Oráriu yoga Janeiru 2019/ January 2019

Lets set some positive intentions for the New Year by using the last day of the old year to reflect, and self-reflect. All morning classes are planned, also January first, but please give a 24 notice if you have the intention to join the class. Friday 4th of January no morning class.

The Tuesday and Wednesday evening classes are cancelled and will be back next week.
The 200hr yoga teacher training has started and a few more classes have been added to the schedule, for the most the schedule is as it was in 2018.

The early morning weekday classes (@Uma Dame and Wednesday at @Ocean View)have as focus the self practice of yoga and lean towards the Mysore style of teaching.

The weekend early morning classes at Ocean View are an extended variation of these classes in Led style.

The Thursday evening 6 p.m. class is Ashtanga vinyasa yoga primary series for anyone that cannot make it to any of the morning classes . It is a Led style though can move towards Mysore style during the coming months.

Interested in practicing Mysore but not sure enough to bring it to class, I m available for private sessions too.

The Saturday 9 a.m. morning class @Ocean View is the best class to (re)start your yoga practice or to experience an all around balanced hatha yoga class.

Sunday 9 a.m. morning class @Ocean View and Tuesday 6.15 p.m. evening class @U.N.D.P. give a complete practice too.

The weekend afternoon special classes are both for beginners and the more experienced practitioner. It is about the interest to move deeper into a certain area of the yoga practice, let it be hips, core strength, focus, meditation and back bend. @Uma iis Tasi.

We thank all our students for your continuous support. With your help we could support various organizations in Timor Leste that work in line with our yoga philosophy/business ethics and who contribute to the development of Timor Leste in a balanced, harmonious way. With your support we could also provide yoga classes to the less financial fortunate students.

Many thanks and wishing you a blissful, peaceful and shining 2019.

Namaste

#diliashtangayoga #diliyoga #yogatimor #yogaeveryday #yogictraveltimor

Dili Ashtanga Yoga

First yoga school / shala in Dili , Timor Leste /East Timor

Dili Ashtanga Yoga offers various yoga classes, workshops ,yoga retreats at various locations around Dili . From Ashtanga vinyasa yoga (Mysore style & LED), Hatha yoga to yin yoga and anything in between. At the city center to beach locations. Primary series and beyond. Suitable for all levels. For anyone who is interested in the practice of yoga.

Fasting, yoga & ayurveda

Fasting is mostly used as a tool to reset the digestive fire (Agni) by means of a mono diet in yoga and ayurveda. As yoga is about creating a more stable, strong and harmonious energy and not about losing energy, neither weight, these kind of fasts are a boost to your digestive system and can be done regularly. For more detailed information and a few recipes check

https://www.banyanbotanicals.com/info/ayurvedic-living/living-ayurveda/cleansing/a-very-simple-three-day-cleanse/

