Yin Yoga

Demystifying Yin Yoga.

Here is a 15 minute yoga session that will help you stay grounded and anchored in these tumultuous times.

I saved the best for last. This is episode 7 of 7, the last session in a series. I had the most fun making this session. it had started drizzling – rain drops hitting my head, the camera lens and the speaker 🌧.

It was a very relaxing session as Yin yoga helps us access the connective tissue in the body. Not talking muscles here. More like the stuff that connects the muscles – such as ligaments and tendons. This is the myofascial tissue. And we are looking for myofascial release.

We can simply relax into the poses and let gravity take charge. The poses are held longer to allow for the release. It’s a great time to work on stillness in the body and the mind. Speaking of the mind – Yin poses are meditative poses. The long hold times allow us to challenge ourselves to stay in the present and keep the mind from drifting. Find an anchor such as the music or your breath. You can even say a mantra over and over. Whatever helps you stay in the present!

Without much further ado here’s the video! Click on the link for the youtube channel Yogamatique (subscribe!) or simply play the video below in this browser.

Enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5-eYP80uZw

YOGAMATIQUE ONLINE

In these troubled times I am providing FREE yoga classes and have inaugurated Yogamatique Online Yoga Studio.

The current world situation will not stop my dreams and I see this as an opportunity to change lanes and provide a different service, that will hopefully help us stay grounded and sane in these difficult times.

Self care is of the utmost importance right now. Sure, we will worry and fret and watch the news and hear people’s opinions. But all I ask is that you carve out a few hours a week for yourselves. Whether you watch my videos or do your own thing, feel free! Just take care of yourselves!

I will provide a few yoga sessions every week. You can view them whenever and wherever you like!

Here is the first episode:

And if the above does not work here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wim7gBBbTwk&t=7s

Don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel!

Email me with any questions: yogamatique@gmail.com

Web-site: http://www.yogamatique.com

Please be safe out there!

Peace & love

Nabeel

The Journey Begins

Chile, Bolivia and Peru

June 1st to June 17th

The central point of my year off would be taking care of myself after an extremely difficult past two years and taking care of my Mom’s affairs back home in Bangladesh. Having worked on the paperwork for the past two years and taken care of some issues, I knew the remaining tasks would require several months. I was waiting for some paperwork to be ready by November, so my plan was to be in Bangladesh for about four months from November through February. This would also allow for some closure. I wouldn’t be able to handle last minute scrambling and paperwork snafus requiring additional “fees” and time. My body and mind had taken enough beatings. I would be in Dhaka for about 4 months, stay in my Mom’s apartment and would make some side trips to Asia. I also was toying with the idea of a Tea Garden Yoga Retreat in the hills of Sylhet.

So in June the journey began. This was my regular summer holiday, my official time off would not begin until Fall. It was an amazing Summer. Knowing that I had a year ahead to take care of things was pivotal. I devised a crazy 15 day tour of Chile, Bolivia and Peru on the way to Colombia. I’d been to all these countries before, so the idea was to see some new things (no Machu Pichu, sorry) and revisit old ones (The Death Road in Bolivia, for example).

Artwork in the streets of Valparaíso

My first stop was Santiago, Chile. There I enjoyed some great food and wine and then took a day trip out to Viña Del Mar and Valparaíso. I had been to Viña here after my climb of Aconcagua in 2002 so it was cool being back to this coastal area.

With new friends Jessica from Paraguay and Jane from Australia

But the real Chilean adventure awaited. I took a flight out to San Pedro de Atacama. This is in the Atacama desert. You actually fly into a mining town called Calama and take a shuttle to San Pedro. The first thing that struck me was how cold it was. I shared a shuttle bus with some Brazilians without proper gear. They were comically dying of cold. Not in Rio anymore baby! We were at high altitude and the mountains were all around us. Volcán Lascar was looming over us on our drive in.

San Pedro was a rustic town. I loved it the moment I arrived. This was raw South America. It was touristy, sure, but that is part of the deal. People need to make a living. I was able to take a trip to see the Valley of the Moon, an amazing desert vista, unearthly really.

