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Astral projection, Lucid dreaming & dream travel - Life of a dream walker
For those interested in going deeper with your practice you may find it of interest to read James' first blog
Happy Summer! We have a number of events happening at the centre over the summer months.
Summer Special offer £50 for James's Beginners yoga class + Helens classes
For new students to the centre, or for those who have not joined a block in 2017, you are invited to join a 10 week block (to be used in 12 weeks) at £50. This is valid for James's Beginners Monday 6pm-7.15pm class and the Friday 7-8.30pm and Sunday 11.30-12.45 class with Helen. (There may be availability in other yoga classes, please email to enquire) Please contact James on email@example.com to book on.
1-2-1 Sessions in Yoga or Pilates with James £40
James is offering a reduction on his 1-2-1 fees over the summer for those wanting to work with James on a 1-2-1 level. Whether it be working with stability and injury rehabilitation or wanting to develop overall strength, flexibility or develop your Yoga/Pilates knowledge, James can assist you.
Yoga Nidra and Shamanic Drumming with Anne-Marie and James Saturday 22nd July 6.30-8pm £10 Donation
You are invited to join an evening of Yoga Nidra led by Anne-Marie followed by Shamanic drumming led by James, with the opportunity for a social and meeting like minded people. Yoga Nidra means 'Sleep Yoga' and is a deep guided relaxation which allows healing to occur.
Our next retreat is our:-
Summer Bank Holiday Ayurvedic Yoga Retreat August 25-28 £325 (non res price) early bird price £275 for bookings by July 24.
If it's not possible for you to join us yet on one of our India retreats as yet you may like to join us on our longest UK retreat. Ayurveda teaches the art of finding balance and harmony within our environment. In the 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. Joining one of our retreats is the quickest way to acquire vibrant health and wellbeing.
This retreat only happens once a year - if you are a visitor to Harrogate the summer is a beautiful time to spend in Harrogate and the surrounding stunning Yorkshire Dales.
Angelic Reiki Training Lvl 1&2 with Dale Tobin Sep 23rd-24th 10am-4pm £195 early bird or £255 from 23rd August.
We are happy to welcome Dale back to the centre to continue running his Angelic Reiki training. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn how to heal others and yourself with hands on healing.
Kerala retreat update
After Dr. Kuchinads very successful visit to us a couple of weeks ago the November retreat is now almost fully booked, we are just waiting on confirmation from a couple of people, so due to demand we have now set the February dates, please read below Nicky Snazell's account of her meeting with Dr.Kuchinad - we are delighted that Nicky and her husband are joining us this November.
Daisy in blue top with her husband Chet on the right, Nicky next to Daisy with her husband Alan on the left
I have just completed my Human Garage Trilogy of books on Mind, Body & Soul. In these books I have opened my heart to explain my beliefs on what we all need to live a longer, healthier, happier and more fulfilled life. Imagine then my unbelievable joy in meeting a kindred spirit in Dr Daisy Kuchinad, a USA based physician.
Daisy was born in India, a US citizen and an experienced western physician in the USA and who has practiced there for over 30 years. Over that time she has worked with all that western medicine has to offer, seeing first hand its strengths and weaknesses and the latter has been of great significance to her own immediate family, where western medicine fell short of achieving true health and recovery. Fortunately Daisy was able to call upon an ancient eastern medical system of Ayurvedic Medicine, as she had set up a Medical Charity in her ancestral village in Kerala, India, to help hundreds of local people. She lost no time and took her own family to her centre and there she saw, first hand how Eastern Medicine could complement Western Medicine; and witnessed a level of recovery which was simply not possible with Western Medicine alone.
Over the following years this drove Daisy to read extensively about Ayurdevic Medicine and although, by her own admission, she is not qualified in this, she has extensive knowledge of its history and principles. This in turn had driven her to develop her Kerala Centre with the aim of ensuring its long term sustainability for future generations. Her care for her people and its environment are intoxicating. Just as in many parts of the world, where we are destroying much of the local habitat and wiping out whole species of life, likewise this is happening in a rapidly developing India.
Daisy and her husband have saved a potential ecological disaster of ripping down local land to be converted into a quarry, by buying it and then going on to investing love and care and creating a sanctuary for over 400 endangered medical plants and trees. This in turn is helping save endangered animal species which are returning to her eco system for an almost unique source of food and habitat.
Within all this Daisy has created her Ahimsa Retreat. Ahimsa means ‘no violence’ and her vision for Ahimsa is that no violence should be done to any living thing, whether plant, animal or person. At Ahimsa, Daisy has gathered a team of skilled practitioners alongside her medical centre and this is all on hand to visitors at the retreat, plus of course Daisy herself. Every aspect of the centre was hand chosen by Daisy right down to the wood which would be used, then skilfully hand carved into the most exquisite furniture throughout. Every part of the Ahimsa Centre reflects one of true love and at one with the environment.