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Mysore style practice

Mysore style

The Mysore style of yoga teaching is unique to the Ashthanga Vinyasa Yoga tradition designed by Sri K Pattabhi Jois last century. It enables the student to practice (explore) a fixed sequence of yoga asana on her/his on pace by following external as well as internal guidance. External guidance would be a teacher, who assist with mostly hands-on adjustments and fewer verbal instructions, and the inspiration of the fellow students around. Internal guidance would be foremost the breathe, the internal dialogue and body intuition / intelligence.
The student is not blindly following the instructions of the teacher but is activley present with the yoga sequence that is happening. The mind aswell as the body are involved in the sequence. Some days the body isn’t moving at all, other days the mind just seems totally out of it. It is here that observation of both body and mind takes place. Concentration, focus, preparation, calculation and observation are all qualities of the brain that need to be trained too. To remember which pose comes next requires some mental effort, and prevents the brain of zoning out into oblivion. It keeps the brain connected to the present, what is happening here and now. Mysore style of teaching puts more responsibility with the student and allows more space for the internal observation. It honors the diversity of the body, and let the student work with that diversity.
The teacher is not instructing the student with which asana comes next; but allows the student to move through her/his practice and adjusting where necessary. The adjustment are mostly physically and directed directly to the body, to prevent ego involvement. Though the teacher will observe both body and mind, and will work on both to create space, strength and ultimately balance and harmony.
The Mysore style of teaching goes hand in hand with the Ashthanga vinyasa sequences, though the style of teaching could be extended to any kind of sequence. As long as the student and teacher know which sequence is being followed, the Mysore style class could be functioning. Different sequences for different students to honor the diversity of the students. It requires intimate involvement of the teacher which her/his student practice and it asks from the student a commitment to the practice and an independent attitude. As a student you have to follow your inner guidance, using your internal devises to navigate yourself through the practice (and eventually life). The teacher is not there to tell you which pose is next and what to do, though will tell you when you forget. The teacher will guide you through the practice where it is necessary by letting you do your own practice.
The body remembers by repetition, its the mind that’s label’s repetition as boredom. The mind likes to spin, to move in between opposites. When the body remembers stillness, it will ask for more. That is where the asana and vinyasa comes in, the effect of the asana plus the sequence is one of inducing stillness (how stimulating, energizing, aggravating or heating it may seem at first glance ). The body and eventually the mind will long for that stillness. From there chance will happen.
Ahimsaka is offering every weekday the possibility of Mysore style classes from 6 a.m. to 7.45 a.m., at Dili Ashthanga Yoga, hosted at Dili Wellness / The upstairs Studio , Comoro road (opposite Leader, next to Harish and Dili Club). Please contact Ahimsaka first if you like to practice Mysore style.

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Ashthanga yoga & running

(Ashthanga) yoga & running
Ashthanga vinyasa yoga practice can benefit your running practice.
“I cannot take a yoga class because I’m not flexible is like saying I cannot take a shower because I’m dirty “. As yoga isn’t about being flexible, actually not even about becoming flexible (though it is a beneficial side effect), it is about purifying the body and mind. Mosts sports start with “I can’t do that”. But after the initial start it moves towards the attitude of “I ran 5 miles, maybe I can ran 10 next time” or” I did 10 push ups, maybe I can do 15″. The reply to not able to do yoga would be;” you could when you start training”. Which coincides with the infamous saying of the father of Ashthanga yoga himself, Sri K Pattabhi Jois; “practice, practice, practice and all will come.
Running will not make your physical practice of asana better, but yoga will definitely make your running better, physically speaking. As long as runners can make peace with that idea, it will make it a whole lot easier to move through 1st series ashtanga yoga for 90 minutes. You are bound to be tight, but without yoga you will only get tighter and probably experience more injuries.
Both in 90 mins of ashtanga yoga or 90 minutes of running you will have to overcome the quitter’s mind. That during 90 minutes of either activity you are probably going to question yourself ; “What was I thinking to do 90 minutes of yoga/running.” Something is going to hurt, some posture, or mile is going to be brutal, and you might start to lose your motivation. When doing anything physical you are going to run up against that voice in your head that is the pessimist, the nay-sayer. This is where running and yoga are similar. They are both working on the mind, more than on the body. Your body can do just about anything it is the mind that is often the limited factor.
When practicing / training 99% of the people are actually facing doubt, insecurity, worry, fear the “negative” self. The nay-sayer voice that around mile 16 tells you, “You can’t do it.”, is the same voice in yoga that will try to tell you you can’t come up out of a back drop either. The voice is the same, it comes from the same place and can be put to rest the same way no matter if it’s running or yoga. The yoga teacher, Tim Miller, likes to say “Experience is the remover of doubt.” Every time you run 5 miles, it erases the doubt that you can’t run 6. Every time you run 6, it erases the doubt that I can’t do 7. .
The surya namaskars are equivalent to the first mile of any run you go on. It’s the warm up mile, where you find your legs and the rhythm of your breathing. The standing poses are equivalent to a 5k (3 miles), it’s enough of a run on a busy day. The seated postures, up to Marichyasana are equal to about 5 miles. Right in the heart of what are commonly called the speed pump poses in ashtanga there is navasana, bhujapidasana, kurmasana. These are like mile 6, where you start second guessing yourself, and this crazy idea of staying fit. Mile 7 of a 9 mile run starts to smooth out just a bit as you start thinking you’re in the home stretch. Just like the poses baddha konasana, upavishta konasana, and supta padangsthasana do in yoga. You might think backbends are mile 9, but they are only mile 8, you must save enough energy after backbends to complete your inversions and come in strong to savasana. Savasana is equivalent to the cool down after a long run. You don’t just sit down after a long run, or you will quickly stiffen up. You will struggle just to get your shoes off later, if you don’t incorporate a good cool down. Savasana is necessary and so is a good cool down walk after a long run.