The Tatio Geysers at sunrise was one of the most mystical experiences.

And on another trip I visited Lagunas Miscanti and Miniques, unbelievably beautiful high altitude lakes. We are talking about 14,000 ft – close to the the highest point in the continental US, Mount Whitney summit.

Laguna Miscanti

My best friends in Chile Cristian and Natalia

I took an astronomy course out in the desert and for the first time in my life REALLY felt and understood how little I am, in the grand scheme of the universe and time. By the way, the cheese and wine offered as I contemplated these heavy thoughts, were delectable ☺️.

Desert Star Gazing and Astronomy Course

And I rented a mountain bike and decided to bike down a dry river bed (quebrada) into the mountains. I was doing great until the park checkpoint. After that I overshot the turn off into “La Garganta del Diablo” (The Devil’s Throat) and ended up farther than I wanted. It was hot as hell and I was getting concerned. At that point I was face to face with the whitest of chapels in the reddest of backdrops. This was sheer beauty. No gimmicks, no tourists. Just me, my mountain bike and this stark contrasting object connecting the heavens with mankind, deeply rooted in mother earth.

White Chapel, Red Desert

Afterwards I made my way back to the actual turn off I had missed and found myself in a canyon with walls as high as you could see, reaching to the heavens.

I wish I had my Specialized Epic now, but I was to do with a very mediocre mountain bike (read shitty) with wheels barely true. I still had fun!

From the plains of the Atacama I took a three day jeep ride to Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia, one of the largest salt flats in the world. But the highlight was the actual journey. Surrounded by volcanos and casually driving through mountain passes over 16,000 ft and passing turquoise colored lakes, I was in heaven. I will say this over and over again – Bolivia has natural beauty like no other. If you want raw, natural and sometimes stark and savage beauty – Bolivia is the place. It’s my favorite for natural beauty.

One of the highlights was my experience trying to get a Bolivian visa at the Chilean/Bolivian border. We had breakfast by the road amidst trucks and buses because the Chilean patrol were still sleeping. And once at the Bolivian post, I was scrutinized to no end, and my 100 dollar bill returned to me because there was a micrometer tear. Luckily I had another one that passed their incredible microscopic eyes. I also noticed they didn’t read a single line from my application. Bureaucracy at its finest. I think they just enjoy toying with us Yanks 😂.

From Uyuni I was able to fly to La Paz. One of the shortest flights I ever took. La Paz was a changed city. I had been there in 2004 when there was barely anything here. Now it reminded me of Dhaka, not an inch to spare! Commercialization and tourism were in full swing. I just had two nights here and the next day I had arranged to ride “El Camino de la Muerte” (the Death Road). I had done it in 2004 after getting extremely sick on a climbing trip in the Bolivian Andes. I literally forced myself on the bike so I could descend 12,000 ft to the jungles of Coroico so I could feel better with the abundance of oxygen. This time the bike I got was a lot better and the road was more like a gravely fire road because they had built another better highway connecting La Paz and Coroico. The Death Road was used sparsely and by bike outfits and picnickers mainly.

As far as I was concerned it was heaven. Before you had to negotiate cars and buses. And it’s one lane in many places so there is a real danger of a car falling into the abyss. (It was named the Death Road for a reason and was once ranked the World’s Most Dangerous Road)

I descended the 12,000 feet in about 4 hours but with an actual ride time of about 2 hours – the thrill of a lifetime! No cars – hurrah! Falling off a cliff – not an option 😉.

From La Paz I took a bus to Arequipa. I decided to check out the beautiful White City, home of the mummy Juanita who was discovered on Mount Ampato in the Andes mountains of Peru. This garnered a lot of fame because unlike other mummies Juanita was almost perfectly preserved. As gruesome as it may seem, it’s worth a visit to the Museo Santuarios Andinos to see her. One learns a lot about the Inca civilization and their customs.

The other reason for my trip to Arequipa was to hike Colca Canyon. This would be a backpacking trip like no other. I would be descending into a canyon deeper than the Grand Canyon. And spend two nights as I hike through it and on the third day I’d have to climb out. That was daunting. But it was incredible.

