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The experienced yoga teachers of Buddo Yoga invite you to join an intensive yoga retreat in the beautiful Chiang Mai, Thailand! Buddho Yoga is an organic yoga project, fueled by a passion for waking up and learning the truth, and informed by the teachings of the Buddha as preserved by Theravada Buddhism. That means Buddho Yoga offers a grounded approach to the spiritual life that focuses on developing wholesome qualities that can be applied to daily life.
Doi Farang Resort features a variety of accommodation options, a medium-sized swimming pool, and a restaurant area. The grounds are beautifully landscaped with trees and flowers, and little walkways lead you from one area to another. The accommodation at Doi Farang Resort will make you feel right at home.
Your room is not just your place to sleep, but your place to relax in between classes, review your notes, work on homework assignments, and unwinds after a long day of classes. It's crucial that you feel comfortable in your room.
Buddho Yoga understands that you need to sleep well because these courses are both physically and mentally demanding. That is why extra consideration has been given to the arrangement of the accommodation and they think you'll appreciate the little touches.
Please note that the accommodation options are extremely flexible and Buddho Yoga is happy to make arrangements for friends or families to stay together. Just ask if you have a special request for your room.
The chalet is shared with two other people. The chalets are actually converted rice houses that are made with teak wood and are very cozy and full of character. There are three chalets, two of them have one double bed and one single bed and the third one has one double bed. If you are interested in having a private chalet, please inquire about this option.
Every attempt will be made to make the rooms gender-specific unless a group is traveling together. If you require staying with your same gender, do let Buddho Yoga know, and you can also know if you do not mind staying in a mixed situation.
The bungalow is shared with one other person. There are five bungalows on site, and four will be made available for participants. Each bungalow comes equipped with two beds, an air-conditioner, an attached bathroom, and a front patio. They are made out of brick, have solid flooring, and are sealed to keep the bugs out. They also have small living areas and a fan.
Buddho Yoga highly recommends securing a spot in one of the brick bungalows as the standard of comfort is higher and you will have more space to settle in. If you would like even more privacy and space and would like to stay in a bungalow all by yourself, that may also be arranged, depending on availability. Preference will be given to people who are looking to share. Please note that it is also possible to have a private chalet. Just ask to check availability.
Additionally, if you are with your partner and would like to stay in a private room together that has a double bed, it can also be arranged for a slightly discounted rate. If you are not sure which type of accommodation is the best for you, just ask. Buddho Yoga is happy to advise you based on your needs.
Many of the students feel at home with Buddho Yoga because they find many other yoga offerings to be either too physical or too spiritual. Here, Buddho Yoga is careful not to exclude people who do not share the beliefs. It is just about being who you are, being genuine, and working with what you have.
Buddho Yoga offers a clear approach to teaching and practicing yoga from a Thai-Buddhist perspective. The emphasis is on waking up to the way things are and connecting with the knowing nature of the mind. The starting point is getting clear about your vision and what it all means to you. Then you find practical ways to live from that place of clarity and purpose. The yoga and meditation practices just become a natural extension of that expansiveness.
After you start practicing yoga with alignment, there is no turning back. Although it seems to be gaining popularity, the reality is that most yoga classes in the world are taught without many details on how to actually do the poses. More and more people are no longer content with this kind of yoga offering, but it can be difficult to get a handle on alignment in a normal studio environment.
This 35-hour module aims to provide a solid foundation in alignment understanding and application across different types of yoga poses, including back-bends, forward-bends, twists, arm-balances, inversions, and hip-openers.
Based on Anusara yoga's Universal Principles of Aligment (UPAs) and an anatomical understanding of the biomechanics of the body, this module will give you the confidence you need to start practicing alignment-based yoga or start integrating more alignment into your teaching.
While Buddho Yoga does not teach 'right' from 'wrong', you will, through your own exploration of the poses using your body and working with others, come to find out the mechanics of the body, and certain things will be revealed to you that will help you to understand how to use positioning, action, and integration to find more stability, more space, and more power in your practice. Your yoga will never be the same again!
Relaxation sounds nice, doesn't it? But the reality is that in practice, it is very difficult and often times feels more like stress and tension than relaxation. Therefore, it is important to see relaxation as an art-form and to gain the skills required to release tension, reduce stress, and truly relax.
This 35-hour module aims and providing both an education about the principles of Yin yoga and Restorative yoga, as well as ample time to apply those principles in the practice sessions on each day. Whether you are a yoga student looking to find a way to balance out your more physical yoga practice or a yoga teacher looking to empower yourself to teach a powerful Yin class, this module is for you.
Each day, you will explore different Yin and Restorative yoga poses and discuss the main benefits as well as the category each poses belongs to. This way, you will be building a repertoire of poses and their benefits. The idea is that by becoming intimate with what this practice has to offer, you will be more empowered to be able to give yourselves what you need when you need it.
For example, if you are feeling closed, you can do a pose that opens us up and allows us to feel connected. If you are feeling too vulnerable, you can do another pose that offers more protection and a sense of security. Additionally, you can also learn to address other ailments such as indigestion, headache, stress, insomnia, and anxiety with different types of Yin and Restorative poses.
Another aspect of this module is the exploration of the two levels of Yin practice, which are the physical aspect and the mental / spiritual aspect. The first level of the practice is to settle into the poses by becoming more comfortable with being in your own body. For some, holding a posture in stillness for three to five minutes, or maybe even longer, can be a real challenge, especially since most of you are used to leading busy lives in the fast-paced world.
This first level of Yin practice is all about slowing down and letting all the hard edges that cause you to fidget and move around impulsively to just smoothen out.
