Inspired by the Indian Ayurvedic Medicine Five Element theory, this 8 day / 7 night Yoga retreat will be held at the beautiful Ashok Tree Ashram in the sacred rural surroundings of Paliapattu, Tirvannamalai, Southern India. Set in 13 acres of orchards, gardens and fields, this natural environment will place us in the simplicity and support our reconnecting with nature as part of the yoga retreat experience.
The word āyus means life and veda, refers to a system of knowledge. The retreat will not so much give a system of thought but awaken thought and contemplation where we can consider ideas in a journey to discovering and connecting to the roots of your Yoga. A dance between stretching the body and mind outside ideas and narratives with the intention of guiding those with a curious mind deeper into their own practise of Yoga.
This is a journey into and towards simplicity where we find comfort not by adding more and more externally aesthetically pleasing aspects into our experience, but through an intimate awareness of ourselves, we cultivate and fine tuning the qualities of feeling, listening and watching for the purpose of reaching deeper to our interior life.
A week long retreat with morning and evening Meditation practise, twice daily Asana practise of Yin Yoga and Yin Yang Yoga, seven nights accommodation, transfers from Chennai (return flights with BA are currently £450), three organic vegetarian meals a day with the most amazing seasonal fruit available throughout the day to snack on along with chai, herbal teas (some grown onsite), mineral water, tea and coffee, a sunrise hike to the top of Mount Arunachala, a day trip to Pondicherry, an evening temple visit, an introduction to Ayurveda workshop and an hour Ayurvedic treatment.
Nestled in between the gardens, orchards, and fields, the facilities at Ashok include a large open-air Yoga shala, Meditation bowl, temple area and swimming pool (which is currently being built). Also on the Ashok Tree grounds is the Sita Devi Charity School which educates around 100 primary school children per year. Karma yoga at Sita Devi can be one of the many optional daytime activities during the retreat.
THE YIN AND YANG YOGA AND MEDITATION RETREAT
FRIDAY 1st MARCH - FRIDAY 8th March 2019
ASHOK TREE ASHRAM, TIRVANNAMALAI, SOUTHERN INDIA
FROM £499 PER PERSON