We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharial Nehru

A transformative Yoga and Trekking Journey 3 - 14 May 2015

India! Come and join me for an unforgettable journey off the beaten track through West Bengal. We will trek and practice Yoga amongst the stunning mountain setting of the Lower Himalayan Range. India is the home of Yoga and the mountains have always been a place of retreat and reflection for many of the ancient Yogis, Gurus and Mystics. Visiting this spiritually infused sacred region of India allows us to learn and grow as we immerse ourselves in the teachings and practice living our Yoga. This personalised 12 day journey starts in the quaint hill station of Darjeeling and then a challenging four day trek weaving in and out of Nepal following an ancient trade route, the Singali Ridge. We will summit a peak at 3657m. The surrounding views of the mountain range at the peak and throughout the duration of the trek are spectacular and truly majestic. We will then spend 5 days in the Darjeeling Hills at a tranquil personalised farm stay. Our shala for Yoga lessons overlooks the valley, surrounded by pristine nature and breathtaking views. Throughout the 12 day duration Lara will lead all Yoga and Meditation lessons, tailoring the practice to enrich your experience. Please understand that this is NOT a Yoga Retreat, rather it is an adventure, as you will be challenged physically and required to step out of your comfort zone. Accommodation is modest but very comfortable.  As you discover India, you will consequently discover yourself a little more and how you view the world will forever be changed. 

Investment $2600 per person. Places are limited; to secure your spot a $600 deposit is required. Remaining payment is due January 31, 2015. 

Investment of $2600 includes

  • Transfers from Bagdogra Airport on arrival day and from farm stay to airport or Darjeeling once tour concludes
  • All travel throughout tour duration
  • 3 meals per day (with the exception of two breakfasts and one lunch in Darjeeling)
  • All accommodation
  • Trekking, tour guides and porters
  • All Yoga, lectures and meditation lessons, lead by Lara.

The $2600 does not include

  • International flights to India and domestic flight costs to Bagdogra (airport closest to Darjeeling)
  • Visa, passport and insurance costs
  • Tipping for guides

Please email Lara at lara@sukhayogaaustralia.com.au or call 0408290987 if you have any questions regarding this adventure. Payment details to hold your booking will be emailed to you once you have applied. 

India is one of my most favorite places to travel to. The scenic diversity, rich embedded culture and sensory overload has kept me returning to the country numerous times over the past 10 years. Throughout my experience of traveling India, I have always loved the Northern region of the country. There is just something so majestic about the mountains, the gentle local Indian, Tibetan and Nepali culture, trails marked with prayer flags, warming tea and breathtaking scenery. Traveling India is about surrendering yourself to the unknown, nothing can prepare you for what you are about to see. Rather than just tourism, this trip will be a chance for you to learn and grow. The trekking part of the journey is spectacular, if the conditions are clear we can see four of the five highest peaks in the world with the main view being of Kanchendzonga (sleeping Buddha). We will be ascending to a higher altitude (around 3657m) and it will be challenging for our fitness and stamina. We will dive deep into our Yoga practice and explore various meditation techniques to enrich our journey. Other highlights along the way include visiting monasteries and witnessing sacred prayer and ritual practices, observing daily life in such a remote part of the country and interacting with the villagers we meet along the way. I must stress that this is not a luxury holiday as I do not wish to mislead you, our accommodation will be comfortable but basic and the journey will be physically demanding. We will be exposed to very cold temperatures (0-10deg in the evening) at our summit but as we descend towards our farm stay, the weather will be comfortably warm. We will be nourished by delicious vegetarian meals and of course, lots of chai!

Because in the end, you wont remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that God damn mountain. 

Jack Kerouac

Rough Itinerary 

May 3 - Arrival Day. Bagdogra Airport. On arrival you will be met by our driver and guide once you exit the airport. You will then take a 4 - 5 hour jeep drive to Darjeeling. I will be waiting for you once you arrive at our hotel. Depending on your arrival time, we will meet for evening class and then head out for our first group Dinner. 

May 4 - Day in Darjeeling. Morning practice followed by breakfast and and a day of exploration lead by our guide and Lara. We head to the local monastery in the evening to witness evening prayer ceremony. This is a great privilege see and take in and observe such ancient ritual and practice.  

May 5 - Morning meditation followed by breakfast and then departure in our jeeps as we drive to the starting point of our trek. Drive is 2 hours to Mane Bhanjang and then a challenging 4 hour climb through lower forest to Tumling. Alt 2743m. Distance covered will be around 11km. Once we arrive at our huts for the night we’ll gather for practice, meditation and evening meal. 

