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Meryanne and Gary through several decades in Marrakech created a consciences organic cultivation of Jnane Tamsna. This Marrakech yoga retreat is hidden 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. Jnane Tamsna creates moments of tranquility and self-reflection to birth treasured lifetime memories.
Nestled behind palm trees, within the Palmeraie of Marrakech, Jnane Tamsna an oasis of serenity and well-being awaits you for a Marrakech yoga retreat. 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.
True well-being is found in a life of authenticity and tranquility. Jnane Tamsna is conceived from the soul of the local culture and honed with a delicate touch. Wellness enthusiasts for yoga holidays Marrakech 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 incorporates:
6. Meditation and or relaxation
Each part following in the order listed acts as a synergist to the other.
The tutoring is tailor made for the personal needs and condition of the individual practitioner. Even within a large group.
A progressive approach will allow to achieve the right state of flow in order to improve mobility, breathing and circulation while strengthening muscles, tendons and ligaments.
Yoga with Perumal lessons progress from the least challenging/ simple to the most challenging/dynamic postures during a lesson. The same theme runs through the retreat as a whole. The level we go to is determined by the group that is attending. The idea is to peak in the last days of the retreat.
All lessons are designed to lead into the next lesson. The goal is also not to practice too strong otherwise the nervous system will react to tighten the body, injuries could easily inflamed and the body would not open itself up. The key is to make the body open itself up.
Perumal's method adapts to the moment with a strong attention kept on the ones who have specific problems or injuries. The first lesson usually avoids all things that may lead to pain. Please know that the same posture which will heal also can inflame a problem if approached without consciousness.
A result is felt immediately after the first lesson which creates motivation. Usually after the third night, participants experience a breakthrough in the practice and physical wellness that is measurable and often expressed. Some practitioners finally stop feeling an old shoulder or back pain that bothered them for years. Others accomplish postures for the first time that they always had trouble doing back home. This has to do with not only the method of yoga we are practicing but also the program as a whole.
The program does emphasize an easy and light form of intermittent fasting to help detox and alkalize the body. Mornings are a time for cleansing by drinking plenty of sugar free and caffeine free fluids to enhance the detoxification of the body. This first hours of the morning are paramount to cleansing the body. No solid food shall be eaten until after the morning practice.
A detoxifying practice session. Remove the head and limbs of the body and what remains are much of the core muscles. On this session we focus on the back and abdominal muscles in order to stabilize / activate our core. This series sets the foundation to limb based postures. The uses of deep abdominal breathing exercises along with joint preparations sets are also emphasized.
Hips, gluteus, hamstrings, quads and calves are well used. Postures range from lightning / chair, double warrior, Warrior 1-3, heel raises and various balancing sequences. Most with lower back issues will benefit greatly while others will feel a fluid yet challenging series.
Focuses on upper body postures in order to train the shoulders, chest and arms. These postures will range from plank, side plank, single leg plank and crow to chaturanga along with their variations. There is a strong emphasis on preparation for joints followed by isometric and then isotonic movements synchronized with breath.
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.
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.
This yoga retreat within the Palmeraie of Marrakech is a lush garden landscaped by leading ethnobotanist and husband of Meryanne Professor Gary Martin. Meryanne a reputed pioneer in Marrakech tourism for over 20 years has hosted numerous guests. Under a seasoned foundation a spirit of nostalgia and timelessness soaks the atmosphere from old guests.
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A hearty meal will be provided after the morning and evening yoga sessions. Yoga with Perumal use fresh, ingredients sourced from our own organic gardens. Every delectable delight is an aromatic, visually appetizing and delicious. Their Moroccan cuisines are a succulent twist of spice that is north African with the lightness of contemporary Mediterranean cookery. They offer vegetarian and non-vegetarian options.
Please inform Yoga with Perumal in advance of any dietary needs so that they may meet your requirements.
We offer individual cooking classes with our house chef Bahija. 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 let us 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 Bahija an authentic Moroccan cook.
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.
Horse riding lessons are also available at an additional cost.
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. Our 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 our facilities in the neighboring Douar Abiad.
Take the Route de Fs out of town and turn left on the Circuit de la Palmeraie.
After passing the Decameron hotel (Club Issil) on the right, and the Palmier dOr on the left, continue until you find a paved road to your right where you will see various signs, including Douar Abiad, Le Murano and Les Deux Tours.
Turn off on this road, which will take you through the village of Douar Abiad; continue straight for about 300 meters to the walled garden with many palm trees.
Go through the green gate on your left and you will have arrived at Jnane Tamsna.
The drive will take 15 - 20 minutes, depending on your starting point in Marrakech.
