Yoga Retreat Bali with Julie Stephens

Have you ever wondered whether a yoga retreat is for you?

Perhaps you have often thought about it but never been in a position to take time off or had the extra cash flow?

Here are 5 of the top reasons why you should make sure that this year is finally the year that you take this long dreamed about yoga retreat.

1/  Firstly and most importantly, Because You are Worth It!

When was the last time you treated yourself, like really treated yourself? If it was something just last week, then you are one of the lucky ones!  If it’s been awhile, then you need to start thinking about making yourself some ‘me’ time and when you can allow yourself to do this, you can then start to help and support those up around you, with inspiration, renewed energy, positivity and happiness.

So often we let great opportunities slip through our hands and I strongly believe that if you can (are physically able, have the financial freedom and have some free time) then what are you waiting for?  By doing this for yourself, you actually do give back to all those around you.

2/ Time out for Yourself

There is a huge difference between going on holiday and going on retreat. Even the word itself tells us that it’s all about stepping back, going inwards, and allowing yourself to re-treat from your busy day to day routine.

Quite often holidays, especially in foreign countries can be more about figuring out how the new culture ticks, dealing with foreign exchange, bartering with locals and trying not to get ripped off on a day to day basis. Not so relaxing. On the flip side, retreats are simply about you, listening to your own needs at all times and just “being”, while everything else is taken care of. Sounds good doesn’t it?

At the very least, stepping away from your day-to-day life will leave you feeling refreshed, renewed, re-inspired, and deeply rested. Retreats can help you to gain clarity, seek for deeper truth, improve your yoga and meditation practice, unwind, possibly even find the answers you’ve been searching for and have a really good time just to reconnect.

3/ Deepen Your Practice

Whether you have been practicing yoga for a while, experienced its amazing benefits first hand and are keen for more, or maybe you’ve just heard all about it and are keen to experience the magic for yourself. It could even be that you have just started along your yoga journey and have caught the bug, or need a kick start to get you back on your mat. Whatever your reasons or level of yoga experience, a retreat will guide and support you along your path. There is always something for everyone.

4/ Detox Your Life

Being on retreat for at least a week is a great opportunity to become more aware of making healthy choices and being mindful of what we eat and how we feel after each meal.  Yoga retreats have the best food, fresh, organic and delicious. It will nourish and cleanse your body from the inside out.

The main focus of a yoga retreat is often to help you to feel really, really good on all levels, so no matter what your initial reasons for going, a yoga retreat will leave you feeling cleansed, restored, re-inspired, recharged and reconnected.

5/ Meet Like-Minded Friends

The main concern I get most from people coming on a retreat for the first time is that they will be coming alone. They worry they’ll be the only one, when in fact 80-90% of people come on their own.  On the other hand, the opportunity to meet like-minded people is one of the main draw cards for people who do regular retreats, as they can share their common interests and make life long friends.

Over the short space of a week strangers become friends, all inhibitions fall away, and you open yourself to sharing, learning, and growing from other like-minded yogis and their life experiences.

How can I reserve my spot for this exclusive retreat?

Go to: https://www.juliestephensyoga.co.nz/yoga-retreat-bali/

Book before the 1st June and get a $100 off the total price.

Spaces are limited. See you in Bali 

 

About Julie Stephens

I started my yoga journey approximately 30 years ago and after many years of travelling around the world I decided I was ready to commit myself to becoming a yoga teacher.The draw card for me was/is more of the spiritual aspect as I have always been curious about the bigger picture, meditating and finding contentment. The physical side was an added bonus.In the late 90s, I was living on the Gold Coast in Australia and practising regularly at the Gold Coast Yoga Centre. In 2000, I started my yoga teacher training apprenticeship – at that time it didn’t have an end to it. I was basically told that I would be finished my training when they saw that I was ready. This took 18 months of practising six days a week, 30 hours a week. There were no excuses for missing the training and if I didn’t turn up, I would have been expelled from the program. With hindsight, this was one of the most important lessons I learnt, as it gave me the dedication to continue my six-day-a-week practice no matter what the circumstances were and I can tell you, there were many interesting situations where I would be practising amongst the local people in Mongolia, China, The Tibetan plateau, Nepal, India etc, on trains, planes, airport disabled toilets because they were big… anyway, my point being, is that I had to maintain this combination of devotional practice and study which has allowed me to gain a much deeper knowledge and understanding of the amazing art and science of yoga.Since I qualified I have owned a yoga studio on the Gold Coast, taught in Korea, Taipei, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Mexico, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Australia, Bali and of course New Zealand, which is where I am now based. For me this has been the perfect balance of doing what I love, teaching yoga and travelling.I am blessed to have trained with a lot of great inspirational teachers along this journey, such as Erich Schiffman, Donna Farhi, Seane Corn, Shiva Rea, Rodney Yee, Ana Forest, David and Sharon, the founders of Jivamukti, Andrey Lappa from Universal Yoga, Nicky Knoff (Iyengar), John Friend (Anusara), David Soul Ray, Lance Schuler, Clive Sheridan and of course my teachers: Kameron Story, Mark Togni and Suzanne Grey from whom I learnt the Ashtanga Primary and Second series, Vinyasa Flow, Restorative Yoga, meditation and pranayama.The style of yoga I predominantly teach is Vinyasa Flow, which leads you through a flowing series of postures with an emphasis on the breath. Options are given and the yoga class is structured so that each pose prepares the student for the next. Everybody can do my yoga from a beginner level, pre-natal, general through to advanced. In the beginner and pre-natal yoga classes the emphasis is on the foundations of yoga with the correct use of props ie; blankets, blocks, straps and bolsters, to enable the student to practise safely.I also teach Hatha, Iyengar and Ashtanga Yoga. I offer beginners’ classes and yoga therapy.The class environment is positive and fun, so you can feel at ease and comfortable to practice at your own level, after all it is ultimately about your own self exploration.As a yoga teacher I feel truly honoured and privileged to be able to share such an ancient practice – one that offers not only great physical benefits, but ultimately allows us to be mindful, happy and content.

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