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Sten Lodge eco Homestay invites you to take five days off for an unforgettable meditation retreat. Every day starts with very softa yoga asana to get the energies flowing in the body. You will be introduced to and learn pranayama, Yoga Nidra, Trataka, walking meditation, and different meditation techniques. The food will be vegan or vegetarian traditional Flores food prepared over an open fire.
Sten Lodge eco Homestay outside Labuan Bajo offers eco-friendly accommodation in traditional Bamboo huts with a balcony. From the balcony, you have a beautiful mountain and garden view. All bamboo huts are equipped with a solar panel charging a portable solar lamp. Mobile phones can be charged in your room from the solar lamp. Sten Lodge eco Homestay is not just an accommodation. During your stay, you can walk around in the gardens, relax in one of the hammocks or in one of the Bale-Bales.
If you feel you want to get a deeper feeling of the vegetation, you are welcome to help out in the gardens. Sten Lodge eco Homestay can also organize a short-guided tour explaining the health benefits of the plants and herbs. Their driver can arrange shorter or longer trips to surrounding tourist objects like caves, waterfalls, and much more. If you prefer to go by yourself, they will guide you to the best places. Sten Lodge eco Homestay and Dapur Tara Flores Restaurant is located at the foot of Mount Mbeliling so it is a good starting point if you plan a trekking tour up in the mountain.
One way of looking at meditation and yoga is Patanjali's eight limbs of yoga where he describes yoga asana to be one of the first steps and Meditation to be the step before enlightenment (which most of you never reach). As you can see the structure is from gross to subtle: Exterior - Body - Breath - Mind.
Meditation typically refers to formal, seated meditation practice. There are many types of meditation - with a focus on opening the heart, expanding the awareness, calming the mind, experiencing inner peace, and more. Mindfulness is the act of paying attention and noticing and being present in whatever you’re doing. By practicing meditation, you will find it easier to live mindfully.
There are many types of asanas in many yoga traditions. Everything from very soft asanas to strong hardcore asanas. All of them has been good if they are used for the right purpose. You will start every morning with a yoga asana program with very soft asanas to get the energies flowing in the body. In your busy everyday life, the energies easily get stocked in the joints, neck, and shoulders so you have to open up so the energies start flowing again. You will mainly practice yoga asana from Swami Satyanandas Pawanmuktasana series. These are the perfect asanas both for complete beginners and also for more experienced practitioners.
During the retreat, you will learn three different breathing techniques: Nadhi Sodhana, Sitali pranayama, and Bhramari pranayama
This is a very relaxed, balancing breath that is used to help calm the nervous system and aid in a restful night’s sleep. By increasing the amount of oxygen taken into the body, this breath can also purify the blood, calm the mind, reduce stress, and promote concentration.
Sitali means cooling, which explains the effect it can have on your mind and body. This breath encourages clearing heat with coolness. It’s especially helpful in hot climates.
This is a calming breath practice that can be performed anywhere. Bhramari is derived from the Sanskrit term for “bee.” Bumblebee breath practice can relieve stress, agitation, and anger. It can also help to calm the body and mind before sleep.
Yoga Nidra is a state in which the body is completely relaxed, and you become systematically and increasingly aware of the inner world by following the verbal instructions. This state of consciousness is different from meditation, in which concentration on a single focus is required. In Yoga Nidra, you remain in a state of light withdrawal of four senses (pratyahara), and only hearing connects to the instructions given. Yoga Nidra is a powerful technique that helps you reduce stress, improves your sleep and 30 minutes of Yoga Nidra is claimed to give the same effect as two hours of deep sleep. After the retreat, you will be given a recording so you can continue practicing Yoga Nidra at home.
Trataka is both purification and a concentration method that involves staring at a single point such as a small object, black dot, or candle flame. It is said to bring energy to the third eye. By fixing the gaze the restless mind comes to a halt. It is said that control of the blink reflex stimulates the pineal gland. Trāṭaka enhances the ability to concentrate. It increases the power of memory and brings the mind to a state of awareness, attention, and focus. In the retreat, you will use either the candle flame or a black dot on white paper. The full moon can also be used as the object of concentration.
