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Come and join us this 2 days 1 night yin yoga and holistic aromatherapy retreat. During this retreat, you will focus on Water element and the lymphatic immune system.
Back to basic and nurture yourself in the natural. Try to stay in a place free from aircon, hot shower, yet you are having a 5 stars natural place surrounded with running stream, chilling natural air in the night, and splashing cold water when you have a shower!
This retreat is a perfect opportunity to rejuvenate, enjoy yoga, and learn about aromatherapy. You will be learning in depth and with safety about the therapeutic, aesthetic, and subtle aspects of essential oils using therapeutic base ingredients and aromatherapy.
Winter is associated with the Kidneys (and Urinary Bladder) and with the Water element, according to Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Water is a shape shifter and is able to adapt to the hardness of what lies in its path by yielding. The power of water gives us the flexibility and fluidity for movement.
The Kidneys are a very important organ because they are the root of both the yin and yang energies of the body. They store our essence (called Jing in TCM) which our parents gifted us at the moment of conception and contain the seat of our vitality. They imbue us with the desire to grow, flourish and age gracefully. Their virtue is wisdom and the emotion associated is fear.
This month as you settle into your (yin) yoga practice, close your eyes and allow the darkness to guide you to the places in your body you may have neglected or vacated. Cultivate and nourish your yin qualities about who you are with loving compassion, acceptance and forgiveness. If you are overwhelmed and over exhausted practice what it might be like to surrender to the struggle (physically, emotionally, spiritually). Sometimes the greatest gift we can give ourselves is to trust in what we don't know and see where it takes us.
Come and learn about what is Yin yoga and how essential oil will benefit you. Yin yoga is using concept meridians, stillness, breathing, and mindfulness while staying in poses. With guided instruction, Yin yoga helps you go in to pose easily and stay focus with usage of essential oil
During this retreat, on the first day, Frédérique briefly defines aromatherapy, essential oil, and give some safety reminder on usage. Then she will smoothly move to talk about holistic and energetic aromatherapy follow by DIY your own massage oil. In the evening, you do a massage on kidney meridian with massage oil you DIY in the afternoon.
The next morning, you will do another meditation with massage oil that you DIY and yin yoga asana. At the end of the workshop, she remains available for some questions and answer. You will go back home with a sample of the blends you have played with during meditation.
Here is how to harness to mood-boosting power of essential oils.
This warm, camphoraceous aroma is used to help inspire the calmness when you are stressed. You need to mix a few drops into a carrier oil and add to a warm bath.
This strong, camphoraceous aroma is used to help you breathing easier when you are stuffy. You need to add a few drops to boiling water, cover head with towels, close eyes, and inhale deeply for no more than five minutes.
This floral aroma is used to calm and relax to clear your head when you are tense. You need to mix six drops with one-ounce almond oil and dab under your nose and inhale for 15 minutes.
This fresh and sweet orange peel aroma is used to invigorate the mind and sense when you are tired. You need to add to a reed diffuser and leave on the desk for continual bursts of refreshing scent.
This minty, floral herb aroma is used to provide a scent to center and balance when you are meditating. You need to add to a diffuser so you can breathe in the benefits during meditation.
This floral citrus aroma is used to help you to unwind and relax when you sleep. You need to add 30 drops to one ounce of water to spray scent around the bedroom.
This fresh, strong mint aroma is used to cool to stimulate clear breathing and soothe throat when you are under-the-weather. You need to add several drops to a diffuser.
This sweet, fruity aroma is used to help to bring the clarity and focus on the mind when you are scattered. You need to mix one or two drops with one ounce of jojoba oil and dab onto temples and wrists whenever you need a boost.
Katie (Surya) Chong
Sivananda Ashram, Himalayan Mountains (Sivananda Yoga)
Surya is a well-trained and certified teacher in Hatha and Sivananda yoga. She has completed a 30-day intensive teacher training course and received a yoga teacher certification from a Sivananda Ashram at the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains in October 2009. She has taught in New Zealand after she completed her teacher course.
Frédérique Suriya is a passionate and holistic aromatherapist originally from Marseille, France. Trained and graduated since 2013 with Lydia Bosson, Usha Veda, in Switzerland and Gabriel Mojay, Institute of Traditional Herbal Medicine and Aromatherapy, in London, she lives a simple and rich life in the jungle of Malaysia and has done so for the past 15 years. She knows how to share her love for nature and aromatics with great enthusiasm.
Zaini guesthouse is located at the end of an extended village, composed of five kampungs of around 1,700 impermanent souls. This area is a Malay reserve, a reservation land for the indigenous Malays and they have named it Janda Baik, which means the kind widow.
If you look at the maps, you will see that Janda Baik is positioned on the highlands of the largest state in Peninsular Malaysia, Pahang, where the famous 130 million years virgin rainforest national park, Taman Negara, is founded. Therefore, the surrounding jungle is still relatively undisturbed; indeed one can find numerous rivers and waterfalls as well as luxuriant flora and some hidden wildlife that can be spotted by the patient and observant adventurer.
Nowadays, this village starts to become quite popular with urban dwellers of Kuala Lumpur seeking to escape the bustle of the city for a brief respite, most probably because here is their closest, coolest, quietest, and most natural place to get away from it.
In addition, the preservation of the trees, particularly fruit trees, adds some appeal for guests. Here, if you are lucky to come during fruit season, you will taste a full array of tropical fruits such as the infamous king of the tropical fruit, the durian, and the favorite queen of the fruit, the mangosteen, but also rambutan and pulasan, soursop, jackfruits and chempedak, guavas, langsat. One can also find on the land few kind of ulam that can be known as herbs and leaves that can be eaten raw and are considered as good medicine, food full of nutrients.
Lunch, dinner, and tea are included in the price. Experience raw food and home cooked vegetarian foods with no msg, simple yet nutritious meals.
Please book your flight to arrive at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.
Go to the Titiwangsa monorail or Star station where there is also a bus station, there you can find at lorong four a red bus called Central Pahang, this is the bus going to Bentong or Raub every full hour. Take this bus for 4,40 MYR and ask to stop at Bukit Tinggi Chinese village, Selesa Hillhomes. Call for a lift, or even better, call Yoga Tree before leaving Kuala Lumpur and they will wait for you 45 minutes later.
Shuttle from Bukit Tinggi Chinese village, Selesa Hillhomes bus stop is available at an additional cost of 10 MYR.
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