From 16 to 22 November 2008 renowned American Yoga teachers Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman will host a residential Yoga Retreat at COMO Shambhala Estate at Begawan Giri, Bali.


Rodney Yee, who sits on the Board of Advisors for COMO Shambhala, is a long ­term friend of the company. He has hosted many sought­-after Yoga Retreats at Parrot Cay in the Turks and Caicos as well as retreats in Bali. He is the co­founder of the Piedmont Yoga Studio in Oakland, California, and author of Yoga: The Poetry of the Body and Moving Towards Balance.


Colleen Saidman was originally certified in the 800 hour­ plus Jivamukti Teacher Training Programme. She and her business partner, Jessica Bellofatto, own the hip Yoga Shanti studio in Sag Harbour, New York. Colleen has also been a long­ term friend of COMO Shambhala and shares the company’s strong holistic vision.


Rodney and Colleen are the perfect partnership to lead this retreat. They have been practising together for more than five years. However, this is the first time they will be leading a joint Yoga week at COMO Shambhala Estate.


During five days of practice, Rodney and Colleen will help students move from Vinyasa to integrated alignment, from chanting to silence and from pranayama to pratyahara, creating a profound experience of movement from the gross/masculine energy to the subtle/feminine. Under Rodney and Colleen’s expert guidance, participants will be able to refine their attention and dissolve the boundaries between male and female, between us and the world.


Guests will also be able to benefit from the Estate’s healthful COMO Shambhala cuisine and substantial wellness facilities. A team of highly skilled consultants and therapists offer a wide variety of treatments, including Ayurveda, nutritional consultations and Pilates.


A 25m lap pool as well as a sauna, steam rooms and hydrotherapy pool are available to guests, and there is a daily schedule of complimentary activities such as walking, martial arts and biking.


The Estate is nestled in the Balinese jungle near Ubud, the island’s cultural hub. Accommodation is private and spacious, located in one of five unique Residences or various individual villas. Retreat guests also all have the use of a personal assistant, creating an environment in which to relax and clear the mind.


Retreat rates start from US$3,650 (single occupancy) or US$5,640 (double occupancy) in a Garden Room, inclusive of government tax and service charge.


All rates include six nights accommodation, five days Yoga tuition, daily breakfast/brunch, welcome and farewell dinners and return airport transfers.

(information provided by the pr company)


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