The rhythm of breathing, the rhythm of the legs and arms working together, and how the pessimistic mind doesn’t have to win out. Most runs and most yoga practices conquer negativity. Push through the rough spots and come out on the other end better for it. Staring down your inner self has a profound way of changing you. Running and yoga remove doubts by doing the things that you thought couldn’t be done.
Running tightens you, Yoga will save you from injuries and even burn-out. It will also give your running longevity. Ashtanga yoga is an excellent tool for building strength, flexibility, reducing anxiety, and keeping a person fit. To give an inner focus which often lacked and increased body awareness. Running tightens and stresses the body; it can be harsh and jarring. Yoga strengthens the entire body; lubricates each joint; deepens and calms the breath; and, in addition to all the physical and emotional benefits, is a deeply spiritual practice that makes us more mindful and peaceful.
Deep or diaphragmatic (as opposed to chest breathing) brings more oxygen deeper into the lungs, ultimately engaging the parasympathetic nervous system. When were are in “parasympathetic dominance,” the mind is calmer, the heart rate is slower, less stress hormones are produced, and perceived exertion decreases.
In “Going the Distance”, (again in Yoga Journal, though this one is available to read online), Nancy Coulter-Parker writes about increasing athletic endurance—what she defines as “the ability to persevere”—with yoga, which made her feel strong and capable. Through her asana practice she became intimate with her breath, and learned what pushing too hard sounds and feels like. Before yoga she felt like her body was an inanimate object outside of herself. Something that, for better or worse, hung dispassionately from her head. Yoga has and continues to reintroduce and reintegrate herself to herself.
Yoga helps athletes focus on what is going on inside the body. It is really good at honing that internal voice,” she says. And because Ashtanga is so physically challenging, she has been forced to cultivate the yogic practices of mindfulness, awareness and non-self.
Yoga is not an athletic endeavor. It is much more, and in some ways, more difficult (much like the practice of maintaining self worth apart from achieving the full expression of a particular pose). So while runners should be mindful of the practice they choose, the lessons yoga has to teach any athlete are many. The yoga’s tradition of interconnectedness where all things—including running—are as divine (and yogic) as you let them be.
Often, even our understanding of “concentration” is equated with a straining mental force. In meditation we begin to learn that real concentration depends on a light, delicate, patient kind of mental control, and in time this becomes an effortless, undistracted mindfulness. Both Ashthanga vinyasa yoga  and running, or anything else with a repetitive rhythm (like just breathing!), helps to enable that mind falling “into the moment”.

Based on the post by Stand and face the sun, Posted on 11/15/2013 and other online articles.
Related Online Articles:
BoulderRunning.com, “Runner’s Best Friend – Downward Dog,” by Katrina Mohr.
LA Yoga, “Running into Yoga,” by Ryan Allen
Yoga.com, “How Yoga Can Better Your Running Technique,” by Maia Appleby
Yoga Journal, “Yoga for Runners,” by Baron Baptiste and Kathleen Finn Mendola
“Running Buddahs ” Christopher J. Hayden wrote and produced a 1992 documentary on the the monks of Mount Hiei and John Stevens wrote the book The Marathon Monks of Mount Hiei, published by Shambhala Publications.

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comments 2015

Recommendations 2015;

from the H2A & Ashtanga Vinyasa workshops

It was a beautiful workshop, I will always be grateful to have met you Ahim. Thank you.

Rosa Torres, Orlando, U.S.