“I can’t tell you how excited I am to have met Daisy and I hope this will go on to be a life long relationship, where, as kindred spirits, we can together go on to open the eyes of as many people as possible to the health benefits of other than conventional western medicine alone.”
As part of my relationship with Daisy I have already chosen my first, I hope, of many visits to the Ahimsa Retreat in November, where my ‘holiday’ will be one of purpose to gain new knowledge on improving health, happiness and contentment. Add to this the rich diversity of history, culture and of course enjoying warm weather in the cold UK winter; for me it is infinitely more appealing than the more conventional western holiday.
Consultant Physiotherapist in spinal pain, Health Harley St, Harrogate, Stafford, Author
Kelly-Anne Head our new therapist settles in
I could not have asked for more ! What wonderful people I've had the pleasure to treat!
The connection between wellness of the body mind and spirit is the at the heart of the centre, and at the heart of the treatments I offer. I couldn't have asked for a better union
Feedback after some of the treatments
I feel amazing after my treatment ! I have been to many therapist but Kelly-Anne is on another level !
I'm making the spirit body balance part of my stress management treatment monthly. I can't believe what a difference it has made!
I've been through a very anxious time recently . Kelly-Anne has made such a huge impact through aromatherapy and angelic reiki in the way I'm dealing with things. Thank you, thank you!
1.Stress Soother : 45 min £37
2. Relieving tension in the back and legs . Relax with layered massage technique and tailored essential oils .
3. Summer Ready: 60 min £45
4. Nurture your skin with a Neil's yard rejuvenating facial. Then enjoy a mini pedicure for summer toes !
5.Relax and Renew : 45 min £37
6.A tailored Aromatherapy back massage , flowing into a brightening and nourishing facial . The perfect skin and body boost!
Retreat New dates Harrogate and Kerala
Summer Bank Holiday Ayurvedic Yoga Retreat August 25-28 £325 early bird price £275 for bookings by July 24 non res price residential options also avaialble
Chakra Tantra retreat Oct 6-8 £225 early bird by Sept 5 £195 non res price residential options also avaialble
For all of those who wish to learn how to create healing and balance through the Chakras
Ayurvedic Yoga Retreat with Panchakarma Nov 10-18 Ahimsa Garden Retreats from £1350 ( inc 21% govt tax) now full
and new date February 16-24 from £1350
The Retreat Includes :-
Daily sunrise and evening yoga and meditation
Seven days of bespoke by Dr. Nair & Dr.Kuchinad 1.5 hours, 2-3 person administered Ayurvedic treatments
Classical Indian music and dance programme
Backwater afternoon sunset house boat/beach trip
Kalaripyattu demonstration x 1( the ancient martial art of Kerala founded in yoga)
Pick-up from Cochin airport
Three daily Ayurvedic vegetarian meals, evening tea and tea/coffee bar
2-3 informal talks by our Ayurvedic practitioner and Dr. Kuchinad about health, nutrition and specific Ayurvedic and Yoga practices to decrease stress and improve quality of life
I have just returned from a two week retreat with Anne-Marie to Kerala in Southern India. We were due to spend a week at Ahimsa Garden Retreats and a week at the Turtle Beach Hotel but in fact ended up staying 11 nights at Ahimsa with three very relaxing days at the lovely Turtle Beach at the end. Ahimsa is the brainchild of Dr Daisy Kuchinad who founded the retreat centre with her husband in 2013 to preserve nearly 400 species of Ayurvedic medicinal plants including rare and endangered species. Although Daisy is a doctor trained in conventional western medicine, she was drawn to learn more about Ayurveda after a member of her family became seriously ill a few years ago and her quest is to holistically combine the best of both medical systems to ensure that the body is kept in balance.
Upon arrival, you have a consultation with Dr Nair, the consultant Ayurvedic doctor, who assesses what treatments will be beneficial to balance your body.
Melanie on the right sitting next to Dr.Kuchinad and Dr.Nair after the final consultation with Dr.Nair -Dr.Nair cream shirt
Each day began with meditation and yoga in one of the two beautiful indoor yoga studios which are positioned high up to make the most of the panoramic views over the treetops. What a stunning experience it was to do Surya Namaskara (Sun Salutation) to the backdrop of the most spectacular sunrises
The daily Ayurvedic treatment followed, the like of which I’ve never experienced before. Two young ladies (male therapist for the men) worked on your body for up to two hours with a variety of ayurvedic massage techniques which included warm oils and hot herbal poultices. The massage was like a carefully choreographed dance as they both worked in complete unison on each side of your body and I was interested to hear that their intense training takes them a year to complete. I was lucky enough to experience the sublime Shirodhara for my last three days of treatment which involved hot oils being drizzled backwards and forwards across your forehead – absolute bliss! Where time allowed, we also incorporated a late afternoon meditation and yoga practice into our day.
