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10 Apr
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Yoga and meditation at Lake Inle in Myanmar

This is the fourth in a series of blog posts about the Myanmar Yoga Adventure. Read more and WHY we're taking a yoga retreat to Myanmar with our students here.  

 

We leave the golden Pagodas of Bagan to travel to our third destination on the Adore Myanmar Yoga Adventure - Inle Lake. Set in the gorgeous Shan Hills, Inle Lake is a cooler, fresher environment than Ngapali or Bagan.  Inle Lake was designated one of the World Network of Biosphere Reserves by UNESCO in 2015 and, with a surface area of 116 square kilometers and 880m elevation, the air feels much fresher than either Ngapali or Bagan.

 

There are so many reasons to love Inle Lake. Take a boat ride through the town’s network of canals (it’s kind of the Venice of Asia!), then sail into the lake itself where you’ll see local fishermen catching fish and harvesting water weed in the same traditional way as generations of their forefathers.

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10 Apr
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Yoga and MeditaTion Retreat in Myanmar 

 

This is the second in a series of blog posts about the Adore Myanmar Yoga Adventure (Nov 2018) and how this exciting trip to Myanmar is supporting local communities as well as inspiring our students. Read the first post here.

 

On the very first day in Myanmar, you'll experience two sides of this land of extreme contrasts. We meet in Yangon, a busy, bustling and rapidly modernising Asian city with a population of over 5 million. Then we fly 1hr north west to Thandwe, the gateway airport to one of the most stunning stretches of unspoiled beaches in Asia, Ngapali Beach. This is where the pace changes – radically!

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07 Apr
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Why run a yoga retreat in myanmar of all places...?

 

Myanmar (or Burma as it was known until recently) isn't at the top of many people's yoga travel bucket list. You'll find yoga retreats and adventures pretty much everywhere, especially in Bali, Fiji, India, Sri Lanka and Central and South America. But Myanmar has dropped off the radar.

 

To be honest, we nearly didn't go there ourselves. We had LONG wanted to visit Myanmar - we'd heard so much about the natural beauty, friendly people and that special feeling of arriving somewhere totally new - something that's hard to find in an era of globalisation (no Starbucks in Burma!) We booked our flights in the hope that we'd find an exciting new world to bring our students and guests to - imagine meditating in those ancient Buddhist temples and doing yoga on the banks of the mighty Irrawaddy River! Then we heard the news last year about the Rohingya crisis.

 

We decided to cancel our visit. Then we decided to go. Then we decided to cancel. This went on for several days, during which time I did some research on Myanmar and contacted Aussie friends who'd worked there to get first hand insights. What I learned from this research made it clear that we should go and see for ourselves what was happening in this fascinating and complex country.

 

What we found was beyond anything we had ever imagined - from the landscapes to the culture to the people to the political situation. Myanmar blew our minds.

 

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15 Mar
Posted by Nikola Ellis

Ayurvedic food and healing in india

 

One of the most frequently asked questions about coming on retreat to India is ‘What’s the food like?’ Lots of people worry that the food will be too spicy or that they’ll have trouble meeting their dietary needs, such as avoiding gluten, dairy, nuts and other allergens. Others have read about high levels of pesticides in fruit and vegetables in India and worry about food quality. This blog post describes the flavours, ingredients and quality of the food that we enjoy during our retreats and trainings in India.

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11 Apr
Posted by Nikola Ellis

WHAT TO EXPECT ON A Meditation, YOGA & AYURVEDA Training IN INDIA – PART 2

What to expect from your Ayurvedic Consultations and Treatments

 

Ayurveda is India’s traditional system of medicine, with roots that date back over 4,000 years. The word Ayurveda means ‘Science of Life’ in Sanskrit and this ancient healing tradition embraces an holistic approach to health, emphasizing preventative medicine as well as offering plenty of healing treatments. The Ayurvedic toolkit includes yoga and meditation, marma puncture (similar to acupuncture), massage, cleansing techniques, dietary recommendations and medicinal herbs.

 

While Ayurveda has become increasingly popular in the West, the difference between visiting an Ayurveda practitioner in the West and consulting an Ayurvedic doctor in India is significant. Most Western practitioners have studies short courses of just a few weeks or months. However, Ayurvedic doctors in India undertake 5-7yrs of training, with a minimum 5yr degree in Ayurvedic Medicine. When you find a good Ayurvedic doctor, you’re in safe and knowledgeable hands.

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09 Apr
Posted by Nikola Ellis

What to expect on a Meditation, Yoga & Ayurveda TRAINING in India – Part 1

Travelling In South India

 

This blog post is the first of a three-part series about the sights, sounds and sensations of travelling to South India. India is just too epic for a single blog! I’ll be covering the three aspects of the Adore Yoga India retreats and trainings that most people ask about:

 

  1. Travelling in India
  2. Ayurvedic Consultations and Treatments
  3. Yogic and Ayurvedic Food

 

In this first post, we’ll be discovering what it’s like to travel to and around India. While transportation in India has changed since I first visited 20 years ago, travelling in India is still an adventure.

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