WELCOME TO BALI’S LEADING DETOX, YOGA AND MEDITATION RETREATS AT VILLA GAIA!

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Welcome to Gaia Retreat Center located in Ubud – the most desirable location in Bali and voted the friendliest town in Asia!

If you’ve been craving a change in your life and wish to give yourself a gift of personal growth & energy, then our tailored detox retreat packages and 5 day transcendental meditation private retreats are an excellent choice for your mind-body-spirit. At Gaia Retreat Center our mission is to establish a foundation that supports the energetic statement that the more you give the more you receive.

We offer 3 main services at Villa Gaia for you to choose from:
Detox & Yoga Personalized Retreat Packages

5 Day Private Transcendental Meditation Retreat

Host your Retreat / Training at Villa Gaia

The view from Villa Gaia is quintessential Bali. Think swaying palm trees and lush fruit trees line the edges of terraced rice fields that extend into the distance with a private stairway access to the rice fields and organic farm for wonderful morning walks.

From your front door of Villa Gaia, you can take a leisurely 15 minute stroll to town to a vast array of markets, shops & delicious world class restaurants including Locavore, Hujan Locale, Seniman Cafe, Seeds of Life, Kismet, Earth Cafe and a plethora of healers, spas, yoga studios and markets, easily found along the main roads of this small town.

Ngurah Rai International Airport (Bali’s international airport) is just 60 minutes away from our villa making it a relaxing destination to travel to. Exploring the island is a must and our friendly staff can arrange tours during your stay. Since Bali is a fairly small island, you can plan many exciting adventures and day’s trip around the island while you detox at our villa.

The grand entrance of the retreat center opens up to the marble and teak wood that has 8 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms, private spa room with sauna and hot tub, full Western-standard kitchen, private catering kitchen, dining room, large screen projection cinema room, full staff and a beautiful infinity pool with decks and views to awe and soothe any wired soul to bliss.

Read more and how to register towards our retreats by clicking – HERE 

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Learn how to teach Yoga Nidra, Shamatha & Guided Walking Meditation with David Magone, June 2-6 in Dubai

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5 DAY MEDITATION TEACHER TRAINING WITH DAVID MAGONE | JUNE 2-6, 2017

Meditation is a word that has come to be used loosely and inaccurately in the modern world. That is why there is so much confusion about how to practice it. Some people use the word meditate when they mean thinking or contemplating; others use it to refer to daydreaming or fantasizing. However, meditation is not any of these.

Meditation is a precise technique for resting the mind and attaining a state of consciousness that is totally different from the normal waking state. When you meditate, you are fully awake and alert, but your mind is not focused on the external world or on the events taking place around you.

I’m excited to welcome David Magone and the director of Pranavayu School in Boston to take you on a brand new five-day meditation teacher training in Dubai on June 2-6, 2017

Click – here – for complete details on the course structure
Rate: 4,200 AED

This 40-hour training will help you deepen your own meditation practice with a combination of restorative yoga, short lectures and setup excellent guided meditation practices using the Shamatha, Nidra and Guided Walking meditation techniques.
David has shared a beautiful introduction on Meditation [below] and how the heart healthy benefits applies to everyone along with what you will be walking away with out of his 5 day training. Please note that this training is open for ALL levels and all backgrounds onboard. You will be empowered with the major tools and techniques to begin offering your own meditation classes, private sessions, retreats and simply to your own personal practice. You can treat this training as a great 5 day retreat as well.
The sky’s the limit and the benefits are endless!

“When I was growing up, I spent a lot of time in the Rocky Mountains camping and hiking. The trails were beautiful and the scenery was stunning. I loved being surrounded by beautiful mountain peaks, lakes, streams and an abundance of wildlife, and so spent a lot of my downtime in the forests with my family and friends. Most of the trips that we took were very peaceful.

