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What do you get when you combine the ancient holistic art of Ayurveda with another Eastern-fusion exercise discipline known as bodyART? The result is the AYU Retreat that embraces Ayurveda, yoga and and meditation alongside bodyART training. 

Developed by ex-dancer and physiotherapist Robert Steinbacher, bodyART® is adored by fitness aficionadas like Madonna. This seamlessly integrated form of exercise, based on Chinese medicine involves a one-hour practice that fosters unity of mind, body and soul through gentle yet challenging routines.

From May 28 to June 10, just in time to get yourself bikini-prepped for the summer, the AYU Retreat is suitable for anyone who wants to detox, lose weight, and alleviate physical pain — in an environment that offers the comforts of a beach resort, excellent vegetarian food, rejuvenating massages, and 4-star accommodation.

Conducted by bodyART Global Master Trainer Ulli Mangold,  she explains how this seven-day retreat in South India works. “Strength, flexibility and balance are developed through the exercises, leading to improved posture, reduction and prevention of back pain, stress relief, more energy and vitality, and an enhanced sense of wellbeing.”

Take me to Paradise 

The Retreat is held at Manaltheeram Ayurveda Beach Village, an award-winning Ayurveda and yoga resort in Kerala, India. It overlooks the Arabian Sea and has direct access to the beach.

As a special offer for New You & ME readers, we are happy to offer a 10% discount on our advertised prices. Ask for the “New You Discount” in your e-mail to info@ayurooms.com

Is the AYU Retreat for me?

If you are into the idea of a multi-day programme that combines yoga, meditation, other forms of exercise, nutrition, daily massages and recreation, then a resounding ‘Yes’, is the answer. This carefully curated retreat is designed for people who love fitness, adventure and travel, and who wish to deepen their commitment to health and wellbeing.  Packages are priced ‘all-inclusive’.

How do I get there?

The Retreat is 40 minutes by car from Trivandrum International Airport (TRV), a highly accessible destination. There are direct flights to TRV from Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Bahrain, Kuala Lumpur, and the major hubs in India such as Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi or Chennai. Airport transfers are included in all packages on Ayurooms. For information about visa on arrival in India, click here

Ready, steady, go…

The bodyART® training at the AYU Retreat starts on Sunday, May 28, 2017 and finishes on Saturday, June 10, 2017.  Participants are encouraged to arrive on Saturday, May 27 (or earlier).

How long is the AYU Retreat?

All-inclusive packages are available for stays from 7 nights to 15 nights. Those who wish to maximize their training time are encouraged to arrive on May 27 and depart on June 11.

Who is conducting the training?

The bodyART® training in India will be conducted by Ulli Mangold, the Global Master Trainer of the Robert Steinbacher bodyART® International Community. Ulli is also a certified yoga instructor.

Who can participate?

Because this workout protocol is based on functional movement designed to maintain optimal vitality and fluidity throughout every part of the body, bodyART® training is perfect for everyone: men, women, youth, golden oldies, as well as amateur and professional athletes. No prior experience with bodyART or yoga is required.  Each training session at the AYU Retreat will be limited to 15 participants, thereby ensuring more personalised instruction and coaching.

What treatments are also included?

Manaltheeram combines traditional Ayurveda and a beach resort. It offers specific programmes to treat skin disorders, stress, stomach-related diseases, and chronic pain. To compliment your bodyART® training, Ayurooms has selected a “Rejuvenation Package” for all participants in the AYU Retreat. This includes 90 to 120 minutes of body treatments daily. This package is also flexible — there is no requirement to undergo a strenuous diet; there is no fixed number of days or weeks that you need to stay, and you can choose to focus on any health goal that you wish.

What about yoga?

In addition to bodyART® training, participants have the option to attend one yoga class and one meditation class a day, on a complimentary basis as part of their package. Yoga is offered according to skill level — beginner, intermediate, and advanced — at fixed times daily. Each session lasts for 90 minutes. Meditation, which includes pranayama (breathing exercises), is offered twice a day for 45 minutes. Private yoga instruction can also be arranged on request for $12 per session. Manaltheeram has both indoor and open-air yoga spaces.

What facilities are there?

Manaltheeram has free wifi, a beautiful pool, business centre, 24-hour reception, room service, beach service, cultural programmes, cooking classes, and a left luggage room to store your suitcases in case you plan to travel locally for a few days. If you need local currency, Manaltheeram offers reasonable exchange rates.

Tempt your palate 

Manaltheeram’s restaurant features an exotic buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It serves Indian, European, Asian and pure Ayurveda cuisine, with an endless variety of raw and cooked vegetarian dishes, labelled according to dosha type — this helps you to select the right foods for your body constitution. If you are not on a wellness diet, you can order fresh seafood and chicken dishes à la carte, at extra cost.

What are the rooms like?

In all room categories at Manaltheeram, guests have the choice of either a king bed or two twin beds. For the AYU Retreat, two categories of rooms are being offered: BRONZE and GOLD. Gold rooms have air conditioning and offer a full sea view. Bronze rooms are slightly more spacious and have a ceiling fan, but no air conditioning or sea view.

How much will it cost?

Bronze packages start at $1,250 per person for 7 nights on a twin-sharing basis.
Gold packages start at $1,450 per person for 7 nights on a twin-sharing basis.

The above rates include accommodations, meals, treatments, yoga, meditation, bodyART training, airport transfers, and taxes. Airfare and visas are not included.

Rates are subject to change without notice.



Airport pick-up & drop-off provided

Accommodations (4-star quality)

All meals & medicines during stay


bodyART Training (3 hrs daily)

Yoga (90 min daily)

Meditation (45 min daily)


Body Massage (90 min daily)

Shopping trips (daily)

Backwater trip (river cruise)

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