With Clever, our Peruvian guide

And I taught an amazing yoga class in the floor of the canyon one day to my teammates and guide Clever.

We were a group of Peruvians, Canadians, a Spaniard, a Dutch and myself. We really bonded and after our hike Jorge and Fionella, the Peruvian couple took us to the Museum of Pisco Sour in Arequipa. Ahemm. It was not a museum at all. Let your imagination go wild. It was that kind of a celebratory night! 😀

From Arequipa I flew to Medellin, Colombia. My whirlwind adventure tour was over. I consider Colombia my second home in Latin America, after Argentina. So adventures awaited, but at a different pace …

See what happens next as the journey continues …

Welcome to Yogamatique

Buenos Aires’ Premier Yoga Studio for Yoga Classes in English

Located in the heart of Palermo, Buenos Aires this studio is walking distance to Buenos Aires’ best cafes and bistros. As well as parks and cultural centers.

IN PERSON CLASSES POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Online classes available at Yogamatique Online Studio

Youtube Channel:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wim7gBBbTwk&t=7s

This Fall, classes were to start on Wednesday March 25th at 19:00

POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Location: Thames 1916 (cross street Nicaragua)

Regular classes are as follows:

Monday 19:00 – 20:00

Wednesday 19:00 – 20:00

Friday 19:00-20:00

(Schedule will be expanded soon, let me know your preferred times and also if you’d like a private. Packages available)

San Telmo Class, Winter 2017

All levels are welcome. Especially beginners. Special care will be taken. Attention to detail, proper alignment and injury prevention are my areas of specialty.

Pricing: Pay what you can (this may change in the future so take advantage off this offer while it lasts)

Packages available: contact nabeel@travelswithnabeel.com for more info.

Find the yoga that fits your needs, be it Hatha, Vinyasa Flow, Yin, Restorative and more.

Having taught in Buenos Aires for more than 10 seasons, Nabeel will tailor classes to your needs. He is a 500 hour trained experienced yoga teacher who trained with YogaWorks. He has vast teaching experience encompassing Worlds Yoga, Mind Body Zone, 24 Hour Fitness and Mission Hills Athletic Club, all in Fremont, California.

It’s time to take the practice global and I am excited to open Yogamatique in the heart of Buenos Aires! Special free welcome class will be at 19:00 on Tuesday March 24th at the location (1916 Thames). More info to follow.

See you soon!

Besos!

Nabeel

The Mission Begins

How does one deal with the unexpected death of a parent?

It’s something you never think about. You don’t plan for. I loved my mother. She was everything to me. I lost my father at the young age of 18. I was still finding myself. It was sad and devastating. But losing my mother, at the age I am now, it was profound.

Ironically, the survival skills I learned from my mother helped me get through these past three years without her. It’s almost as though she was prepping me for the inevitable – life without her. After all, she had to raise two kids when my father passed away 31 years ago and keep everything together. She could not have done a better job. Things turned out pretty alright. No, they turned out exceptionally well.

My mother was an active person. She would never sit still. Nor would she spend time on frivolous things. Never one to gossip, she chose to spend her time educating herself and being philanthropic. She even helped create the Onesha Library in our 150 apartment gated community in Dhaka. The library grew to the point that it was featured in an article in Prothom Alo, one of the leading dailies . My mother was featured in the newspaper. Her creation, the library was in the newspaper – a newspaper in a country of 180 million people. This was a big deal. A few months later she passed away. There are so many things like this that she accomplished before her unexpected passing. She spent three months with me in California five months before she left us. It was a blessing. We got to spend a quiet Eid together without much fanfare but we took in each other’s company fully satisfied. We got to spend my birthday together. Little did I know that this would be the last time we’d celebrate such things together.

