asian yoga holidays


(13 – 17 November 2012)
Sharing from: USD 2'220 pp | Singles from: USD 2'790 pp

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"Chanting isn’t about music at all. It’s about engaging in a practice designed to bring you more fully into yourself. What’s being chanted is what’s called in India the ‘divine names.’ We’re calling out to our own true selves, our own inner nature... calling out to that place inside of us that is full and complete, the divine in us: who we are underneath all our masks, all our roles. Most people are so outer-directed that they never experience that place."
(Krishna Das, contemporary Kirtan Singer)

Whether completely new to yoga or not, for your next holiday, we cordially invite you to give yourself the gift of attuning to your heart through a one-of-a-kind yoga & chanting escape at one of the world's most talked-about healing resorts.

Combining traditional Hatha- and Kundalini-Yoga with practical applications of the power of sound, vibration, and the human voice, this unique AYH retreat centers around the opening of the heart. An empowering and safe space that unconditionally encourages participants to relax, let go, and connect with their essence is being created and maintained throughout the retreat. The mysteries of the age-old yogic tradition of Nada-Yoga and the sacred art form of Kirtan are explained in conjunction with relevant information from musicology, transpersonal psychology, and contemporary brain science. Retreat attendees will gain both experiential and theoretical insight into the evolutionary potential of a devotional yoga practice such as kirtan

Kirtan, a Sanskrit word that translates to "praise" or "eulogy," is repetitive call-and-response chanting of sacred and ancient mantras to the accompaniment of traditional instruments such as harmonium and drums. Kirtan is mantra meditation as song. The Sanskrit root man means "to think," while the suffix -tra means "instrument." Therefore, mantra literally translates to "instrument of thought," suggesting the idea of a vehicle or method to calm and discipline the mind and its fluctuating patterns. The practice of devotional singing grants us an opening to greater peace and love, feelings of harmony and deep-felt compassion, and a sense of connection with a greater whole. The audience is included in the performance and a shared spiritual experience bringing joy and an open heart results.

In addition to expertly guided, twice-daily yoga, meditation & kirtan sessions, you will have ample time to indulge and enjoy treatments that cleanse, restore, and positively affect the body and nervous system at the award-winning in-house spa.

As is customary with Asian Yoga Holidays retreats, group size is limited to 12 people only. We like to keep our retreats personal and ensure that each participant gets sufficient individual attention both on and off the yoga mat.

This Yoga & Sacred Chant Retreat includes:

  Initial private consultation with Julien & Chelsey, the retreat leaders
  One daily group Hatha Yoga class (1 x 90 mins., Tuesday 13 November - Saturday 17 November 2012)
  One daily group Kirtan (chanting) class (1 x 90 mins., Tuesday 13 November - Saturday 17 November 2012)
  Daily talks, satsang, Q&A sessions (45 mins.)
  Daily meditation class (mantras, music & sounds) (30 mins.)
  Optional daily spiritual cinema – inspirational movies on the big screen
  Complimentary use of in-house facilities: Steam Cavern, Swimming Pool, Plunge Pools, Shakti Fitness Center, and Library
  5 nights accommodation
  Monday evening vegetarian gourmet welcome dinner (12 November 2012 - day of arrival)
  Full board - 3 delicious, healthy, organic, home-made spa cuisine meals daily
  Tropical welcome drink, drinking water, herbal teas (all beverges included, with the exception of imported drinks & alcohol)
  Return airport transfers from Koh Samui International Airport (USM)


  Destination Spa of the Year Asia & Australasia – World Spa Awards (2012)
  Gold Award for Thematic Idea & Culture – Thailand Boutique Awards (2012)
  Silver Award for Green, Nature & Environment – Thailand Boutique Awards (2012)
  Spa Retreat of the Year Award by Asia Spa magazine (2011)
  Spa Cuisine of the Year Award by Asia Spa magazine (2011)
  Best Conscious Cuisine Award by Crystal Awards Asia Pacific (2011)
  Prime Minister’s Export Award: Best Service Provider Spa (2011)
  Destination Spa of the Year Award by Asia Spa magazine (2010)
  Favourite Spa in Thailand Award by SpaFinder (2010)
  Award for Enduring Excellence – Tatler Spa Awards (2010)
  Favourite Spa in Thailand Award by SpaFinder (2009)
  Destination Spa of the Year Award by Asia Spa magazine (2008)

Return on Investment:
Easeful, Peaceful, and Open-hearted.
Not only will you feel empowered from the inside-out, but you leave this retreat feeling closer to the jewels of satisfaction, peace, serenity, and harmony.