Why the retreat with Meng Foong and Marc was a good option:
- You could start anytime, which is good news for those with inflexible vacation dates. Email them to check.
- The duration is customizable.
- There are only 2 teachers, so you won't have to get used to a new face every lesson.
- Each class is small in size, so that the teacher can devote enough attention to the each student.
- Langkawi main island is not all that huge, so the transport provided by the retreat is quick and sufficient. They even pick you up from the airport, and send you back to catch your flight home. Very personalized.
- Brunch and dinner prepared by the teachers are simple, yet healthy and delicious. Loved the food.
- Jala neti kriya is taught, which is something many have not tried before. Persevere and enjoy the benefits. No, it is not more disgusting than you brushing your teeth.
My 4D3N intensive retreat:
I was a beginner, who could not even do the Chakrasana pose. I took 6 hours of yoga on two of the days, excluding morning pranayama and evening meditation. During those additional 2 hours on each day (in comparison to the relaxed retreat), I learnt a lot from Meng Foong's careful instruction. I understood that most of my limitations are due to fear. Hence the yoga retreat became a very special self-discovery trip for me. I went away with the confidence to perform Chakrasana, and with understanding of how I can work towards Kakasana and headstand. I won't say I will be able to do them very soon, but I would definitely not say "no" to them. No aversion, no fear, no judgement - that's what I learnt from the retreat. With that in mind, I surprised myself by completing the intensive retreat. Of course, everything was catered to my ability, and I was challenged to an appropriate degree without hurting myself. Marc's explanations of meditation also taught me how it is important to observe sensations in the body e.g. pins and needles, and learning how to stay still and calm unless true pain is experienced.
If you are doing an intensive retreat and still want to see much of Langkawi, extend your vacation by a day or two, as you won't have time for sight-seeing during the retreat itself.
Would recommend anyone with any amount of yoga experience to try this out, as this is not a place where the instructors drive you like a slavemaster, and tell you to do "twenty more, ten more, eight more, faster, higher, harder...". You will be given sufficient rest in between poses, and are advised to pause whenever you are exhausted. No mirrors to check yourself and others out, as you are encouraged to let go of judgement, and not compare with others or even to yourself.
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