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INDIA Mumbai and Goa - travel diary of our Holistic Yoga Teacher Training Part 1

Nicole Dechow

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Oh India, you always give me that soul flattering welcome feeling and an overdose of  just everything.
I am here in Goa since one week now and we started our 200 Hour Holistic Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training  just 4 days ago. 
There is a super lovely group of wonderful souls from all different parts of Europe and Australia with us here for this life-changing and transformationaljourney.
Our Holistic Teacher Trainings at Soul & Yoga are all about discovering your full potential and diving deep into the teachings of yoga, meditation and mindfulness. More information about the trainings and retreats can be found at www.soulandyoga.com  .

So I was traveling from cold Hamburg with my son and boyfriend from to Mumbai with a quick stop-over in Munich. 
We stayed 1 night in the ITC Hotel close to the airport in Mumbai, which was a total great experience. Though we arrived at 2 am in the morning we were welcomed with a smile and an upgrade to a wonderful suite. 
Sadly we could only sleep a few hours there and use the pool in the afternoon before continuing our journey to Goa.
But I would come back anytime and can't wait for my next stay there. 
 

 ITC Hotel, Mumbai Airport

ITC Hotel, Mumbai Airport

After a few days of settling in Goa, drinking tons of fresh coconuts every day and arranging everything for our training  we finally started on the 1st of February with our Opening Circle.
The days in the training are packed with Meditation, Asanas, Anatomy and Allignment classes so far.
It is such a wonderful journey to see so many different people come together to study and share the teachings of yoga. In the end it is all about connection, the connection to ourselves, to others and this precious life.
I can't wait to show you their shining faces at the end of the training and share more.

 Our wonderful teacher trainees of our 200 Hour Holistic Yoga Teacher Training in Goa

Our wonderful teacher trainees of our 200 Hour Holistic Yoga Teacher Training in Goa

The Wellness Inn Resort we chose to work with for this training is direct opposite the arabian sea, so we have a swim and cool-off a few times a day. Saltwater is a great cure and healing for your body and your soul. 

So much love from under the coconut palm tree, out of our little yoga teacher training bubble. More updates to come very soon.

Love always,

Nicole

 200 Hour Holistic Yoga Teacher Training by Soul &amp; Yoga&nbsp;

200 Hour Holistic Yoga Teacher Training by Soul & Yoga 

Bali - travelguide for yoga and healthy living

Nicole Dechow

 

 Nadja Ehlert -&nbsp;Soul &amp; Yoga yogateacher and dance teacher from Germany-gives you her insights and travel tips to Bali, the island of the gods.

Nadja Ehlert - Soul & Yoga yogateacher and dance teacher from Germany-gives you her insights and travel tips to Bali, the island of the gods.

We startet our Trip in KUTA, which is very close to the airport in Denpasar.
Kuta is a very lively space with many Backpackers and young people arround.
During the day, Kuta is perfect for surfing and we had a great time in the waves - and sometimes also on the waves! :D
Its a good place for beginners -like me and my boyfriend were- cause there is no dangerous coral reef in the ocean and you can find many surfschools directly at the beach.

A bit more to the north we visited SEMINYAK & CHANGU.
„Serenety Eco guesthouse“, which is placed in Changu, is a lovely place for sleeping & taking yoga classes.
They offer a variety of yoga classes, yoga retreats & yoga workshops. 
I have been there already twice and love coming back. 
www.serenityecoguesthouse.com


 If you are traveling more to the south of Bali, ULUWATU is a great spot you should go. We visited the  Uluwatu Temple, also named as Pura Luhur Uluwatu, build on a 70 meter high cliff projecting into the indian ocean. 

There are many beautiful beaches around here, like „Dreamland beach“ (which is a bit more in the north of Uluwatu) and the small „Padang Padang beach“.
Both are definitely worth a visit. 
A highlight in Uluwatu is the „Single Fin" bar.
It has a great view over the ocean, having a cool drink while watching some surfers. Definitely one of our unforgettable moments: enjoying the beautiful sunset, meeting people from all over the world, listening to good music and eating tasty food

And as it couldn’t get any better, right next to the bar you can find „Nalubowls“.
A mix of smoothie, fruitsalad and cereals with different types of toppings.
They don't just taste delicious, they also look awesome served in fancy coconut bowls. 
We were addicted to Nalubowls and happy that you can also find them in Seminyak and Ubud.

 Nalu Bowls - my favorites: a mix of smoothie, fruits and toppings to choose

Nalu Bowls - my favorites: a mix of smoothie, fruits and toppings to choose

More to the food topic: „Nasi Goreng“ & „Bakso“ are the traditional meals in bali, which we had often as you can get it almost everywhere. But if you are looking for good pizza: „Tratorria“ restaurant is sooooo yummy.

 UBUD is a must for every Bali-trip.  You can find many lovely organic/vegan cafés are arround the streets and one of my favourite was „the Atman Café“. 

From 9am – 10 pm there is a big market in ubud where you can buy clothes, souvenirs, masques, jewellery and everything typical balinese.
But don’t forget to trade  here- the seller will start with the triple price.

Every evening you have the opportunity to watch a traditionell balinese Dance Show. For me, as a dancer, i really enjoyed it and i guess its hard work to learn all the face- and hand gestures.

