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Join this intimate yoga retreat to live a spiritual adventure on the other side of the world with Johnson Chong and Laura Colon. Experience yoga, Antigravity yoga, Anya healing, shamanic healing, and meditation into a seamless concoction for deep transformation as you absorb all Bali has to offer as a conscious seeker. This special journey will connect you more deeply to yourself as you discover who you are among a culture that will embrace you like family.
During this retreat, you will stay either in a shared or a private room. Jasananda specializes in forming relationships with boutique resorts and yoga retreat centers that support the local communities. The accommodations provided during this trip are all run by conscious eco-friendly hosts, and will offer you the comfort of boutique Balinese luxury in paradise during your entire stay.
Anya is an acronym for Applied Neo Yogic Awareness and is a system of integrating ancient practices in a methodical and comprehensive manner. This class focuses on consciously releasing holding patterns in the body while stimulating vital energy. The movements in class are a powerful combination of micro moves, Tantric healing techniques, and Thai massage stretches. Anya heal taps into Kundalini energy, self-healing, and movement as medicine.
Anti gravity yoga is practiced using a silk hammock to help with decompression of joints with the goal of finding strength and ease in your movement. As you explore levitating meditation, flying asanas, and Vinyasa variations, you will find yourself strengthening and stretching further with more grace and ease with the assistance of the Harrison anti gravity hammock.
Kundalini refers to the latent and untapped reservoir of energy that rests at the base of the spine. In Hindu mythology, it is often depicted as a serpent on the path of ascension towards the crown of the head.
The practice of Kundalini yoga is intent on clearing the pathways of the spine to make way for physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual freedom when the Kundalini energy can fully circulate unencumbered. With the repetition of simple movements and stoking an active breathing pattern, a very palpable sensation of energy activation through the chakral body can be felt.
Meditation is being recommended by more and more physicians as a way to prevent, slow, or at least control the pain of chronic diseases like heart conditions, AIDS, cancer, and infertility. It is also being used to restore balance in the face of such psychiatric disturbances as depression, hyperactivity, and attention-deficit disorder.
In a confluence of eastern mysticism and western science, doctors are embracing meditation not because they think it’s hip or cool but because scientific studies are beginning to show that it works particularly for stress-related conditions.
For 30 years, meditation research has showed that it works beautifully as an antidote to stress. During this retreat, you will explore various types of meditation from classical yogic breathing techniques to more visual shamanic journeys that deepen the connection to the subconscious and conscious states.
In Hinduism, a puja is a devotional act or offering at home or in a temple on a variety of occasions. By participating in puja, you collectively celebrate the existence and commune with everything in the universe as a coalescence of oneness. In the process, you will remove negative thoughts and amplify positive energy, peace of mind, and prosperity while empowering yourself to come in contact with your true essence.
Special pujas are performed at the Ashram on full moon, new moon, and other auspicious Balinese energy days called kajeng kliwon and kliwon days to worship, pay homage, and make offerings to the universal mother and father and all their attributes.
The full moon puja (purnima) ceremony is very important because Shakti, the universal mother energy, rises and moves with more potency on this day. It is a day where it is easier to receive energy and potentially raise the vibration of your Kundalini potential. This is an auspicious day in the local community and is an opportunity to deepen your spiritual practice.
Water is the element that belongs to the subconscious realm and reigns over the emotional body. When you are overwhelmed by unnecessary stories that play out over and over again, you need to dive below the surface and investigate.
Through restoring the water element, you awaken to the fact the nonsense playing on repeat in our heads is unavoidable, but empowered that we can control the mute button and detach from it. Water Healing plays massive part of Balinese culture and is used in numerous rituals and ceremonies. This is a powerful experience not to be missed.
Shamanism has been practiced across various world traditions as a way to connect with nature. Shamanic practices highlight ritual, ceremony, prayer, and meditation as a way to communicate with the spirit world for guidance and healing. Through communion with the unseen realms, you can unveil lots of hidden information that can broaden your sense of self and the connection to everything around you.
