The Outdoor Beauty Of Lantau Island Is Never Far From Your HK Accommodation

For those whose accommodation in Hong Kong happens to be in the New Territories areas like Tsuen Wan, for example, getting to Lantau Island is a breeze. Tsuen Wan is situated directly across the Tsing Ma Bridge from Lantau. One of the most popular Hong Kong serviced apartments properties – Bay Bridge Hong Kong by Hotel G (formerly The Bay Bridge Hong Kong Hotel & Serviced Apartments) – sits on the Tsuen Wan shoreline looking out over the bridge.

Bay Bridge Hong Kong by Hotel G, like many of the hotels and serviced apartments in Hong Kong, is conveniently located near the MTR (Mass Transit Railway) which can be taken to Lantau Island. Along with the MTR, busses, taxis and ferries can also be taken there.

Lantau Island is almost double the size of Hong Kong Island itself, and Hong Kong International Airport is situated on the small island of Chek Lap Kok on the north side of Lantau. The journey by road or rail between the airport and Kowloon or Hong Kong Island takes visitors along a good portion of the Lantau Island coastline and across the Tsing Ma Bridge.

For those who want to explore Lantau Island beyond the scenic views to be enjoyed en-route to or from the airport, there is much to see and do.

For starters, Lantau Island is home to one of Hong Kong’s biggest attractions – Hong Kong Disneyland. Yet it is not the only themed park on the island; there is also Ngong Ping 360 which includes a 25 minute cable car ride from Tung Chung from which visitors alight to the culturally themed Ngong Ping Village. Here there are shops and eateries, and from the village a short walk takes visitors to the renowned Big Buddha, Po Lin Monastery, Ngong Ping Piazza and Wisdom Path.

Once a remote monastery in the island’s lush mountain scenery, Po Lin Monastery gained renown when the Tian Tan Buddha statue (known informally as the Big Buddha) was erected in 1993. This 34-metre high bronze Buddha draws pilgrims from around Asia, while sweeping mountain and sea views can be enjoyed from its base.

Soothing scenes of the South China Sea can also be appreciated at Wisdom Path, a short walk from the Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery. Wisdom Path traces a series of 38 wooden steles (upright monuments) containing verses from the centuries-old Heart Sutra – one of the world’s best known prayers revered by Confucians, Buddhists and Taoists alike.

Linking the area’s spiritual and scenic attractions is Ngong Ping Piazza, which itself comprises four components – the new Pai Lau ornamental archway built in the northern architectural style of the Qing dynasty (1644-1911), the Bodhi Path central walkway leading from the new Pai Lau to Di Tan and lined by statues of the Twelve Divine Generals and 40 lotus-shaped lanterns, Di Tan (Earth Temple) which is the open space facing Po Lin Monastery and the Big Buddha and where religious ceremonies are occasionally held, and the Chinese landscaped garden.

The Tai O Fishing Village on the western side of Lantau Island is another area offering attractions for the visitor. This includes the Tai O Rural Committee Historic & Cultural Showroom which provides an insight into the community’s past, the Tai O Stilt Houses built above the island’s tidal flats by the Tanka people fisher folk, the Yim Tin Mangrove Forest, the Tai O Cultural Workshop museum, Tai O Heritage Hotel dating from 1902 and the Local Specialty Market at Tai O where the pungent flavours and aromas of Hong Kong’s fishing heritage abound.

The Tai O area is also famous for its dolphin watching. Local company Hong Kong Dolphinwatch operates a three hour boat cruise to see the Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins or ‘pink’ dolphins three times a week.

For those who fancy some seaside dining, then D’Deck at Discovery Bay is the spot to head for. Here there are a number of restaurants along the waterfront promenade serving a range of cuisines, with the Hong Kong Disneyland fireworks at night providing an exciting spectacle.

