Kerala Yoga Retreats
Welcome to the home of Ayurveda, Kerala!
The founders of Qi Yo Multiversal Yoga pair with ayurvedic doctors who have many years of experience in treating patients and research to offer you an amazing experience in India!
- Try daily authentic treatments with professional therapists. Get first class attention!
- The first day you arrive you will receive an examination by doctor who will create a custom treatments program for you and will design your treatments depending on your needs.
- You will also be placed on a diet plan with organic, local, and fresh Ayurvedic food.
Enjoy a day sightseeing in the old/ European part of Kochin and see a carnatic music performance, a kalaripayattu martial arts or an opera performance in the evening.
Kathakali is the classical dance-drama of Kerala, which originated during the 17th century. It is rooted in Hindu mythology and has a unique combination of literature, music, painting, acting, and dance. We conduct regular visits to the Kathakali centers where you can watch live performance and the in-house treasures associated with this graceful dance. Above all, you can have a peek into the backstage rituals in preparation for the show.
Krishnattam Dance: It is another form of Kathakali, representing the various life stages of Lord Krishna. It form still flourishes in the famous Guruvayoor Temple and other temples dedicated to Lord Krishna. The traditional Krishnattam dance is enacted as a series of eight plays indicating the eight main stages of Lord Krishna’s life.
Mohiniattam: It is a very expressive form of dance belonging to Kerala. It is made of two words, Mohini, and attam. Mohini refers to a beautiful woman and attam means dance. Therefore, this traditional dance form means the dance of an enchantress. But surprisingly it is a dance form played by men dressed up as women. In Kerala, classical Mohiniatam dance form evolved centuries back under the influence of the great king of Travancore, Swati Thirunal. This king was a great patron of fine arts and encouraged artists from all over India to perform in his court.
Kalaripayattu: This martial art form originated in Kerala and is considered as the mother of all Oriental martial arts. Legend has it that Sage Parasurama; the master of all martial art forms devised this 3000-year-old art form. He is also credited to be the re-claimer of Kerala from the Arabian Sea. Kung- fu, popularized by the monks of the Shoaling Temple traces its ancestry to Bodhi Dharma, an Indian Buddhist monk and Kalaripayattu master. Watch the masters in action and marvel at this traditional and original source of martial arts.
Qi-Yo Multi-Yoga is the first system to unite Qi-Gong, Tai Chi, and Balinese practices with traditional Vedantic Yoga. Its mission is to offer a broad view of the world’s esoteric heritage via an open approach that melds extant spiritual knowledge into a single, unified system.
This program includes daily Qi Gong and Yoga classes, pranayama (breathing practices), and meditation.
Ayurveda means the Science of life.
The practice of this age-old medicine started around 1500 B.C. Aatharvaveda, one of the four most ancient books of Indian knowledge, wisdom, and culture contains 114 hymns or formulations for the treatment of diseases. This Indian Science of life originated and developed from these hymns.
In this sense, Ayurveda is considered to have divine origin representing one of the oldest organized system of medicine for positive health and cure of human ailments. It deals elaborately with measures of healthful living during the entire span of life and its various phases. Besides dealing with principles for maintenance of health, it has also developed a wide range of therapeutic measures to combat illness.
These principles of positive health and therapeutic measures related to physical, mental, social, and spiritual welfare of human beings are followed in the exact way as they were centuries ago in Ayurkshetra. Thus, Ayurveda is one of the oldest systems of medicine dealing with both the preventive and curative aspects of life in a most comprehensive way.
According to Ayurveda, life is considered the union of body, senses, mind, and soul. The living human being is an accumulation of three humours, Vata, Pitta & Kapha, seven basic tissues, Rasa, Rakta, Mansa, Meda, Asthi, Majja & Shukra and the waste products of the body such as faeces, urine and sweat. Thus, the total body matrix comprises of the humours, the tissues, and the waste products of the body.