It is through the interface with the web of life in this world and the unseen world, that you can begin a journey of total transformation. Shamanic journeys vary according to different traditions. Often times, sound, toning, and chanting play a big role, as well as drumming, rattling, and meditation. The shamanic healing journeys to be experienced in Bali will be channeled appropriately.
The Ajna light machine was developed by the ex Apple chip designer, Guy Harriman and functions as a neural-stimulating computer lamp. This innovative and highly effective device easily and rapidly brings the user into a deeply relaxed and meditative state. It works through a combination of ancient and modern scientific techniques by using very powerful photic light stimulation to induce the same brainwaves states seen in advanced meditation practitioners.
The light sequences will take you through a series of deep meditative states with ease. The light passes through the retina stimulating the pineal gland, and allowing the hypnogogic (between sleep and wakefulness, a deep meditation) trance state to be induced. The Ajna light is a spiritual tool to access greater intuition, learning, and exploring your inner consciousness. Johnson has developed a guided meditation journey to induce an even more profound state of healing.
He will guide you through a series of powerful visualizations that will empower your ability to exist in a higher realm of consciousness as you explore your relationship with your lower self, higher self, and life purpose. This meditative journey has been a catalyst of deep change bringing new meaning into our daily life while repairing the relationship with our Selves.
Satsang is a Sanskrit word that highlights a community of truth seekers. Traditionally, a satsang is a group spiritual discussion between a guru and his students. In a modern adaptation of this beautiful lineage, you will treat this forum as a group to share experiences, open dialogue, and as a celebration of the successes instead of spiritual lecturing. Sometimes during satsang, mantras, chanting, and meditation is also practiced.
The schedule is flexible and planned to maximize your experience of holistic wellness and healing while allowing free time to explore the surrounding area and engage with the local culture.
Ashram means a hermitage, monastic community, or other place of spiritual retreat. Ashram Munivara is for the aspirant to materialize a harmonious and peaceful life within the self, nature, and the community. At the Ashram, the practices of Tantra, Yantra, and Mantra are taught as a way to connect to the supreme lord (Shiva). Doing Puja, spiritual dance, meditation, fasting, chanting, yoga, and so on are all forms of Tantra that help to enhance positive energy.
The spiritual practices, taught by the Guru of Ashram Munivara, Sri Jaya Shakti, are based on teachings of lord Shiva. These teachings have been passed down his spiritual lineage to him from guru to guru.
The place was built in the 9th century as a sanctuary to ward off evil spirits. The cave has a relief of various menacing creatures and demons carved right into the rock at the cave entrance. There are various depictions of Ganesh, or the elephant God at this site. Ganesh is one of the most revered deities in the Hindu pantheon and is known as the remover of obstacles, the patron of arts and sciences, and the deva of intellect and wisdom.
Kecak was originally a trance ritual accompanied by a male chorus. In the 1930’s, Walter Spies, a German painter and musician, became deeply interested in the ritual while living in Bali.
He adapted it as a drama, based on the Hindu Ramayana and including dance intended for performance before Western tourist audiences. Also known as the Ramayana monkey chant, the piece is performed by a circle of at least 150 performers wearing checked cloth around their waists, percussively chanting "cak" and moving their hands and arms. Kecak has roots in sanghyang, a trance-inducing exorcism dance.
The Ubud monkey forest is a nature reserve and Hindu temple complex in Bali. Its official name is “The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary”. The village's residents view the monkey forest as an important spiritual, economic, educational, and conservation center for the village.
It describes its mission as conservation of the area within its boundaries according to the Hindu principle of “Tri Hata Karana” (three ways to reach spiritual and physical well-being), which seeks to make people live harmoniously during their lives.
The "three ways" to this goal under the Tri Hata Karana doctrine are harmonious relationships between humans and humans, between humans and the natural environment, and between humans and the supreme God. Accordingly, the monkey forest has a philosophical goal of creating peace and harmony for visitors from all over the world.
