“Yoga education, with chilled beach vibes in Amed, Bali.”
Yoga in Amed, a growing community.
When we built our yoga space in 2011 it was the first purpose built yoga space in Amed. Now there are at least 6 other places offering some form of Yoga instruction. In July 2017 with our sister project ‘‘Blue Earth Village” we will be hosting Yoga classes in the most beautiful sala in East Bali, under construction now. With the opening of the new space we’ll be greatly expanding our scope of yoga education in Amed.
What is Yoga?
Yoga has something for everyone, not just for the flexible or spiritually minded. Yoga is neither glorified gymnastics nor mystic mumbo jumbo, it is an incredibly broad collection of real techniques and practices for self transformation.
The science of Yoga represents more than 2000 years of un-interrupted research and exploration of human potential. It is first and foremost a practical approach to Humankinds deepest existential questions; such as how to live and get the most out of life. There are so many practices and techniques to Yoga that no one man could claim to be a master of all of them. These practices don’t just affect the physical body, but also affect the mind, emotions and subtler aspects of the human being, and there is something for everyone.
Asana is the physical practice, using posture and movement with the breath to increase strength and flexibility. See here for more about our Asana classes.
Asana can also considered preparation for Pranayama and Meditation, which we also teach, as much as these thing can actually be taught. We also regularly have classes in philosophy of Tantric Yoga and guest teachers offering classes in related fields such as Acro Yoga and Chi Gung.
Our Yoga Activities
In our beachside sala most nights we offer drop in yoga asana classes.
The class-size is small and the vibe is relaxed. Get in touch and find out our schedule.
In late 2017 we will be announcing dates for our Apneista Yoga teacher training(YTT) courses.
These trainings will reflect the same educational vision as on our freediving courses.
We’ll be announcing dates for a series of Yoga retreats in July 2017.
Some will be in our new project ”Blue Earth Village” and some will be in our new favourite island Pulau Weh, watch this space..
YOGA FOR FREEDIVERS
We use elements of yoga in most of our freediving courses but also offer workshops in Yoga and meditation for freedivers.
The next exciting one will be with Frederick Lemaitre in May 2017, get in touch for details..
Apneista approach to Hatha Yoga
We don’t stick rigidly to any current in contemporary Yoga but believe in adapting class content to the level of group and mood, whenever possible adapting to the specific therapeutic needs or or personal interests of the student, be it surfing, freediving or simply being healthier and happier.
We follow a fluid approach to Yoga Asana that’s strong on postural alignment without neglecting the breath, which combined with Bhanda is used to explore the subtler aspects of Asana. Whether dynamic and restorative, we believe Asana should be an exploration of the mind body connection and never something competitive or purely physical.
The breath and focused intention are our principle tools for deepening asana into a truly meditative practice, a process which the teacher should guide but never dominate. For this reason any adjustments are discrete and non-invasive, less often being more in the art of adjustment.
The fact that we also teach free-diving (breath-hold diving) means strong emphasis is placed on the breath. We see the breath as a tool for exploring asana and asana as a tool for exploring the breath. With the breath as our vehicle we try we bring our awareness to the subtler side of Yoga and develop our Asana into a truly transformative practice.
Though we also teach practices aimed specifically towards the needs of Surfers, we believe Asana should always be achieve something more than just strength and flexibility, it should help create some inner stillness.
Yoga & Freediving
For years freedivers having been using techniques of yoga to improve their freediving abilities, indeed every aspect of yoga has some benefit for the freediver, be it asana for strength and flexibility or pranayama and meditation for increased mental and respiratory control.
Less obvious are the benefits of free-diving for the Yogi though they are equally profound. The most obvious of which is increased awareness and control of the breath. Vimalanada the famous Tantrik master used to teach pranayama through immersion in the Indian ocean. But there are less obvious benefits too. The fact that the apneist has limited oxygen obliges them to become capable of fluid and meditative movement, with minimal superfluous mental and physical activity. This has a subtle yet profound effect on a person’s asana practice.