However, the areas that we traveled through were also populated by the North American grizzly bear – a creature known for its ferocity and occasional aggression toward hikers. Because we knew of the risk that the bears posed, we were always very careful to pay close attention to our surroundings.
Usually, the hikes were completed without incident. However, not all of the hikes were peaceful! Every now and then my friends and I would hear rustling in the forest, and sure that it was a bear, we would run away as fast as we could. To this day, I can still recall the changes that occurred in my body as I ran – they were really quite remarkable. As I ran, my pulse would quicken and my blood pressure would rise. I would also develop tunnel vision and my logical thinking would go out the door! Moments later when I found out that my mind had been playing tricks on me and it wasn’t a bear at all, it would usually take around ten or fifteen minutes before my heartbeat would slow and I would begin to feel normal again.
Though I didn’t understand it at the time, the symptoms that I felt as I ran were classic symptoms of the fight or flight response. The fight or flight response is a nervous system response that occurs when the body feels threatened. Under threat, the nervous system floods the body with a chemical cocktail of stress hormones that prepares whoever experiences it to either fight or run away! Classic symptoms are elevated blood pressure, nausea, erratic behaviour, tunnel vision and quicker breathing patterns. The fight or flight response is governed by one branch of the nervous system – the sympathetic. Another branch of the nervous system, (the parasympathetic) acts as more of a dampening system. This branch is designed to bring the body back to normal once the perceived threat has passed. As this occurs, the parasympathetic system kicks in and normalizes blood pressure, breath rate and all of the other deviations from the norm caused when the body perceives a threat. These two systems work to balance one another and both play an important role in our survival.
However, they both operate at different speeds. When the body is threatened, the fight or flight response kicks in immediately. The parasympathetic damper takes time more time to bring the body back down though – in most cases, it take at least 10 or fifteen minutes for it to work it’s magic! When a threat only happens occasionally, the fight or flight response isn’t really harmful. As long as the body has time to calm down, everything continues to work as it should. In fact, some exposure to stress can actually make the body and the mind stronger!

However, most of us experience more stress than the body is designed to cope with. As a result, we can wind up triggering the fight or fight response many times per day! When this happens, the parasympathetic nervous system doesn’t have time to do it’s job, and the body remains in constant overdrive. Over time, this exerts wear and tear on the body and can lead to a whole host of problems such as greater susceptibility to colds and flu, increased risk of heart attack, and faster than normal biological aging.

The good news is though, that these negative effects are preventable. Learning to induce the parasympathetic nervous system response, (also called the relaxation response) can help you prevent many of the health related risks of chronic stress and can even assist in healing damage done in the past. All of this can be accomplished through meditation.” – David Magone, www.pranavyau.com

 
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In this 5 day training, we’ll be covering 3 primary techniques that can be used

to induce the relaxation response:
 
Yoga Nidra which is a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping, is a profoundly relaxing practice that teaches you how to induce the relaxation response at will. The practice primarily consists of conscious body scanning practices and visualization exercises that can be done pretty much anywhere. Yoga Nidra is very useful for insomnia, anxiety and whole host of other ailments as well. Because it focuses on inducing relaxation through awareness of physical sensation, it’s also the perfect meditation for beginners to start with.

Shamatha Meditation is a traditional concentration practice that can be used to calm the emotions and slow down mental chatter. This particular meditation is typically done by practicing single-pointed meditation on an external object or a focal point such as the breath. When done regularly, this practice can strengthen concentration, balance the emotions, even make you more resilient to daily stressors.

Guided Walking Meditation is an excellent companion to a seated meditation practice. It’s a traditional practice that can be used to maintain mindfulness and loosen up stiff body parts between practice sessions. It provides an excellent way to ground your body and involves a very deliberating concentration on the motions of walking that we normally take for granted. Done with mindfulness, the simple act of walking can be used to induce the relaxation response and to develop a deeper appreciation for your body and the world around you.
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After taking this training you will be empowered to:

  • Effectively structure your own meditation practices
  • Help yourself and others overcome stress and anxiety by inducing the relaxation response
  • Identify and overcome common obstacles to meditation practice
  • Evaluate signs of progress
  • Guide 3 different types of meditation in private lesson settings and group class 
    environment through multiple sequences 
Click – here – for complete details on the course structure
Rate: 4,200 AED 