The emotional toll of losing my mother was huge. I flew to Bangladesh the very day I got the call. It was during final exams and I still had finals to grade and administer. I slogged through two sets of exams that morning before my flight. I don’t know how. Like a zombie. My colleagues Jeff and Drew took care of the one remaining final. Bless their hearts. There was also some unforeseen drama. I was supposed to go to China as a Visiting Professor for a couple of weeks. So my passport was at the Chinese embassy for a visa. Luckily it had arrived back that very morning.

With the heaviest of hearts I took a plane journey like no other. Once in Dhaka I was going through the motions, the funereal processes, like a robot. Overcome with shock and grief, I was following my mom’s lead. When the going gets tough you put on your game face and march ahead. I did just that.

This was all happening in May 2017. Almost three years ago. Then began the process of dealing with her property and the ensuing paperwork. We were able to get some initial basic paperwork done. This paperwork was essential to everything. Basic court documents showing that my sister and I were her descendants. After doing the bare minimum necessary I left Dhaka having stayed for 2 weeks. Leaving was essential for my mental health. After much deliberation I decided to continue my summer plans. I went to Colombia for the first time and fell in love with it. I did an amazing bike ride up the Patios outside Bogota with Edgar, the cousin of my friend Carol. Looking back it was incredible that I had ridden in the footsteps of 2019 Tour de France winner Egan Bernal.

An explosive victory – the first South American to win the Tour! I hiked to La Ciudád Perdida (The Lost City) – it was one of the most challenging hikes I’ve done mainly due to the elements. Crossing rivers waist deep in torrential rain, getting soaked to the bone and hiking up mud and clay to reach ancient terraces and home of the ancient Tayrona, older than the Inca civilization of Machu Pichu – all these experiences were timely. I saw beauty like no other and everywhere I went, I felt my mother. As though she had never left and was all around, watching over me. The group I was with asked me to teach a yoga class and the moment I saw the principal terrace, I knew that this was the place. It was one of the best classes I ever taught. I found peace like no other.

After Colombia I went to Argentina, my adopted home away from home for the last couple of years. It was also a good trip. I always feel a connection there and have formed some of my most meaningful friendships there. And the year before I had started to teach yoga there. Mystically, teaching yoga took on a different meaning for me in Buenos Aires and I cannot imagine my stays there without teaching yoga there. It was after one of my yoga classes in San Telmo that sparks flew and I ended up falling for a friend of mine who I’d known for over a year. It added to the significance of this special summer with lows and highs. We broke up after 6 months, but we are still friends (something I have had trouble with in the past, a sign of growth on my part).

As I continue this story – I will shorten aspects of my travels, but know that I needed four more trips to Bangladesh to sort out the paperwork and ensuing property. When I say sort out, I literally mean sell. I even had to manage tenants in Bangladesh for a whole year. It was grueling. This was all taking a toll on me. I decided to sell. And then there was a piece of land, the easiest of things for crooks to steal. Several trips later (one in the middle of the semester!) I had managed to sell off these properties.

Then came the last property – the apartment where my mom lived. How do I take care of that? Managing an apartment and dealing with the costs associated with it, travel time and property maintenance were all taking a toll on me. My life was literally on hold. I couldn’t move forward with my other projects while this liability was looming over my head.

I was also noticing I was getting more tired than usual. I would sometimes come back from teaching and lie in bed. Sometimes as early as 3:30 pm. The stress and the uncertainty and the shackles were getting to me. Unfortunately those who could have shared part of this pain and responsibility chose not to do so. So I was the only one dealing with phone calls at odd hours, flying to Bangladesh to make arrangements for the land sale, and paying for and doing the apartment maintenance. My mental health was deteriorating fast.

Again I took a page out of my mom’s book. I marched forward. I devised a simple plan. Like a robot I would pack my mountain bike into my GMC truck two or three times a week. And after I was done teaching at Ohlone College, I would change into my bike clothes and grind up Mission Peak, at the base of which is my office. It’s a hard ride, not for the faint of heart. But that’s precisely what I needed – a challenge that requires utter focus, to stay upright, to breath regulated and ultimately show me that I could do anything. Some days I would ride to the last ridge and some days I would make it to the summit. The views would be spectacular. And again I would feel my mother all around, especially in Spring when the California poppies started blooming.