As we are on our way back to Ubud we would like to thank you for listening and taking care of us so we could have an unforgettable experience in Candi Dasa. Your communication with Ahim and his willingness to help our accommodation situation was key for us to stay and do the yoga workshop which ended up being one of the most wonderful experiences in our lives. Ahim’s dedication, experience, passion and kind spirit made us get the best out of the H2A workshop. Words cannot express how thankful we are to both of you for taking care of us in all levels.

Best Regards,

Rosa Torres and

Dorkas Martinez

Corinne Wüthrich, Zurich Switzerland.

The time with you was great and I thank you for ALL…. Since you I am able to do my yoga practice daily on my own….

All the best for you and very kind of regards to all  in the Ashram.

Lots of peace and love

Corinne

Corinne Wüthrich

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Anne Ehringhaus

Ecco. Consulting in Cultural Competence

Orono and Greenville Junction, Me.

, I still practice Yoga every day, mostly ashtanga and sometimes yin or just something that I make up in my mind. I will have an hour with a teacher every now and then and I am curious about yoga therapy for trauma patients, because it would combine my psychologist – counselor skills with yoga.

I have never felt so good in my life. It is such a gift. Thank you.

Cheers,

Anne

Sanjay Baghia, U.S.

“after your classes and all the personal attention you gave us, yoga barn seems like a big illusion.  something just does not feel right.  your daily schedule and choice to be away from all of this are very inspiring to me as is your yoga practice. Sometimes i feel depressed about my injuries and feel that it will be difficult to move forward- so i really appreciated how you tried to instill in us that the practice is about observation without judgement of where you are from day to day.”

Sarah Downs Blueys Yoga, Australia.

I would like to express my heartfelt thanks for the opportunity to stay at the ashram and deepen my yoga practice.

I feel you and the ashram team are providing a unique experience – one that is no longer easily accessible to a westerner but ironically more essential than ever at this time when demands on our attention are at an all-time high.

Ahimsaka’s teaching exceeding my expectations and really challenged my practice. I would love to have the opportunity to work with him on an annual basis. I certainly feel like I have come away with plenty to play with in my home practice.

Julianne Fook, Singapore.

Hi Ahim,

Thank you so much for sharing unreservedly and teaching us all the various techniques into getting the more difficult poses and for reconnecting me to Ayuverda. I have since upon my return signed up for a talk and another workshop to learn more about Ayuverda. Serendipity or destiny! I have been searching for quite a long time for something to do,  on top of my yoga practice,  but just don’t seem to find anything that can arouse my interest.  A holistic healthy lifestyle is something that I hold close to my heart and ayuverda complements my yoga practice, why didn’t I think of it before??  Maybe that’s why out of so many retreats, I picked Gedong Ghandi Ashram because it is my destiny that I have to meet you!

Thank you Ahim.  You may not be aware but you have done so much for us, giving us more than what the workshop entails. Now it rests upon us to take what we have learned further.  It was your mindfulness about food that triggers me to rethink real hard of my own habits and lifestyle.

I have always wanted to find my guru but what you said is so true, we can be our own teacher and guru and can learn from everything around us, not necessary a human form.

Yes, I am starting to self practice in the morning at home  instead of going to the studio, self practice cum meditation. Now I am learning to appreciate a practice that focus more on controlled movements with breathworks.

You are a great teacher with your own unique style of teaching and connecting with the students. You are one of those who have found your path, blessed you.

Hope our paths will cross again sometime in the future,

Juliana

Singapore

Peperino Le Phew.

Greetings ! Wanted to say Thankyou for a really special class you led last week on focus and acceptance . I was only able to stay at the ashram a few days and I don’t think we even introduced properly but I will not forget that practice in a hurry nor the importance of timing for me. Love and blessings x

Julie Zehtner.

“Thank you again for making me believe I can actually do it!”

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yoga class and workshop schedule december 2014 into 2015

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class schedule from December 2014 and onwards (2015)


Ahimsaka extended his stay at the Gedong Gandhi Ashram in Candidasa, Bali-east and will dedicate his time to teaching according the following schedule at this ocean front location.