May 6 - This is a big day! We’ll rise early for sunrise to see the glorious view of the snow capped mountain range that surrounds us. 6 - 7 hours trek to Sandakphu. We’ll cover about 21km today and arrive at one of the two highest peaks in West Bengal, alt. 3657m. The last part of the trek is around a 4 hour climb uphill to the summit. This is challenging, even if you are very fit as we are approaching higher altitude. Our accommodation and meal here is very basic as we are in a pretty remote part of the world, but you’ll be so tired you’ll appreciate being able to rest! Once at the summit, 4 of the 5 highest peaks in the world can be seen, providing we have good visibility. These being, Kanchendzonga (sleeping Buddha), Everest, Lhotse and Makalu. 

May 7 - Visibility permitting we’ll rise at sunrise to take in the magnificent view of the mountain range. Following breakfast we’ll start making out way down. We descend fairly quickly to Shiri Khlola, 2133m which is a tiny village on the banks the Shiri Khola River. We walk around 17km today. We’ll stop here for the night to take in the beautiful warmth and scenery and an evening practice to nourish our weary bodies.  

May 8 - 14 - After morning practice and breakfast we’ll take a small walk to explore our surroundings. We will be met by our transport (jeeps) which will take us to our final destination, Karmi Farm (about a 3 hour ride). Once at Karmi Farm our daily routine will involve twice daily Yoga and Meditation practice (morning and evening). The idea of this tour is to give you the tools to dive deeper in to your Yoga Practice. We’ll explore various meditation techniques, asana, chanting and how to apply the other limbs of Yoga and the theory to your personal practice. Of course, there will be plenty of storytelling derived from the ancient texts, mythology and scriptures to immerse ourselves in the culture surrounding us. Our practice shala overlooks magnificent views of the valley, a perfect setting for an inspirational practice. You will have the option to take various day treks lead by our host, Andrew. We’ll visit local monasteries, villages and families as Andrew is extremely well connected and highly regarded amongst the local villagers, which allows us to see life in the mountains which we otherwise may not have the opportunity to see. There will be ample time for you to sit back, drink copious amounts of tea lovingly made by the beautiful family and staff of Karmi Farm and settle in with a good book. 

May 14 - Departure day. It is about a 5 hour jeep ride to Bagdogra airport to catch your flight onwards or a 3 hour ride to Darjeeling if you wish to return and spend a night or two further exploring the town. If you do plan on flying out on the 14th, please check with Lara your departure time before booking your flight so we can co ordinate departure times and ensure you have plenty of time to make it to the airport. 

Testimonials

'Lara is a beautiful soul and to share this journey with her and a great group of like minded people was indeed special. First to note, this is not a retreat. There is no sipping of green juices around a pool at a five star resort (I'd like that too). So much more than that. This is a journey. At times uncomfortable and confronting. Mostly, though, a journey of great reward, great beauty, great fun.To experience a ceremony in the Buddhist temple at Darjeeling. To rise early on clear and crisp morning and view the breathtaking Kanchenjunga (Sleeping Buddha) mountains in the Indian Himalyayas. To walk in clouds. To meditate in the shala at Karmi Farm. Things that still bring me goosebumps. Have made my life just that bit better. Karmi Farm is wonderful. Andrew and 'family' great hosts. A lovely place to practice yoga, eat fabulous food, to read, relax, reflect, to laugh. This is a beautiful journey and I thank you Lara for dreaming it, making it real and allowing me the opportunity to share. A special place in my heart - always.’

Julie Jockel - Perth W.A

Exploring sacred India with Lara and the rest of the Sangha was a great experience and has deepened my appreciation of yoga. The contrast between the crazy streets of Darjeeling and the serenity of viewing the majestic sleeping Buddha (Kanchenjunga) in the early morning was amazing and I have many happy memories of the trip. Karmi farm was a beautiful, relaxing place to be and the food was great.

Martin Rice - Perth W.A

The trip to India organised by Lara was sublime. Everything was organised and planned to perfection. The Yoga and Meditation practice increased my understanding and capability five fold. The visit to Darjeeling and Karmi Farm stay was something I will look back on for many years to come and I will definitely be going back to India again.

Mark Theunissen - Perth W.A

Thank you to Jake Travers for the beautiful images of Sleeping Buddha Mountain, prayer flags and relaxing in the Shala. 