The growth and decay of this body matrix and its constituents revolve around food, which is processed into humours, tissues, and wastes. Ingestion, digestion, absorption, assimilation, and metabolism of food have interplay in health and disease, which are significantly affected by psychological mechanisms as well as by bio- fire, Agni.
Panchamahabhutas: According to Ayurveda all objects in the universe including human body are composed of five basic elements, Panchamahabhutas, which are earth, water, fire, air, and ether. There is a balanced concentration of these elements in different proportions to suit the needs and requirements of different structures and functions of the body matrix and its parts. The growth and development of the body matrix depends on its nutrition, i.e. on food. The food, in turn, is composed of the above five elements, which replenish or nourish the like elements of the body after the action of bio-fire, Agni.
Thridoshas: The theory of ‘Panchbhootha’- five elements- described above explains only the materialistic manifestations but not the functional aspects of life. In order to explain the functional aspects of life, the theory of “Thridosha”, three functional principles or bio-energies which maintains the system is adopted.
Health or sickness: It depends on the presence or absence of a balanced state of the total body matrix. It includes the balance between its different constituents. Both the intrinsic and extrinsic factors can cause disorder in the natural equilibrium, giving rise to disease. This loss of equilibrium can happen by dietary indiscrimination, undesirable habits, and non-observance of rules of healthy living.
Treatments: This is the most important. There are five basic cleaning therapies intended to make body more pure and then followed by rejuvenating treatments. Panchakarma or five procedures is a cleansing and rejuvenating course for the body, mind, and consciousness. It is very beneficial for an overall health, wellness, and self-healing. At Eastend Munnar we practice the authentic Panchakarma which will benefit you in the following ways Eliminate toxins and toxic conditions from your body and mind.
Benefits of Panchakarma:
• Eliminate toxins from your body
• Reinstate your constitutional balance improving health and wellness
• Strengthen your immune system and makes you more resistant to general illness
• Reverse the negative effects of stress on your body and mind
• Slow the aging process
• Enhance your self-reliance, strength, energy, vitality and mental clarity
• Bring about deep relaxation and a sense of well-being
• Implements positive lifestyle changes
Authentic panchakarma treatments:
• Basti (Enema): There are two types Anuvasana and Niruha-Asthapana. Anuvasana treatment of oil enema is performed when a person is having pure vata disorders like excess hunger or dryness related to vata imbalances. Niruha-Asthapana is a decoction enema which is prescribed to eliminate vata, nervous diseases, gastro-intestinal vata, rheumatoid arthritis, urinary disorders, appetite, pain, hyperacidity, heart diseases, and certain types of fever.
• Vamanam (Intended Vomitting): Medicines are given to the patient, which provokes vomiting which cleans the stomach. This procedure is administered in Kapha disorders, asthma, and psoriasis.
• Virechana (Intended purgation): Medicines are given for purification of the intestine. This process is beneficial for skin disorders, arthritis and digestive disorders
• Raktha moksha (Blood letting): In this treatment, leeches are used to draw out impure blood from the body by making them suck blood from certain points. It is very effective for certain types of skin disorders
• Nasyam (nasal infusion): Medicated oil and herbal extracts like Anu Thailam, Cephagraine Nasal Drops are instilled into the nostrils after olfaction and fomentation of face, throat, and thoracic part. This is a time-tested treatment for sinusitis, headaches, and facial paralysis.
Anjana: A special medicine prepared out of various herbs is applied in the eyes to ret relief from lachrymation. It cleanses the eyes and enhances the vision.
• Dhoomapanam: This treatment involves the inhalation of smoke from different types of herbs, which are rolled like cigars. It is a remedy for sinusitis, headache, rhinitis, and heaviness of head.
• Gandoosham / Kabalam: To strengthen the teeth and to treat mouth disorders a potion of medicated oil and juices of various plants is taken into the mouth, kept for some time and then spit.
• Herbal Facial: After massaging the face with specially prepared massage oil, herbal face packs and creams are applied. It tones as well as makes the skin fairer.
