Yoga in Daintree Rainforest Australia

Posted on   August 14th, 2012 by  Travel Yoga

I recently stayed at the Prema Shanti Meditation & Yoga Retreat which is situated in the heart of the Daintree Rainforest in far north Queensland, Australia.
This is where the world’s oldest rainforest meets the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef, two world heritage listed ecosystems existing side by side.
Surrounded by lush tropical rainforest, stunning beaches, crystal clear waterholes, the Prema Shanti Temple provided the perfect ambience for a unique holiday experience.

The beauty of the surrounding rainforest spills onto the grounds of the temple, which was blessed by his Holiness the Dalai Lamas Gyuto Monks in1997. This exquisite setting provided an opportunity to both relax, and explore the wonders of the Daintree rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. There was also a wide range of activities to choose from, including diving and snorkeling, rainforest walks, and spa and massage treatments toping my to do list.

The yoga and meditation temple is situated upstairs above the accommodation and provided the perfect ambience for yoga, meditation, and for me, a place to dance, relax, practice yoga, and connect with others. There is a full 360 degree verandah on the top floor, complete with hanging chairs, sofas, hammocks and bean bags to view the incredible flora and fauna on show, including the much beloved resident ‘Randi the Bandicoot’ and many bush scrub turkeys, parrots and other creatures that frequent the grounds of the Prema Shanti yoga retreat.

Scrumptious vegetarian delights are prepared nightly by Mara, with none of our group of a dozen retreat participants ever left wanting for more food. Mara even has a cookbook for sale of her amazing dishes – they are that good!
This is a very special place. The retreat is nestled in the heart of the Daintree, giving access to magnificent unspoilt beaches, the Great Barrier Reef and sacred aboriginal sites including an amazing tranquil waterhole only a five minute walk away.
The retreat is intimate and personal and features beautiful statues and rock formations which have been blessed by Tibetan monks. A large verandah provides space to rest, read or simply gaze at the rainforest and visiting wildlife such as rare miniature kangaroos. Expect to live simply and in an Eco-friendly way – which is very liberating as the affectations of city life drop away.

Run by a husband and wife team, the yoga is outstanding – taught with humility and great expertise and geared sensitively to the level of the student. They also make the perfect hosts, giving you the right balance of personal space and helpful advice. The perfect place to refresh, rejuvenate, practice yoga, reconnect with nature and yourself.


Yoga In Fiji

Posted on   August 12th, 2012 by  Travel Yoga

Daku Resort: Yoga in Fiji – teacher training, dolphins and the science of the yoga practice

The Yoga in Fiji programme at Daku Resort is going to be adding a 200 hour Teacher Training programme to its offerings. In September, Bryan Russell and Anjili Lori Lynn of School Yoga Institute are coming to teach an intensive 3 weeks which will cover asana practice, workshops on the ancient wisdom and yoga anatomy, the art of teaching and alignment and an evening session of Kirtan, daily reflection and spiritual lessons. www.yogainfiji.com

It will be the first teacher training workshop that Daku Resort has hosted. Its tranquil setting and spacious yoga platform make it a lovely spot for the daily study, and there will be time to swim, snorkel, SCUBA dive and relax in between the busy schedule.

There will be a vegetarian menu throughout, with a range of salads, vegetarian curries and Fijian dishes in coconut milk.

Daku hopes that this will be a first that will be followed by many more. They have put together an extraordinarily good accommodation and food package for the students so the whole exercise stays affordable.

Tuition costs US$2400; accommodation and food vary from US$1290 to US$1490. For more information please contact us.

Judy Krupp is running a retreat in late October entitled Therapeutic yoga: the Art and Science of Yoga. Judy  is the founder and director of The Yoga Room & Life Centre in St Ives, Sydney and has been teaching for over 20 years. She teaches a multifaceted approach, blending the art of asana practice with the science of the mechanics of movement. She aims to nurture your body and its needs, and  wants you to leave the yoga class feeling better than when you entered. Her studies of yoga have included not only training with Angela Farmer and Donna Farhi, but also studying anatomy and physiology with Simon Borg-Olivier. She says: “I have had many fabulous teachers and influences over the last 30 years including, Iyengar, Pattabhi Jois, Rodney Yee, Eric Schiffman, David Life and Sharon Gannon of Jivamukti yoga, Simon Borg Olivier, Ramanand  Patel and Peggy Hackney who does the developmental pattern work. I am one very lucky little yogini!”

Her week is followed by Lotus Jade whose retreat, The Power of Peace, has the added excitement of a trip to view the dolphins of Natewa Bay, Sightings of the two resident pods of dolphins there are frequent – and even if you don’t see them, there’s spectacular snorkeling on the reefs of this vast and hardly visited bay. Lotus divides her time between an island home on the remote Fijian island of Koro, and her home in the US. She came to Daku last year and lead a week of powerful peace, if you can imagine such a thing! Come along and try it out.

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