REGISTRATION STEPS:

Enhance the Body’s Ability to Heal & Rejuvenate | Dubai Meditation Teacher Training by David Magone, June 2-6, 2017

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5 DAY MEDITATION TEACHER TRAINING WITH DAVID MAGONE | DUBAI, UAE
JUNE 2-6, 2017

‘We are a society of energy addicts, who expect quick fixes on demand. We fight our natural rhythms and then expect to switch off at will, but we could use our SLEEP to connect more deeply with ourselves.’ – Fiona Buckland

Stress is a major inducer of hypertension. As with anxiety, stress-related hypertension comes and goes – and is fairly normal. By including meditation into your daily life, you can prevent stress from developing into a chronic, daily condition.

Just 10 minutes of resting with your eyes closed can transform a problem, calm shattered nerves, and relieve sensations of fatigue.

Perfect for serious students of yoga and teachers alike, this five-day meditation teacher training designed by David Magone from Boston, will help you deepen your own meditation practice with a combination of restorative yoga, short lectures and setup excellent guided meditation practices.

David is the director of www.pranavayu.com and has received a number of accolades in the press with features in Travel + Leisure’s “25 Top Yoga Studios Around the World”, Vogue Magazine UK, the Wall Street Journal, NPR and many other publications, David also serves as a Dharma teacher and is one of the first non-Tibetan teachers authorized to teach Mangalam Yantra Yoga, a Buddhist Yoga practice originating in the 10th century A.D. David regularly contributes to the Huffington Post Healthy Living section, and is a featured teacher on Gaia TV and the Comcast Cable TV Network.
In addition to deepening your own practice across this 5 day intensive, you’ll learn to guide others to a happier, healthier and more peaceful mental perspective with 3 different types of meditation:

Yoga Nidra state of consciousness between waking and sleeping, like the “going-to-sleep” stage. It is a state in which the body is completely relaxed, and the practitioner becomes systematically and increasingly aware of the inner world by following a set of instructions. It’s very useful for insomnia, anxiety and whole host of other ailments

Shamatha Meditation is the practice (bhāvanā) of the calming of the mind (citta) and its ‘formations’ (saṅkhāra). This is done by practicing single-pointed meditation most commonly through mindfulness of breathing. It calms emotions and strengthens concentration.

Guided Walking Meditation an excellent way to ground your body which involves very deliberating thinking about and doing a series of actions that you normally do  automatically. It’s a wonderful complement to a seated meditation practice.
After taking this training you be able to:

  • Effectively structure your own daily meditation practices
  • Help yourself and others overcome stress and anxiety by inducing the relaxation response
  • Identify and overcome common obstacles to meditation practice
  • Evaluate signs of progress
  • Guide three different types of meditation in private lesson settings and group class environment

Since the meditation workshops are designed to be as calming as possible, the morning yoga sessions will include Restorative Yoga such as a slow, floor-based class that incorporates back-bending and twisting poses that encourage heart opening as well as liberation for the hip flexors, chest, and spine. The late afternoon sessions will focus on Yoga Nidra, Shamatha and Guided Walking Meditation to support the training anD introduce prospective teachers and students to the major tools and techniques to begin offering meditation classes.

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Hi! My name is David Magone. I grew up in the Rocky Mountains, just outside of a small town in Montana called Livingston. I’ve been a full time yoga teacher for the last fourteen years, and when not teaching yoga, I spend most of my time cooking, traipsing through the woods, or hanging out on the Maine Coast with my partner Alexandra.

My yogic journey began in 1995 with a monk, a can of coca-cola and a packet of coffee creamer.

At that time, I was traveling as a percussionist on a high-school band tour through parts of China. During the trip, I had the good fortune to be seated next to a young Buddhist monk during a flight from Shanghai to Beijing. About an hour into the flight, the flight attendant brought around beverages and the monk asked for a can of coca cola. I’m not certain why, but when she gave him the can she also handed him a packet of creamer to go along with it.

