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This retreat program will let you fall in love with the mystic country, Myanmar. This will also give you a new glimpse on a way of life far away from the modern world. Yoga classes will be done in a monastery and lectures will be interactive too. You will connect with others in harmony and experience the authentic life in a simple form while enjoying the present moment. Being surrounded by nature and contemplating is the aim of Yoga Retreats Myanmar. It’s an opportunity to reconnect with your inner-self, balance your body and mind with a healthy lifestyle. This retreat aims to create a better you.
Thanakha Inle Hotel is a charming hotel ideally located on the lake shore with a Burmese touch and full of conviviality. You will feel like at home. Recently opened in March 2015, this 3-star hotel offers comfortable amenities which are very appreciable in Myanmar. It has a warm design with a delicate mix of wood, Burmese fabrics and natural light. The rooms are really quiet with efficient sound proofing and a nice view over the tropical garden.
You will enjoy simple, home-made vegetarian food with fresh products in the Jetty Restaurant and a drink in the Bistro Bar with a superb view over the mountains around or just relax under the stars. The hotel team is cheerful, friendly and caring they represent the typical welcome of Asia! You will not find it anywhere else. You will stay in a deluxe room with the following amenities:
Practice yoga, enrich your spiritual life, unwind and discover a new culture, this is the aim of yoga retreats Myanmar. Get together in a country far from modern life, close to nature and tradition. Experience a different kind of yoga retreat! The retreat schedule is off season so you can enjoy visiting Myanmar in all tranquility under a moderate climate.
You will discover Inle Lake by boat. You will visit Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda, the holiest religious site of the Shan State, weaving villages with silk weaving on wooden handlooms and black smith, and Nge Phae Kyaung Jumping Cats Monastery. You will see unique leg rowers, typical floating gardens, local methods of fishing, process of canoe making and the floating village life.
You will drive to Pindaya (approximately 2.5 hours) through beautiful landscapes, and will explore the local colorful market followed by the magnificent caves, a Buddhist pilgrimage site with over 8,000 Buddha Images, some dated back to 1773. In the village, you will visit a famous umbrella factory and Shan paper workshops. Then, in the late afternoon; you will go back to Nyaung Shwe, the village of Inle Lake.
In the morning, you will take a boat to reach Indein through small canals. You will visit the market and the magnificent site of Indein, a Pao village that is famous for its 11th century pagoda and its monastery. From the top of the site, you can enjoy a wonderful view of the lake. You will enjoy a picnic in Indein. The visit includes Intha’s pottery making and silver smith process.
Aurelie Denoueix, a French citizen started her career in the hotel industry after graduating from Vatel International Hotel School in Lyon. She held several positions from sales, to hotel opening in Draguignan in the south of France, and finally as a general manager in Lyon, Bordeaux.
When she turned 30, her desire to discover the world took her to the beautiful island of Bali to manage a huge resort. There, she discovered the spa world and started her new career as director of operations of a prestigious worldwide spa operator, supervising 25 spas around Indonesia, Malaysia and Maldives. In 2005, Aurélie Denoueix, had the opportunity to create her own spa brand Aséa Spa. She operated spas in holiday resorts in Turkey and Egypt for more than 10 years and also acted as spa consultant for different hotels.
In 2010, during a journey in India she discovered Ayurvedic medicine and wished to be back in Asia. She followed the Ayurvedic training in the famous Ananda Spa Institute in Hydrabad India and graduated as Ayurvedic consultant. It was then she decided to share vision and experience of wellness with others. She chose Myanmar formerly Burma, a surprising country with an ancestral way of life, to set up the Yoga Retreats Myanmar.
Yaisa Nio, born in the Netherlands from an Indo-Chinese ethnic background, discovered yoga in 2007 when she was working as a banker in Singapore and wandered into a gym looking for a good work out. The grace and lightness of her first Vinyasa yoga teacher have had a deep impact on Yaisa and her yoga journey. After practicing various yoga styles, she discovered Ashtanga yoga in 2010. The focus, discipline and physical intensity of the Mysore practice were exactly what she was looking for back then. Since then, she has been to workshops and has studied under the guidance of great authorized and certified Ashtanga teachers, such as Prem and Radha (Bali, Indonesia), Regina Ehlers (Goa, India), Petri Räisänen (Purple Valley, Goa, India) and Mark Robberds (Samudra, Dunsborough, Western Australia).
She is always interested in broadening her horizons. Yaisa continues to study other yoga styles too. In January 2014, she completed a 200 hour multi-style yoga teacher training course in Goa, which included Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Yin, Hatha and Sivananda yoga, as well as philosophy and Ayurveda classes. She has long since left the corporate world and has been working as a scuba diving instructor and a yoga teacher, travelling around the world for several years. Since September 2015, she is based in South Australia where she has chosen to devote herself to promoting yoga and a healthy lifestyle. Soon graduating as a health coach from the renowned Institute for Integrative Nutrition, her ambition is to share her experience about how to integrate yoga and healthy habits in today’s modern and fast-paced lifestyle.
Myanmar was chosen to host the retreats for its mystic environment and also due to the Buddhist influence as well as the famous vipassana introduced in Myanmar by Mr. S.N. Goenka. Myanmar is a unique country with ancestral traditions. It’s time to visit before development and globalization arrives. The retreat will start in Inle Lake which is surrounded by nature, ideal to discover the traditional way of Burmese life and mystic monasteries. Located in Shan State, Inle Lake is a world by itself with a particular way of life in 21st century.
The local population is called Intha. They live on the shore or on the lake in houses built on piles surrounded by floating gardens, nice mountains, rice paddies, hot water sources and of course pagodas and monasteries. Everybody circulates and commutes in a barque. The fishermen and farmers are famous for navigating with one leg on a stilt. In October, the Inle Lake festival is really a big celebration full of joy between each village. It’s not to be missed.
Vegetarian meals are included in the price and will be served throughout the retreat.
Extra snacks and beverage are not included in the price.
Yoga Retreats Myanmar will pick you up from the Heho Airport (HEH). The pick-up is included in the price.