Spring Soul Revival 
Yoga Retreat September 5 - 7, 2014
Come join Lara from Sukha Yoga for a weekend immersion of Yoga and Meditation as we align with the season of Spring and revitalise our body and soul for the approaching warmer months of the year. Spring calls for detoxification, shedding the heaviness of Winter and creating new rituals and inspiration to reinvigorate us for the final months of 2014. Throughout the course of this weekend away Lara will guide you through deepening your Yoga practice amongst the backdrop of peaceful Margaret River. We will immerse ourselves with pranayama, meditation, mantra and asana which will aim to shift you into a lighter state of being. Deeply nourishing and wholesome meals will be provided to assist our body’s innate natural ability to cleanse and detoxify. 
Weekend outline
Friday 5  
4:00pm - Arrival time from 4:00pm onwards. Settle in, enjoy a wonder of the property or curl up with a book and tea.
6:00pm - Evening practice of Yoga and Meditation which will welcome you to your practice and intentions for the weekend.
7:45pm - Dinner is served 
Saturday 6
7:30am - Morning meditation and practice to align your body with the rhythm of the day. 
9:00am - Breakfast is served 
11:00am - Discussion and Asana. Here we will set up to create confidence when turning our world upside down on the mat and move towards discovering our true and balanced centre. We will draw from Yoga Philosophy, stories, mudra and meditation to immerse ourselves in the lila, the divine playfulness that our practice can be. 
1:30pm - Lunch is served. After lunch there will be free time to explore the property, or head to the beach for a refreshing quick dip, visit town or simply enjoy the afternoon doing not much at all with a book, a couch and a blanket : )
5:00pm - Evening practice. Discussion and gentle asana. The lesson will be geared towards restorative and meditative movement 
7:00pm - Dinner is served
Sunday 7
7:30am - Morning meditation and practice to seal the practice of the weekend. 
9:00am - Breakfast is served.
You are free to slowly make your way home after our morning meal. 
The Practice 
The Yoga will be lead by Lara Dwyer. Lara will lead you through inspired, creative and innovative Vinyasa Yoga sequencing which will lead your deeper into your practice and love for Yoga. This is a weekend to immerse yourself in the teachings of Yoga as you will be challenged and supported in growing your practice. Lara holds qualifications of +500 hour RYT in Vinyasa Yoga from Laughing Lotus, NYC and will have just returned from an intensive inversion training course at LLNYC and will be looking forward to sharing the knowledge and teachings with you. Lara has trained with Judith Hanson Lasater in Restorative Yoga, who is widely accountable for making Restorative Yoga so accessible to practice worldwide.
Location and Accommodation

The retreat will be held at Honeyeater Ridge, Margaret River. This peaceful rural property is situated on 7 acres of natural bush land. Along with extensive gardens to appreciate there is a Yoga studio, which overlooks magnificent views of the tranquil surrounds. Accommodation is very comfortable, the main cottage sleeps nine arranged in twin cubicles for privacy and four beds (bunk bed setting) within the house. 

Meals
Our meals will be vegetarian, largely organic and locally sourced by the fantastic Eddie and Val from Guilt Free Foodie. Sprouted granola, rainbow coloured breakfasts and delicious curries are amongst the delicious and highly nutritious offerings to fuel and restore you. Additionally we will provide snacks and smoothies for extra sustenance between meals. Please inform us of any allergies or intolerances so we can accommodate your needs.
Pricing

To attend the full retreat inclusive of all meals, two nights accommodation and Yoga is $495 per person. A deposit of $100 is required on booking with the balance of $395 due by August 22, 2014. Places are limited so please contact Lara at lara@sukhayogaaustralia.com.au to book your place.

Spring Soul Revival 

Yoga Retreat September 5 - 7, 2014

Come join Lara from Sukha Yoga for a weekend immersion of Yoga and Meditation as we align with the season of Spring and revitalise our body and soul for the approaching warmer months of the year. Spring calls for detoxification, shedding the heaviness of Winter and creating new rituals and inspiration to reinvigorate us for the final months of 2014. Throughout the course of this weekend away Lara will guide you through deepening your Yoga practice amongst the backdrop of peaceful Margaret River. We will immerse ourselves with pranayama, meditation, mantra and asana which will aim to shift you into a lighter state of being. Deeply nourishing and wholesome meals will be provided to assist our body’s innate natural ability to cleanse and detoxify. 

Weekend outline

Friday 5  

4:00pm - Arrival time from 4:00pm onwards. Settle in, enjoy a wonder of the property or curl up with a book and tea.

6:00pm - Evening practice of Yoga and Meditation which will welcome you to your practice and intentions for the weekend.

7:45pm - Dinner is served 

Saturday 6

7:30am - Morning meditation and practice to align your body with the rhythm of the day. 

