Saturday, May 15, 2010

Surfing and Yoga in Bali

Every year, people from all over the world come to the island of Bali  to enjoy its beautiful beaches, friendly people and wonderful culture.

This has attracted many people to build business in the island, one of them is an Australian lady namely Janine Hall who built a Surfing and Yoga Retreat. Please find the story below that I have quoted from Kompas.

Women Strike A Pose in Bali
Sabtu, 15 Mei 2010 | 09:56 WIB
 
KOMPAS.com - Janine Hall isn't the first mid-30s executive to decide there is more to life than a career that demands a 24/7 commitment. But she may be the first to decide the antidote to her mid-life crisis is to run off to Bali and set up a surfing and yoga retreat for women called Surf Haven Bali.
 
"I figured there had to be women like me who felt totally burnt out and wanted to just get away from everything and hang out with their friends," says Hall, a New Zealander whose fashion marketing career had necessitated stints living in London, Sydney and Tokyo. 
                                                                                                                     
Hall had loved Bali since childhood visits, so it wasn't difficult to pick a location. The yoga and surfing combination seemed a good fit with today's women and with Bali, she says.

"Lots of women are really into yoga and I decided to add the surfing element because of where we are situated and also it's a challenge that is totally refreshing," Hall says.
She also wanted quality accommodation. "You get to a point in life where you don't want to share bathrooms or stay in bunks." Consequently, guests stay at two luxury four-bedroom villas at the resort in Seminyak.

Hall has employed the Australian nutritionist and award-winning restaurateur, Samantha Gowing, to design the menu with a view to using local produce and maximising health benefits. "We did surveys and found that nutrition is uppermost in our guests' wish list," she says.

Gowing turned the Grace Darling Hotel into one of Melbourne's first gastro pubs during the 1990s. She now runs Gowings Food Health Wealth, a successful nutrition and well-being business in Byron Bay, as well as consulting to the spa industry, here and internationally.

The seven-day retreats each month are limited to eight women. Packages including accommodation, 15 hours of surfing tuition (with instructors trained by the Australian Surf Industry Training) daily yoga and meditation classes, three hours of spa treatments, all meals, a full-day Bali tour and airport transfers, are priced from $2311, twin share.

20 comments:

Omar Reigada said...

A dream of many come true.

H. Nizam said...

Hi Omar,
Thank you for your visit and comment

colson said...

For hedonists only?

By the way: It's a kind of free publicity or even free advertisement by Kompas, isn't it?

H. Nizam said...

Colson,
Re: free ads, I think it's for mutual benefit, in the sense that Kompas has a news, and the lady got the promotion.

Edwin's Personal Blog said...

I wonder if yoga is surf's derivative or surf is yoga spin-off? :)

Clearly, they seem to be a fun comprise

H. Nizam said...

Hi Edwin,
Yes, it's an interesting combination.
According to Ms Hall who own the business, at first she wants to specialize in Yoga but later on she added Surfing to it.

Yari NK said...

I ain't sure if it is been scientifically proven that these yoga and surfing can bring significant healthier effect on the ones who practice them but I'm sure if it brings more relaxing feelings, fun and enjoyment, it can bring positive effects at least spiritually or on other things immaterial.

My Beauty Flash said...

hehehe gaya Yoga makin aneh2 aja macamnya...ada Yoga surf lah...ada Yoga kids... :)

H. Nizam said...

@Yari,
The combination of Yoga and Surfing will boost metabolism, and make fun and peace of mind, thus would indirectly bring better health.

H. Nizam said...

Indri/Beauty Flash,
Yoga memang semakin berkembang seiring dengan kreatifitas para penggiatnya.

senja said...

selamat pagi,...

aku juga masuk kelas yoga loh,... hehe ^^

H. Nizam said...

Irma/Senja,
Oooh begitu ya. Saya dengar hasilnya bagus ya.

Goose said...

Great picture! Looks like a fun place.

Yari NK said...

Hary, what I meant is in comparison with other activities or sports. Because IMHO, if we want to increase the metabolism rate which is the rate of biochemical reaction in our body, all sports can do the same thing. The question is, weather the combination (surfing and yoga) is the best amongst other sports or it is just the combination of fun, the place and the tanning sun that makes it in the news??

H. Nizam said...

@Goose,
Bali is really a an enjoyable place to stay, that's why the media call it "paradise island". If you are looking for a good place to spend your vacation, why don't you try Bali.

@Yari,
In my opinion, I think that the people are interested in the Yoga and Surf in Bali because they want to get physical activity but in a fun way.

Kiwi Riverman's Blogesphere said...

Surfing, yoga and Bali. What a combination!


peter

H. Nizam said...

Peter/Kiwi,
In case you don't have a plan yet, perhaps you can go to Bali on your vacation.

seminyak villas said...

Bali is the best place to have your vacation and bonding with your friends and relatives especially if you visit the seminyak villas.

H. Nizam said...

Seminyak Vilas,
Yes, Bali is one of the best place in the world. And next time I go to Bali I'll make sure that I visit your place.

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