It also seeks to conserve rare plants and animals for use in Hindu rituals and to provide a natural laboratory for educational institutions with a particular emphasis on research into the social interaction of the park's monkeys with one another and their interaction with the park's natural environment.
Pemuteranis is a small laid-back village which has become increasingly popular with visitors in recent years. There are a number of waterfront resorts and its proximity to Lovina and West Bali National Park together with the extreme natural beauty of the area, has fueled quite rapid growth in tourism infrastructure in the area. Pemuteran is home to the largest artificial Biorock reef project in the world and there is a real spirit of marine conservation effort in this area.
Tegallalang rice terraces in Ubud are famous for its beautiful scenes of rice paddies involving the subak (traditional Balinese cooperative irrigation system), which according to history, was passed down by a revered holy man named Rsi Markandeya in the 8th century. Tegallalang forms the three most splendid terraced landscapes in Ubud's shared region with the others being in the villages of Pejeng and Campuhan.
Tegallang alone, has an outlook that spreads down before you and away to the rice terraces on the slopes across the valley. The high roadside location is cool and breezy and it is a well-known spot for tourists to stop and take photos. Painters and nature lovers also enjoy visiting this spot and there are numerous art kiosks and cafes near the ledge offering their ware.
Pemuteran and Bali’s North coast offer such a dramatic contrast to the southern resorts. It is also home to an incredible and unique dive site; the underwater temple. Divers with their advanced certification can go to the bottom of the temple at 30 meters depth.
A second part of the garden has been added at 15 meters with several Buddha statues covered in newly formed corals. Pemuteran still has a lot to offer for non-divers. Outstanding snorkeling is just steps away from any of the resorts dotting the coastline of Pemuteran and boat trips to Menjangan are easily arranged.
Ubud was made famous by the book “Eat, Pray, Love”. It is a town far removed from the beach party scene in Kuta and is regarded as the cultural center of Bali. It is famous as an arts and crafts hub and much of the town and nearby villages seems to consist of artist’s workshops and galleries. There are some remarkable architectural and other sights to be found and a general feeling of well-being to be enjoyed thanks to the spirit, surroundings, and climate of the place.
This temple is a Balinese sea temple (pura segara) in Kuta South, Badung. The temple is regarded as one of the six sanctuaries of the world (sad kahyangan) and is dedicated to the all-in-one God Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa in his manifestation as Rudra (the Rigvedic deity of storms and the hunt). The temple was built at the edge of a 70 meter cliff over the sea in the 11th century.
Johnson is a yoga teacher, Pilates teacher, bodyworker, healer, and light worker. He has studied with yoga masters like Sri Dharma Mittra, David Life, Sharon Gannon, and Duncan Wong. He received his initial 200-hour Vinyasa yoga training from Joschi Yoga Institute in New York, a 500-hour training in Akhanda yoga, classical Kundalini, and Hatha Raja with Yogirishi Vishvaketu in India, and has completed over a 1000 hours of continuing education with his lifelong teacher and mentor, Courtney Bauer of the ANYA method (applied neo yogic awareness) in New York.
Laura is based in New York as an Anti gravity yoga teacher, Anya teacher, and part of the Anya teacher training faculty. She was always involved in organized physical activities through sports and dance. She realize now, as an adult, that she always has been drawn to movement as a way to focus and better direct her excessive energy.
This retreat will be held in Ubud and Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia.
During this retreat you will be served five breakfasts, four brunches, five lunches, and nine dinners along with daily tea, coffee, fresh fruit, and unlimited filtered drinking water. Jasananda works with private chefs to cater wholesome, organic, and nutritious vegetarian meals that are Balinese and globally inspired. There will be some excursion days where you will be left to explore cuisine on your own which is part of the adventure of being in a new country.
During this retreat, you will enjoy two Balinese massages.
Please book your flight to arrive at Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS). Jasananda will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.
"Johnson teaches Anya’s signature class, which is part meditation, alignment, Kinesiology, core and enough Vinyasa flow to remind me it is yoga. Johnson is a fierce teacher with a Zen presence and the class itself brings a keen awareness to your movement."
