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Join a Yoga with Perumal retreat from basic to complex sequences, the Yoga with Perumal Retreat Method has something for everyone. On the one hand, the light yoga sessions lead to improved digestion, detoxification, and increased circulation. On the other, they never lose the meditative feature you all love from yoga. All this while learning to prevent injuries in yoga and stop back and joint pains.
The live sessions will be held over BlueJeans. Kindly ensure your computer or Mobil device is prepared before the sessions. No account is required an email with a link is sent to start the session.
There are 1 Hour sessions' timeslots available Sunday to Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. In this retreat, you have two options to take either one or two lessons per day during those available timeslots. There are no repeated sessions. Each lesson has a different focus.
You will have access to the live recordings after the retreat.
You get access to full pre-recorded video lesson programs distinct from our live sessions.
With everything from basic to complex sequences, the Yoga with Perumal Retreat Method has something for everyone. On the one hand, the light yoga sessions lead to improved digestion, detoxification, and increased circulation. On the other, they never lose the meditative feature we all love from yoga. Instructed meditatively, the idea is to open the body in progressive layers without ever producing too much adrenaline and losing focus. No repeated sessions. Learn to settle into the practice and let go of the outside world. Open the breath and unite breath and movement while aligning the skeletal system, relieving constipation, improving digestion, and detoxifying the body.
Protect your joints through the practice of preparation sets that move synovial fluid, 'properly' warm-up the tendons and ligaments enabling better mobility. Create core strength, synergistically increase blood flow to the muscles preparing muscle fibers for deep stretching in order to release muscle and spinal tension enabling a more oxygenated body. Build up concentration, calm and restore your body and mind, balance your hormonal levels leading to deeper meditation/relaxation at the end of the practice. Eventually begin to feel energized, yet calm and clear. Return to your true self. It’s all about the relaxing journey, and this is why each lesson follows the one before it. Yoga with Perumal wants you to experience your whole being with yoga retreat classes. Here, you’ll learn more about sample sequences and what you’ll gain from the lessons. Rather than a one-size-fits-all approach, all sequences are tailored to the individual or group. Yoga with Perumal believes that beginners and experts can enjoy the Yoga with Perumal method together, and each session ends with a meditation and/or relaxation period.
There are timeslots you can choose per day, from Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. Below are the lessons and focuses per day:
Since they connect our delicate bones, joints play a pivotal role in the human body. Often prone to injuries, it’s important to start with joint exercises on your arrival since periods of inactivity can weaken these areas. At retreats with Yoga with Perumal in Italy and Morocco, for example, the first evening is all about preparation. You get comfortable with each other, prepare for what’s to come, and this provides a gentle first step into your yoga retreat; a great way to ease the nerves. You’ll also go into some meditation, light stretching, and talk about what will come in the following lessons.
While detoxing, this first morning builds the foundation of arm and leg sequences. Focusing on the mid-back, lower back, and abdominals, this is what remains once the limbs are removed and they’re important for overall health. While always remembering deep breathing, you’ll start with deeper lower abdominal postures and use sequences to reach the upper abdominals (and more!).
If you’re worried about an existing lower back injury, you’ll be advised to skip the boat sequences and avoid leg lifting. Before the meditation at the end, you’ll progress through east-facing, locust, wheel, and camel postures.
Similar to that authored and published by head teacher Perumal Koshy in Yoga Journal Italy, the next step is to go through a preparation and foundation leg sequence. With the preparation exercises, these are designed to open the knees and hip joints. From here, you can go into the larger muscle groups such as the quads and glutes. Interestingly, this is considered the best way to open the lower back via the iliopsoas muscles. Not only is this positive in itself, but it also sets the stage for the upper body plank sequences on the third day.
While enjoying an online retreat the fourth will involve upper body arm sequences with cat-cow core breathing and variations to open up. Although starting with upper body preparation exercises (non-weight bearing), you progress into holding postures (or foundational strength isometric exercises). Additionally, you’ll enjoy eccentric lengthening with gravity, concentric shortening against gravity, and isotonic upper body strength sequences. With all of these exercises, even those with shoulder problems may follow the class in a controlled way. Soon enough, it’s easy to know when to stop in the sequence. At the end of the lesson, those confident and comfortable enough will try a headstand. At this point, the scapula, neck, and shoulder areas will be warmed up, allowing for safer headstands. If a headstand isn’t an option, this isn’t a problem. Instead, you will be explained the foundation and the theory.
At this point, it’s time for a recovery sequence after such sessions of preparation and strength work. On the first morning, the body felt loose and light despite there not being a strong focus on stretching. Through preparation and strength postures alone, you were able to achieve freedom in the body. In the third evening, it’s time to stretch the body deeply focusing on large muscle group stretches. The stretching is important for recovery, alignment, and meditation. You stretch in a manner that is also appropriate for our conditions in order to avoid aggravation or causing injuries. Now that the preparation and strength sequences have been completed prior to this session, stretching is felt deeply from the increased circulation of the previous sequences.
What happens from here? Well, it depends on the group, yourself, the number of lessons to be done, and more. Normally, there will be feedback from you and the group to consider ability. While you might repeat a lesson or consider taking previous lessons and introduce more complex sequences.
If you or the group found the previous sessions a little difficult, there’s no need to rush into learning even more new exercises and techniques. Instead, you want to master what you’ve learned and ensure you can do them effortlessly with a still and relaxed mind.
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.
For over 25 years, while as a devoted yoga student, Ines' 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.
This Yoga with Perumal retreat/course is online based in Marrakech, Morocco (GMT+1). Your classes are held live online via a conference app named BlueJeans which you may participate from the comfort of your home through phone or computer. There is no downloading or membership account needed. Simply click on the link sent to you via email.
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