We filmed our chair yoga video here and as a bonus for you, a free mediation video as the sun rise at Wat Chaiwatthanaram temple (built in 1630 AD) – Ayutthaya, Thailand.
Meditation is valuable discipline that can help you stay young in both body and spirit. 100 deep breath meditation each day can reduces stress, improved memory, increased resistance to distraction and social pressure, improved brain functioning… (see research findings here)
The Guinness Book of Records’ oldest yoga teacher shares the keys to rejuvenation & youth – at the New Seven Wonders of Nature, Vietnam!
Experience a Vietnamese culinary journey, adventure, and practice with the oldest living yoga teacher who joyfully shares her wisdom. You will travel through UNESCO World Heritage sites on a dragon boat, and stay in 4-5 star accommodations. Participants can register with the Yoga Alliance and receive 35 continuing education training hours from the retreat.
Imagine the multitude of things that you can learn about and explore! and practice with the oldest living yoga teacher and her wisdom…
Two full weeks to rejuvenating the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of your soul.
Do Better Project: A portion of our retreat profits will go towards supporting a child’s education in Vietnam.
“The Little Rose Shelter is a project of the non-profit Ho Chi Minh Child Welfare Foundation. The shelter provides care, education and assistance to girls 12-18 years old who are at-risk or victims of sexual abuse, trafficking or labor exploitation.”
Thank you to Adam Quang; Gary Kenniston; Dato Hoang for making this happen
“Yoga makes for very good sex,” explains Adam Quang. “It gets you in touch with your inner self, cutting down the tension in your body. Every surface of your skin becomes sensitive.” In his previous career as a fashion designer, Quang lived a life that many gay boys would sell their souls and bodies for: designing award-winning costumes, taking trips to New York and sitting in VIP seats at fashion shows. “I was very well paid at a very young age,” says Quang, who hobnobbed with the likes of Edward Norton, William Hurt and Jude Law. He took up yoga to relieve stress and eventually started to teach; his clients soon included celebrities and Saudi royalty. “A lot of gay guys go through their midlife crisis in their 30s or 40s,” he says. “Yoga helps you slow down and stay in the moment.” The ultimate slowdown is Quang’s two-week Vietnamese yoga retreat to Ha Long Bay and Hanoi. The first week is spent in five-star accommodation on a dragon boat with yoga classes on deck. Kayaking, swimming, excursions and Vietnamese cooking classes round out the schedule. The second week is spent in Hanoi. “It’s not a yoga boot camp,” Quang says. “It’s a yoga retreat; you don’t have anything if you don’t want to.—
Happiness is such an objective thing. What makes us happy? Are we content with our lives in their current state? I think these are questions we all ask of ourselves at one point or another in our lives.
I recently watched a documentary made by Canadian film makers Tanya Ballantyne Tree and Josephine Mackay about a trip they’d taken to Bhutan. Bhutan is a country where measure “gross national happiness (GNH)”, based on Buddhist spiritual values, instead of measuring the National index of goods and trade and economic growth. The concept was developed and put into action in 1972 by Bhutan’s former monarch, King Jigme Singye Wangchuck.
What I found interesting in the documentary was the following:
within 6 months of introducing TV to Bhutan, cultural crime started to occur, whereas none had exited before;
the people have universal responsibility for their world and have no beggars in the community (I wonder if this will change);
women are equal to men in the eyes of the law;
60% of the population still farm and live off the land, seemingly very happy and seen to be singing as they work (compare this to people I see in downtown Toronto.)
it said that growth index base on economic growth are ” costs more in loss of ecosystem services, and in the imposition of “urban disamenities,” than it produces as a positive contribution to well-being. (The difficulty, of course, is that for many forms of development, the gains are taken privately, while the costs the development imposes are born generally and publicly.)”
“The Bhutanese grounding in Buddhist ideals suggests that beneficial development of human society takes place when material and spiritual development occur side by side to complement and reinforce each other.The four pillars of GNH are the promotion of sustainable development, preservation and promotion of cultural values, conservation of the natural environment, and establishment of good governance.‘ via wiki
Looking for a tranquil vacation that leaves you relaxed, restored and uplifted? Then try a Yoga retreat. Even if enlightenment is not your aim, you’ll definitely achieve a luminous glow. Yogis understand the positive influence of natural surroundings and feng shui on the body, mind and soul, while the healthy organic food (almost always vegetarian) served at most retreats leaves you feeling lighter and purified. Whether you go by yourself, with a friend or partner, or even in a group, you will always find friendly company. Angelika Taschen has found the most exquisite and inspirational Yoga retreats around the world: choose from an exotic luxury hotel in Bhutan, a spiritual ashram in India, a farmhouse in Tuscanyor a beach resort in Mexico. But be warned, Yoga can easily become a way of life. You might find yourself planning your days and even holidays around Yoga practice.
Highlights include the Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh, the birthplace of Yoga, one of the holy cities of the Ganges and a renowned pilgrimage site, where the Beatles attended the Maharishi’s ashram in 1968; Yogamagic, an eco-retreat in Goa on the gentle Indian Ocean. Italy is not just a destination for the cultural and culinary traveller but also for the dedicated Yogi: Il Convento in Tuscany andSanta Maria del Sole in Puglia strike a balance between Yoga and the sensual Italian lifestyle. The Esalen Institute in Big Sur is a legendary New Age destination, offering Yoga and much more, with over 500 spiritual and physical workshops; while Amansala’s Bikini Boot Camp in Tulum, Mexico, combines beach life with Yoga classes.