The monk didn’t understand that the creamer was meant for coffee, so he proceeded to pour it into his soda, and it fizzed everywhere. Rather than being annoyed, he laughed so hard that he almost started to cry! At first, I was surprised by his reaction but then I started to laugh too. Neither one of us spoke the same language so we didn’t talk at all, but I really remember thinking,“Man! I really want to be be like that guy!”

At the time, I had no idea what that monk had done to become so light-hearted, but I assumed that it must have something to do with meditation. And so, when I returned home to Montana a few weeks later, I bought a book on meditation and started practicing on my own. I can’t say that I had any mind-blowing experiences that first time out, but practicing made me feel calm and happy. This small success served to give me the confidence that I was indeed on the right track, so I decided to keep on practicing from that point on in the hopes of deepening my experience.

Motivated by that initial experience with meditation, I eventually decided to pursue the possibility of greater health and happiness by dedicating myself more fully to traditional yoga and meditation practices. I began by studying philosophy at Portland State University and continued on to complete a three year yoga teaching apprenticeship with master yoga teacher Holiday Johnson while studying vinyasa yoga with “Yogi Bill” Counter in Portland Oregon. In 2001, under the kindly mentorship of Holiday, I began to synthesize many of my discoveries in philosophy, yoga and meditation into a unique style of vinyasa yoga called PranaVayu.

In 2003, I relocated to Boston MA and after teaching there for a number of years I began formal meditation studies with the Tibetan meditation master Khenpo Migmar Tseten Rinpoche [featured with David above] at the Harvard University Buddhist Chaplaincy. Before coming to the U.S., Khenpo Migmar had served as the main Abbot of the Sakya Monastary in Puruwalla India. Due to his academic achievements, Khenpo Migar was allowed to train directly with His Eminence Chogye Trichen Rinpoche, one of the greatest meditation masters of the last century and the private Tutor of the 14th Dalai Lama himself.

After studying with Khenpo Migmar for a number of years, I became one of the first non-Tibetan teachers authorized to teach Mangalam Yantra Yoga, a secret Buddhist Yoga practice dating from the 10th century A.D. Today, in addition to teaching PranaVayu Yoga and Mangalam Yantra Yoga, I teach Dharma courses on a variety of sutra topics under Khenpo Migmar’s guidance and continue to attend ongoing classes in Vajrayana Buddhism (Highest Yoga Tantra) at the Sakya Center in Harvard Square.

In 2014, the circle came full round when I was asked to join the Prajna Upadesa Foundation, a small non profit organization responsible for organizing a public teaching for the His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Boston. I happily accepted, and served in a number of roles in the lead up to the event.   Our small team put in a lot of hard work and were rewarded with a sold out event with over 2,000 people in attendance. Over the course of the day, monks and nuns from a variety of traditions and lay people from all across the U.S. gathered together to hear His Holiness give commentary on “the Eight Verses of Mind Training”. It was a truly memorable experience, and one that I’ll not forget.

In the hopes of sharing some of what I’ve learned with others, I regularly teach PranaVayu yoga classes and workshops all around the world. I also contribute content to the world’s leading Yoga website Gaia.com (Formerly Gaiam TV) and a number of other mind/body and fitness publications. It’s been an amazing journey so far, and I owe it all to that monk and his can of soda! If it hadn’t been for him, I don’t know if I ever would have found my way to yoga. I’ll never have the chance to thank him personally, so instead, I’ve decided to do my best to pay it forward by introducing as many people as possible to the transformational effects of yoga and meditation.