Beach-lovers have a choice on Lantau Island. There is Cheung Sha Beach, one of Hong Kong’s longest, and Pui O Beach – both ideal for a cool dip, while the Silvermine Bay Beach area has become popular with urbanites looking for a quieter life than the city hustle and bustle.

Lantau Island also rewards those who make the three hour hike up the 869-metre high Sunset Peak with gorgeous sunsets, and those who climb the two hours up Lantau Peak (the second highest summit in Hong Kong) with beautiful sunrises.
Yogavatar 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training (4 weeks Full-time Course) in Koh Samui Thailand
If you’ve ever dreamed of traveling somewhere exciting to advance your yoga practice or learn to teach,  join Yogavatar 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in a stunning and magical place Vikasa Yoga Retreat Koh Samui Thailand. 4 weeks stay at a beautiful resort alongside a sapphire ocean, from 15 October to 10 November 2017. It takes only one decision to steer your life into a new direction. It’s time to take your inner yogi on a journey with a once-in-a-lifetime experience. GENERAL INFORMATION Title: YOGAVATAR 200-HOUR YOGA TEACHER TRAINING Course: 4-Weeks Full-time Training Course Dates: 15 October to 10 November 2017 Venue: Vikasa Yoga Retreat Koh Samui Thailand (View Map) Organizer: Training Provider: YOGAVATAR New Age Yoga Inquiries email: [email protected] Inquires contact: +6011 11844184 (call) or +6012 3037022 (whatsapp) Online Registration: COURSE DESCRIPTION Event Category: Yoga Teacher Training Language: English Level: Open to all levels Field: New Age Yoga inspired by Hatha Yoga Certification: 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training (RYT200) Training Provider: YOGAVATAR New Age Yoga Accreditation: Yoga Alliance 200hr Registered Yoga School YOGAVATAR 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Course is a foundational yoga teacher training based upon the deep roots of Hatha Yoga. The course will help the practitioner develop a mature practice, focusing not only on the physical aspects of yoga but the psychological and spiritual benefits as well. With an emphasis on Body Breath & Mind integrated into the energy source from the five elements of nature and the five principles of teaching yoga, this training will provide the participants the knowledge, practice and experience to become innovative, inspiring and transformative yoga teachers. Whether you intend to simply deepen your understanding of this ancient and diverse practice or you aspire to teach and share with others, the training course will prepare you for your journey. CERTIFICATION Graduates of our programme will receive a full certificate of completion, approved by Yoga Alliance. Graduates are eligible to register as a RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) with Yoga Alliance. Becoming a RYT means having a higher profile and gaining international recognition as a yoga teacher, attributes that many hiring studios look for. REQUIREMENTS Students who are interested in participating should bear in mind that this will be a physically and emotionally demanding programme. It will require a strong commitment and personal sacrifice, as well as the support of the student’s primary support network. Interested students must: Have a deep desire to learn and personally explore the deeper dimensions of yoga. Be free of major injuries going into the programme. Have a coachable attitude. Be fully committed and understand that 100% full attendance is required. Be willing to forgo most other personal or professional commitments for the duration of the programme. SYLLABUS OF TRAINING MODULE-1 : EXPLORE THE BOUNDARIESKnowledge of the theory behind yoga Yoga History – The path of yoga from birth until today. Yoga Philosophy – Study of ancient texts including the Bhagavad Gita and Patanjalís Yoga Sutras. Yoga Lifestyle – Diet, lifestyle choices and creating the life you want. Your Philosophy – Developing a personal teaching philosophy Sanskrit – Practical learning of basic Sanskrit terms Mantras & Chanting MODULE-2 : LEARN ABUNDANTLYNutrition, Anatomy & Physiology Learn  about proper diet that will stimulate your yoga practice and keep your body in