Anyone who knows me knows that traveling is my life blood. I took two crazy trips over two separate Spring Breaks. The first in March 2018 to South Africa. Again there was a Latin American connection. I went to visit my friend Kirsten who lives in Cape Town. We had met in Buenos Aires through my yoga studio there at the time. But the whole trip was amazing! And the highlight wasn’t even in South Africa. It was a whirlwind 24 hours in Zambia and Zimbabwe seeing Victoria Falls from both sides and a sunset dinner cruise down the Zambezi River.

Spring Break 2019 was totally Michael’s fault. Almost as crazy a traveler as I am, Michael is a theater professor at my college and one of my best friends. Math and Theater right? Go figure! We were even on each others evaluation teams for tenure. Michael had crafted a 9 day tour of Australia. That’s not the crazy part. It entailed seeing Sydney, Cairnes, Great Barrier Reef, Uluru and Melbourne. I was crazy enough to join him! But it was unbelievable.

In between these trips in December 2018 I went to my favorite city Buenos Aires and explored Patagonia and went all the way south to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. In January, a spur of the moment decision and some good luck took me to the Antarctic Peninsula. This was not a trip in so much a life-changing experience. Having climbed many tall mountains around the world, I thought that very little would awe me, but the scale and savageness of Antarctica was in a league of its own & I stood on the deck of the MS Expedition, many a time just staring at the magnificence of the icy continent and the sheer scale of the mountains and glaciers.

Being disconnected from civilization, opting out of the 50 Euro internet package was probably one of the best decions I had made. I got to experience Antartica noise-free.

For a moment, my troubles took a back seat. They did not compare, not even close to the nature here. Even the human connections were cultivated to a deeper extent. I had two cabin mates. Things could have gone terribly wrong. A Frenchman, a Californian and a New Yorker confined to a small cabin. But we bonded and found brothers in each other. So much so we met up again in France and had a fun reunion in September.

This was all part of the medicine. In the background I was not in good shape. I did these things to stay afloat.

I came to the realization that I would have to take care of the last bit of property/liability/responsibility to be fully ok.

I decided to take a year off from work. The goal would be two fold. Number one, take care of myself. Come back from the slump I was in. Number two, sell my mom’s apartment, so that I could be free and could continue with my life. But I couldn’t do it in a rush like I did the other things. I needed at least 4 or 5 months in Bangladesh. There was still undone paperwork and based on the timing, this meant that I would be straddling both Fall and Spring semesters. That settled it. I would be taking a year off to take care of myself, find proper closure and sell the apartment. In June 2019 I embarked on this Mission. Keep an eye out for the next article to see how the Mission went!

Peace and love

Nabeel

Fremont, California

Who’s Coming to Argentina in March?!

Price Reduction! $1000 for double occupancy and $1200 for single!

Dates: March 22 to March 28, 2020

If these dates do not work , then please contact me and I will see what I can do.

Announcing a one of a kind mix of yoga and city life. Some Yin and Yang! In Argentina’s capital of Buenos Aires. My love affair with Argentina started in 2015 when I came to take a Spanish immersion course.

I taught my first yoga class on that trip to a group of theater students attending the University of Buenos Aires. I realized very quickly that yoga would become an integral part of my life in Buenos Aires.

I now spend 4 months out of the year in Buenos Aires and teach yoga to locals and expats. I am excited to say that I had my first retreat in Buenos Aires in August 2019. I can’t wait for you to join the next one!

I provide low costs to provide access to all. But quality will not be compromised. The yoga lessons you will receive are well thought out. Having a 500 hour YogaWorks certification and 6 years teaching experience, you will be taken care of and receive the type of yoga you need.

Buenos Aires is rich with history. Just a walk through San Telmo will reveal the antique stores selling wares of the early European settlers and the cobbled stoned streets with tango dancing on a random corner. Soccer is religion here so a tour of the Boca will reveal the history of Diego Maradona as well as other celebrities. The Recoleta cemetery is more a citadel and you will wonder in awe at the lavish lifestyles of the dead and famous😉.