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Practice full length videos with David on Gaia TV
https://www.gaia.com/person/david-magone

5 DAY SCHEDULE

9AM – 5PM

Day 1

Intro to the relaxation response

Meditation practices for insomnia

Guiding Yoga Nidra

Practicum:  Student guided Yoga Nidra

Day 2

Retrain your brain – Intro to meditation

Walking meditation practices

Preliminaries and prerequisites

The basics of seated posture

What to focus on when meditating

Group assimilation exercises

Day 3

Additional techniques to aid concentration

How to overcome major obstacles to meditation practice

Understanding the five moods of meditation

Group assimilation exercises

Day 4

Understanding the elephant, monkey and the monk:  9 stages of meditation

Silent meditation retreat

Day 5

Review, silent meditation retreat and student guided meditation practices

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REGISTRATION STEPS:

1) Application Form: 

Please complete the attached application form in this email and submit it back to me at yogalatesdxb@gmail.com 

to proceed with securing your place and payment as the next step.

2) Tuition Fee: 4,200 AED

Rate includes your comprehensive manual, certificate of completion of 40 hours (Counts as CEC for Yoga Alliance Registered Teachers)

 

3) Prerequisite Readings:

  • 10% Happier by Dan Harris
  • Just One Thing by Dr. Rick Hanson

Express interest and register while spaces are still available by completing the form below or via: Email: yogalatesdxb@gmail.com
Visit: www.yogalatesblissindubai.com

Wish to calm your anxiety level? Give binaural beats a try tonight…

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Many things in our lives are uncertain from difficult life decisions, abrupt changes, shifts in relationships, etc.. For some, dealing with this uncertainty is normal. While for others, it can get amplified. Apart from yoga and meditation, what are your 2 personal methods that help calm your nervous system down?

I personally love to create a new complicated dish in the kitchen which rewards my creative energy and resets my 5 senses – and – listen to therapeutic #binauralbeats at night which is done by affecting specific brainwaves whose domain involve relaxation. Two different tones are played (one in each ear) and differ in frequency on the left and right side. They can be powerfully soothing when your attention shifts left and right over your body’s midline known as “crossing the midline”. After a few minutes, your brainwaves will begin to synchronise with this beat inducing a calming almost, lucid effect.

Here’s one of my favorite to-go-to binaural beats you can try tonight =

Investment in knowledge pays the best interest- Benjamin Franklin | Dubai 2017 Yoga Teacher Trainings

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If you want to get a good return on yourself, your time, your effort and your money, invest in yourself, specifically, in your knowledge, to help spread it as far and wide as possible.

Knowledge plays a pivotal part in everything we do from building and living your passion, bringing in a healthier income, making better decisions, reawakening your creative spirit, performing better at sports – and so much more.

Benjamin Franklin said, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” He knew the value of constantly becoming more knowledgeable.

Jim Rohn, the great self development speaker, said, “Formal education will make you a living. Self-education will make you a fortune.” He says schooling is only a small part of your lifetime education.

Albert Einstein, the genius, said, “Once you stop learning, you start dying.”

All of these quotes come from extremely successful and wise individuals. You have to keep improving yourself on a daily basis. You have to constantly keep building your knowledge and sharpening your skills. – Self Made Success

2017 Dubai Yoga Teacher Trainings at Voyoga by Yogalates Bliss

Heading into our 7th year at Yogalates Bliss in Dubai and into 2017, we are thrilled to have tied up, with a line up, of inspiring senior yoga guest teachers ready to embark and help you take your teaching skills to a higher level and expand your knowledge in yoga practice and teachings through their specialized topics held at the beautiful, sunny space of Voyoga studio in TECOM, Dubai.

DUBAI 2017 YOGA TEACHER TRAININGS COMING UP:

  • 100hr Integrative Hatha Yoga Teacher Training with Kreg Weiss, February 24-March 7, 2017 
  • 15hr GroovyKids Yoga Weekend Teacher Training with Greville Henwood, April 7-8, 2017 
  • 5 Day Meditation Teacher Training David Magone, June 2-6, 2017 
  • 200hr Level 1, Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training with Erica Blitz, July 2017 
  • 300hr Level 2, Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training with Banyan Gallagher, October 2017 
  • Bali Bliss Eco Retreat & Adventure with Kim Danoher at Sumberkima Hill in the North West of Bali, June 3-10 , 2017 

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!
Head over to our Yoga Teacher Trainings page at www.yogalatesblissindubai.com for complete details or reach out to us by filling the inquiry box below: