Yoga everywhere

I think travelling and yoga are my two favorite things in the world. And luckily they combine very well. After all, yoga is like a travel in itself, a way to experience and explore. 

Like the beautiful yoga retreat I went to in Italy last summer where I also combined it with a few days in Naples. That was the yoga retreat where I found my own yoga way. Or the yoga and surf retreat I went to in Portugal, amazing place, loads of fun. I'm a big fan of Ashtanga yoga, a passion I found when I went to Goa in India a few years ago. And you don't have to go to a yoga retreat to do yoga when travelling. Yoga can be done everywhere. Like at sunset on the beautiful beaches of Bali. Or you can just bring your yoga math (by one for travelling) and do it at any hotel or floor you find. 

Just do it, do yoga everywhere! 

Inhale the future, exhale the past.


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My beautiful week in Bali

The resorts rooster wakes me up in the morning and I step outside my door into the garden path, roses hanging over me. I walk through the organic garden filled with spices and vegetables before another path feeling like it’s in the jungle takes me down to the beach. I do my yoga watching the sun rise and the surfers tackling the waves.

So friendly people, so much beauty, blissful and fun. That is Bali to me. Only one week in Bali!? they said. Yes, and I understand why, but even though I would love to stay longer, one week showed me both different sides of Bali and gave me a really nice week in the sun.

This is what I did and easely recommend to anyone who wants to go to Bali.

Sanur beach

Slow life and really nice water is what best describes the beach in Sanur. I spent a day there, mostly in the water, some time in a sun chair.  Sanur is a nice beach where you can do water sports or just relax. The beachfront walk is nice, just do your best to ignore all the ladies who wants you to visit their booth at the marked.  Eat you lunch at Sand Beach Club.

Ubud

Make sure you pay attention on your way there. You drive on narrow roads and get to see a lot of people doing their daily chores along the way. The shops in Ubud mostly have tourist stuff and yoga stuff, but take a stroll anyway. I had lunch at the Dirty Duck Diner, It was nice.

And do visit the monkey forest! It was way more facinating then I imagened and a really nice walk (takes about one hour to walk the whole round) in the shadow of threes. And the monkeys are everywhere and very close to you. Photo opportunities, oh yeah! But watch you camera (and other stuff) they like to steal these monkeys. There are many stories about people being attacked by the monkeys, but as long as you are nice, they are nice and there are many friendly guards on your way.

What I didn’t see in Ubud was the rice terraces. My friendly driver wasn’t very good at speaking English and spent time trying to drop me off at typical tourist traps rather then actually taking me to the rice terraces as I asked him to… But I found my peace anyway.

Seminyak

Oh, Seminyak! The day there took me by surprise, so different from the busy cheep marked in Sanur. Many many beautiful shops with real stuff you would actually wear at home and souvenirs that would find it’s place in your clean Scandinavian designed livingroom.

Speaking about design – the restaurants, cafes and bars in Seminyak was so beautiful, so many great concepts, reminded me very much about Williamsburg, Brooklyn actually. Every place had a concept. For more tips on where to eat and so on in Seminyak, head over to the blog by Nordictwinkle.

I also went to the beach in Seminyak, about a 15 minute walk from Seminyak Square. This is my kind of beach! Very wide and you could walk along it for miles. I think I will stay in Seminyak the next time I go to Bali.

Komune resort and beach club

This is where I stayed the whole week, located at Keramas beach where I watched the sunrise in the mornings and the evening entertainment at the beach faced bar/restaurant was night surfing. Komune is both a beach club and a resort, it also has a health club with equipment and both fitness classes and yoga classes. 

Everything at Komune was so made so beautiful. The place had two pools, one at the beach club with a busy (but not to busy) party like vibe and such a cool pool, it felt like it was a part of the beach just in front of it. Watching the surfers was great entertainment from the sunbed;) The other pool was part of the health club and had a very different vibe, with children not allowed and surrounded by palms it was the most relaxing place to be!

Komune also had great food and a really good spa with great treatments. The beach was mostly for surfing and had black sand so the pools was to prefere. But good beach for running and yoga. 

The area around Komune wasn't much and you needed some kind of transport to go anywhere (Sanure 30 minutes away, Ubud and Seminyak about 60 minutes). That was the only downside to the place. If I go back to Bali I think I will stay there for a few days and then somewhere else (like Seminyak or visit some of the islands). Komune is a perfect place to unwind and relax, but not see Bali. 

Thank you Bali for a great week, I loved you and all your friendly people!

