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Posted on Wednesday 27 April 2011 in Beach & Islands
Fans of the book "Eat, Pray, Love" know how beneficial a trip to Bali can be, but what about the advantages of becoming a yoga instructor?
Travelers who want to take an extended break on this Indonesian island should consider a three- to four-week yoga teacher certification course. Combining the beauty of Bali and spiritual well-being can be one of the most relaxing vacations to experience.
"With celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow, Russell Simmons and Madonna practicing yoga openly, it further validates its power to help tone the physique while delivering the abundant health benefits," states the Pranashama Yoga Institute, which offers classes in Ubud, Bali.
This city is where Julia Roberts filmed her Bali scenes with Javier Bardem for the film version of "Eat, Pray, Love."
Bali is a wonderful destination, full of palm trees, sandy beaches and tropical waters. The entire island is surrounded by a rural atmosphere that encourages health, peace and wellness.
Despite having 10 hours of classtime per day, students will also participate in excursions focused on exploring the culture of Hinduism, yoga philosophies and other traditions.
The physical training will strengthen student's core poses to help them achieve a restored, balanced and toned body.
In addition, "the correlation between body, mind and spirit will be discussed in great detail and practical meditation and breath-work techniques will be taught throughout the training," states Pranashama.
According to the school, students must understand the anatomy of the human body before they can become certified teachers. This requirement is necessary so that teachers can help their students achieve the proper pose while practicing yoga without injuring themselves.
While staying at the institute, students are encouraged to drink lots of fresh water, eat healthy meals, exercise on a daily basis and participate in meditation sessions throughout the 30-day program.
Travelers who want to let go of negative energy and embrace the positive side of life should consider this wellness retreat. Afterwards, they can share their experience with family, friends and strangers who may be in need of some assistance finding a peaceful state of mind.
Even if they choose not to participate in the Pranashama program, there are plenty of yoga retreats in Bali that focus simply on practicing the art form rather than becoming a teacher.
Bali hotels also offer some of the most relaxing accommodations in the world, perfect for honeymooning couples and travelers seeking a solitary beach holiday.
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