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Join this yoga and meditation retreat in wonderful Hawaii to step back from your life and take a little time for yourself. This holiday will help you to gain a fresh perspective before returning to you busy life trough relaxing yoga and meditation sessions. Whether you are looking to deepen your practice of yoga or just looking for a little rest and relaxation, you will find a true family!
During this retreat, you will stay either in a private or a shared room. The accommodations at Chandra Yoga offer a full kitchen with dining area and a large common living room.
During this retreat, you will experience one morning class dedicated to meditation and pranayama (breathing exercises), and a second class focused either in yoga asana (postures) or yoga Nidra, which is a guided meditation and full body relaxation practiced in the savasana position (corpse pose). Each day you will feel better and better as your body and mind begin to unwind and come in tune with the rhythm of the Island.
Upon arrival, you will have an opening orientation to explain what to expect for your week including class times, meal times, and activities. You will also be introduced to other members of the retreat.
You will begin your day with a one-hour guided pranayama (breathing practices) and meditation class. This practice will set your intention and energy for a bright and balanced day. The morning asana class, which you most likely known as "yoga" is the physical practice of postures. The program blends the traditional practices of Hatha yoga with the dynamic movement of Ashtanga Vinyasa to bring a style of yoga that suits all people regardless of experience level.
The daily outdoor excursion will be to local beaches, hiking spots, snorkeling, historical sights, coffee farms, or scenic points. In the afternoon you will have time to relax and rejuvenate. This is your time to go inward. You have most likely decided to attend a yoga retreat to find some stillness and peace in your life, and get back to knowing you, right? Yoga Retreats in Hawaii encourages you to rest during this time, doing anything that makes you feel more at home with yourself. Some examples are journaling, reading inspirational books, creating art, listing to music, spending time in prayer or meditation, intention setting, or doing anything that helps you to reflect.
The late afternoon is set aside for a variety of activities depending on the day. During your seven day stay, a few days will be for nature walking and two evenings will be set aside for yoga Nidra, which is the practice of a guided meditation in savasana (corpse pose). If you would rather see the local art galleries and small shops, this is also an option. The Historic Kailua-Kona Village shopping on Ali'i drive is a favorite spot for tourists and locals alike.
Daily outdoor excursions to local beaches, hiking spots, snorkeling areas, historical sights, coffee farms, or scenic points are included in this retreat.
Rachel was first exposed to yoga while she attended university and utilized it as a way to cope with the stress of her academic load. After graduating with her bachelor degree in art therapy, she became busy with her career as a recreation therapist and artist, so her yoga practice became secondary. It did not take long for her to realize that in order to find peace her priorities needed to shift.
Dr. Sushil Yogi
Dr. Sushil Yogi is a 500-hour Yoga Alliance USA registered teacher training and the founder of Chandra Yoga International. He was born in Haridwar, India in the foothills of the Himalayas on the holy banks of the Ganges. He is a highly trained and experienced yogi who is passionate about his role in the worldwide spread of yoga. His area of yogic expertise includes traditional Patanjali Ashtanga yoga, Hatha yoga, yoga philosophy, and meditation.
This retreat will be held at Chandra Yoga in Big Island, Hawaii. Chandra Yoga is located on the Kona Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii. The Big Island of Hawaii, also known as "the Orchid Isle", is an ideal location for yoga and meditation because of the ancient spiritual energy that exists both on the land and in the waters.
The natural environment of the pristine beaches, forests, rivers, and waterfalls of the Big Island provide the perfect setting to unwind, relax the mind and body, and turn your focus inward towards your soul and spirit.
Hawaii is made up of eight main islands that extend about 1,500 miles in the Pacific Ocean. It is part of USA but rich in the native culture of the pacific island people. Hawaii is known as the "aloha" state. The word "aloha" has many meaning, some of which are love, compassion, kindness, and grace. It is commonly used as a greeting or a way to say goodbye.
Kona coast is ideal for yoga and meditation and with its year-round beautiful weather, the Western coast of Hawaii is like nowhere else in the world. The landscape of this area ranges from lush green mountains to volcanic deserts and open farm lands. The Kona area is a large producer of coffee and macadamia nuts and the highways are lined with both. There are also many mango, banana, and avocado trees.
The colorful flowers and plumeria trees fragrance the area with a fresh floral scent. Sunset over the ocean is one of the most beautiful sights in Kona and it happens on a nightly basis. The place is also located in the heart of Kailua-Kona, which offers the convenience of shopping and restaurants for everyone's tastes.
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During this retreat, you will be served three daily delicious, vegetarian meal plus a daily warm herbal tea to give your digestive system a jump start.
During the daily breakfast, you will enjoy a variety of fresh local fruits including Hawaiian seasonal fruits, toasts, cereal with almond coconut milk, tea, coffee, and juice.