Komune 

Komune 

Kaliyoga Italy: a week of bliss, strength and beauty

Olive trees, hammocks, salt water pool. Amazing food, super nice people, blissful surroundings. 3,5 hours of yoga every day! I couldn't ask for a better week then at the yoga retreat at Kaliyoga in Italy. It gave me courage, it gave me peace and most of all it gave me the need to do more yoga in my every day life. 

Kaliyoga is pretty much everything you could ask for at a yoga retreat. And more. The beautiful surroundings, the trullo's, the smiling friendly staff, the food. It was all there to support the wonderful yoga teaching and made the whole experience very complete.

The yoga teacher Tashi was just wonderful in so many ways. I loved the way her goal was to give us the tools for our self practice. I've been doing yoga for years, but I probably learnt more during my week at Kaliyoga with Tashi then in all those years. 

Thank you Tashi, Nick, Alessandra, the volunteers and my fellow retreat participants. 

Considering going to a yoga retreat? Check out Kaliyoga! It is also on the list of Top 10 yoga retreats around the world

Kaliyoga in pictures:

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Surf and yoga in beautiful Tipi Valley, Portugal

I can feel the stay at Tipi Valley in my whole body; the big smile on my face as I think back, the peace I feel in inside and the muscles hurting from much more physical activity then I normally have in five days, .

Earlier this summer I spent five days at Tipi Valley Surf & Yoga Eco Camp in the historic area of Aljezur in the south of Portugal. In Tipi Valley you sleep in tipi's (with beds), the electricity is from solar power, the (sometimes) warm water in the outdoor shower is heated in the sun, there is no phone reception or wifi and most of the vegetables and spices in the food are grown at the place. You can really lose yourself there!

A day at Tipi Valley (you can choose to stay for 5 or 7 days) was normally like this:

  • A sweet bell sound is waking me up around 7.45. Outside, tea and fruit is waiting and then it's time for yoga. Yoga is done outside under the cork trees with a beautiful view over the valley and you do your sun salutations as the sun rises. A great way to start the day.
  • After yoga, breakfast was ready and after breakfast David from the surf school was there to pick us up and drive us to the beach. David is a great guy, he also showed us around the area and we visited three different beaches during the stay.
  • Then we had surf instructions and surfing for about two hours with great instructors from Odeceixe surf school.
  • After surfing it was time for lunch, brought in a big casket we would find salads or sandwiches, fruit and more. The location was off course the beach. When we finished our lunch we could surf some more or just relax at the beach or in one of the cafes for 3 hours before David brought us back to Tipi Valley.
  • Back at Tipi Valley we had time to relax in one of the hammocks, have some tea and fruit, take a shower or just do whatever we wanted for some time until it was time for yoga again. The afternoon yoga was of the more restorative type and there was some meditation to.
  • And then dinner was waiting for us. Always amazing home cocked healthy food with lots of vegetables and spices. We would sit by the table enjoying the food until the sun set down in front of us.

It may feel like a busy and strict program, but it really wasn't. I did not even use a watch while I was there and the fact that everything was so planned and great food always brought to you, just made it feel very relaxing. I also really enjoyed the fact that I couldn't use my phone (except on the beach during the day). It all kind of felt like being at summer camp, with adults. 

I also appreciated that even though Tipi Valley is health focused and all, it wasn't like yoga retreats where you could not drink alcohol or coffee and it was not all vegetarian food. We bought wine for dinner some days and went to a bar in Aljezur one evening. It was all up to us, but to be done with respect for fellow travelers and the eco friendly environment.

The week I was there we were 6 people (from England, Ireland, the US and me from Norway, all traveling on our own), but the place had room for 12. You don't need to have any experience with surfing or yoga to go there (I had never even touched a surf board). However, I did find the yoga a bit to basic, I have done yoga for some years and I know that 'back to basic' was good for me but it would be nice if they did adjust it a bit more for those of us more experienced too. On the last day we did yoga and had breakfast at the beach. A really nice experience before heading home.

If you want to totally relax from your every day life and at the same time be physically active, do yoga and surf, eat healthy, live eco friendly and meet new people - then you should definitely check out Tipi Valley!

Obrigado Tipi Valley!

Yoga with a view.

Yoga with a view.

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Hammocks all around camp.

Hammocks all around camp.

Monte Clerigo, one of the beaches we visited.

Monte Clerigo, one of the beaches we visited.

Odeceixe, the beach where we spent most of the days.

Odeceixe, the beach where we spent most of the days.

James, Esther, Jennifer, Alex, me and Harriet. The great people I spent the week with. Thanks guys!

James, Esther, Jennifer, Alex, me and Harriet. The great people I spent the week with. Thanks guys!