-every Monday* & Wednesday ; 4pm – 5.30pm hatha yoga


-every Friday & Sunday ; 4pm – 530pm yin/pratyahara yoga


-every morning 7am ; sun salutations and variations, yoga-puja for and with the ashram members, more than occasionally open to ashram guests and visitors. Designed to support a self-practice and to enkindle the inner-fire or our solar energy.


(please inquire if classes are open before hand with Ahimsaka)


hatha2ashtanga workshop (long weekend)

every first and third friday of the month
(see information below)


ashtanga vinyasa immerison workshops
(see information and dates below)


for more information & inquiry about the workshops @
http://www.baliashramyoga.com or
baliashramyoga@gmail.com


– for additional (private) yoga sessions at the ashram please inquire with ahimsaka; available time slots 10am to 11.30am
(or other slots maybe created depending on the situation/ not available during workshop and retreat).
ahimsaka.satya@gmail.com


additional (private) yoga sessions can be personally catered to your body-mind needs, using yoga (asana, pranayama, meditation) as therapeutic skills, or to create some more time to explore the different aspects of yoga or target different parts of your complete body**. The classes can be shaped onto a focus on asana (classical-, vinyasa- or yin-style), pranayama and/or meditation. The classes can be for one person or more, and can be used for the ashram guests if they desire more yoga.  


* if workshops are happening these afternoon sessions will be tuned in with the workshop and focused on yin/pratyahara yoga
**Alternatively the classes can be aimed to assist with different activities as diving, surfing or a mysore-style format.


>>> hatha2asthanga workshop >>>
twice a month, every 1st and 3rd friday of the month***
(***except when dynamic hatha retreats and asthanga vinyasa immersion workshops are scheduled)
This twenty hours workshop is a middle path between the dynamic hatha yoga retreats and the asthanga vinyasa yoga workshop. It follows the same structure as the ashtanga vinyasa workshop but allows for more openness and diversity in the classes. Depending on the participant preference and needs it can be individually catered towards a more strengthening ashtanga vinyasa practice (set out by Sri Patthabi Jois), or personal designed sequence to (re-) establish a yoga self-practice for in depth exploration of the practice. Ashtanga vinyasa yoga has it roots in hatha yoga, and both share the same source, the 8 (astau) folded path of yoga written down in the yoga sutras by Patanjali. This exploration will cover all the limbs of the 8 folded path of hatha yoga. The yoga practice has been designed to awaken the inner fire of yoga, which is the thread that weaves through the classes of yoga offered in this workshop. To bring out positive changes in our body,mind and life we must enkindle our inner fire. The workshop is hosted at the Gedong Gandhi Ashram and offers a sublime space for self-reflection and self-realization. This exploration workshop is for anyone who likes to move a bit deeper within, to builld a foundation for a yoga self-practice or just wants to immerse into three full days of yoga to balance body/mind.

Hatha yoga creates an understanding of our solar (ha), and lunar (tha) energy in our body and mind and to use both in our (asana) yoga practice and beyond. The Ashtanga Vinyasa sequence has an equal focus on lengthening and strengthening the body. In the hatha into ashtanga workshop we take both angles and join them together as a starting point into our own personal practice. The Ashtanga Primary sequence is used as inspiration for the on going journey into yoga and working our complete body/mind.
The early morning classes will establish a set sequence of yoga asana for you to take up as a self practice. This sequence will have the same structure as the primary series and can be used as a preliminary into the primary sequence, it could also be used as a therapeutic alternative depending on the current body/mind needs, or as a complimentary sequence targeting specific areas of the body/mind that need more attention and development to help facilitate the primary sequence. The mid morning classes will target specific area’s of yoga asana as back bending, inversions, hip-opening, core-strengthening and vinyasa. The mid afternoon session is questions and answers and could cover more the theoretical aspects of yoga. The late afternoon session will be focused on pratyahara yoga; sense-withdrawal, concentration and meditation techniques integrated with the breath and yoga asana. This workshop can be used as in introduction, preparation or exploration into the ashtanga vinyasa yoga as well.