tune and establish conscious eating habit Physical Anatomy and Physiology – including muscles, bones, organs, bodily systems, etc. Energetic Anatomy – A study of the subtle bodies including Chakras, Nadis, Prana, etc. Application of Anatomy in Yoga – Benefits and contraindications, healthy movement patterns. MODULE-3 : IGNITE YOUR PRACTICETechniques of Training and Practice Asanas – including Surya Namaskara, standing, seated, forward bending, back bending, twisting, inversion, arm balancing, restorative and pawanmukta series asanas Pranayama – The major yogic breathing techniques Bandhas – The art of yogic locks Kriyas – Yogic cleansing practices Meditation & Relaxation Sequence – Classical Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa, New Age Yoga MODULE-4 : BE INSPIRED AND TRANSFORMTeaching Methodology 5 key elements to create a YOGAWESOME class How to sequence a theme class Principles of Demonstration Teaching Techniques How to give hands on Adjustments Learning through Observation Assisting in yoga classes Teaching styles and the Ethics of Teaching Qualities of a teacher & methods of learning MODULE-5 : SHARE UNCONDITIONALLYThe Practicum Practice teaching as the lead instructor Receiving and giving feedback Observing others teaching Assisting students while someone else is teaching Building your business – Tools of the trade Marketing yourself – The Ultimate tool Etiquette – Your responsibility in the classroom Get out there and Teach – How to set up your own classes and approach studios/gyms THE TRAINING PROVIDER YOGAVATAR NEW AGE YOGA YOGAVATAR is a New Age Yoga School based upon the deep roots of Hatha Yoga and a registered school with Yoga Alliance. New Age Yoga asserts an artistic for learning, growth and healing in an on going process of evolution. This creates an energetic path for the exchange, transference, expansion of the energy field and integrating with the entire universe flow to reach as a whole. It transcends the energetic operations for support life and bring harmony to the physical, mental and spiritual simplified as Avatar. In essence, YOGAVATAR New Age Yoga is an aspiration to humanity to aid to the path of Self-Knowledge based on the deep roots of Hatha Yoga. ACCREDITATION YOGAVATAR is a registered school with Yoga Alliance. The teacher training programmes and teachers are internationally accredited, have exclusive recognition and qualify for the 200-hr Yoga Alliance Certification. YOGA ALLIANCE Yoga Alliance is an international governing board for yoga teachers and training programmes in the U.S and globally. Graduates of our programme are automatically eligible to register as a RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) with Yoga Alliance. Becoming a RYT means having a higher profile and gaining international recognition as a yoga teacher, attributes that many hiring studios look for. MISSION STATEMENT YOGAVATAR New Age Yoga School was created to provide quality instruction of New Age Yoga in a way that will be innovative, inspiring and transformative. Our goal is to assist others locally, nationally, and globally in creating abundant communities that support the shift of consciousness, from the inner process of yoga to the recognition that yoga is everywhere.  FACULTY IRYNE YOGAVATAR(Lead Trainer for Module-3, Module-4, Module-5) iRyne Yogavatar is a new age yogini, the founder of YOGAVATAR New Age Yoga School and co-founder of iSpirit Asia Yoga has been a central focus of her life since 2004. She is an International Yoga Instructor registered with the Ministry of Education Malaysia and also a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance at E-RYT500 advanced level, where her certification from Malaysia, Thailand and India. She is a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider YACEP. Apart from yoga she is also a certified Group Fitness Instructor of various fitness programs. iRyne’s style of teaching draws experience and knowledge from Hatha Yoga, with the flow of energy and expression of “YOGAVATAR”. The emergence of YOGAVATAR is associated with YOGA and AVATAR which she expressed that the Universe is the source of power for expansion – harmonizing our physical, mental and spiritual. She is devoted to