"I stayed 3 nights at the resort Jnane Allia at Marrakesh. After the manager himself picked me up at the airport he gave me a short sightseeing tour through Marrakech while we were driving to the resort. It was a warm welcome and I felt comfy very easily. After the check in with lovely and refreshing mint tea I was served an amazing dinner with three courses. I actually thought that this will be just for the first night but no this amazing dinner is every evening. You get served meat every day which was fine for 3 days for me but it would have been no problem to switch to a vegetarian meal even shortly or during dinner time. The waiter Ayoub who’s there the whole day makes your stay even more amazing. It doesn’t matter what you want he brings it for you - he even rescued me from a spider :) All the people at Jnane Allia are very very nice and friendly. I met the owner and his wife at my last day while he took me to town-they are both super nice as well!!!"
"The Yoga lessons are in the morning before breakfast and in the evening before dinner. I like the concept of doing yoga in the morning an then having a big breakfast then do whatever you like and do yoga again and eat afterwards. I did Yoga before but after the stay I understand more the Yoga and the different levels or why you should not do this but do that etc. Perumal is a great teacher who explains a lot and I loved the little talks we’ve had after every session. I still do Yoga every morning, of course not 1,5 hours but I do a few breathing techniques and a few postures he showed us which helps me to start a the busy day :) I’m really thankful that I went there and I will definitely come back again-next time 1 week cause 3 days are too short :)"
"The only „negative“ thing is, that the transfers to town costs extra, which is fine but I didn’t know that so it would be better if someone would tell that before."
January 10, 2017. BookYogaRetreats.com, edited
"The yoga teaching by Perumal was exceptional. He very quickly became aware of the ability of the group and tailored the classes so that we all got the maximum out of each session. Jnane Alia is a grat setting for a yoga retreat very peaceful and beautifully designed. Unfortunately the hotel part was a little like Fawlty Towers or the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel with fairly amateurish service which did not really align with the concept of a retreat Basically it was great yoga in a fantastic location with poor service and no real attempt to provide healthy food. The food was delicious but as a retreat.my expectation would be some effort to provide very healthy food. To summarise we enjoyed it because the yoga was so good, likewise the location but for the price I also feel that we shold have also received exceptional service."
December 29, 2016. BookYogaRetreats.com, edited
"My mom and I had a pleasant stay at the Jnane Allia. The hotel is small and cozy. The food is super delicious and the cuisine even response to special wishes. The yoga teacher, Perumal does also a very good job and he adapts his teaching to the level of the students. I highly recommend staying at Jnane Allia."
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"My mother and I are intermediate Yoga learners and looking for a great Yoga teacher in a resort area of the world. By coincidence, I found the Yoga class of the team Perumal and Ines in Morocco by website. Although it took a long hours to go to Morocco from Japan, we had wonderful experiences in Morocco owing to Perumal and Ines."
"First of all, the yoga lesson were great worth. He taught us proper Yoga exercises and my mother's painful shoulder got well by practising. I learned the yogic breathing method and improve my sun salutation."
"Secondly, we did a yoga practice in Agafay desert. We didn't expect our dream, doing Yoga in desert, came true, but Perumal and Ines arranged it for us. Doing Yoga in desert was unearthly and amazing."
"Moreover, Ines brought us to go to a Turkish bath which is called hammam in a local area. We really enjoyed the hammam and could see and have experience of the local life in Morocco."
"Regarding Jnane Tamsna, it's like a palace. There are lots of nice places to take pictures. And all staffs were very kind and friendly. The room was very comfortable. There were no mosquitos and no insects."
"This trip is a memory that we will never forget for the rest of our life:) Thank you so much and see you soon."
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"My daughter and I booked the Jnane Allia 6 days of yoga holidays. The hotel is an oasis of tranquility and is an excellent place to relax. Traditional, very tasty Moroccan food, stylishly furnished rooms, pool, hamam and nice staff, great price performance. We were positively surprised by Ines and her uncomplicated way. The yoga lessons with Perumal rounded off our holidays to their fullest satisfaction."
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"I had a great time on this retreat. It wasn't exactly what I thought it was going to be - I ended up going alone, and there was no one else in the hotel to chat to - but in terms of yoga, I felt I progressed so much and Ines and Perumal were incredibly kind and generous in ensuring I had a good time! I would definitely do something like this again - it did exactly what I needed it do, chilled me out so I was ready to go back into the office with new eyes. Thank you so much for my lovely couple of days in paradise :) "
"From start to finish my experience of the yoga retreat was exactly as I would wish. I was picked up, as arranged, in Marrakech for transfer to Jnane Allia where I was greeted warmly, made to feel both welcome, and comfortable. My room was large, comfortable, had a door which opened onto a patio, and out onto the terrace with pool. Yoga classes twice daily at 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. were tailored specifically to the experience level of the group. The teacher was patient, informative, but most importantly, extremely proficient in yoga. His dedication, knowledge, and understanding of yoga made my experience educational, encouraged me to learn, and practice more. Food at Jnane Allia was superb: delicious Moroccan cuisine, plentiful, and each day delivered by polite and friendly staff who could not do enough for us. Indeed everyone I met was gracious, sensitive to the needs of their guests, and keen to ensure the whole experience was the peaceful, relaxing, and yoga enriching retreat that it should be."