The architecture of this amazing city blows my mind every time I visit. French colonial and Italian influences abound.

So will you not join me on this magical week in Argentina? Maybe you too will be smitten and be lucky to want to come back. Argentina’s salt flats and deserts in the North and glaciers and mountains in the South all await. And let’s not forget Iguazu Falls, ten times larger than Niagara.

Your Cost :

$1000 (double occupancy)

Inclusions:

  • 3 hours of yoga everyday
  • Tour of San Telmo
  • Tour of Recoleta Cemetery
  • Tour of La Boca
  • Tango Show and Lesson
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast daily
  • Farewell dinner on the last night
  • Pick up and drop off from airport

OPTIONS FOR NON-YOGIS AS WELL!

SINGLE ROOM AVAILABLE FOR $200 SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

Email: nabeel@travelswithnabeel.com to book!

Buenos Aires awaits you! Start 2020 right!

Yoga and Culture Buenos Aires

Price Reduction! $1000 for double occupancy and $1200 for single!

Dates: March 22 to March 28, 2020

If these dates do not work , then please contact me and I will see what I can do.

Announcing a one of a kind mix of yoga and city life. Some Yin and Yang! In Argentina’s capital of Buenos Aires. My love affair with Argentina started in 2015 when I came to take a Spanish immersion course.

I taught my first yoga class on that trip to a group of theater students attending the University of Buenos Aires. I realized very quickly that yoga would become an integral part of my life in Buenos Aires.

I now spend 4 months out of the year in Buenos Aires and teach yoga to locals and expats. I am excited to say that I had my first retreat in Buenos Aires in August 2019. I can’t wait for you to join the next one!

I provide low costs to provide access to all. But quality will not be compromised. The yoga lessons you will receive are well thought out. Having a 500 hour YogaWorks certification and 6 years teaching experience, you will be taken care of and receive the type of yoga you need.

Buenos Aires is rich with history. Just a walk through San Telmo will reveal the antique stores selling wares of the early European settlers and the cobbled stoned streets with tango dancing on a random corner. Soccer is religion here so a tour of the Boca will reveal the history of Diego Maradona as well as other celebrities. The Recoleta cemetery is more a citadel and you will wonder in awe at the lavish lifestyles of the dead and famous😉.

The architecture of this amazing city blows my mind every time I visit. French colonial and Italian influences abound.

So will you not join me on this magical week in Argentina? Maybe you too will be smitten and be lucky to want to come back. Argentina’s salt flats and deserts in the North and glaciers and mountains in the South all await. And let’s not forget Iguazu Falls, ten times larger than Niagara.

Your Cost :

$1000 (double occupancy)

Inclusions:

  • 3 hours of yoga everyday
  • Tour of San Telmo
  • Tour of Recoleta Cemetery
  • Tour of La Boca
  • Tango Show and Lesson
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast daily
  • Farewell dinner on the last night
  • Pick up and drop off from airport

OPTIONS FOR NON-YOGIS AS WELL!

SINGLE ROOM AVAILABLE FOR $200 SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

Email: nabeel@travelswithnabeel.com to book!

Buenos Aires awaits you! Start 2020 right!

Bali Yoga Retreat Part 3

Day 6, January 20th, 2020

Today we were joined in the morning by Abbie and Rowan, our new friends from Bristol. Also joining in was Ishita who I had met at the airport. Joyce was the remaining yoga retreat student and it was nice to have additional students, making it a full and fun class. Although Rosa, Lorenzo and Augusto are irreplaceable. Miss you guys 💗.

After our morning yoga session Rowan, Abbie and I headed to Legian Beach for my first ever surfing lesson. I have a healthy fear of the ocean. It’s a big ocean out there and there’s all kinds of creatures in it. I am slowly getting more and more comfortable in the water. If it weren’t for Rowan’s ravings about the surf school UP2YOU surfing, I might never have tried it before!

Once I donned on that wetsuit (shirt only) and got my board, I was feeling psyched. And we were a small group – our instructor and KT from Canada.