teach and educate practitioners of all levels with her electrifying sequences, so you can expect to flirt with gravity in her classes. Nevertheless, she believes Yoga is for everyone and makes contact with her practitioners gently. Her classes are meticulously themed to deepen the practitioner’s experience in Hatha Yoga and modifications are recommended in accordance to practitioners’ experience, energy and prowess. They benefit through precise instructions and it is her habitual in reminiscent on the importance of proper alignment with breath. Her goal is to guide her practitioners in the awakening of their own potential that brings peaceful yoga energy into her practitioners’ life on and off the mat. website: R2 THO HUI LEE(Lead Trainer for Module-3, Module-4, Module-5) R2 Tho Hui Lee is the founder of iSpirit Asia and the co-founder of YOGAVATAR New Age Yoga School. R2 started the journey of spreading love of Yoga and Fitness by teaching classes at her home country Malaysia since 2006. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance at E-RYT500 advanced level where her certification from Thailand and India. She is a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider YACEP. She is also a certified Group Fitness Instructor of various programs from Lesmills International, and a Reiki Healer at Master Degree level from India. Her passion in teaching has spread to Malaysia, Thailand, India and Maldives. Apart from the passion of teaching, R2 founded in 2011. iSpirit is a new age Yoga & Fitness organization that promotes healthy lifestyle by organizing Yoga & Fitness activities to the communities such as retreats, workshops, trainings, community give back events and share the authentic colour of love for Yoga & Fitness to inspire people to live their most extraordinary life. Where there is existence of iSpirit there is love. R2’s creative mind, energetic body and harmony spirit radiate through her life in all aspects. As a teacher, a designer or a practitioner, she doesn’t differentiate between teaching, sharing and learning. She believes in the energy of passion, when passion meets passion, it makes the best medicine. website: JEREMY NG(Guest Trainer for Module-2) Jeremy Ng is a professional fitness educator, seasonal public speaker and a personal trainer who has been in the fitness industry for over a decade. He is the founder of PFC Studio, a fitness education specialist and Under Armour’s sponsored fitness studio based in Malaysia, specialising in fitness education, personal training and sport performance training. Jeremy is an advocate of fitness education, with a genuine passion to develop fitness professionals’ growth in the fitness industry. Through PFC, he brings and delivers a variety of internationally certified certifications as well as short courses to keep trainers abreast on the latest training methodologies. PFC and Jeremy’s experience in the fitness industry and his passion to continuously advance industry’s standards have made him (and PFC) a sought-after fitness educator. Even before the inception of PFC Studio, Jeremy has always been passionate about fitness education. He believes in the need for fitness professionals to constantly equip themselves to remain competitive, and to propel the industry in the local arena to greater heights. Jeremy is a Master Trainer for NASM Certified Personal Trainer, PTA Global Certification & Bridging Course, Freemotion, ViPR, Twist Conditioning, Hyperwear – Sandbell, Power Plate, Trigger Point Performance. Qualification: ACE Certified Personal Trainer (American Council on Exercise); ACE Lifestyle & Weight Management (American Council on Exercise); NASM Certified Personal Trainer (National Academy of Sports Medicine); NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist (National Academy of Sports Medicine); PTA Global Bridging & Advance Certified (Personal Training Academy Global); TSCC Gold – Twist Sports Conditioning Coach – Gold Level; Anatomy Trains – Manual and Movement Therapy Certified; Grey’s institute Applied Functional Science Certified; Grey’s Institute Chain Reaction & Functional Muscle Function Certified; IOM Trainer (Institute Of Motion); Trigger Point Therapy Certified Trainer; Power Plate