For all the yoga people the "Yoga Barn" in Ubud is a must. I went there 3 times for a vinyasa class and it was always a great experience for me.
Also my boyfriend was joining a class and he said he had a lot of fun.

They have a small Café inside and serving yummy healthy food & drinks.

http://www.theyogabarn.com

 Yoga Barn in Ubud

Yoga Barn in Ubud

 
Last but not least here are some random tips to make your bali stay as pleasant as possible:

-rent a scooter, if you can drive one.
 Its always the easiest and cheapest way to explore the island

-Dont make so many plans where you wanna go... Live in the moment, believe that the right things will come to you at the right time.

-and very important: try nalu bowls! 

I hope you enjoyed my Bali highlights and they help you to discover the island on your own ,which you absolutely should. 

love and light, Nadja

About Nadja:
Nadja lives and teaches yoga and dance in Memmingen, Germany.
She is part of our Soul & Yoga tribe since 2014, when she attended our yoga teacher training in Goa.
She is an inspirational soul and free spirit - her pictures and adventures around the world are definitely worth following - check out her latest happinez article featuring her amazing tattoos. 
Instagram: nadzge

 

 

 

 

Saint Tropez - La Plage Retreat

Nicole Dechow

La Plage Yoga Retreat - 7 days of beach life, yoga and soulful food at one of the most beautiful beaches at the Côte d'azur 

Oh what a great time we had with a wonderful group of people from all over europe who took 1 week off to retreat to themselves. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
A yoga retreat is always a great time not only to take time for yourself, dive deeper into your yoga practice but also to create space and time for change and growth in your life.  
You most likely go home not only with a lighter body but also with a more purposeful soul and filled-up batteries for the things to deal with in your daily life.
It is really a retreat to yourself and a  reconnecting to your life path. 

How does a day at a yoga retreat look like:
We started the morning with tea, hot water and fruits followed by a 90 min yoga class with different focus and intention for each class - somehow in this retreat we focused a lot on the sacred space of the heart center and how to apply its energy of gratefulness and love into our life.
In case you are wondering, I always have  a detailed class schedule for the whole week which I change completely each time by intuition. It is so important to go with the energy of the group and what is needed. 

After our morning class we always had brunch together. This was not any brunch, nooo - we had an amazing vegetarian bhakti yoga cook who delighted us every day with new vegetarian dishes. My daily superfood smoothies were just a side dish compared to this.
After brunch we explored the beach, the city or just relaxed at this beautiful, calm and amazing oasis. 
The evening class was always held on the beach and consisted mostly of pranayama, mediation and yin yoga classes.
There is nothing better than meditating on the beach surrounded by nature.

Go treat yourself for a yoga retreat, your body mind and soul will thank you.

love, Nicole.
 

-This beautiful retreat location is a private dream house build and maintained with love and organic and energetic principles-

Want to go on a yoga retreat with me?
Check out my upcoming retreat with my yogabae Jessica Ziesmer in Ibiza 

IBIZA.YOGA.MAGIC - a magical yoga retreat on Ibiza

Nicole Dechow

 Sunset Magic on Ibiza, &nbsp;Es Vedra

Sunset Magic on Ibiza,  Es Vedra

The name of our 5 day yoga retreat in may describes exactly how it was - magical. 

A yoga retreat is always a perfect time to retreat yourself, to take time for yourself and to take a break of your day-to-day life. It is a little sanctuary and a gift to yourself. It is also a time where you can dive deeper in your own yoga practice. It is a time to heal, nurture and experience. 

Ibiza is the perfect place for a yoga retreat. This tiny island has a magical energy that is hard to describe but felt by many. I know Ibiza has the reputation of a party island but also it has a huge spiritual community and a somehow untouched rough and yet soft nature.  You just have to experience it by yourself.  

 Savasana bliss and Es Vedra magic

Savasana bliss and Es Vedra magic

It was our second time at the beautiful apartment hotel just opposite the magical rock, Es Vedra, for our retreat here and the location is just pure magic. Totally quiet in a somehow untouched nature and of course the magic of Es Vedra, the rock.  There are many stories around the rock and spiritual seekers from all over the world come to feel the presence of Es Vedra. One story is that Es Vedra is a part of Atlantis and when you climb it -what we did -you can see the clues of Ufos in the stone plateaus. Whatever it is it is a magical rock that has a special energy around.  

 Climbing "Atlantis"

Climbing "Atlantis"

We also visited a few of my favorite places and beaches on this retreat. Ses Salines, one of Ibizas most famous beaches has its own charm and the most perfect salty water. There are a lot of beach clubs you can hang around but also more quiet places and a visit at "Sa Trinxa" can be worthy if you are feeling social. 
The "Sunset Ashram" in the northwest of the island is a perfect place for watching the sunset. Its located on a riff overlooking the sea. You can order indian dishes or sushi and enjoy the sunset sitting in the sand or the side of the cliff. 

 sunsets at "Sunset Ashram"

sunsets at "Sunset Ashram"

On the other side you find the famous Hippie Market of Ibiza and also the small village "Santa Gertrudis" with a huge variety of vegan and raw cafes, small boutiques and special charm. I highly recommend the food at "Wild Beets", we had fantastic juices and raw food.