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4 Days Yoga Retreat Marrakech, Medina, Kasbah

Ksibat Nhass, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco

Yoga Retreat Morocco

Our retreat method is not only implemented in retreats but also adapted to workshops and seminars. Sequences developed from simple to complex are for all level participants. Yoga sessions are not too light which would void the benefits of increased circulation, improved digestion, and detoxification. Yet sessions are not too strong to avoid becoming adrenalized and non-meditative.

The method is instructed meditatively encouraging the body to open in progressive layers without being pushy or punchy. Classes are roughly 90 minutes and practiced twice a day. The same sequences are not repeated over successive sessions. Each class is synergistic with every lesson acting as a step into the next session.

Meet the instructors

Perumal & Ines
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Highlights

  • Morning or afternoon yoga class (1 participant)
  • Morning and afternoon yoga classes (more than 2 participants)
  • Near Jemma El Fna square, walking distance Saadian Tombs, and the Badi Palace
  • Less than 5 minutes walk to the Medina's Souks and its craftsmanship shops
  • Absolute silence once the door of the Riad is closed
  • Located in the Medina in the heart of the Kasbah
  • Daily organic hearty breakfast and dinner
  • 2 hours Reflexology massage

Yoga styles


4 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: German, Italian, English
The maximum participants in the group is 14
Airport transfer available:
Marrakesh Menara Airport (US$17 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
12:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Facilities

  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Bicycle rental
  • Car rental
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Library
  • Tour assistance

Program

Yoga with Perumal Morocco incorporates:

  • 1. Pranayama
  • 2. Preparation
  • 3. Salutation
  • 4. Strength
  • 5. Stretching
  • 6. Meditation and or relaxation

Classes 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/or relaxation. The Yoga with Perumal Morocco retreat method enables experienced and beginners to practice together.

First lesson evening - joint preparation, stretching, and meditation

A joint is any part of the body in which two or more bones make contact. They are quite sensitive and prone to 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 to 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 the theory of head-standing will be explained.

Fifth lesson evening - stretching and 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 carefree 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 overstretching 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.

Sixth 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 effortless 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 two yoga classes daily will be offered only if there are at least two people enroll the same date. If there is only one person enrolls, there will be only one yoga class per day.

Instructors

Perumal Koshy (Founder of Method)

Ines Stephan (Instructor)

Retreat location

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Fruitarian
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)

On walking distance, you can find the traditional Souks for the local superb craftsmanship, enjoy a hammam or a spa treatment just nearby the Riad. Visiting Marrakech's Museums and Art Galleries. Enjoy lunch in the Hight Atlas Mountains, or in the Agafay Desert.

Spa treatments

Spa Center with traditional Moroccan hammam & beauty treatments in a cozy atmosphere on walking distance.

What's included

  • 3 nights accommodation
  • 6 yoga classes
  • Meals (half-board)
  • 2 hours reflexology massage
  • Free access our yoga with Perumal online video courses series 1-2

What's not included

  • Additional activities
  • Flights
  • Transfers between airport and hotel
  • Travel insurance
  • Extras such as soft drinks and alcohol

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

The nearest airport is Menara Airport (RAK). Yoga with Perumal Morocco can help you organize a transfer from Menara Airport to the venue. The cost is 15 EUR each way.

Airport: Marrakesh Menara Airport Airport transfer available: Marrakesh Menara Airport (US$17 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

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