I got the hang of it towards the end of our 2 hour session and was getting into it. Getting onto the board every time was a lot of hardwork! But I was addicted! Will definitely try surfing again ☺️.

Nailed it!

After hanging out at Legian Beach for a bit, we had lunch at the Amadea Resort next to our villa in Seminyak, and I took a few laps in the pool.

Amadea Resort, Seminyak, Bali

And it was soon time for yoga class number 9. But this one was special. We were all going on a field trip to Niti Mandala Park in Denpasar where about 70 students gather for a community yoga session. I wanted my student Joyce to experience the local yoga scene and she was totally game! And Rowen joined us as Abbie rested up in the villa.

Bajra Sandhi Monument, Denpasar, Bali

Doing yoga with the backdrop of the Bajra Sandhi Monument was an awesome experience for my students and I. And so was the yoga in Balinese. We would not understand but were able to decipher the poses pretty easily. Doing yoga in this fabulous park as the sun set was truly incredible. And some friendly locals stopped in to say hello at the end of class.

This was my last night in Bali. We went back to Char Char and had a fabulous dinner there. The surfing had wiped me out, so I lay down for a bit and after some work, eventually went to bed.

Day 7, January 21st, 2020

Today was our last day in Bali. It was our last yoga class – class number 10 and this time I taught a Yin Yang class.

After a few swims in the pool I went for a little souvenir shopping. And once done with that I was ready to go to the airport. Joyce and I had our flights a the same time at 16:30, so we were picked up by Dewa, our driver at 13:00. Joyce returned home to the San Francisco Bay Area and I caught my flight to New Zealand.😊

Bali exceeded my expectations in all ways possible ways. I will be returning for sure. In the meantime follow me to Buenos Aires where I will be having my second Urban Yoga Retreat. Email me at nabeel@travelswithnabeel.com for more info.

Until next time …

Nabeel Atique

January 22nd, 2020

Auckland, New Zeland

Bali Yoga Retreat Part 2

Day 4, January 18th, 2020

Today we started the day with 8 am yoga. Again the students did a fabulous job. After that the students had a free day to explore Seminyak. I used this time to catch up on my writing and get some laps in the pool. All in all a very productive day.

And in the afternoon we were joined by Rowan and Abbie. I had met them on plane ride in from Kuala Lumpur. They had flown all the way in from Bristol, United Kingdom! And they were at the start of a one year journey across the globe. How exciting.

With Abbie and Rowan from Bristol, UK

The evening class was class number 5 for the students, so we ramped it up a bit and I was surprised how everyone rocked Crow Pose, Bakasana! Well done students!

Rowan, Abbie and I watched a gorgeous sunset.

Sunset, Seminyak Beach

And after dinner at Warung Mina, we had few drinks at Char Char a superb restaurant with a bar in the form of a stadium gallery just overlooking the street. A great way to top off the night 😀.

Day 5, January 19th, 2020

We once again started the morning with yoga at 8:00 am. Today Rosa, Lorenzo and Augosto were leaving for Los Angeles, so it was their last day of yoga. In the morning we balanced again in Ardha Chandrasana. They all did a fabulous job and remembered the little cues they had been picking up all week.

The students spent most of the day at the zoo. I hit the pool at the Amadea Resort next door to do laps and some underwater yoga. Yes, it can be done, but breath work takes on a whole other meaning underwater! 😂

Warrior 2 underwater!

I also got a chance to do some yoga at the beach close to sunset. Teaching yoga requires me to focus on just that – teaching. So it was nice to do my own practice for a change.

In the afternoon, before their flight I gave the trio a full Yin Yoga class. Yin Yoga can be quite challenging at first, holding the poses for longer and trying to find stillness. It helps access that connective tissue in the body that is sometimes “stuck” and causes limited flexibility, shortness and injury. They all did a great job and the meditative aspect of Yin got them relaxed and ready for their long flight home.

I bid adieu to Rosa, Lorenzo and Augosto after a nice meal at Jas Villas, a nice hotel next door. I know I’ll see you again and thanks for all the memories!

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