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Go on an unforgettable yoga retreat, where the Zen spirit and nature prevail. The area of Imlil and the Mountain Retreat transmit a feeling of Tibet while in Morocco. Enjoy a yoga retreat deep within the high Atlas Mountains within a restored mountain retreat set dramatically beneath the towering Jbel Toubkal, the highest mountain in North Africa. Your venue during this retreat is chosen as 1 of the 10 Unique Mountain Lodges by National Geographic. So come and spend a week to remember in one of the most breathtaking place on earth!
Airport transfer included: Menara Airport
The venue offers guests’ unparalleled views of the surrounding scenery from seventeen comfortable bedrooms nestled among gardens and terraces. Attentive service is provided by the local Berber team. The venue’s secluded location makes it an ideal place to escape from a world of technology into time long gone. It is a place of peace where one may reflect upon life or choose to find to empty the mind and meditate.
Numerous terraces for yoga as well as a spacious conference room provide ideal settings for in-depth practices. Two Hammams as well as a massage table and a private massage area are available on request.
This boutique hotel offers 14 comfortable en-suite rooms, three family rooms including a self-contained house. The delightful garden and large terraces offer unparalleled views of the surrounding mountains. The friendly and knowledgeable local Berber team will make every effort to ensure a stay that is enjoyable and memorable. The venue offers trekking packages as well as day excursions to Marrakech.
Yoga with Perumal 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 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.
The Mountain Retreat is a charter member of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World. It is situated 90 minutes from Marrakech, where Zen spirit and nature prevails, in the area of Imlil and it transmits a feeling of Tibet while in Morocco.
The venue, is so reminiscent of the Tibetan monasteries that it was chosen by Martin Scorsese as a location for his film Kundun, a movie about the Dalai Lama’s early years, as the venue and the surrounding scenery reflects the Tibetan monastery Dungkar with the serenity of Tibet.
During this yoga retreat, daily breakfast and dinner included. The venue offers healthy and fresh local cuisine with vegetarian options. Juices and herbal teas are provided after the yoga sessions. Water is complementary and comes from the house own spring water fountain.
If you have special dietary requirements please communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation.
The activities below are available on demand.
You can rest and relax. Spend 1hour in a Hammam treatment and/or a massage. The Hammam warms up the skin which helps to maximise the detox.
Your body will be then be washed with a black soap, 100% plant based and made from olive oil, ground olive pits and eucalyptus. This has the effect of nourishing, soothing and cleaning the skin. Followed by a scrub, whereby the body is rubbed with a sil spun yarn glove to exfoliate the skin and ro remove impurities. Your skin will be left feeling silky soft. Finally, your body will be enveloped in 'rassoul', a desert mineral softened with rose water. Which will soothe and moisturize your skin.
Asni is a large Berber village 30 minutes distance from the venue. Particularly popular on the day when it plays a beautiful and authentic Saturday market where all the inhabitants of the surrounding villages gather to trade wares of all types.
A journey offroad between fields of olive trees and through traditional berber villages, breathtaking views over the lush colourful landscape. We can organize a freshly prepared lunch for you along the road.
A day excursion to Marrakech and a guided walk through the Medina. Enjoy Marrakech and go for mint tea at the famous Place Jemaa el-Fna and sightseeing fabulous historical sites in the city. Not to miss are the Palais de la Bahia, the Medersa Ben Youssef, the moorish style 12 kilometers long town wall’s ancient ports build in 1126 (Bab ed-Debbarh and Bab Aguenaou), the Minaret of Koutoubia (Mosque build in 1158), the Ménara and Majorelle Gardens. Visiting Marrakech's new art galleries, enjoying Moroccan handicraft.
You have to book flights to Marrakech Menara Airport (RAK).
Yoga with Perumal will arrange airport pick-ups for you, which are included in the price.