9:00am - Breakfast is served 

11:00am - Discussion and Asana. Here we will set up to create confidence when turning our world upside down on the mat and move towards discovering our true and balanced centre. We will draw from Yoga Philosophy, stories, mudra and meditation to immerse ourselves in the lila, the divine playfulness that our practice can be. 

1:30pm - Lunch is served. After lunch there will be free time to explore the property, or head to the beach for a refreshing quick dip, visit town or simply enjoy the afternoon doing not much at all with a book, a couch and a blanket : )

5:00pm - Evening practice. Discussion and gentle asana. The lesson will be geared towards restorative and meditative movement 

7:00pm - Dinner is served

Sunday 7

7:30am - Morning meditation and practice to seal the practice of the weekend. 

9:00am - Breakfast is served.

You are free to slowly make your way home after our morning meal. 

The Practice 

The Yoga will be lead by Lara Dwyer. Lara will lead you through inspired, creative and innovative Vinyasa Yoga sequencing which will lead your deeper into your practice and love for Yoga. This is a weekend to immerse yourself in the teachings of Yoga as you will be challenged and supported in growing your practice. Lara holds qualifications of +500 hour RYT in Vinyasa Yoga from Laughing Lotus, NYC and will have just returned from an intensive inversion training course at LLNYC and will be looking forward to sharing the knowledge and teachings with you. Lara has trained with Judith Hanson Lasater in Restorative Yoga, who is widely accountable for making Restorative Yoga so accessible to practice worldwide.

Location and Accommodation


The retreat will be held at Honeyeater Ridge, Margaret River. This peaceful rural property is situated on 7 acres of natural bush land. Along with extensive gardens to appreciate there is a Yoga studio, which overlooks magnificent views of the tranquil surrounds. Accommodation is very comfortable, the main cottage sleeps nine arranged in twin cubicles for privacy and four beds (bunk bed setting) within the house. 

Meals
Our meals will be vegetarian, largely organic and locally sourced by the fantastic Eddie and Val from Guilt Free Foodie. Sprouted granola, rainbow coloured breakfasts and delicious curries are amongst the delicious and highly nutritious offerings to fuel and restore you. Additionally we will provide snacks and smoothies for extra sustenance between meals. Please inform us of any allergies or intolerances so we can accommodate your needs.

Pricing

To attend the full retreat inclusive of all meals, two nights accommodation and Yoga is $495 per person. A deposit of $100 is required on booking with the balance of $395 due by August 22, 2014. Places are limited so please contact Lara at lara@sukhayogaaustralia.com.au to book your place.

» Lotus Flow with Lara Dwyer

Well hi there! 

I have been featured on local blog Burn and Learn. Melinda and Naomi do a great job providing information on what is moving and shaking in the health and wellness realm in Western Australia. 

Click on the link and happy reading!

Lara

Prop up your shiny thing and play

Hello Yogi’s

I have recently started filming some 30 minute online Yoga videos for a company called efit30. So far I have three available online which are free to use so you can squeeze 30 minutes of practice in with me, whenever you like. Just prop your shiny device up against a wall or block, roll out your mat and away you go. Simple. Here is the link to the latest one

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9d_rxY9xqec&feature=c4-overview-vl&list=PL16B9CA85AEAD9AFB

Have fun! 

Lara x 

Sunday 11 August Candlelight Slow Jam

Namaste Family!

Come and wind down your weekend and set up your week right with Slow Jam Candlelight Yoga on a Sunday night. Smooth tunes, steady moves and all the offerings from our community gathering will go towards strengthening another local community.

Candlelight Slow Jam 

Sunday 11 August

St Mary’s Church Hall

9 Ridge Street South Perth

6:00pm to 7:15pm

$15 per Yogi with all of the event takings donated to local charity Esther Foundation. The Esther Foundation provides intensive support, education and empowers Young Women who have been subjected to abuse or life controlling struggles. Many of the residential premises for girls in need are based around South Perth. For more information on this inspiring charity see http://www.estherfoundation.org.au/

 

Thank you for showing up during these recent darker and rainy nights. Practicing together allows us to shine a little brighter! Looking forward to seeing you on the mat soon! 

