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Retreat to exercise mind and body
Retreat to exercise mind and body

If you've ever gone on holiday only to return feeling more tired than when you left, Claremont- based Tamara Yoga may have the answer with a retreat next month among the rice paddies in the hills near Ubud, the spiritual heart of Bali.

Led by senior teacher Julie Dulaney, who has been practising yoga for more than 25 years, the sole purpose of the Ananda Means Bliss Bali Yoga Retreat is to leave participants feeling rejuvenated.

The retreat will combine comfortable accommodation at Ananda Cottages, 25 minutes from Ubud, and morning and afternoon yoga classes, philosophy lessons and asana or posture practice, which will move from simple to more advanced poses.

The asana is designed to reinforce sessions led by renowned teachers Emil Wendel and Geoffrey Gordon. Based in India and Nepal, Mr Wendel is a teacher of yoga history, philosophy, meditation and pranayama (breathing techniques) while composer and musician Mr Gordon has been teaching yoga for 40 years.

The pair will lead participants in dawn sessions that will meld devotional music with breathing techniques and meditation.

Mrs Dulaney looks forward to passing on her knowledge in Ananda's open-air studio where the backdrop is of fertile green terraces and distant volcanoes.

"Yoga has helped me through difficult times in my life and shown ways to live with easy happiness," she says. "I am so grateful to all my teachers for sharing their passion and sparking my own."

There will also be time explore Ubud which is known for its temples, galleries, spa treatments and restaurants.

Founded by principal and teacher Tamara Graham who has been practising yoga since the age of 14, Tamara Yoga frequently runs retreats at Honeyeater Ridge, a rural property set amongst gardens and bush just outside Margaret River.

The next of these is a three-day retreat for the over-50s which will be led by Annie Hesford who, like all of the studio's instructors, was taught yoga by Ms Graham and is now an experienced teacher in her own right.

·The Ananda Means Bliss Yoga Retreat is on from June 24-July 1. The retreat includes yoga, accommodation and breakfast and costs $1600 per person, twin-share or $2100 for a participant staying in a single room.

·The Over-50s Yoga Retreat in Margaret River is from July 26-29 and costs $590. Other retreats in Margaret River are scheduled for September 13-16 and January 25-28 with a Special Yoga Studies/Intensive 10-day Yoga Teacher Training Retreat from January 11-20.

·For more, see and phone 9385 2242.

Niall McIlroy

'Yoga has helped me through difficult times . . . and shown ways to live with easy happiness.'

The West Australian

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