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"I just had a 2 hour session of Thai Yoga Massage yesterday with Johnson. His gentle soul provided a healing environment, and I felt safe in his hands. His touch was precise, and his manoeuvres were deliberate and purposeful. Johnson's integrated approach gives the individual customised therapy according to their needs. He also provided timely feedback on his observations after the massage session with regards to physical posture, psychological manifestations as well as energetic interpretations. His kind and genuine personality has touched me, and I feel that he sincerely wants to help. Thank you for being an inspiration, Johnson. I am happy to have cross paths with you! :-D"
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"Being a typical guy that loves sport but hates stretching, i have got to the point where yoga/Pilates is now a necessity unless I want to end up with back problems later in life. I have often found myself going to the odd yoga class, trying to hold a static pose and feeling the "delightful" pain in parts of the body which apparently shouldn't be feeling it, and ultimately I don't really feel the benefits. One session with Johnson though, doing "dynamic stretching" and the feeling is completely different. It really focuses on the intended muscles (hamstrings in my case) and not only did he set everything up to facilitate a great one hour lesson, he also gave me really simple things I can do throughout the week when sat in the office or watching tv at home. This is great for me as, like most people, I don't often have a full hour that I can dedicate to stretching. Fully recommended and great guy!"
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"Being a typical guy that loves sport but hates stretching, i have got to the point where yoga/Pilates is now a necessity unless I want to end up with back problems later in life. I have often found myself going to the odd yoga class, trying to hold a static pose and feeling the "delightful" pain in parts of the body which apparently shouldn't be feeling it, and ultimately I don't really feel the benefits. One session with Johnson though, doing "dynamic stretching" and the feeling is completely different. It really focuses on the intended muscles (hamstrings in my case) and not only did he set everything up to facilitate a great one hour lesson, he also gave me really simple things I can do throughout the week when sat in the office or watching TV at home. This is great for me as, like most people, I don't often have a full hour that I can dedicate to stretching....Fully recommended and great guy!"
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"Johnson is a very spiritual healer. His touch is very connected to the body during treatment. He is a very intuitive in his work, always (and somehow) manages to find the main restriction or tension in the body. And to add on to that, his treatments always leave me wanting more! His friendly and warm personality makes him a delight and joy to look forward to in every meeting. I recommend that you arrange a treatment session with him."
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"Johnson Chong's classes and retreats are awesome and amazing. They changed my perception of yoga. He helps us yogis approach yoga in a very holistic way, with focus on both body and mind."
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"Do not miss an opportunity to experience Johnson. He is a highly skilled and knowledgeable yoga teacher and energy healer. I have been one of Johnson's yoga students and undergone extensive energy healing sessions for several years. I have also attended many of Johnsons workshops and retreats in the United States and abroad. I recommend him with all my heart. Johnson's presence is ethereal. He also has a divine ability to download everything there is to know about your body and use this information to teach and treat you. I traveled to India during 110 degree temperatures and monsoons just so I could receive the healing and transformational benefits of Johnson's skills. Be prepared to work hard. Johnson does not mess around and your life will change. You will also have a great time. Hanging out with Johnson is so much fun!"
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"Johnson put me in a state of relaxation and comfort that is impossible to really explain. The care he gave me was truly quite extraordinary. In truth, I did not know how much I needed the care and comfort Johnson gave me. I can recommend him without any reservation. He truly is special."
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"When I had my first Thai bodywork session with Johnson, I felt the difference in my body and mind. Johnson treated me with compassion and care. His love for his practice shows through his gentleness and respect for your aches and pain. I highly recommend Johnson to anyone who has never experienced a Thai massage."
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"I had always wanted to try yoga and at the same time I felt like I was in need of massage to loosen and stretch my body. I could never get out to a class so I wanted someone that could come to me and work with my schedule. Johnson combines the best of both into our now regular sessions which i look forward to every week. It really does great things for the mind and body and it makes a difference I can actually feel. I really recommend it!"
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