The daily lunch will be an Indian style, healthy, and vegetarian hot meal. This may consist of dal (lentil soup) with rice and optional yogurt, or cooked local seasonal vegetables. The style of Indian cooking is prepared to digest with ease and promote a healthy mind and body. All meals are prepared with healthy grains, protein, and nutrients to keep your body feeling clean and light.
The dinner menu varies depending on the seasonal availability of vegetables. The recipes are pulled from various cultures and cooking styles to offer meals that would be most closely related with either contemporary American vegetarian cooking, Asian influenced meals, and Italian cuisine.
Though the Kona area is not as mountainous and rocky and many other parts of the Island, it does provide a few nice hiking areas for beginners to moderately experienced hikers. The best hikes that are close are at Kealakekua Bay and Honaunau Coast.
The Kealakekua bay hike provides the panoramic natural beauty of sheer sea cliffs, a crystal-clear bay waters, and playful wildlife including Hawaiian spinner dolphins and a variety of colorful fish. Honaunau offers a hike along the coastline of just over four miles, covering a landscape of lava arches, natural bridges, and "blowholes," vertical tunnels eroded into and under the lava coast that spew water into the air.
The clear blue waters of the Pacific Ocean which surround the Big Island make snorkeling a popular sport. There are several beaches on the Kona coast where a new or experienced diver could enjoy seeing the colorful fish and even swim with sea turtles.
Kahalu’u Beach Park and Spencer beach both offer an area with less waves than some of the other beaches, which is perfect for snorkelers. Kahalu’u beach has a shallow bay, which is home to one of the highest concentrations of fishes on Hawaii.
Kealakekua is located at a short drive south from Kona. Along the drive through Kealakekua you will see roadside fruit stands and Kona coffee farms. Kealakekua contains many religious temples (heiaus) and is a popular place for kayaking, scuba diving, and snorkeling.
Captain Cook is the site of the first extensive contact between Hawaiians and Westerners. The famous British explorer Captain James Cook died on the western coast of the Big Island at Kealakekua Bay. Therefore, this area is named after him and there is a monument constructed in his memory.
This park is one of the few white sand beaches on the Big Island. It offers excellent swimming and snorkeling conditions as well as large native trees for shade. It is located just a short drive northward out of Kona. The water there is very calm so it is great for those that feel a bit nervous where there are stronger currents.
One of the unique things about the Big Island is that it offers beaches in three different colors. The black beach is located in the southeastern area of the Big Island. The black sand is made out of tiny fragments of lava.
Punalu’u black sand beach is the most popular black sand beach and is home to many sea turtles. The green sand beach in the southern area of Hawaii is one of only four green sand beaches worldwide. It gets its color from olivine crystals that wash out of a 49,000 year old cinder cone next to the beach.
While most white sand beaches in the world are made of quartz and other minerals, Hawaii’s white sand is actually composed of shells from marine organisms and coral fragments.
During your free time, you may find some stillness and peace and rest during this time by doing anything that makes you feel more at home with yourself. Some examples of activities are journaling, reading inspirational books, creating art, listing to music, spending time in prayer or meditation, intention setting, or doing anything that helps you to reflect.
You may also visit the local art galleries and small shops. The Historic Kailua-Kona Village shopping on Ali'i drive is a favorite spot for tourists and locals alike.
Please book your flight to arrive at Honolulu Airport (HNL). From there, you will have to take an inter island flight to Kona Airport (KOA). From Kona Airport (KOA), transportation from and to the retreat's venue can be arranged with Yoga Retreats in Hawaii for an additional cost.
"My experience of a 200-hour yoga teacher training with Rachel and Dr. Sushil was everything I wanted and needed. Dr. Sushil provided unique, studied guidance on traditional aspects of yoga chakras, sutras, techniques, and cleansing rituals. Rachel's style of yoga teaching is supportive and guiding, exactly what an emerging teacher needs, and she created the most safe, trusted space for us to grow. Just beautiful. Thank you. "
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"The 200-hour program was top notch. The typical 12-hour day consisted of meditation, yoga, philosophy, anatomy, and teaching workshops in the afternoon. The days were full but it yet didn't feel like it. The material covered was broad, in depth, and allowed for questions and trying new things. The food was vegetarian and vegan, very good, and plentiful. The spirit of the staff at the school and the students was very caring and family focused. They fostered a close yogi family environment. I'd do it again in a heart beat."
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"I loved this wholehearted yoga family. They offered me much more than just yoga classes. All of them are really warm and smiling. I'm looking forward to be there again."
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"This team is amazing! The teachers are really caring and authentic people who are so knowledgeable and full of guidance and support. The yoga content was really thorough and widespread. I learned even more than I expected to. Everyone went out of their way to make my experience the life-changing one that it was and I'm forever grateful."
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"The quality of teaching and commitment was really high. I felt my practice improve in this environment. I am delighted to recommend anyone, whether a novice or an advanced student to study with this team. "
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