At a retreat at Sten Lodge eco Homestay, you will learn four meditation techniques.
Mindful breathing is a very basic yet powerful mindfulness meditation practice. The idea is simply to focus your attention on your breathing - to its natural rhythm and flow and the way it feels on each inhales and exhales. Focusing on the breath is particularly helpful because it serves as an anchor - something you can turn your attention to at any time if you start to feel stressed or carried away by negative emotions. During the retreat, you will learn some Breath meditation techniques inspired by the meditation master Tich Nhat Hanh.
Loving kindness meditation is a self-care technique that can be used to boost well-being and reduce stress. Regular practice of loving kindness meditation increases your capacity for forgiveness, connection to others, self-acceptance, and more. During loving kindness meditation, you send loving energy toward yourself and others. There are different ways to practice loving kindness meditation, but each variation uses the same core psychological operation. During the meditation, you generate kind intentions toward certain targets including yourself and others.
Antar Mouna is a powerful and transformative meditation practice suitable for all levels of experience, including beginners. The name means “inner silence”. It refers to a meditation technique that involves transforming and controlling thought processes through self-awareness and mindfulness. By internalizing the senses through this form of meditation, you observe the inner and underlying structure of the mind and thought processes. Antar Mouna is best practiced sitting on a chair and is, therefore, a perfect practice when you are on the bus or sitting in the shopping center waiting for the rest of the family.
One of the basic methods for cultivating mindfulness is walking meditation, which involves focusing closely on the physical experience of walking, paying attention to the different components of each step. Walking meditation involves very deliberating thinking about and doing a series of actions that you normally do automatically. Breaking walking down in your mind may feel a little strange in the beginning.
The main teacher on the retreats is Lars from Sweden. He has been practicing yoga asana, pranayama, Yoga Nidra, and meditation for more than 30 years. Lars has been teaching for more than 15 years and has been organizing yoga and meditation retreats worldwide for more than 10 years. Occasionally, Sten Lodge eco Homestay will invite guest teachers who will teach according to their special skills.
The main teacher on the retreats is Lars from Sweden. He has been practicing yoga asana, pranayama, Yoga Nidra, and meditation for more than 30 years. Lars has been teaching for more than 15 years and has been organizing yoga and meditation retreats worldwide for more than 10 years.
During this retreat, you will be served daily meals. The traditional Flores food menu includes Jungle breakfast and lunch, coffee, and herbal tea. The specialties are spicy coffee, smoked chicken, Nasi Kolo (Bamboo rice), and a whole variety of different sambals. The ingredients are mainly organic and come from the gardens or from the surrounding farmers. Preparation is over open fire with smile and love.
During breakfast, lunch, and dinner you will practice mindful eating and they always start the meals with a silent period. The food is mainly organic from their gardens or from the surrounding farmers. Sten Lodge eco Homestay offers vegan and vegetarian food depending on your preferences. The meals are traditional Flores food prepared over an open fire. If you have any food intolerances or food allergies let Sten Lodge eco Homestay know and they will make sure the food is adapted to your needs.
Visits to the surroundings (Waterfalls, caves, and lakes).
Please book your flight to arrive at Komodo Airport (LBJ). Transfer from the airport is available for an additional cost of 200000 IDR. The easiest way to get to Flores Island is to book a flight from Bali or Jakarta. The flight from Bali to Flores Island is very beautiful. You pass over the Nusa Islands, Lombok, and other islands. The closest airport is Labuan Bajo Komodo airport. The flight time is one hour from Bali Denpasar airport and two hours from Jakarta.
For domestic travel, Sten Lodge eco Homestay usually uses Tiket.com which is a good place to start looking for cheap tickets to Labuan Bajo Komodo Airport (LBJ). Traveling to Sten Lodge eco Homestay and Dapur Tara Flores Restaurant is very easy. You reach Sten Lodge eco Homestay by scooter, car, taxi, public transport, or you can be picked up by one of their drivers. From Labuan Bajo Komodo Airport, the travel time is 30 to 45 minutes but with public transport, you may spend up to an hour. You will find them on Google Maps, Apple Maps, and on Maps.me.
From Benoa seaport in Bali you can take the boat to Labuan Bajo. The trip takes around 36 hours.
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