Yoga retreat ideas

I just came back from Bali, but mamma mia, what an inspiration for my own yoga retreat center 🙂 I have put all the ideas in a presentation, happy to share it with you! When I can help you with a brainstorm or assistence, don’t hesitate to contact me!

Song meaning Occidentali’s Karma

This song won the San Remo festival in Italy. It’s about how we in the West use eastern philosophies:”It’s about the approach that we have in the West in searching inner peace. We try to approach the eastern practices and in doing so we are a bit awkward. For the other cultures we will always be a bit ‘tourists’“.

Below an interpratation, translated from Significato Canzoni.it

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YepYoga’s guide to Ubud

It’s because of Rosalina, one of my yoga teachers in Paris that I’m here in Bali now. I had never heard of Ubud but she told that enthusiast about it that I googled it and thought: I have to go there one day. And here I am 🙂

Of course I checked out all the flyers and posters in the city for yoga schools. Also my friends Chloe and Amy gave me a lot of names of restaurants. I will check them all 🙂

This list is an ongoing work and will be finalized when I’m gone. So come back regularly in the following weeks. Don’t hesitate to give me even more tips and info!!

  • Yoga schools
    • Yoga Barn – They have the most classes in the week (12+ a day!) and unfortunately also the biggest numbers of students per class. I’ve read about 50-60 persons in some classes. The teachers seem to be good as I have heard. I have walked around there for fifteen minutes; lot of beauty but it lacked warmth and friendliness – not one staff member greeted me or gave a little smile. (2,1 km)
    • Intuitive Flow – see my review here Six classes a day (1,6 km)
    • Radiantly alive– school most close to the center. Six classes a day (750 m). Afternoon classes seem to be less busy
    • Ubud Yoga House – expect a beautiful walk in the rice fields to get there (1,2 km)
    • Ubud Yoga Center – Maybe the most beautiful building. 5 classes a day, of which Bikram (as it is not hot enough here at Bali 🙂 3,5 km from Ubud Palace
    • Taksu yoga – in a calm location, but in the center.  Small classes. 3 à 4 classes a day (700 m)
    • The Seeds of life – Ashtanga yoga with Ian Grysak. Mon. until friday (7-10am) Mysore style, Saturday led class (7-9am)
    • Ashtanga Yoga Bali Research Centre Mysore style class, Sunday through Friday , 8-10 am, only welcome to join if you have already at least 3 weeks daily self-led practice. (No classes on Saturday or moon days).
    • Under the Banyan tree – New yogaschool in Penestanen, follows Sama Yoga from Sweden consisting of “Hatha Yoga, Kriyas, Qi gong and heart opening mantras”
    • Astudiom – aerial yoga,  vinyasa flow and yinyoga
    • Casa Luna / Honeymoon – Guesthouse who offers one or two classes (gentle vinyasa flow or yin yoga) a day
    • Swasti eco cottages – 2 classes per day
    • Body Works – apparently the yoga is given on another location (Omam hotel???) and very good. More information follows when I have found it.
    • Ashtangazone – Kirsten Berg and Mitchell Gold stay some months a year in Bali to teach self led classes
    • Mudyoga at Desa Visesa – daily 4-6pm, 155k

  • YTT – very expensive here at Bali
  • Meditation and (silent) retreats
  • Yoga mats, -props and books – don’t worry, there are a lot of shops, especially in Hanoman road. And now I know where my Thailand friends got their clothes from :). Every (big) yoga school has also an in-house shop.
  • English Bookhops – surprisingly the bookshops don’t have a lot of yoga and spiritual based books,
    • Ganesha – a lot of second hand books, also in German, French and Dutch
    • Periplus bookshop – new books, packed in plastic so impossible to view them. 2 different stores in Ubud
  • My favorite places (in rough order of pfeference) and other places where the yogi’s go (apparently)
    • Clear café
    • The seeds of life
    • Atman Kafe
    • Soma – in the evening people gather to sing kirtans and make music
    • Mudra
    • Kafé
    • The café on the site of Yogabarn
    • The café near Radiently Alive
    • Yellow Flower, near Intuitive Flow
    • Alchemy (I was there once, but it was calm and lacked a good vibe)
    • Sage
    • 9 Angels and Warung 9, community and donation based vegetarian buffet restaurants
  • To eat (work in progress)
  • To drink  (work in progress)
    • Laughing Buddha – with very good live music!
    • Bamboo bar – Reggae
    • LOL bar – Reggae
    • CP Lounge – for party after 11pm. Not very yogic, but it’s all about balance 🙂
  • Specialty coffee

Ubud center.

Penestanan and the ricefields
Restaurants in Ubud. Click for bigger. See the last version here, choose restaurants and zoom in on Ubud

Thanks to Chloe and Amy!

 

In March will be the Bali Spirit Festival with a lot of yoga, dance, and music

Lessons of Chiang Mai

One week left in Chiang Mai ! A pretty sad realization, but I’m also ready for the next step, a month in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. It’s a good moment to reflect on what I discovered the last two months. (by the way, the inspiration to write this down – at 2h00 in the night – came after seen this video)

As you might know the plan was to travel around in Thailand. I started with five days of Bangkok and the plan was to visit four or five days in Chiang Mai. But at the third or fourth day I visited the park with people doing (acro)yogam slacklining and jugling. I got hooked and will stay around seven weeks (with a break of four days in Pai).  Maybe I’m less a traveller (and less die-hard regarding (lack of) luxuery and comfort) than I thought I was, but that was certainly not the most important lesson. Continue reading “Lessons of Chiang Mai”

Kids’ Yoga for Nam

Today I was in the park and little Nam (7 years) was very interested in all the (acro)yogi’s. When I asked him if he also wanted to do some yoga he shaked his head enthousiastically. Since we both didn’t understand each other, I taught with demonstrating, handsigns and humming. Who needs cues anyway 🙂

It’s a very abbreviated version of my introclass. The concentration span of kids is short, so I did a little number of poses. There are a lot of kid yoga classes with stories etc. but I just kept it simple this time.
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Silence please

I just return from a two day meditation program of the CMU university of Chiang Mai, Thailand. And it a very nice experience to get into meditation!

We started at Tuesday afternoon at 13:30 at the Wat Susan Dok, a little bit east of the old town. There were around 30 participants. People from all over the world but a lot of Germans. We started with a short introduction about Buddhism near the temple. By taxi we were brought 15 km out of town where they have a meditation center in the middle of the nature. Strange to hear the birds after spending two weeks in big cities.
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One week after

It’s incredible how fast the time flies. It’s already one week ago that I’ve been given my certificate for the teacher training. After the ceremony me and one of my fellow students flew to Thailand. So no black hole for us. We’ve started in Bangkok and stayed there for 5 days. I’ve seen a lot of markets, the three most famous temples, ate a lot of nice things, been served and helped by a lot of kind people but I missed somehow the charm that Paris, Amsterdam of Rome has.

After that we went to Chiang Mai. Already in the taxi I felt that I like this city more. More charm, smaller and we were lucky to arrive at sunday evening so there was the Weekend market (another one!).
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