Once you become comfortable in the body and can hold the poses in stillness, then it is time to turn your attention inwards by practicing mindfulness. At this level, the poses themselves become containers for meditation and different techniques for practicing mindfulness of body, breath, and mind will be offered.
Since there is not much to 'do' in this type of practice, as there is a more Yang-style practice, Yin is a great opportunity to use your time wisely by developing wholesome states of mind such as awareness, compassion, and loving-kindness.
Buddho Yoga like to start the day off right, with what value the most, which is meditation. Buddho Yoga sees meditation as the most important aspect of the practice. Buddho Yoga also feels that starting a meditation session with a bit of chanting helps to prepare the mind for meditation.
You will chant in the Pali language, which is the original language that was used to pass down the teaching of the Buddha orally. When you chant, you do not only connect with each other as a community, but with the larger community of those who have chanted these words throughout history.
The morning chanting will be done in the style of the Thai tradition of Theravada Buddhism. After the chanting, there might some meditation instructions offered, a guided meditation, or you might just sit in silence.
Chanting and bowing is an optional aspect of these courses, and Buddho Yoga does not expect anyone to participate if they do not feel comfortable in doing so. Sitting quietly is always a respectful alternative.
The art of yoga courses feature twice daily 2-hour practice sessions, which account for the experiential aspect of the learning environment. These sessions will include detailed alignment instructions, demonstrations, partner yoga exercises, and lots of personalized attention from the dedicated team of teachers including physical and verbal adjustments and feedback.
Every session is different and specifically designed to illustrate the particular focus of the course, whether it is alignment, relaxation, philosophy, or mindfulness.
These classes provide the framework for the exploration of the particular focus of each course. For example, if the focus of the course is alignment, these two-hour classes will be devoted to studying alignment in detail. Sometimes, the class might be more like a lecture, but usually, it will be interactive with a chance for people to share, ask questions, and participate in the discussion.
Instead of the teachers standing in front to impart their knowledge, Buddho Yoga want to share what Buddho Yoga have learned, how Buddho Yoga has come to see things and, of course, leave it open for other perspectives to also be valid. In other words, Buddho Yoga does not claim to know everything, but Buddho Yoga is passionate about sharing what Buddho Yoga does know and also what it is believed.
Please note that you will not be asked to believe anything and Buddho Yoga will do the best to honor all beliefs and opinions while at the same time being clear about its own.
In the evening, before you retire for the night, Buddho Yoga like to come together one last time as a community to sit in silence and unite the voices with a beautiful metta (loving-kindness) chant in the style of the Burmese tradition of Theravada Buddhism. The language is also in Pali, as with the morning chanting, but this particular chant has more of a melody to it and even if you decide not to join, you will surely develop an appreciation for it.
The evening sessions may also include a dhamma talk, which could be more informative or more inspirational and provides another opportunity for the teachers to share something from the heart. Art of yoga courses are focused residential offerings that are designed to take you further.
It is sort of neither and sort of both. It is basically an intensive learning environment that also provides a certificate upon completion.
These courses are for anyone that is really interested in learning yoga. The courses are suitable for people of all levels of experience and ability and aim to offer something for both a beginner and an experienced teacher. It is not so much about covering the basics, but going deep in various areas of focus.
Some people might see a retreat as a time to relax, others might see it as a time to practice, but usually, people do not think of a retreat as a learning environment. Art of yoga courses are more educational, more informative, and more focused on studying and learning than most retreats are. It is more like a training program where people can come and get a yoga education.
Buddho Yoga recognizes that there are some shortcomings in the way yoga is offered around the world today. Most people practice yoga at studios, fitness centers, and in parks, and those offerings tend to be more devoted to the practice of yoga. What Buddho Yoga means is that instead of focusing on teaching yoga, the teacher mostly just leads the class through a series of poses that are sometimes linked with movements.
While this kind of class might be fun and even sometimes entertaining, the reality is that it does not offer much of a chance to learn. That is usually because the pace is too fast and most people are there to feel good, not study yoga.
But, Buddho Yoga also has noticed that there is a growing number of people who want more. It is not necessarily about wanting more poses, more advanced poses, and more fancy transitions, but more details, more information, and more guidance. If this seems like something you are interested in, the art of yoga courses are for you.
Doi Farang Resort is located about five miles outside of the small town of Phrao, which is nestled in a peaceful valley in the northern part of Chiang Mai province. The valley has a low population, is filled with rice paddies, and is surrounded by mountains. This area is full of amazing landscapes and the rich culture of northern Thailand.
On this retreat, you will be served with fully catered meals, three times a day, seven days a week. It is important to Buddho Yoga that you feel like you are being taken care of, mainly because that feeling of being supported will help you to make it through the course.
The specific timing of the meals in relationship to the rest of the daily activities has been carefully considered and tested. Buddho Yoga wants to make sure you are not forced to practice yoga right after eating and have plenty of time for rest and relaxation after lunch.
The food served during the course will be vegetarian, but not vegan. However, there will be many vegan options available, especially since most vegetarian Thai dishes are vegan since eggs, dairy, and cheese are not common in most dishes. Meat and seafood will not be served. Special dietary considerations such as gluten-free can most likely be accommodated. Please let Buddho Yoga know ahead of time.
The meals will be served in buffet style. For each meal, a variety of three different dishes will be served and you will be able to take as much as you want. Although the chefs specialize in Thai food, there will also be some western style dishes such as pasta for dinner or eggs and toast for breakfast. The Thai dishes will be varied and you will have a chance to taste some of the most famous Thai dishes that most likely you have not tried yet.
An effort will be made to include protein sources such as tofu and other meat alternatives, but some dishes will simply be made with fresh vegetables. The kitchen team is going to do everything they can to make sure your dining is just what you need to support your journey.