Palm Tree Yoga – Kerala, South India – 23rd January – 5th February 2022
Palm Tree Yoga Centre is magical with its ocean views and its rooftop yoga shala.
If you are like me and struggle with the wintertime (especially January), then this could be the perfect antidote for you. A boost of sunshine during the dark days of January can be so uplifting for spirit and stepping away from your everyday life to practice yoga, relax and feel restored is such a kind and caring investment for your own well being.
Palm Tree Yoga Centre is magical with its daily sunshine, ocean views and rooftop yoga shala. Our beach is in a peaceful bay and only a half hour stroll or a short tuk tuk ride from the shops and restaurants of Kovalam.
Accommodation is spread over three colonial houses overlooking the beach.
Palm Tree has an on-site massage centre so massages and Ayurvedic treatments can be arranged on-site,
Sumadra Village is less than ten minutes walk away and has several cafes, a beauty parlour, shops and lots of hotels (some of which allow us to use their sunbeds and swimming pool for a small fee).
Food: There is an on-site restaurant. Each day after your morning yoga class a delicious breakfast will be served.
On four evenings each week dinner will be provided. Kerala has great vegetarian cuisine so on other evenings we will explore the many local restaurants
Kovalam is two bays away and you can either stroll in along the road or take a 5 minute tuk tuk. This is a great place to shop, change money, visit other beaches, an array of restaurants, treatment centres and
The beach is directly in front of the venue, sunbeds and umbrellas can be hired at a discount.
The Indian Ocean can be quite vigorous and have a strong undertow so there are well trained lifeguards on all beaches.
Excursions can be arranged for you: just ask Halin our manager and he will arrange transport and the excursions for you.
Yoga will take place in the shaded rooftop yoga shala where we have space and equipment for 24 yoga students.
There are cooling roof fans and bamboo blinds so that we may practice in comfort throughout the season.
We have magnificent views of the Indian Ocean as we practice and during the evening practice we watch the sunset over the ocean.
In the morning’s, there will be an alignment based vinyasya flow class beginning at approximately 7 30 am and finishing at around 9 30 am (to avoid the heat). This will be flexible each day though. We will then have a hearty breakfast/brunch buffet.
In the evenings we will practice at Sunset from 5 00 pm – 6 30 pm usually. These sessions will vary each day and will include all aspects of yoga such as a Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga, Somatics, Technique/Therapeutics/ Yoga Nidra/ Meditation and Pranayama.
Yoga mats, bolsters, blocks and belts are provided.
NB – if you are a beginner or would like to come with a partner whom is a beginner, my husband Brian will be teaching a daily yoga basics class every morning that will follow on from mine.
We have allowed two days without yoga during the weekend in the middle of your holiday. This is so you may wander further afield to explore India, take longer excursions, or just relax.
Accommodation – This venue is nicely decorated with cool marble floors throughout.
All bedrooms have fitted wardrobes and en-suite facilities with solar heated shower, WC, basin and mirror, ceiling fans and mosquito nets on the windows.
Housekeeping service cleans the house daily and changes bed linen and towels every 4 days throughout your stay.
Each building has a communal kitchen with a fridge freezer.
There is plenty of crockery, cutlery and cooking pots in case you wish to create snacks.
Teas, coffee, drinking water and biscuits will always be available outside of meal times.
Each building also has a large and airy living room for relaxing with a dining area, sofa and comfy chairs.
Wifi is available
Flights – Fly to Trivandrum – daily from Heathrow, several airlines including Emirates and Sri Lankan Air. All scheduled flights require changing planes on route. Emirates also fly from Gatwick.
Transfers – are included in the cost of the holiday, you will be met from your flight and taken to the venue.
Includes – Accommodation, breakfast, eight evening meals on set nights, yoga and transfers.
Not Included – Flights, insurance, meals other than as specified above.
Passport – All passengers must have at least 6 months remaining on their passport upon arrival in India.
Visas are required for this holiday, you must purchase your single visit evisa, or your multiple visit regular visa on line, before you leave the UK.
Standard rooms – without balconies
Standard rooms with balconies
Pavilion House rooms (overlooking beach) with balconies
About Brigitte Riley
Brigitte has been an established yoga teacher in Milton Keynes for 17 years and is a Registered Senior Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance Professionals, which is the highest accolade in professional yoga teaching.
She is known for her in-depth knowledge and anatomy expertise with regards to correct body alignment and yoga for therapeutic healing. Brigitte also has a wealth of skill and experience in teaching fluid creative vinyasa as well as many other different styles of yoga. Her philosophy on life, authenticity, natural warmth and heartfelt approach radiates through in to her teachings and students are inspired by her ‘keeping it real’ wisdom.
Brigitte teaches weekly classes, monthly master-classes and private one to ones in Milton Keynes, as well as vocational yoga teacher training courses and mentoring for yoga teachers. She also teaches both workshops and yoga retreats nationally and internationally.
About Brian Riley
Brian’s yoga journey started in 2009 after attending his first class with Brigitte, he discovered that the yoga resonated with him on many levels. It was when he had the realisation that yoga is not just about gaining flexibility, but more about awareness and how to skilfully navigate life with greater intelligence off the mat too, that he decided to embark on his own Yoga teacher training program. He was awarded his teacher diploma in December 2014 and now assists on Brigitte’s retreats, thus gaining first hand guidance for his own teaching. He has a compassionate approach to teaching and feels most inspired and rewarded by teaching complete beginners. He creates a safe space and meets each student at their own level, so that each individual feels supported within their own unique practice. He has a sound understanding of body anatomy and offers good alignment cues with lots of encouragement to enable students to find a deeper state of awareness within their bodies and minds. Brian is a registered RYT 200 teacher with Yoga Alliance UK.