5 Of The Best Yoga Retreats in Australia

Not only does yoga increase your strength and flexibility but it can also help you to lose weight, release tension in your body and calm your mind.  The positive health benefits that yoga provides are huge which is why more and more people are turning to this spiritual discipline to improve their wellbeing.  Whether you’re a beginner or an expert there are classes and retreats for everyone so here are some of the best in Australia.

Self-Discovery Yoga Retreat, Sue Hawkins Yoga Health Retreats

The Self-Discovery Yoga Retreat in Byron Bay is the perfect getaway if you’re looking for change and improvement in your life.  Held next to Tallows Beach in 30 acres of bushland, this six day retreat aims to give guests inspirational direction and a positive life changing experience by using Core Energetics psychotherapy – a type of therapy that combines emotional, physical, spiritual and energetic development.  As well as meditation, yoga, Pilates and Reiki sessions you can also enjoy a range of leisure activities and an incredible buffet of organic vegan meals each day.

Alpine Mountain Yoga Retreat, Australian Yoga Retreats

Nestled in the picturesque Snowy Mountains is the Guthega Alpine Inn which has panoramic views of the mountain ranges and Guthega dam.  During Melbourne Cup weekend this alpine inn is home to the four day Alpine Mountain Yoga Retreat where you can enjoy twice daily yoga sessions, talks on yoga philosophy, pranayama and contemplative meditation.  As well as the planned sessions there is plenty of free time for bushwalking and exploring Guthega village or Mt Kosciuszko.  Dine on vegetarian cuisine and surround yourself with nature.

Desert Stars Yoga Camel Trek, Australian Yoga Retreats

If you’re looking for a different type of yoga retreat then consider the Desert Stars Yoga Camel retreat in September.  This ultimate escape is a seven day outback trek through the Flinders Ranges where you will explore remote regions on foot and trek deep into the wilderness.  As well as practising meditation and yoga each morning with an experienced teacher, you’ll also get to handle, groom and shepherd the camels that carry the food and supplies for the trek.  Cook on the campfire, sleep in swags under the stars and go home with a true appreciation for nature.

Yoga Cleanse and Pamper Retreat, Radiance Retreats

Whether you’re a beginner in yoga or an expert, the four day Yoga Cleanse and Pamper Retreat in Byron Bay will leave you feeling invigorated, refreshed and relaxed.  Held at the Sangsurya eco retreat you can enjoy twice daily yoga sessions, massages, nature walks, core strength sessions and organic vegetarian meals.  If you’re a beginner, don’t worry – there are plenty of yoga facilitators on hand for some one on one attention to ensure that you are getting the most out of your sessions.

Week-Long Bikram Yoga Retreat, Tranquil Point Bikram Yoga School

If you’re looking for a retreat that specialises in Bikram Yoga (a series of stretching postures and breathing exercises performed in a heated room) then consider the Tranquil Point Bikram Yoga School, located in Cygnet, just 45 minutes from Hobart.  This unique retreat has waterfront ocean views, private beaches, and an organic vegetable garden and orchard.  There are a number of different retreats on offer including the week long Bikram yoga retreat where you will enjoy two yoga classes each day, massages and organic meals.  In your spare there are a number of activities to enjoy such as kayaking, fishing and hiking, or consider exploring Cygnet township which is famous for its organic produce and artistic culture.

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July 28, 2014

How to get your celebrity body

How to get your celebrity body

Celebrities of today seem to have it all. Success, fame, fortune and top it all off, bodies to die for. Look at SheSaid favourite Jennifer Aniston. Not only has earnt mega bucks as Rachel from Friends, but she?s nabbed Brad Pitt and looked fabulous in the process. Now we can?t promise a Brad look-alike knocking on your door, but we can tell you Jen?s secret to her beautiful bod.

Angelina Jolie poledances to stay sexy
Don?t look so shocked! Poledancing has stripped off its sleazy image and is the new craze sweeping Hollywood. Angelina Jolie, Kate Moss, Britney Spears, Madonna, Oprah and Jen are all doing it, and not to impress their men either. Poledancing is perfect for improving your flexibility and muscle definition, particularly in the legs. It also tones your upper arms, shoulders and legs, while the skill to move around the pole improves your posture and deportment. Better yet, learning such a sexy skill increases sensuality and improves self esteem and confidence.
Polestars Australia run a poledancing course for women who want to increase fitness but have fun at the same time. For additional information, contact Polestars

Get Jessica’s tight butt with Bikram Yoga
Bikram Yoga
We all have heard about the benefits of yoga and pilates, and all the stars who endorse it (Meg Ryan, Bianca Jagger, Nick Cage, Gwnyeth Paltrow, Cameron Diaz, Christy Turlington just to name a few). Bikram yoga is the newest celebrity craze. Bikram yoga is similar to normal yoga, however it?s held in a heated room. The warm room allows for increased flexibility, minimises muscle strain, cleanses the body of toxins and works deep into your muscles to change your body from the inside out. It is a demanding 26 pose (asana) series which are designed to work through each part of the body. Jessica Simpson, Shirley McClain, Raquel Welch, Madonna, and Michael Jackson are all Bikram Yoga fans. For additional information, visit

For a body like Elle’s, take a walk
Pound the pavement
Many of the stars just love a good old fashioned run or walk for their workout. Sarah Jessica Parker keeps her body lithe by going for a walk a few times a week. Elle MacPherson, Nicole Kidman, Gwyneth Paltrow and JLo have all been seen jogging or walking to keep fit. No wonder why ? exercise is one of the best physical activities for people of all ages. It tones the body muscle groups and keeps the body flexible. The foot, leg, stomach and hip muscles and many of the back muscles actively support the weight of the upper part of the body, while the shoulder and neck muscles work harder to hold your head erect as you stride along briskly for a fitness walk. In order for walking or running to have any effect, you need to exercise for at least 45 minutes, 3 times a week.

Smoke free and beautiful Sarah O’Hare
Quitting Smoking
Ok quitting smoking isn?t exactly a form of exercise, but it has many similarities – it?s damn hard work but ultimately it?s going to be great for your body. Many of the stars are gradually realising that smoking isn?t cool. Christy Turlington, Sarah O?Hare, Ted Danson, Sean Penn, and Rob Reiner all are avid opponents to smoking. The theme of this year?s World No Tobacco day on 31 May is “Tobacco-Free Film and Fashion?. The intent is to raise awareness of the dangers of tobacco use and heighten concern about the depiction of tobacco use in film and fashion. For information, check out Health NSW or Cancer Institute.

Australian journalist Kathy Buchanan has written a great book, ?Quit for Chicks?. This is the quit-smoking guide for the modern woman with a busy schedule and a life to lead. It addresses the difficulties and quandaries you will face when you give up: what’s in it for me, will I put on weight, what will happen to my social life, and most importantly how do I stop?

Quit for Chicks
Kathy Buchanan
RRP $9.95 but only $8.96 if you buy from the SheSaid bookshop

May 25, 2004