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If you want to give yourself a complete break from the stresses of modern day living, Yorkshire Centre for Wellbeing offers this retreat. Ayurveda teaches the art of finding balance and harmony within the environment. In this retreat, the wisdom of Ayurveda, yoga, and meditation is shared with you so you can learn to adapt your lifestyles to enable you to be as healthy, harmonious, and balanced as possible.
Turtle Beach overlooks the unspoilt white sandy private Marari beach. You will be staying in the beach cottages at Abad Turtle Beach Hotel, surrounded by beautiful gardens.
The retreat is hosted by international yoga teacher Anne-Marie Burford. As an instructor, her warm and welcoming teaching style, interlaced with gentle humour and fun, allows you to explore all aspects of your being in a safe and nurturing environment. She is also a keen dancer - particularly Salsa and Argentinian Tango - and on retreat would be happy to teach a few moves if requested.
On the retreat, Anne-Marie will guide you through a unique personalised Ayurvedic/yoga style practice in the morning with a more dynamic, hatha flow class incorporating pranayama, chakra balancing, starting with a 30 minute meditation practise.
The afternoon practice will be more restorative and yin-based with meditation and yoga Nidra, partner yoga, and pramyama practice as some of the other options.
In all sessions there will be an emphasis on alignment, posture and on each individual's specific needs, with suitable variations given for any particular issues such as back, neck, or joint issues or other health issues.
Anne-Marie is a highly qualified and experienced teacher (initially a secondary school teacher). She subsequently trained as a health education tutor, working in G.P practice with referred patients and later as an RSA YMCA exercise to music teacher Pilates and yoga teacher. Anne-Marie is committed to developing physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing and is a certified "Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga" teacher with the world renowned Chopra Centre for Well Being, California.
This retreat will take place at Turtle Beach Resort, Mararikulam, Kerala, India.
Turtle Beach Resort is a Green Leaf certified Ayurveda centre, supported by Dhanwanthari Vaidyasala, the well reputed traditional Ayurveda Hospital in Kerala since 1933. The hospital is located in Thodupuzha and has 83 years in the wellness tradition. They run their own hospital with inpatient treatments, a full Ayurvedic Research Centre, a panel of very senior doctor and herbal gardens. The internal and external medicines used in the treatments are GMP and ISO certified.
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Breakfast and dinner are included in the retreat, in a buffet style selection of meals.
Explore the surroundings
Alappuzha beach is one of the most popular spots in the district of Alappuzha. Its beautiful garden on the shore gives an exclusive sight. Imposing buildings of a colonial past overlook the shore, while the pier, which extends into the sea, is more than 140 years old and is a rare sight. Dense palm groves at one end and an ancient towering light house at the other, Vijay Park and Sea view park are all spectacular sights one should never miss.
Boat races - Alappuzha district is proud of being the cradle of boat races. All the important boat races are held at different parts of the district during August and September. Thousands of people from all parts of the world come and witness these races.
Pathiramanal - For bird lovers, this small island on the backwaters of Alappuzha is a must visit. About a 1,5-hour drive by motorboat from Alappuzha, Pathiramanal is a haven for hundreds of rare birds migrating from different parts of the world. Pathiramanal is accessible only by boat as it is surrounded by the Vembanad Lake, stretching from Alappuzha to Kochi and the Kayamkulam Lake.
Krishnapuram Palace - Located at a distance of 47 km from Alappuzha on the way to Kollam, this palace was built in the 18th century during the reign of Marthanda Varma. This palace is noted for its typical Kerala architecture, with gabled roof, dormer windows, and narrow corridors. Here you will find the famous mural kept in the western end of the ground floor, called ‘Gajendra Moksham’ which is the largest mural in Kerala. There is also a museum of antique sculptures, paintings and bronze articles in the palace.
Ambalapuzha Temple - A visit to this temple, dedicated to Lord Krishna, will enable you to witness the typical temple architecture of Kerala. You can also get the glimpses of the town culture and taste payasam, if you happen to visit this place during the festival time of March.
Edathua Church - This church, dedicated to St. George, is of special significance as it is believed that prayers and offerings here help in healing all kinds of mental disorders and other ailments. The annual feast is held from 5th - 7th May and attracts devotees from all parts of south India. The Church is just 24 kilometres from Alappuzha.
Arthunkal Church - This christian Pilgrim centre near Sherthalai is 22 kilometres north of Alappuzha. The St. Andrews Church here was built by Portuguese missionaries. The annual feast of St. Sebastian is held here in the month of January.
You can have an access to Ayurvedic spa for an additional cost.
Airport transfers can be easily arranged with the hotel. The organizer can put you in touch with other guests arriving on the same day. When travelling back to the airport, the cost of the taxi can be shared amongst more people. Some guests will stay on for an extra night (25th Feb) in Cochin, please let Yorkshire Centre for Wellbeing know if you would like to join.
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