Yoga & Meditation Practice
Daily yoga and meditation sessions are offered in our open air yoga shala, set amid lush tropical frangipani gardens that are adorned with sacred statues of the ancient yoga tradition.
We welcome all levels of experience by offering yoga that focuses on restoration and transformation. Yoga is beneficial and can be enjoyed by all women, no matter what age, size or fitness level.
Our women’s yoga classes also explore a variety of yoga traditions, so that you can be introduced to styles of yoga you may not have experience before.
Explore the opportunity to immerse yourself fully into the deep and vast philosophy of yoga.
Most of our guests are escaping hectic lifestyles and burnout and over the years of teaching yoga we have found that instead of intense power yoga vinyasa flows, what our goddesses’ bodies and minds crave is to be brought back into balance and harmony.
To release built up stress and tensions we use rejuvenating forms of the yoga practice as a powerful antidote to stress because it down-regulates the sympathetic nervous system and up-regulates the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for rest, hormone production, digestion, energy conservation and slowing the heart rate.
These yoga practices are suitable for beginners as well as advanced yogis; teachings are shared in a supportive environment that invites exploration and encourages personal growth during our women’s only yoga retreat.
Classes include a combination of Slow Flow, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Pranayama, Mantras, Mudras, Yoga Nidra and a Variety of Meditations (Dhyana) and will be adjusted to suit the needs and interest of the group.
Our classes’ aim to balance all of the elements with some traditional teachings from the yoga sutras and modern yogic philosophy that can be applied to today’s modern woman.
During your yoga retreat in Bali, we provide all your equipment including yoga mats, bolsters, straps, blocks & eye masks.
Slow Vinyasa Yoga:
Offers a gentle, guided introduction to vinyasa flow. Take the time to slow down and master the key posture transitions while developing your core upper body strength. This class is ideal for beginner, or the more advance students looking to fine tune their practice.
Chakra Awakening / Kundalini Yoga:
Kundalini yoga derives from kundalini, defined in Vedantic culture as energy that lies dormant at the base of the spine until it is activated and channelled upward through the chakras in the process of spiritual perfection. Chakras are energy centres in your body that affect you physically, emotionally, and spiritually and are located from the base of your spine up to the crown of your head
By using chakra stimulating kundalini yoga to keep the energy centres of your body open and balanced, you can attain optimal health and function at your fullest potential. Kundalini yoga uses a combination of active yoga poses, mantras, visualizations and breathing techniques to help you raise your energy through the spinal column and energy centres. Kundalini is believed to be power associated with the divine feminine.
While ‘yang’ vinyasa style yoga focuses on your muscles, yin yoga targets your deep connective tissues, like your fascia, ligaments and joints. Like restorative yoga, it is slower and more meditative, giving you space to turn inward and tune into both your mind and the physical sensations of your body.
Because you’re holding poses for a longer period of time than you would in other traditional types of yoga, yin yoga helps you stretch and lengthen those rarely-used tissues while also teaching you how to breathe through discomfort and sit with your thoughts.
The practice of yin yoga is based on ancient Chinese philosophies and Taoist principles which believe there are pathways of Qi or Prana (energy) that run through our bodies. By stretching and deepening into poses, we’re opening up any blockages and releasing that energy to flow freely.
The main difference between yin and restorative yoga is that yin yoga is not fully supported by props, so it is not a completely passive relaxing stretch. Instead it is practiced at about 70% of effort in held poses and will create some discomfort as it deeply stretches connective tissue.
Restorative yoga is a healing practice that holds yoga poses (asanas) for a longer duration using props like yoga blocks, blankets, and bolsters. It is a practice of deep relaxation that emphasizes the meditative aspect of yoga—the union of body and mind. Through the use of props for support, many of the postures are held almost effortlessly.
When the body enters a state of relaxation the mind can also consciously relax as tension is released from both body and mind. The only work that’s required on your part during a restorative yoga practice is to pay attention to your breath and become aware of any sensations or thoughts that may arise.
Pranayama (Yogic Breathwork) :
Pranayama is the practice of breath control in yoga. In modern yoga as exercise, it consists of synchronising the breath with movements between asanas, but is also a distinct breathing exercise on its own.
The goal of pranayama is to strengthen the connection between your body and mind. According to research, pranayama can promote relaxation and mindfulness. It’s also proven to support multiple aspects of physical health, including lung function, blood pressure, and brain function.
Mantra yoga is a form of yoga that is designed to help a person achieve inner peace. While you can chant mantras just about anywhere, anytime, and for any length of time, there are structured types of chanting and traditional rules. The main practices of mantra yoga are japa, kirtan, and community chanting.
In yoga, mudrās are hand gestures used in conjunction with pranayama (yogic breathing exercises), and yoga asanas to focus and increase the potency of a pose. Mudras act to stimulate different parts of the body involved with breathing and to affect the flow of energy in the body and even one’s mood. The specific hand gestures and positions act as “locks” to guide energy flows and reflexes to the brain. By curling, crossing, stretching and touching the fingers and hands, we can manipulate the mind body connection as each area of the hand corresponds to a certain part of the mind or body.
On a more spiritual level, practicing specific mudras is an outward representation of one’s inward intentions. There are many different mudras and it is said that meditating on a specific mudra will help manifest certain hopes, energies, or devotions into your life. Mudras are a way to concretely see what we want to be, what we need most. When your hands come into a mudra, it allows a physical connection with an intangible wish.
Yoga Nidra (Yogic Relaxation):
Yoga Nidra is a form of guided meditation also known as ‘yogic sleep’ or ‘effortless relaxation’. It’s usually practiced lying down with a teacher guiding the session. The practice draws our attention inwards, and we learn to surf between the states of wakefulness and sleep, where our body finds its natural state of equilibrium (homeostasis) – the breath balances and becomes quiet, unconscious and conscious aspects of the mind reveal themselves, and we fall into an innate state of deep, blissful awareness.
Be guided through various meditation techniques and promote a more peaceful internal environment making space for healing, creativity, stillness, intuition, and connection. Meditation is the most effective way to cultivate a happy life. Learn how to transcend the ego and start to quieten the busyness of the mind.
By exploring a variety of meditation techniques on the retreat we offer our guests the opportunity to develop their own home practices after they leave.
Different meditation practices we may explore:
- guided meditation
- mindfulness meditation
- movement meditation
- mantra meditation
- spiritual meditation
- focused meditation
- progressive relaxation meditation
- loving-kindness meditation
Still the mind even when moving, as part of our yoga retreat experience we invite our guests to explore the ancient spiritual practice of holding silence in the morning upon awakening in order to start to cultivate an intimate sense of deep inner peace and understand how to achieve mindful presence in the now. This silent practice is then ended as we enjoy a delicious breakfast together and another day in paradise!