by Sammy Garrett, 200 hour Zuna Yoga teacher training graduate
For those of you who haven’t heard of Gili Meno, it is the smallest (and in my opinion the most beautiful) of the three Gili Islands located off the coast of Lombok, Indonesia. Gili Meno offers a tranquil, secluded getaway filled with beaches and nature. What more could you ask for while partaking in an intensive yoga teacher training? It’s a huge blessing that Zuna Yoga offers 200 hour Yoga Teacher Trainings in this piece of paradise. I’m one of the lucky ones who have had the joy to experience the magic first hand. Here are my Top Five reason to put Gili Meno at the top of your Yoga Teacher Training list:
1. No distractions. Imagine a world where you're surrounded by quiet and stillness. Hard to imagine, right? But such a place exists. Gili Meno has no motorized vehicles, no running engines and no honking horns, which is a stark contrast to the rest of Indonesia, even to Bali. Without any crowds (and often without any power), the island has to be one of the most serene and peaceful places I’ve experienced.
2. Sun, sand and snorkeling. The three week yoga teacher training schedule allows for down time throughout the day as well as two full days off. The crystal clear water beckons. Unlimited activities include swimming, sunbathing and snorkeling with the incredible collections of brightly colored fish and friendly turtles that call Gili Meno home. Days at the beach are topped off with a world class sunset.
3. One with nature. The rustic eco accommodation of maoMeno brings luxury and nature together in the perfect mix. Outdoor showers under the stars and an open air yoga shala intensify the whole experience. Surrounded by coconut trees, nature and bird song, maoMeno is the perfect place to deepen your yoga practice.
4. Island life and culture. From the moment you step off the boat there are numerous opportunities to get to know the animated locals and their intriguing way of life. Witness ceremonies, learn the basics of the language and join in the daily island rhythm. After the first week, the locals knew my name and greeted me warmly. Restaurant staff provide top quality service and entertainment - even inviting a group of us dance and ‘jam’ with them.
5. Ocean vibrations and sounds. The ocean's ebb and flow is constantly caressing the island, and the beautiful sound becomes a part of everyday life. Nothing beats the gentle sound of the waves crashing against the shore as you drift to sleep after a long day of asana and meditation practice. I felt so nurtured the entire time I was on the island, this allowed me to go deeper within myself and my practice.
Gili Meno, what’s not to love?