Living Yoga: Bali Retreat with Leigh Khoo, Mar 26 - 30
Bali Retreat with Leigh Khoo
Thursday - Monday, March 26-30 2020
One thing my yoga practice has taught me is that the practice doesn't end with savasana. In fact, once we begin with intention, the practice never ends. Every moment in life is yoga — if only we’d pause long enough to realise that!
Join me for a five-day immersion amongst the sun kissed grounds of south Bali. In the company of like-minded yogis, stripped bare of our daily routines and habitual clutter, we'll explore yoga, pranayama and meditation practices, along with self-care rituals, to honour these pauses. Amid contemplative sessions on our mats, there will be plenty of downtime for you to just be, whether it’s to curl up with a book, cafe hop, or catch a wave at some of the best surfing beaches nearby.
We’ll be staying at Mandala Village, a cosy retreat centre in Jimbaran, on Bali’s southern peninsula. Perched atop one of the highest hills in the area, the property is a 30-minute drive from the airport and an even shorter drive to some of the best beaches in the vicinity, including Dreamland and Balangan. All rooms are air-conditioned, beautifully outfitted, and offer dreamy views of the sunset sky.
- Four nights twin-share accommodation at Mandala Village
- Twice daily yoga sessions
- Daily brunch and dinner
- Post-dinner satsang/special activity
Early bird: $1,000 (by 30 Nov)
Regular price: $1,200
- The retreat price is based on twin share accommodation.
- Mandala Village is a 30-minute drive from the airport. It’s very straightforward to take an airport taxi, but we can also arrange your airport transfer for an additional fee, payable directly to the property.
ABOUT LEIGH KHOO
Yoga found Leigh 12 years ago, in a tiny Keong Saik Road shophouse studio. As much as she enjoyed working up a good sweat, it was the meditation practice after the asana sessions that really drew her in. Her teacher Sunil Dahiya used to say: “Where are you in your body? Meditate on that.” That set the tone for Leigh’s yoga journey. While she naturally inclines towards strong vinyasa sequences, she also has an insatiable appetite to learn about the deeper philosophies of yoga and meditation, which she believes are key to unlocking the wisdom of our consciousness.
Leigh lives life guided by her heart and gut, and that was what gave her the intuitive faith to leave a full-time job in magazine publishing to pursue her yoga studies in 2013 with Bali-based Anusara teacher Emily Kuser. She later trained with Power Yoga founder Bryan Kest and renowned Yin Yoga teacher Jo Phee. Interestingly, all her teachers are advocates of meditation. As a sickly child, Leigh was nursed back to health by an Ayurvedic doctor, and that sparked her interest in holistic healing. She currently studies Ayurvedic healing with America-based Ayurvedic teacher Dr. David Frawley.
Through her years of teaching, Leigh has learned to understand and, more importantly, respect anatomical differences, and she encourages practitioners to tune in to their inner alignment — asanas that look right on the outside may not necessarily feel so within. Her classes are dynamic and flowing, but also mindful and contemplative, especially when she is teaching yin yoga and meditation (her favourite!). She is greatly inspired by the written word, which she often shares in the form of quotes, stories and poetry in class.
When she's not on the mat, Leigh is a hungry reader and a voracious traveller, and she loves seeking out destinations for her next Living Yoga retreats. You're also likely to find her at Bollywood dancing, which she loves for its carefree exuberance! She sees life as the greatest teacher of all, with every moment (especially the challenging ones) serving as an opportunity to connect to our deepest self, so as to live with compassion, intention and integrity — that to her is yoga in action, and the most important practice of all.