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Published on : Wednesday, July 29, 2015
For many people, time to focus on personal health and wellbeing is a luxury they struggle to fit into daily life, and holidays provide the opportunity to catch-up on this imbalance. As more and more travellers seek getaways that embrace a healthy lifestyle and peace within, Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan has launched an exclusive series of international yoga masters offering riverside classes at its new Dharma Shanti Yoga Bale.
Supplementing its existing yoga classes, the Resort presents a different master-in-residence every month and complimentary daily sessions to enable in-house guests to fully immerse themselves in the physical, spiritual and mental aspects of the hillside retreat’s wellbeing programs. Yogis of all levels have the opportunity to practice with international yoga ambassadors such as Bobbi Hamilton, whose trademark Flow & Phreeze Yoga featured in Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign. Developed specifically for children, teens and families to combat rising childhood obesity, the Kids Phresh Program will be available at Four Seasons Resort Sayan throughout Bobbi’s residence from August 20 to September 1, 2015. Bobbi will also offer twice-daily group classes based on Tibetan Energetic Yoga Therapy, which she studied under Lobsang Dhargya, a former Tibetan monk and aid to the Dalai Lama.
In September and October, the Resort presents a series of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga with Summer Dien. In residence September 14-20, October 5-10 and October 12-17, 2015, Summer’s style is described as “Mysore self-practice,” tailored to each student’s needs and also building self-discipline to enable them to take the sequence and practice wherever they go.
“Each month’s master-in-residence specialises in a different form of yoga to keep the program exciting and varied for our guests,” sayes Luisa Anderson, Regional Director of Spa for Four Seasons Resorts Bali. “The Dharma Shanti Yoga Bale is the perfect venue for guests to experience our visiting international yoga masters, and enjoy the natural healing energy of this special location. Guests tell us that they return home feeling re-energised and better-than-ever, and that’s exactly how a holiday should end.”
Dharma Shanti Yoga Bale is nestled in a quiet corner of the Resort surrounded by lush forest at the bottom of the Sayan Valley, with views over rice fields to the fast-flowing Ayung River. The 100 percent bamboo structure – whose name means “path to peace” in Sanskrit – is a sanctuary for private classes, group sessions and quiet introspection. Aside from the visiting masters-in-residence, Dharma Shanti’s regular daily program includesMediation; Life Talks on stress management and love with Ibu Fera – a former Buddhist nun who is the Resort’s resident wellbeing expert; and various types of yoga including Laughing, Hatha, Easy and the dynamic AntiGravity or “flying” yoga. In-house guests enjoy exclusive access to 16 complimentary yoga and meditation classes each week.