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"My wife and I had an absolutely incredible experience on our recent week long retreat. We have been to multiple yoga retreats and yours is the most memorable, refined and educational one we have been to yet! We came into the retreat with 3 months of yoga experience and left feeling that we not only advanced our health, but also our flexibility, diets, spirits, and built the confidence to be able to even practice on our own.The resort was beautiful and we loved the garden property, swimming pools, tennis court, staff, and incredibly healthy meals prepared to perfection.Perumal helped build our discipline and understanding of yoga traditions and practices that we can carry into our day to day lives. Every time we practice now, we draw from the guidance of Perumal and his practices. We loved his life stories and the underlying messages to us, in addition to his hospitality and professionalism at all times.We plan to be back soon and sincerely thank you for everything! Namaste!!!"
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"We spent only 4 days at Jnane Allia but the combination of the charming accommodation, Sarah's warm hospitality, and Perumal's yoga teachings were a truly healing experience. Yoga with Perumal is a very individualized experience, focused on gradual progression with avoidance of any trauma or straining. Perumal has a wholistic approach to yoga involving breathing techniques, stretching/relaxation, and strength development. We felt like completely renewed when we reluctantly headed home. Thank you!!!"
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"I was lucky enough to be introduced to Perumal in Marrakech during a one-week stay at Jnane Tamsna. I had a one hour session with him every day for a week, and it really got me back into yoga. I have done yoga for years, but due to small children and too much work I handt practiced for a few years. The trip to Marrakech was supposed to be the start of a new life; with more yoga, less stress, and more love and greatfullness. High goals! But it worked! Perumals soft being and spiritual presence was just what I needed. During that one week we built up a good basic program for me to continue working on when I got back home, so it is really something that you easily can add into your everyday life very easily. I am extremely thankful to Perumal for the gift he gave me."
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"The yoga retreat with Perumal inspired me to really start practicing yoga in my daily life. I practiced some yoga before, but was never inspired to also wanting to learn more about yoga, nor to improve. Some people just know how to trigger you with their personality and the way they teach. Perumal is one of them. I was lucky to have had one to one attention in a beautiful environment, which also contributes to be inspired. Before and during the retreat I subconsciously knew I had to fit in yoga in my daily life, but it was after I had left I realized I was missing my daily practice with Perumal. While at home I am still practicing with the online course! This is how I feel. When I was a teenager I used to play tennis on sub national level. I have had several trainers, and I still remember clearly the one who got me back on my feet after some years of not having any fun at all. It was his personality and his way. I am sensitive to that. I compared the retreat and Perumal with that time. I needed the retreat. I hadnt have a proper holiday for some time and also had a rough time in my personal (lost 3 people I loved dearly within 3 years, the last one was my mother almost 2 years ago) as well as in my professional life (many changes because of one of the 2 other losses). When I booked the retreat life was starting to get better, but I was exhausted. Still I enjoyed the yoga practice, was even looking forward to it (I know myself as lazy) and I managed to speak English at one moment and French the other. I was not used to that and I just loved it all. I believe that everything has its right time (even the losses). For me the retreat with Perumal was right timing and it gave me a boost. After 2 years of pause I found the play button again and I am grateful for that. "
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"For the second time I had the privilege to follow a yoga retreat with Perumal at Jnane Allia. And again it was a wonderful experience! The combination of the constructive lessons with Perumal and the peaceful rest in a beautiful environment are an ideal way to escape some time from the daily grind and to charge the batteries. Perumals yoga style fits me because it brings my body to a higher level without forcing anything. You notice your body is changing and evolving with the day and at the end of the week you feel so much better. It is really a boost for body, mind & soul ! Thats why Ill come back. I consider this retreat as a precious gift to myself!"
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"After spending a relaxed and sunny day in the medina of Marrakech we flew back to The Netherlands and came home last night. Both Annemiek and I have enjoyed your lessons tremendously. You are an all-round teacher and you have passed on an impressive amount of knowledge and insights. We are pleased with your guidance on dealing with our physical constraints, especially Annemieks back is not a hurdle anymore. Thanks again for making our holiday unforgettable!"
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"Great hospitality and awesome accomodations! I truly enjoyed my stay at this nice secluded accommodation. I stayed here for four days for yoga retreat with Perumal. The food was wonderful, hammam was great and secluded location was the best to get away from the city. The staff was extremely attentive. The place was nice and clean. Would definitely stay here again!!!Highly recommended! I think the yoga retreat went very well. The yoga lessons were great!"
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"What can I say a true oasis of peace. Allia, Marco and Sarah make you feel at home, the place is lovely, excellent reception, accurate in every detail! I always return with so much happiness, because this is simply SUPER!!! For the yoga lovers, there is no better than to practice it with Perumal, my teacher. Try it and you come back regenerated!"
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"It was a pleasure meeting you and Perumal, and we will be looking forward to meet again - and to enjoy some more yoga training with Perumal."
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