors

Perumal Koshy (Founder of Method)
Mr. Koshy born in New Delhi of South Indian parents began teaching under his Kung-Fu master. After over 10 years of martial arts he began exploring yoga by returning to his roots in Kerala, India. From here a yoga teaching experience grew through London (2001 - 2004), Milan (2006 - 2010) and Marrakech (2010 - Present). His yoga method, recognized by various international yoga journals, lead to him authoring articles for Italian, French and Dutch yoga magazines.
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.

Retreat location

This yoga retreat will take place in Marrakech, Morocco.

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

A large Kaidal tent nourishes guests with a mix of traditional Moroccan delights and authentic Italian cuisines. A hearty meal will be provided after the morning and evening yoga sessions. Vegetarian options are available.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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

  • Organic
  • Other dietary requirements on request
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)

  • Book a deeply relaxing massage
  • Discover traditional cultures
  • Enjoy outdoor activities such as Tennis and hot air ballooning
  • Hiking and bike riding while enjoying the view
  • Learn a lot during cooking classes
  • Visit Hammam for cleansing and relaxation

Spa treatments

Angela Forest is the massage therapist available on demand. She is an Italian graduated shiatsu therapist with 26 years of expertise in energetic techniques for the psychological and physical well-being such as shiatsu, manual lymphodrainage (method Vodder) as well as harmony massage.

What's included

  • 1 month free access to 30 Yoga with Perumal online video courses, over 15 hours of yoga video routines and sequences
  • 1 month free access to 700 pages of supportive text to all video routines and sequences
  • 3 nights accommodations
  • All yoga classes (Two yoga classes per day if there are at least 2 people enroll the same date. One yoga class per day if there is only 1 person enrolls)
  • Half board meals

What's not included

  • Additional activities
  • Airport transfers
  • Cooking classes
  • Flights (your destination is Marrakech)
  • Health insurance and repatriation
  • Hiking in the Atlas Mountains
  • New Years evening dinner
  • Travel insurance
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The prices of August 17-24, 2018 retreat below of include a special discount of 15% per person. Book your spot now!

 
Availability

This vacation is available all year round, please select an arrival date below.

 

Group bookings

Are you a yoga school requiring to teach your own large groups in our retreats? Then please inquire about Yoga with Perumal Morocco’s special “Yoga School” and “Group Leader” programs!

 

High season
  • December 15 - January 6

 

Low season
  • January 7 - December 14

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