The vegetarian food at Ahimsa is delightful and freshly cooked using many ingredients which are grown in the garden and the spice level can be adapted to suit your taste.
The stay also included a number of trips including a cruise on the backwaters on a houseboat accompanied by Indian classical music, a visit to a local convent, orphanage and old people’s home, a display of traditional Indian dance and a demonstration of an Indian martial art based on yoga called Kalaripayattu which had me astounded at the strength, agility and flexibility of the students. Given everything that is included in the retreat, I do think it represents excellent value for money.
One of the most important aspects of the stay at Ahimsa for me was the time which Daisy devoted to spending with us. It was like having your own personal tour guide and I learnt so much from her about the life and culture of India as well as benefiting from her wisdom on anything and everything over some lively dinner conversations! She is a truly visionary lady and I can’t help but think if there were more people like her, then the world would be a much better place.
It’s hard to describe just what a magical and inspirational place Ahimsa is. I went on the retreat to the Maldives last year and whilst I had a wonderful time, the experience at Ahimsa was in a different league for me. The experience has truly nourished my heart and soul and I didn’t want to leave. For anyone who may be considering whether to go to Ahimsa and a little unsure, I’d urge you to just do it. I know you won’t regret it and I for one will be back.
Melanie Richardson March 2017
While there Dr. Nair worked on my neck, I have had neck discomfort for sometime now and have spent a considerable amount on treatments having been told by the various practitioners I have seen that it was wear and tear. However, Ayurveda takes a completely different approach, Ayurveda is completely holistic and looks at the whole person. Dr.Nair told me that he had rebalanced a gland in my neck and since I have had no discomfort whatsoever.
Dr.Nair working on my neck and the short video below is of some of the treatment
Learning to walk again after a serious accident
While at Ahimsa Mayu Tsuruta joined us on our retreat, Mayu is a famous Japanese actress and film star. Her yoga teacher was Jose- who was staying with us here at Ahimsa Garden Retreats. Jose is Dr. Kuchinads' cousin who, a few years ago, was a well known yoga
Here is Jose practising Suraya Namaskar as you can see he was an amazing yogi !
But due to an accident, he is now sadly, partially disabled. Mayu came specially to Ahimsa Gardens to see Jose again.
Mayu, Jose and Dr.Nair
Here is a short video taken 3 weeks ago of Jose, Jose is trying to show us some yoga moves, as you can see he moves very slowly and is quite stooped
Jose has just finished 3 weeks of treatments with Dr.Nair, the video below of Jose, was taken a couple of days ago at Dr.Nairs clinic after Jose has now taken 3 weeks of Ayurvedic treatments with Dr. Nair, as you can see Jose can now can walk up and down steep steps unaided and stand up straight !
This was impossible before - an amazing testimony to the power of Ayurveda but in particular when administered by a real healer and someone of Unnikrishnan Gurukkal experience and vast knowledge.
We are so fortunate in that Dr. Nair treats us on our yoga retreats at Ahimsa Garden Retreats
One of the wonderful things about Ayurveda is that it can achieve wonderful results with conditions that western medicine has only limited or no success with, and all done with natural methods and drug free, but it needs to be experienced to get a true understanding.
Ahimsa Garden Yoga/Panchakarma retreat Kerala 2016 feedback
I highly recommend the retreads offered by the Yorkshire Centre for Wellbeing. The Ahisma Garden Retreat in Kerala has been amazing! What a little gem! I have tried various treatments and therapies around the world over the years - in Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, etc. but Ayurvedic treatment is in a league of its own.
It is possible to visit an Ayurvedic centre after chemotherapy and radiation to restore the immune systems; it is unique and highly effective. Dr Daisy Kuchinad, the founder of Ahimsa, knows only too well as her own beloved son had Cancer aged only 20. A physician based in the US, she researched the planet to find someone to help her son and found Dr Nair. He is a top Ayurvedic doctor based in Kerala. There is something very special about this man; his intuition is incredible - he truly has a sixth sense. He treats patients with panchakarma, Ayurveda's premier mind-body healing treatment; a unique programme of deep cleansing, purification rejuvenation to detoxify the mind and body, strengthen the immune system and restore balance.
Dr. Nair on the right, Dr. Daisy Kuchinad centre, Dr.Nair's daughter left- also an Ayurvedic doctor
I genuinely feel different after a week of treatments - plus the added bonus of looking younger with less cellulite! Daisy has set up a lovely, homely villa with beautiful tropical gardens in which she is conserving rare Ayurvedic plants and the most incredible yoga studios with wooden floors restored from ancient temples, set at tree level amidst the Indian jungle.
