Why Retreat to Bali?

October is our first ever PhysiYoga Retreat and we’re going to beautiful Bali.

Why Bali? And why go on a retreat?

I created this retreat is because making change isn’t easy. Serious change that is. Sometimes it requires a kick-start to get momentum in the right direction. After all, a good idea and a good intention need a good dose of motivation to get them off the ground. So maybe you want to go a bit deeper into your yoga practice – to move more and feel stronger.

But perhaps you’re also limited by what your body allows you to do. So this retreat is aiming to combine a therapy stream for those needing some extra support for their aches and pains, as well as a yoga stream for those wanting a deeper challenge.

This short-stay in Bali (family friendly and during the school holidays) will be a time to pause, reset and create some necessary changes in your body to start achieving more. Have a girls week away. Or reconnect with your partner.

Bali is the place to do this as it is now a Yoga haven, recognized as one of the health and wellness destinations of the world. Diverse healthy food, exotic weather and warm welcoming people with a beautiful Hindu influence gently appearing through the art and temples around you. Sure, you might sweat, but chances are you won’t really care. (When I’m there I don’t wear makeup, or just maybe a little for a date night). Don’t take my word for it: Here’s five reasons why Yogi’s love Bali.

The format for this retreat allows us to find a balance for the “me time” with the “we time”: time for ourselves, so take care and look after us. But then valuable time to reconnect with someone important in our lives. If we don’t do this regularly we risk burnout and our relationships and family life suffer. One of the problems with burnout is that we often don’t even  recognize it as burnout – we just feel “funky” or like we’ve lost our Mojo.

And if you’re self employed, it is ESSENTIAL to protect your Business Mojo! Your livelihood and sanity (at the very least) depends on it. Just this year I (finally recognized) I was suffering the beginning of burnout. But not before my health had started to deteriorate and family chaos was enveloping. My husband urged me to look after myself and used this metaphor: “You better not jump off the bus, because if I’m driving, then we’re all going over the cliff!”.

So I did. I looked after myself and I’ve distilled what I did into this retreat to share it with others.

Somethings can’t be put off. Take this advice from the Dalai Lama when he remarked that Man (as in, mankind) is in fact the most surprising thing in this life:

“Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”

It’s important to start NOW. Look after yourself. Protect your mojo.

If you want to get moving more. Reconnect with a dear friend (or the family), now is the time to make a change that you’ll thank yourself for later.

I’ll see you in Bali.




What is a Therapeutic Immersion?

As the name suggests, an Immersion means going deep down into something and surrounding yourself in the subject. Think of how you might immerse a Tim Tam in a cup of tea and use it as a straw, sucking the hot drink through it. The tea permeates the whole biscuit, softening the crumb and melting the chocolate.

A Therapeutic Immersion in this case, means completely immersing yourself in your health and wellness journey. It involves completely surrounding yourself in a nourishing environment in every sense so that all the nourishing practices permeate through you to the deepest depth. It is the combination of  healthy food, therapeutic yoga, time to unwind and the use of bodywork to help address physical obstacles and restrictions within your body that are in your path.

Why does a Therapeutic Immersion work?

Aristotle apparently once said “the whole is worth more than the sum of its parts”. He recognised that it is much more powerful when all components exist and work together side by side, rather than as separate entities. Just as a working car is more useful (to most of us) than a pile of car-parts. An intelligently and individually designed Yoga practice can have amazing health benefits. So if you  combine it with healthy food, beautiful and tranquil surroundings, sleep and down-time from our face-paced life and you have just supercharged the benefits.

How the Immersion works

A Therapeutic Immersion is an effective way to kick start change because it gives you an opportunity to change things up from the “normal”. You are suddenly in an environment where you have a distinct lack of excuses as to why you can’t do what YOU need to.

You are participating in “Deliberate Practice” – ConnectTherapy allows us to break down your movement goals into bite-sized chunks and train you to move differently. This may wake up new muscles and work them in a way they haven’t been worked before.

And it helps you break habits you didn’t even know where there: instead of just running through the motions of your regular work-out or Yoga practice or daily routine, you are suddenly in a novel environment and you are getting the opportunity to experience new ways of doing things. New routines. Or a break from the old ones.

Who benefits from a Therapeutic Immersion?

Anyone who wants to move better, feel healthier or take some down-time are perfectly suited to this program. There are no pre-requisites.

If you’re feeling like your mojo has taken a holiday without you (I’m looking at you self-employed business-owners) this could be the recharge you need (and for Yoga Teachers, this could mean CPD points too!).

Basically, if you’re unsatisfied with how your feel or how you move, then this program is for you.

What happens on a Therapeutic Immersion?

This is what you can expect from one of my Therapeutic Immersion programs.

Day 1

  • Arrive at our venue, settle into your room and acclimitise.
  • If you are taking the Therapy Stream (Chikitsa), you will have your 60 minute ConnectTherapy Assessment
  • Welcome Yoga Class
  • Welcome Dinner

Days 2 & 3

  • Morning: Group Yoga Session
  • Breakfast
  • If you are taking the Therapy Stream (Chikitsa), we will spend 60 minutes in a ConnectTherapy treatment session which will include hands-on bodywork and releases
  • Free time during the day: swim in the pool, or perhaps rest, relax & read. You may choose to visit local markets or participate in cooking classes or other cultural activities. If you are bringing friends or family, take the time connecting.
  • Lunch
  • Late afternoon Yoga Session
  • Dinner
  • Optional evening program, exploring further yogic techniques such as meditation, breathwork (pranayama) and philosophy

Day 4

  • Morning: Group Yoga Session
  • Breakfast
  • Farewell



Your next step…

Go to www.emilyeglitis.com.au/bali for all the details of our current Therapeutic Immersion. Email emily@physiyogastrath.com.au to book your place today. Due to the personalized nature of this program, numbers are strictly limited.