Ashtanga vinyasa is a more strenuous yoga practice, and meant to be heating and purifying the body/mind. Both hatha and vinyasa yoga have many therapeutic aspects in them and are meant to be a (w)holistic practice, targeting the complete body and mental body. The first guide line is always to move within the limits of your own body. Learning to listen to your own body (and breath). From there we explore these limits, taking them as frontiers rather then limitations, and going beyond any set expectations you maybe have of your body/mind.

>>> Hatha2Ashtanga >>>

Format: (meals and puja times etc are according the ashram schedule)
” 6.30 am to 8.15 am: Ashtanga inspired Led class
” 10.15 am to 12 noon: special class
” 3 pm to 4 pm: Q&A Discussion
” 4 pm to 5.30: Yin-yoga/Pratyahara yoga- targeting connective tissue, sense-withdrawal,
breath-work, meditation. (open to non retreat’s participants)

Ashtanga Vinyasa Immersion workshop

An immersion into ashtanga (-vinyasa-) yoga for beginners, the curious and the ashtanga
practitioner who wants to explore and deepen their self practice. Inspired on; but not limited to, the ashtanga vinyasa sequence of Sri Patthabi Jois

dates 2015
23-27 April
4-8 July
15-19 July
24-28 October

(can be combined with the dynamic hatha yoga retreats happening prior to these dates)

A full yoga program covering all the 8 limbs (Ashtanga) of yoga according to the yoga sutras. 3 days of exploration and with the focus of establishing, or fine-tuning, your own yoga practice. Not only the yoga asana, but as a whole (holistic) life style. Depending on where you are with your body and mind the sequence can be modified, adding or skipping asana (or vinyasa), and with additional classes specialized in hip-opening, back-bending, vinyasa, and “yin-yoga for ashtangi’s” (weaving the limbs of the 8/astau limbs of the yoga practice into the physical asana practice) to supply you with more technique, information and practice. Early morning classes are built around the “primary ashtanga sequence”, sun salutations, the primary asana sequence working the whole body/mind. The late morning classes are more of a workshop based class, which target specific parts of the body and mind and go deeper in some of the hatha/ashtanga yoga technique and asana. The late afternoon classes are “lunar-energy” style asana (3rd limb) classes, based of sense-withdrawal “pratyahara”(5th limb), breath exercises (4th limb), concentration techniques (6th limb), elements of yoga nidra and meditation (7th limb). The afternoon session center around the “sukham” part (ease/joy) of the yoga asana, and to apply that into the morning classes, creating sthira (steady/balanced) and sukha within the asana. Making Self-expression part of the whole.

The ashtanga practice is definitely a more strenuous practice, and meant to be a “purifying” practice, the first guide line is always to work within the limits of your own body. Learning to listing to your own body (and breath). From there we explore these limits, taking them as frontiers rather than limitations, and going beyond the set expectations you maybe have of your body and mind.

Ashtanga Format: (meals and puja times etc are according the ashram schedule)
” 6.30 am to 8.15 am: Ashtanga primary Led class
” 10.15 am to 12 noon: special class
” 3 pm to 4 pm: Q&A Discussion
” 4 pm to 5.30: Yin-yoga for Ashtangi’s – targeting connective tissue, sense-withdrawal,
breath-work, meditation. (open to non retreat’s participants)

commends on the previous ashtanga vinyasa immersion workshops and dynamic hatha retreat 2014, at the Gedong Gandhi Ashram.

Alison Worthington (Australia)

I felt truly blessed to have found the Gedong Gandhi Ashram and this retreat during my visit to Indonesia this year. The retreat and the peaceful location provided me with so much inspiration for my yoga practice. The Ashtanga practice was very challenging but was delivered so capably and with such generosity of spirit by Ahimsaka. I wish I could stay longer in his company to mine more of the riches of Ashtanga yoga with his guidance. Everything else in the retreat was just a bonus on top for me. The beautiful community meals, being invited to join in puja, and the afternoon Yin practice filled my days so wonderfully. I want to congratulate Ahimsaka, Rudi, Jackson and all of the Ashram crew and members for welcoming us retreat guests so warmly. Huge thanks also to my fellow yoga students Naomi, Lissette, Rudi, Olivia and Nico (and Elke!). We shared some very special times in our practice, the warmest and friendliest I have ever been part of. I felt very comfortable and encouraged by you all.. thank you for the smiles.. and thanks in advance for all the photos!