• Karnapoorana: To get rid of the pain in the ear, wax, and infection medicated oil is instilled.
• Lepam: This is a paste of selected herbs, Kottamchukkadi, and curcuma aromatica, red sandal which are mixed for externally application. It is applied for a fixed time to cure inflamed joints.
• Nasyam (Nasal Infusion): This treatment is prescribed for sinusitis, headaches, and facial paralysis. Medicated oil, anu thailam and herbal extracts, cephagraine nasal drops are instilled into the nostrils after olfaction and fomentation of face, throat, and thoracic part.
• Netra Tharpana: This treatment is prescribed for treating all types of eye disorders. A boundary of herbal paste is made and medicated oil, ghee or other medicines are poured on the eye and retained.
• Netrasekam: A special decoction of special herbs is mixed with Thriphala Choornam. The eyes are washed with it to give good vision and to protect the eyes from cataract and other disorders.
• Pichu: Pieces of cloth are soaked in medicated oil like Dhanwantharam, Kottamchukkadi, Karpooradi or Murivenna. Then it is placed on the joints or areas suffering from pain according to the physician’s advice. It is helpful for easing body pain, joint pain, arthritis, spondilosis, and old age related disorders.
• Shirovasthi: Tepid herbal oil, Ksheerabala Thailam is poured into a cap, which is fitted on the head and retained for 15 – 60 minutes per day for a period of seven days. It is recommended for getting relief from insomnia, migraine, and facial paralysis. It is good for the scalp and head due to the cooling property of the oil.
• Thala Pothichil: This is a time-tested treatment for psychic disorders, migraine, sleeplessness, and mental disorders. Herbs are made into a paste and applied all over the head in half-inch thickness.
• Thalam: A thick paste is prepared by mixing medicated oils in herbal powder and applied on the scalp for a fixed time. It is effective for headache, myofascitis, and sleeplessness.
• Urovasthi: Like Kativasthi, medicated oil is prepared according to ancient texts as per the needs of the patient and disease. A boundary of herbal paste is made on the chest of the patient and the warm medicated oil is poured which is retained inside the herbal boundary for 45 minutes. It is good for asthma, heart disease, and muscular chest pain.
Vetever Scrub Bath: This is a pure herbal beauty treatment for the entire body. First, cream or oil is used to massage and then the body is scrubbed with the vetever scrub and bath powder. It exfoliates the dead skin and makes it fair.
Take the famous backwaters boat cruise: The lush green expanse of Alappuzha is indeed a one-of-it-kind place for natural beauty. Criss-crossed by an intricate network of lakes, inland canals, lagoons, and freshwater bodies, it has that rare and enticing charm which is unseen in other places even if they are situated amidst backwaters. It is no wonder that it earned a sobriquet The Venice of the East. Definitely, it is a land blessed with natural beauty and diversity.
Here luxurious houseboats converted from traditional rice boats, and small catamarans ferry through the inland waterways with men and material. A trip in the houseboat along those endless backwater stretches is something you cannot afford to miss. Its peaceful and serene atmosphere is a rare treat to your eyes and mind. At Lakesong you can enjoy such cruises, which will take you to Vembanad Lake through a tranquil stretch of emerald waters with lush green paddy fields below sea level.
Cultural tour: Be ready for an escorted evening trip to the traditional cultural sites, which includes visit to the Shiva Temple of Ettumanoor. It is famous for its mural paintings and elaborate carvings, and the martial art center Kalarippayattu, where the exponents will give a demonstration of this ancient martial art form. Last but not the least there will be a visit to an ancient house built in the old traditional way Naalukettu.
Rubber plantation visit: Rubber is a major cultivation in the middle region of Kerala where you will find many rubber estates of the well-known names of the corporate world. We organize a visit to a rubber estate and the factory where you can see the latex extraction, processing, and other procedures of rubber making.
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Accommodation at an authentic luxury Kerala style beach resort!
Airport: Arrive at Kochin International Airport
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