Yoga practice in the smaller studio
In accordance with panchakarma, Daisy's wonderful staff serve delicious, organic, mainly home-grown, Ayurvedic, vegetarian food to cleanse the body for the duration of your stay.
There is time to relax and recharge and time to experience the amazing Indian culture with a boat trip on the stunning backwaters, live traditional Indian music and dance, a visit to a Hindu temple and an Indian yoga and Kalaripait martial arts' show.
Some of the children performing Kalaripait moves based on yoga, Anne-Marie and James trying to copy!
This has been a trip of a lifetime! It is life changing! I truly feel that Ayurveda is a lifestyle to be as healthy as possible in a non- aggressive way, one that I intend to continue to follow. I now feel that annual Ayurvedic treatments are key for today's busy life in the West. I think I would have burned out and become seriously ill if I had not taken the time to heal myself and it is an ongoing, lifelong healing process. The combination of East meeting West with a top conventional doctor and top Ayurvedic doctor means you are in the safest of hands with the best advice from both schools of thought. Ahimsa is not only an Ayurvedic retreat but also a yoga retreat, with our own highly experienced, international teacher - Anne-Marie Burford leading the yoga
At meal times, Dr Kuchinad leads inspiring discussions, putting the world to rights, including chats about Ayurveda, modern medicine, philosophy, yoga and praynama, to name a few.
I have learned a lot; I feel enlightened, inspired and extreme positive! All this for a very reasonable price. I am so grateful and I shall be back!
This retreat was a unique experience.
Arriving at Ahimsa we were given a most warm welcome from the staff and were truly made to feel at home.
Dr Daisy Kuchinad is a warm, passionate and very funny lady who goes out of her way to give her guests the best of experiences. The aim of the retreat is ultimately to cover the costs of the garden that Dr Kuchinad has created, trying to save endangered plants and medicinal herbs while giving her guests the best traditional Ayurvedic treatments available.
There are two magnificent yoga studios. Each studio is at tree top height affording beautiful views. Our morning meditation and yoga practice was enhanced by bird song and music from a nearby temple while watching the sunrise.
The delicious home made food was made from organic fruits and vegetables from the garden. The lovely staff were prepared to make us our favourites.
The Pranchakarma treatments are prescribed according to our constitutional type and individual problems. Treatments are performed by professional therapists who I found to be charming and caring.
Cultural experiences were organised for us either in house or by arranged visits. We enjoyed traditional music, dance and martial arts and a fantastic Back Water house boat trip.
Traditional Indian dance programme in the main yoga studio
Panchakarma and yoga were the main reason for my visit but I experienced so much more. We all left visibly rejuvenated in appearance and also in body and mind.
I can't wait to return.
The retreat was an incredible experience and one that I’m looking forward to repeating next year. The retreat has two purpose built yoga studios and the views from both are breathtaking. It is almost impossible to explain the sensation of practising yoga whilst watching the sun rise above the lush green Keralan landscape, you must experience this for yourself to fully appreciate. Ayurvedic treatments are available and are carried out by an incredible team of practitioners. Treatments are bespoked to fit your specific requirements as prescribed by an Ayurvedic doctor. I cannot pretend to understand the full content of the treatments but I can say for me the results have been excellent, resulting in amongst other things, a more relaxed outlook, better sleep and greater energy levels.
The food at the Ahimsa Garden Retreat was consistently of the highest standard. The bedrooms were spacious and of good standard. All rooms had access to ensuite facilities. The grounds were amazing with an incredible array of flowers, herbs, trees, fruit and vegetables all growing across the three acres. Additional activities included performances by local musicians and traditional dancers laid on at Ahimsa Gardens, both exceptional.
The standout memory for me will have to be boating on the Keralan backwaters and watching the sun slowly set. The staff at Ahimsa Gardens made it feel like my home and for that I am grateful, their hospitality knew no bounds.
On the backwaters
Final word must be for Kerala and its people. Beautiful place, beautiful humble people who through both their gentleness and kindness have truly inspired me. I didn’t want to leave and can’t wait to return.
Is the ultimate mind-body healing experience for detoxifying the body, strengthening the immune system, and restoring balance and well-being. It is one of the most effective healing modalities in Ayurvedic Medicine as it promotes detoxification and rejuvenation. Panchakarma consists of various treatments our retreat will last 7 days but Panchakarma may need to be taken for a longer period e.g 14-28 days if there is a more chronic problem, as it can be used very effectively to restore the body to full health and treat even chronic illnesses. If you need guidance if the treatments will be suitable for you or how long you should take Panchakarma for Dr.Kuchinad will be able to advise you.
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Why Ayurveda & yoga ? & the benefits of our Panchakarma retreats.
Both Ayurveda and yoga are totally natural healing systems which we would encourage you to use when ever possible.
- the following quote from Dr. Greenberg bears this out
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