Naomi Koster (Hatha) from the Netherlands

Let me start by saying that I had an amazing time in the ashram during the yoga retreat! First of all, the ashram itself was wonderful. Its location next to the ocean, the wide set-up, with several bungalows not too close to each other and the yoga place in the middle make this a very peaceful place to stay. Since my bungalow was near the sea,  I woke up every morning with the sound of the waves, which is a good way to wake up! Also the ashram members made me feel very welcome from the beginning. Everyone seems very relaxed and open to other people. I liked the ‘communal’ meals, with all the guests of the ashram together and besides that the food itself was delicious. I really liked to taste real Indonesian food. In total I stayed for three weeks in Indonesia, but the food at the ashram was the best food I had! The bungalow itself was also nice. I especially liked the hammock outside and the fact that we got tea or coffee at 3 each day to enjoy on our terrace. The only (minor) point of improvement (yes, I promised I would give a few!) is that the mattress was very thin, which made the bed not the most comfortable one I’ve been in. Related to that, one more thing to make it reaaaally comfortable would be to have hot water to shower. However, I hardly had that anywhere on Bali and the temperature outside is warm, so it is not a very important point.
Then of course, the yoga retreat. As a yoga beginner, beforehand I was a little bit scared the level would be too high for me. However, immediately during the first class I found out that level didn’t matter. Since Ahimsaka is such a good teacher and the yoga group was small, everyone could do the class at their own ‘capacity’. I really liked that we just did the whole sequence in once instead of taking one part each day, because this way, I could see improvements much better and I could get used to the sequence so I could practice it at home as well. Ahimsaka had adjustments to the sequences for every level, which means for me that I now know some variations to poses that I’m not flexible enough for. The programme of the ashtanga retreat was also very well balanced. I liked the fact that it was quite intensive, with three classes each day starting at 6.30, and I really liked the midmorning ‘workshops’ where we got into much more depth on specific elements.I think the small group size was a big advantage, because that makes it easier to connect with the other people in the group and also to help each other during the yoga classes I also appreciated the ‘question and answer’ hour a lot! I found it very useful (30 minutes practice to do at home) and inspirational (background and mindset of yoga).
So overall judgement is a 9 out of 10 I would say! I really enjoyed my stay and if I want some time for myself, to do yoga and relax, I will definitely come back. Also, I’ve been continuing the yoga practice at home, alternating between the whole sequence and the 30 minute one, feels great!

Olivia and Nico (France)

“It was a great experience. The Gandhi Ashram is a wonderful place where you can feel spirituality and quietness. The members of the Ashram are lovely. Ahimsaka is a amazing teacher, living according his practice, enthusiastic, careful, generous, always guiding us to go further than our limits. He has an ideal balance between physical practice and interiority. A great teacher !!!
The Schedule was great, a lot of practice, that was perfect.
We really appreciated a lot than you finally find the arrangement with Kelapa Mas, letting us having this wonderful experience despite the fact we couldn’t stay at the ashram. {Due to Ashram’s strict married couples requirement. -Ed}
The class in the water palace was great, it was lovely to take us there. Thank you also for taking me to the healer who was helpful for my foot.
Just a few ideas to make this stay really perfect :
Maybe a week of practice or 5 full days could be better and a  vegetarian diet as it is written in the wall (Gandhi’s words) and according the yogic rules of non violence
Thanks you to all of you, Take care and go on with this peaceful and compassion spirit of the Ashram, We hope meeting you again

Kinds regards, Olivia and Nico
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108 benefits of meditation

