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

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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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ashram yoga retreat schedule & information

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B A L I  A S H R A M
RETREATS 2014

In our 5th year at Gedong Gandhi Ashram, Candidasa, we’re offering eight retreats with more dates/ yoga choices, plus idyllic Ashram’s ambience to make each a ‘treat’. We are blessed with an exquisite mix of international & local yoga teachers who bring divine yoga to it’s natural home – a ‘living and breathing’ Ashram. Join our routine puja with our live-in members. The new Ashtanga Hatha Immersion extends our Hatha Retreats and should resonate well with the serious yoga aficionados. Still unbeatable value with all meals/most services included, hence our many returning yogis!

“Sublime yoga – in Bali’s timeless oasis by the Lagoon and the Sea”

Dates     Yoga Retreat Type     Retreat’s Leader/s     Links
29 Mar-5 Apr*     Dynamic Hatha**/incl. Nyepi***, 7 Days/7 Nights     Jennifer Isaacson
5 – 9 Apr     Ashtanga Hatha Immersion, 3 Days/4 Nights     Ahimsaka (Edme)
28 Jun-5 Jul     Dynamic Hatha, very popular time slot, fully booked in last 2 years, so early booking is essential, 7 Days/7 Nights     Yvonne Haddleton
5 – 9 July     Ashtanga Hatha Immersion, 3 Days/4 Nights     Ahimsaka
23 – 30 Aug     Dynamic Hatha with popular Ashram duo, 7 Days/7 Nights     Kawi & Ahimsaka
30 Aug-3 Sep     Ashtanga Hatha Immersion, 3 Days/4 Nights     Ahimsaka
25 Oct – Nov 1     Hatha/last for the year, 7 Days/7 Nights     TBA Yvonne Haddleton or Kawi&Ahimsaka
1 – 5 Nov     Ashtanga Hatha Immersion, 3 Days/4 Nights     Ahimsaka
NOTES: *start/end dates refer to check-in/check-out dates. Late check-out 2 pm on Day 7 for Hatha Retreat **Hatha Yoga – asana/vinyasa/pranayama/nidra while also delving into its spiritual context ***Bali’s New Year’s observed as a Day of Silence – refrain from man-made ‘disturbances’

Gedong Gandhi Ashram (aka Ashram Gandhi Çanti Dasa – ‘servant of peace’) at Candidasa is our partner and the first and oldest Ashram in Bali. For more info http://www.ashramgandhi.com (for its location simply enter Gedong Gandhi Ashram in https://maps.google.com/ )
Our ‘sankalpa’: A yoga filled retreat that gently blends with our unique Ashram ambience, with visiting and Ashram’s in-house yoga teachers. Modest yet comfortable seafront or seaview bungalows, full-meal accommodation with our wholesome, vegetarian and fish meals. Good value & affordable – with a touch of community service (your stay there alone helps finance its operations). Access to ashram’s facilities and services. Or to simply interact with ashram members or join the puja/prayers; observe/learn Ashram’s cooking; retreat to our meditation room; or swim in the open sea. The Ashram is idyllically located in the auspicious confluence of ocean and a spring-fed lake with a sacred temple nestled on the slope of the overlooking hill.
Nyepi (31 Mar 2014): Yoga and the Ashram provide the perfect backdrop to Bali’s New Year’s Day of Silence which revolves around reflections, refrain from earthly desires/work or man-made disturbances, and to engage in spiritual readings/pursuits. Hence, total ban on lights, fire, cars and, indeed, airline flights – a unique experience to live to the spirit of Nyepi (from sepi/quiet). This auspicious day will be incorporated in our 29 Mar to 5 April Hatha Retreat.

Dynamic Hatha Yoga Retreat (7 Days/7 Nights):
Day1 check-in, Ashram progs; Day 2- 6 Retreat Progs; Day7 Morn prog/lunch, 2 pm check-out.
Costs AUD 850 twin-share; AUD 200 non-share surcharge; (if avail) AUD 950 non-share Kelapa Mas (the next door hotel we use as our extended accommodation, similar rooms, with shared gate at rear)
Primarily Hatha Yoga with a blend of daily sun salutation, asana, vinyasa, pranayama, nidra as well as delving into the philosophical and spiritual context. The classes cater the full range of yoga proficiencies, as our experienced teachers tune in to the class and the individuals. Program Format below should give an idea, and more about the teachers background/style can be gleaned from their individual links at the end of this document.
One afternoon/night temple puja group tour with members is included but consensus will prevail as it may impact on some yoga time. Same goes with additional tours at extra costs; these tours are available pre or post retreat for those with additional days/stay at the Ashram.
Hatha Yoga Format*  Bold/Italics – ♣ Retreat’s Yoga Activities; **Strongly recommended

 * may differ slightly due to teacher’s ‘call’ or style or tours by the group
Time     Activity
5 – 6 am     Optional/Sunrise Puja (incl. Agni Hotra/fire ceremony)
♣ 7.00 – 7.45 am     ♣ Yoga – Sun Salutation/Surya Namaskara
♣ 7.45 – 8.30 am     ♣ Pranayama and Meditation (meditation room)
8.30 – 9.00 am     Breakfast with Ashram members
9 – 10 am     Free period
♣ 10 – 11.45 am     ♣ Yoga – Asana/Vinyasa/Nidra Class
11.30 – 12 noon     Midday Puja (optional)
12.30 – 1.30 pm     Lunch with Ashram members
1.30 – 4.00 pm     Free period / Group or Private Tours / Activities
♣ 4.00–5.00 pm     ♣ House Yoga (Selection of Hatha/Vinyasa/recuperative yoga)
**5.15 – 6 pm     ** Sunset Puja (incl. Agni Hotra/Fire Ceremony – Optional but recommended as a natural extension to previous House Yoga)
6 – 6.30 pm     Free period
6.30 – 7.30 pm     Dinner with Ashram members
7.30 – 8 pm     Night Puja (optional)
8 pm     Free Period
♣ TBA     ♣ Additional/breathwork sessions, as needed (TBA during retreat)

Ashtanga Hatha Immersion/Extension Retreat (3 Days/4 Nights)
Day 1. pm check-in, Ashram progs/yoga; Day 2 – 4 Ashtanga full prog; Day 5 noon check-out
Costs AUD 450 twin-share; AUD 100 non-share surcharge; (if avail) AUD 500 non-share Kelapa Mas.
An immersion into ashtanga hatha yoga for beginners, for the curious and also for the ashtanga practitioners who wish to explore and deepen their self practice. Inspired by, but not limited to, the ashtanga vinyassa sequence of Sri Patthabi Jois.
Focus of these 3 days is to establish or finetune your own practice based on the ashtanga primary sequence. Depending on where you are with your body and mind the sequence can be modified, adding or skipping asana’s (or vinyassa’s), and yin-yoga for ashtangi’s (weaving the limbs of the 8 astau/limbs of the yoga practice into the physical asana practice). There will be self practice classes (working on your own pace and asana’s, the so called mysore style) and classes practicing together with the group (Led classes). The special classes are to help you further in your practice, supply you with additional information and asana’s, and a better understanding of the ashtanga yoga, and going beyond the merely physical aspect. The ashtanga practice is definitely a more strenuous and intensive practice, as it is meant to be a purifying practice. However, the first guideline is always to work 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 than limitations, and going beyond the set expectations you have of your body and mind.
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