 

Love Lara x

Raghunath coming to Perth


One of my teachers from New York City is coming to Perth. Raghunath Cappo teaches a very dynamic uplifting practice where he threads inversions, hindu mythology storytelling and bhakti (via singing chants and harmonium playing) throughout the class. He has studied and practiced Yoga for 23 years and has previously spent 6 years studying at an ashram as a monk in India. Prior to his Yoga experience he was in a hardcore punk group. The band is reuniting and touring Australia and while he is in Perth we thought it would be a nice opportunity to share his teachings with you all. Raghunath teaches classes and workshops in New York City, Los Angeles and regularly leads pilgrimages to India. Raghunath is a captivating story teller and he has a gift for sharing the teachings of Yoga, making them accessible and understandable for modern day living. The workshop will be held at 
 
St Mary’s Church Hall
9 Ridge Street South Perth
Tuesday 9 July 2013
1:00pm to 2:30pm
$35 per person if paid before July 5 - the cost will be $40 following this. Money can be deposited into my bank account. Details are
Lara Dwyer - Westpac Account
BSB 736-081
Acc No 556 - 386
Please use your surname as a reference for the transaction and I will issue you a receipt if you email me at lara@sukhayogaaustralia.com.auand inform me of your payment. 
 
I know this is late notice and the timing of it being on a Tuesday is a little obscure however, the opportunity to practice with him is a privilege and I hope you are able to create a little space in your day and come join us. More information of him can be found here. 
 
 
I look forward to hopefully seeing you there!
 
CELEBRATE SPRING WITH YOGA IN THE ORCHARD
Every Tuesday for the month of September 12:30 to 1:00pm in the Urban Orchard, Perth Cultural Centre
BYO mat or towel
Gold coin donation is appreciated to raise funds for charity Yoga Gives Back www.yogagivesback.org
Everybody welcome
Gentle Vinyasa Yoga Class 
CELEBRATE SPRING WITH YOGA IN THE ORCHARD
Every Tuesday for the month of September 12:30 to 1:00pm in the Urban Orchard, Perth Cultural Centre
BYO mat or towel
Gold coin donation is appreciated to raise funds for charity Yoga Gives Back www.yogagivesback.org
Everybody welcome
Gentle Vinyasa Yoga Class 
START YOUR WEEKEND RIGHT WITH YOGA ON FRIDAY NIGHT
21 September 2012
South Perth Baptist Church Hall (taking you back to the Blue Light Disco days, except the 30cm rule will be between mats, not the snowball*)
2 Lawler Street South Perth
7:00pm to 8:30pm
$20 per ticket with $5 of your ticket sale going towards the charity Yoga Gives Back, a non-profit organisation dedicated to raising awareness and funds to help alleviate poverty in India.
There will be music to shake your asana to and raw snacks will be provided after class.
Space is limited so nab your ticket to reserve your mat space!

Payment can be made in cash or via direct deposit 
Lara Dwyer - Westpac Account
BSB 736 081
Acc No 556 386


*snowball was the slow dance segment, remember?
START YOUR WEEKEND RIGHT WITH YOGA ON FRIDAY NIGHT
21 September 2012
South Perth Baptist Church Hall (taking you back to the Blue Light Disco days, except the 30cm rule will be between mats, not the snowball*)
2 Lawler Street South Perth
7:00pm to 8:30pm
$20 per ticket with $5 of your ticket sale going towards the charity Yoga Gives Back, a non-profit organisation dedicated to raising awareness and funds to help alleviate poverty in India.
There will be music to shake your asana to and raw snacks will be provided after class.
Space is limited so nab your ticket to reserve your mat space!

Payment can be made in cash or via direct deposit 
Lara Dwyer - Westpac Account
BSB 736 081
Acc No 556 386


*snowball was the slow dance segment, remember?
Shake up your Asana

Namaste Family!

It has been a great 6 weeks since coming home from training and sharing the blessings from Laughing Lotus Yoga with you. Seeing all of your faces in class has been a real treat as we work up some heat in the hour to help melt away the winter chill. I am so inspired to teach right now, so I thought I would add a couple more classes to the schedule. Check out the timetable page for more details.

Look forward to seeing you on the mat a little more often!

Warm wishes,

Lara.






I’m Back in Town!

Namaste Family,

I’m back from New York City and am now a certified and registered 500 hour Yoga teacher!

I am so excited to share with all of you what I have learnt over the past two months from the divine Laughing Lotus NYC. The director of the school, Dana Flynn and her fabulous selection of teachers continued to inspire and challenge us to find our own unique teaching voice. I’m itching to get these teachings out there so come join me in class next week! Have a look at my timetable page for regular class times recommencing and also some complimentary classes I’ll be offering in store at lululemon, Perth City. 

I would like to offer pranams and gratitude to my teachers Dana Flynn, Sheri Celentano, Mary Dana Abott and Alison Cramer for generously sharing their wisdom and experience to our special bunch of 20 Yogi’s and Yogini’s. 

I look forward to seeing you on your mat soon.

Lara 



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