What Makes a Real and Authentic Yoga Teacher?
By: Silvia Mordini, featured on DoYouYoga.com
A recent NY Post article calls out some of the worst case scenarios in how humans teach yoga. On the one hand, we could simply disregard the article for being snarky and provocative. But on the other hand, there was some truth there too. Too often, and more and more over the last twenty years, yoga teachers with great intentions are parroting misinformation about the practice to students. This mimicry stage might at first be necessary for initial growth, but soon after, individuation must take place whereby the teacher actually knows why they are saying the things they say.
Here’s the Truth Not all yoga teachers are the same. Not all yoga schools are created equally, even if they are Yoga Alliance approved. Not all Yoga Alliance-certified yoga teachers have the foundational knowledge to be leading others in a practice that is physical, emotional and spiritual (whether you want it to be or not).
Read the full article on DoYouYoga.com
Bali means: Beauty. Art. Love. Inspiration.
Our home for the week during our October 3-10, 2015 Bali Yoga Retreat is a luxury, boutique hotel set amongst rice fields on the outskirts of Ubud—the cultural and arts epicenter of the island. With spacious, elegant rooms (and private bathrooms), a large saline pool, perfectly manicured gardens, a top-notch spa, and rice field paths to trek, this will serve as the perfect place to be as close to the action as you like, but still remain in the tranquility of nature. There are free shuttles into town every two hours, so you are never far from the action.
Whether it’s cycling, surfing, ziplining, rafting, swimming, riding a scooter, visiting elephants and monkeys, taking a cooking class, or just chilling on a beach, you will have ample time to do as much—or as little as you desire. We will take time to experience the beautiful people, foods, beaches and ceremonies that make up the most unique aspects of this island. Find out for yourself what Bali means to YOU.
Double with Private Bath: $1499pp — Early Bird $1250
Single with Private Bath: $1799pp — Early Bird $1550
1. Body language: it is rude to point with the index finger. Use, instead, your thumb and always your right hand (left is seen as impure). The head is seen as sacred, so avoid patting children’s heads, and refrain from displaying the bottoms of your feet (also seen as impure). Talking with your hands on your hips is a sign of contempt, anger or aggression.
2. Hospitality: handshaking is customary for greetings (again, use only the right hand). A common method when greeting in passing is to press your palm to your friend’s palm in front of your chests, fingers point upwards.
3. Visitors: are always welcomed with refreshments, but refrain from eating or drinking until host says ‘silakan’ (please begin). When eating with hands, first wash hands, then use right hand only. Sandals and shoes may be left outside the entrance the home.
4. What to Wear: When visiting rural villages, skimpy attire is not considered appropriate. Cover your shoulders, do not wear short shorts, cover your knees.
5. Bargaining: in a Balinese market, haggling over price is not considered impolite, but be pleasant. Bali is not one of those places where making an agitated display of negotiations is considered part of the process. Smile, and insist on the price you want to pay, and if they refuse your price, smile, say ‘thank you’ (terima kasi) and walk away.
6. Shoes: You will always remove your shoes before entering any store or restaurant. This is customary for all.
For BOTH men and women, when entering a temple, you MUST wear a sarong around the waist and sometimes a sash is also required.
WOMEN ONLY – you must cover your shoulders and your knees.
Please ask permission before taking pictures.
Please avoid pointing the soles of the feet towards the shrines if sitting on the ground.
And when in doubt just in case you find yourself not knowing the etiquette learn how to say ‘ma’af sekali’ (very sorry).
Women on their cycle are not allowed in the temple, nor are women who have recently given birth
Basically, the Balinese only have four first names:
First child: Wayan or Putu
Second child: Made or Kadek
Third child: Nyoman or Koman
Fourth child: Ketut
Fifth child: Start over with Wayan or Putu, and so on….
So don’t get confused if you feel like everyone you meet has the same name!
The work we do on retreat is not a luxury it is a necessity. We are so committed to its importance we make sure to offer our retreats and spiritual adventures at a reasonable price point. You will always find us the least expensive offering at any major center.
In addition to that we respect the needs of the Frugal Yogi and offer discounts beyond our reasonable pricing as follows:
*Nov 30-Dec 7, 2013 Baja Yoga Retreat: $250 OFF double $400 OFF single
*Jan 5-11, 2014 Costa Rica Yoga and Surfing: Each $100 OFF Dynamic Duo Deal (sign up with a roommate )
*By November 15, 2013 $100 OFF Puerto Vallarta Xinalani Yoga Retreat Mar 29-April 5, 2014
*By November 15, 2013 $150 OFF Amalfi Coast Rejuvenation Yoga Retreat June 7-14, 2014
*By November 15, 2013 $200 OFF Tuscany Yoga, Wine, Cultural Adventure June 21-28, 2014
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CURRENT SPECIAL? See our extra special savings on Bali Oct 6-13, 2013!
1. LOTUS VILLAS: The Lotus Villa offered deluxe rooms with air condition and built in wardrobes in each room. All rooms have a pond and garden view. Each floor of the two story Lotus Villa building have their own bathrooms each with two wash basins, showers and toilets. Two single beds or one king available in each room. The ground floor rooms 1 – 3 share the downstairs facilities while the second floor rooms 4-7 share the upstairs facilities.
2. TERRACE VILLAS (include these):
Firefly Room: Cuddle with a loved one in this cool blue room with private terrace. The room features a queen bed, private bath and 2nd floor views.
Sound of Sunshine: Shine bright listening to the birds chirp overlooking over a jungle view. The room features two double beds, shared bath and 2nd floor views.
Garden Room: Relax in a gorgeous garden setting with private terrace and private entrance. The room features a queen bed and an adjoining tropical outdoor bath with the Koi Room on the ground floor.
Koi Room: Overlook the main koi and lotus pond in this cozy room. The room features a queen bed and an adjoining tropical outdoor bath with Garden Room on the ground floor.