Kerala Ayurveda and Yoga Retreat

Green Gram Wellness Village focuses on providing ideal holistic healing through traditional Ayurveda, yoga, naturopathy, and homeopathy. Their team of highly qualified and experienced practitioners diagnose and guide through ailments with the help of age-old therapies. Take complete advantage of their programs and experience total rejuvenation while you stay at one of their cottages!

2 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English;
The maximum participants in the group is 20

Highlights

  • Yoga classes
  • Ayurvedic treatments
  • Free time to enjoy optional activities
  • 1-night accommodation
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Advanced
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Retreat Style

  • Ashtanga Yoga
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Program

Yoga is a set of practices that originated in ancient India with various branches of yoga emerging in different centuries. These branches are practiced by various schools of yoga with set goals in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. These are all a group of physical, mental, and spiritual disciplines. Yoga is mentioned in the scriptures of Rigveda, Hindu Upanishads, Buddhist Pali canon, Hath Yoga, and Raja Veda.

Till the late 19th century, yoga was practiced only in India, but after the early 20th century, the knowledge and practices of yoga were broadened by Swami Vivekananda to the western countries and yoga became a popular concept in the west.

Yoga is not only a practice of physical exercise, but it also teaches the methods of meditation and spiritual awareness. Yoga is proven to avoid risks involved with various ailments and assist the psychological healing process in the human body.

The Sanskrit meaning of yoga refers to the act of adding or uniting and further on has been given many references to combining or to attaching and has further given rise to many compound words like “Pumyoga” or the “Kriya yoga”. It is a balanced practice of activities performed as daily duties or routine and hence is also termed as “union with the supreme”. In December 2016, yoga was listed as a tangible cultural heritage in UNESCO.

The ancient form of yoga is explained in short as a means to achieve the following goals.

  • A set of meditative practices to achieve inner peace, overcoming suffering, liberating the mind and body, and achieving salvation.
  • An awareness of co-existing with the surroundings consciously.
  • A method to enlighten self by understanding the permanent and the impermanent truth of nature.

Among the various forms of yoga that exist, at Green Gram Wellness Village, they primarily practice Ashtanga yoga. Ashtanga yoga was taught by the Great Teacher Patanjali and is described in the “Yoga Sutras of Patanjali”. It is also known as “Raja Yoga” which means yoga for the kings and is associated with the ultimate objective of attaining “Samadhi” which is the state of powerful concentration. Ashtanga yoga is a set of ethical practices and self-development techniques for the body, mind, and spirit.

Mythology suggests that long time ago, the Ayurvedic experts, who were referred to as Rishis and Munis approached Lord Vishnu to inform him that even though he incarnated as Lord Dhanvanthari and had given them the means to treat ailments with the help of Ayurveda, people were still suffering. Seeking Lord Vishnu’s guidance, they asked what measures can be taken to treat ailments that the people were suffering from.

They shared their observations that the ailments were not just physical, but were also emotional and psychological impurities like anger, greed, jealousy, lust etc. Lord Vishnu heard the concerns of the Rishis and the Munis as the rest on the Infinite Cosmic Serpent - the Adi Shesha and later on gave them Adi Shesha as a symbol of awareness who was born as Maharishi Patanjali on planet earth.

Ashtanga yoga has been outlined in the Yoga Sutras by Maharishi Patanjali as the "eight-limbed yoga". It is the path of internal purification for revealing the universal self and consists of the eight spiritual practices namely yama (moral codes), niyama (self study and purification), asana (posture), pranayama (breath control), pratyahara (sense control), dharana (concentration), dhyana (meditation), and samadhi (absorption into the universe).

According to the Yoga Sutras, yama, niyama, asana, and pranayama are considered the first four limbs and consist of external cleansing practices. Patanjali has precisely explained that defects in the external practices are correctable while defects in the internal cleansing practices pratyahara, dharana, dhyana (which form the remaining limbs of Ashtanga yoga) are not correctable and can be dangerous to the mind unless the correct Ashtanga yoga method is followed.

Yoga is defined as the technique of controlling the mind. It is also known as Chitta Vrtti Nirodha in Sanskrit which means the supreme union of absolute understanding. Perfecting yama and niyama are the first two steps toward controlling the mind. However, it is not possible to practice the limbs and sub-limbs of yama and niyama when the body and sense organs are weak and troubled by complications.

Hence, a person must first practice asanas daily to make the body strong, healthy, and stabilize the body. Once the body is at equilibrium, the mind can be controlled and a steady pattern can be maintained. With a balanced and controlled mind, one is able to pursue and grasp the first two limbs yama and niyama.

At Green Gram Wellness Village, they help their guests to learn all aspects of yoga so that they can make it a part of their lifestyle. They ensure that the yogam or union of yoga and Ayurveda gives astounding results to their guests.

Daily schedules (dinacharya: daily rituals)

  • 07:00 Wake up
  • 07:15 Gandoosham will be given for herbal mouth wash
  • 07:20 Herbal medications Kashyam to be taken
  • 07: 30 Green tea
  • 08:00 Yoga
  • 09:30 Breakfast as per diet
  • 10:30 -12:00 Ayurveda therapies
  • 12:15 Herbal juice
  • 12:30 - 13:00 Library time
  • 13:00 Lunch as per schedule
  • 13:30 - 15:00 Relax
  • 15:00 - 16:00 Ayurvedic therapies
  • 16:30 Green tea
  • 16:45 - 18:00 Optional, cycling and walking
  • 18:00 Kashayam medications
  • 18:30 - 19:00 Dinner
  • 19:30 - 21:00 Relax
  • 21:00 Bedtime

Please find the daily schedule in general. The timing and treatments may have changed once the doctor consultation is over according to the body constitutions.

What is included

  • 1-night accommodation
  • Full body Ayurvedic treatments in the morning and afternoon
  • Yoga classes
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Herbal juices
  • Airport pickup and drop off

Food

You will be provided with vegetarian meals.

The following meals are included:
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Drinks
  • Drinks (Water & Herbal Tea)
  • Lunch
The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:
  • Vegetarian

Meet The Instructors

Multiple Instructor

Multiple Instructor

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Location Green Gram Wellness Village, Elavoor Thrikka Temple, Kannamkullassery Elavoor, Elavoor Rd, Cochin, Kerala 683572, India

Booking And Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 3 days before the arrival date.

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