Physical Benefits:
1. It increases blood flow while slowing the heart rate
2. It decreases, normalizes respiratory rate
3. It lowers, normalizes oxygen consumption
4. Increases exercise tolerance
5. Leads to a deeper level of physical relaxation
6. Reduces high blood pressure
7. Reduces anxiety attacks by lowering the levels of blood lactate
8. Decreases muscle tension
9. Helps in chronic diseases like allergies, arthritis, etc.
10. Reduces pre-menstrual syndrome symptoms
11. Helps in post-operative healing
12. Enhances the immune system
13. Reduces activity of viruses and emotional distress
14. Enhances energy, strength and vigor
15. Helps with weight loss
16. Helps reduction of free radicals, less tissue damage
17. Improves higher skin resistance
18. Decreases cholesterol levels, lowers risk of heart diseases
19. Improves flow of air to the lungs resulting in easier breathing
20. Decreases the aging process
21. Promotes higher levels of DHEAS (dehydroepiandrosterone)
22. Prevents, slows or controls pain of chronic diseases
23. Makes you sweat less
24. Cures, alleviates headaches & migraines
25. Promotes greater orderliness of brain functioning
26. Reduces need for medical care
27. Minimizes energy wasted
28. Promotes inclination to an active lifestyle
29. Helps relief from asthma
30. improves performance in athletic events
31. Helps with normalization to your ideal weight
32. Harmonizes the endocrine system
33. Relaxes our nervous system
34. Produces lasting beneficial changes in brain electrical activity
35. Enhances fertility (reduces the stresses of infertility which can interfere with the release of hormones that regulate ovulation)
Psychological Benefits:
36. Builds self-confidence
37. Increases serotonin level, influences mood and behavior
38. Helps to resolve phobias & fears
39. Helps control with our own thoughts
40. Helps with focus & concentration
41. Increases creativity
42. Increases brain wave coherence.
43. Improves learning ability and memory
44. Increases feelings of vitality and rejuvenation
45. Increases emotional stability
46. improves relationships
47. Slows mental aging
48. Helps to eliminate addictions and bad habits
49. Enhances intuition
50. Increases productivity, minimizing procrastination
51. Improves relations at home & at work
52. Improves the ability to see the larger picture in a given situation
53. Helps with letting go of petty issues
54. Increases ability to solve complex problems
55. Improves your character
56. Develops will power
57. Improves greater communication between the two brain hemispheres
58. Promotes faster and effective reaction time to a stressful event
59. Increases one’s perceptual ability and motor performance
60. Promotes higher intelligence growth rate
61. Promotes increased job satisfaction
62. Increases in the capacity for intimate contact with loved ones
63. Decreases in potential mental illness
64. Promotes better, more sociable behavior
65. Promotes less aggressiveness
66. Helps in quitting smoking, alcohol and other forms of addiction
67. Reduces need for and dependency on drugs, pills & pharmaceuticals
68. Helps with faster recovery from little sleep or sleep deprivation
69. Helps promote less time to fall asleep, helps with insomnia
70. Increases sense of responsibility
71. Reduces road rage and violence in general
72. Decreases restless thinking
73. Decreases tendency to worry
74. Increases listening skills and empathy
75. Helps make more accurate judgements
76. Promotes greater tolerance
77. Gives composure to act in considerate & constructive ways
78. Promotes a stable, more balanced personality
79. Helps to develop emotional maturity
Spiritual Benefits:
80. Helps keep things in perspective
81. Provides peace of mind, happiness
82. Helps you discover your purpose
83. Increases self-actualization
84. Increases compassion
85. Promotes growing in wisdom and awareness
86. Enhances deeper understanding of yourself and others
87. Helps brings body, mind, spirit in harmony
88. Promotes deeper levels of spiritual connection
89. Increases acceptance of oneself
90. Helps learn forgiveness
91. Changes inflexible attitudes toward life
92. Creates a deeper relationship with your God
93. Promotes enlightened states of being
94. Promotes greater inner directed-ness
95. Helps living in the present moment
96. Creates a widening, deepening capacity for love
97. Promotes discovery of the power and consciousness beyond the ego
98. Enhances experience of the inner sense of “knowingness”
99. Enhances experience of “oneness”
100. Increases the synchronicity in your life
101. Enhances a deeper appreciation for nature
102. Promotes greater connection with others
103. Promotes greater contentment and peace
104. Helps with living in the “now”
105. Promotes a deeper sense of gratitude
106. Brings greater quality of life
107. Enhances greater connection to universal truths
108. Enhances the experience of universal love

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