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January News


January/February
New Classes 
Face Yoga with meditation and yoga Nidra Monday January 15th 4.25 pm with Anne-Marie £90 for 10 sessions

This class is particularly beneficial to help quieten the mind, while face yoga is not only an extremely effective natural face lift but it is also very helpful for issues such as migraines, eye strain, and an anxious mind.

January 27 Didgeridoo Healing & Shamanic Drumming & Social 6.30-8pm
Christian and James invite you to take part in this Didgeridoo healing followed by shamanic drumming. Christian is an experienced didgeridoo player and facilitator of sound healing. He will take you on a journey into deep relaxation similar to that achieved during Meditation, allowing our bodies time to re-balance and rejuvenate.  Please see our Facebook page for full details

Saturday February 10th Spiritual Warrior social part 1: Pranayama Yoga Breathing with James
You are invited to our socail where James will teach the science of Yogic breathing practices. In 2003 he took initiation into the Sudashan Kriya and has used this powerful breathing practice ever since as part of his own personal sadhana (spiritual practice). He will teach this practice as well as the Gayatri mantra, a powerful Hindu mantra.  Please contact James on james@yorkshirewellbeing.co.uk to book on
Saturday February 24th Gong Sound Bath & Shamanic Drumming & Social 6.30-8pm 
You are invited to take part in this Gong sound bath led by Craig Eddington followed by shamanic drumming. Please follow this link on Craigs soulshine website and choose the centres name to book on for the session.

Retreats 2018
Retreats- New dates Harrogate and Kerala
Due to the success of our 2017 retreats in particular our New Year retreat for which we now always have a waiting list, we are introducing extra retreats at the centre as we feel our retreats, in particular, are so beneficial to our overall health and wellbeing.


Some of the students on our New year retreat


Here is some of the feedback so far:-

Just returned from a wonderful New Years yoga retreat at Yorkshire Centre for Wellbeing. Anne-Marie and James structured and presented the retreat perfectly, knitting together the yoga, meditation, cooking, theory etc. They are experts in their field with a genuine passion to improve and nurture one's wellbeing. Natalie Rose

Thanks for a fantastic New Year retreat. Still buzzing!   Ruth Holland

 Thank you for such lovely hospitality and healing.  Neil Ghosh

Ahimsa Garden Retreats November 2017 Feedback
We have just returned from our November retreat, here is some of the feedback from our lovely students (see below)


On return from my stay at Ahimsa how much improved I am, my joints are no longer painful and I can walk with ease and as a bonus lost 4lb in weight and carrying on with the Ayurvedic diet I continue to loose weight. The Indian doctors Dr Daisy Kuchinad  M.D and Dr.Nair our Ayurvedic doctor and all their staff were just so lovely. So a big thankyou to all but especially Anne Marie as without her this would not have happened.a big thank you to everyone involved and new friends from the Yorkshire Centre for Wellbeing & Harrogate Retreats
Jenny Stanley- green top


Kelly-Anne (our therapist at the centre on the right) with Dr.Nair next to Anne-Marie and Dr.Kuchinad next to Kelly-Anne
I wanted to say a few words of thanks Anne-Marie for introducing me to Daisy and for my experience at Ahimsa. I found the retreat to be a very authentic Ayurvedic experience.  Dr Nair and his team were impeccable . I  feel I have had a truly medicinal transformational programme of therapy.
My Mum has also benefited greatly so i want to offer my deepest thanks to the whole team!
Kelly-Anne xx

Ahimsa Retreats upgrade and our next retreat
We are delighted that Dr.Kuchinad has now started a major upgrade of Ahimsa Garden Retreats to include 5 new bedrooms with private ensure bathrooms ( by the end of 2018) while the current rooms will also be upgraded by February

 

 

Harrogate Retreats
Feedback from our Chakra retreat
We just want to thank you all for making our weekend so special.  We both felt amazingly calm and benefitted so much from the meditation, yoga, seminars and treatments.   It gave us so much to think about and encouraged us to try and make some changes. The yoga sessions were wonderful, you both have so much experience and knowledge, and we thank you for sharing it with us.  The treatments with Kelly- Anne were also amazing
I am sure we will come back at some time.
Denise Wilson

 

 

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.

 

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.
Nicky Snazell
Consultant Physiotherapist in spinal pain, Health Harley St, Harrogate, Stafford, Author

 

Ahimsa Garden Retreats Kerala

February 16-24 from £1175

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)* *additional charge if less than 6 people on the retreat

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

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February feedback

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.

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

Sunrise yoga

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

Anne-Marie says
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
https://www.facebook.com/annemarie.burford/videos/1536597706352396/?l=2045541062543010701


 
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 !
http://www.indiavideo.org/heritage/systems-of-knowledge/yoga/surya-namaskar-3155.php

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
https://www.facebook.com/annemarie.burford/videos/1558276944184472/

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
https://www.facebook.com/annemarie.burford/posts/1558278364184330?comment_id=1558284674183699

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

Emma Ashforth
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!

Liz Gibson
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.

Tony Byrne
 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.

Panchakarma

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.

For more details of the retreats please click here
For Dr. Kuchinad's personal statement please click here

 

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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