Trainer. website: NICK HENG(Guest Trainer for Module-1) Nick is passionate on living well, to move & align with nature of body,mind,heart and spirit towards a state of oneness. In 2015, Nick co-founder of AIM Yoga with Chester Tan. Nick conducts teachers training, workshops, retreats and teachers regularly at Fitness First. He also is a presenter for Les Mills BODYBALANCE in Asia Pacific. Nick was invited to join the Yogavatar teachers training team on 2016 as Yoga Philosophy and lifestyle teacher. Nick’s classes infuses Yoga Asana, Bodywork, Ceremonies, Pranayama, Meditation, Sound healing. With 12+ years experience of teaching, he now teaches from a place of practicality and clear intention to make way towards wholeness. His practice begin when he was in his early teens where he was awaken and being inspired by his spirit to take the path of Oneness. In his classes, you will experience balancing : intense strength work to root towards being uncovering one’s authentic Self and re-discovering the inner-child ability to be flexible on and off the mat. He has been life time student learning from numerous Healing, Yoga & Meditation teachers (inspirations from Vinyasa, Flow Yoga, Anusara Yoga, Forrest Yoga) and life transformational masters. He is an Anthony Robbins Graduates. SCHEDULE Training Course commence on 15 October 2017Graduation Day on 10 November 2017Room check-in on 14 October 2017 (Saturday) 15:00Room check-out on 11 November 2017 (Saturday) 12:00 Sunday to Thursday07:00- 09:30 Morning Practice09:30- 11:30 Healthy Brunch Buffet11:30-  13:30 Lecture Workshop13:30- 14:00 Beak14:00- 16:00 Lecture Workshop16:00- 18:30 Technique Training18:30- 20:00 Healthy Dinner Buffet Friday07:00- 09:30 Morning Practice09:30- 11:30 Healthy Brunch Buffet11:30-  16:00 Self Study16:00- 18:30 Self Practice18:30- 20:00 Healthy Dinner Buffet Saturday OFFRelax & Recharge LOCATION THE FOOD Vikasa serves wholesome health-conscious meals in buffet style. Kickstart your day to an amazing brunch. A freshly squeezed juice, tea and coffee, a sunny side up or vegetable omelette, wholegrain toasts, oatmeal/ muesli with yoghurt, or chia seeds pudding, superfoods, boiled veggies with specialty in-house organic dips, vegetarian sandwiches or pancakes, and of course a variety of fresh-cut tropical fruits. Dinner includes a hot soup, typical local dishes with tofu, brown rice, two or three vegetarian dishes, fresh salad, dahl, and always one seafood dish. For dessert we serve fruits, occasional delectable mango sticky rice or other uniquely Thai savouring. Our homemade signature tea is a perfect finish to your meal. We are also serving light snacks during afternoon breaks; however many students prefer to eat out while exploring nearby beaches or famous shopping areas. THE ROOMS SIMPLICITY MEANS BACK TO THE BASICS: Vikasa accommodations are not about superfluous material luxuries. Vikasa is not a hotel with yoga classes. They offer life-changing experiences in a mind-blowing location. SHARED Beach Bungalow SHARED Ocean Room PRIVATE Zen Bungalow PRIVATE Beach Bungalow PRIVATE Ocean Room COURSE FEES EARLY BIRD register 90 days before training, price is USD$1,600 REGULAR PRICE for 200-hour Teacher Training Course is USD$2,000 Price inclusive of training and material fees. Not inclusive of accommodation & meals. +ACCOMMODATION & MEALS (28 DAYS) SHARED= Twin Sharing (Organizer will arrange another student to share the room)PRIVATE= Single OccupancyPrice inclusive of 28 days stay, 28 days healthy brunch, and 28 days healthy dinner buffet. Not inclusive of course fees SHARED Beach Bungalow & Meals USD$1,680.00 SHARED Ocean Room & Meals USD$1,820.00 PRIVATE Zen Bungalow & Meals USD$1,960.00 PRIVATE Beach Bungalow & Meals USD$2,240.00 PRIVATE Ocean Room & Meals USD$2,800.00 PAYMENT METHOD Bank Transfer to Malaysia Hong Leong Bank Account: 243-00-00646-3 ISPIRIT ASIA Cash Payment to organizer representative: Contact +6011 11844184 Pay with Paypal* to account: [email protected] Pay with credit card* *3% online payment service charge will be applied for payment by credit card or Paypal CANCELLATION POLICY No refund or credit will be given for cancellation within 30 days before the start of the training. Non-refundable but transferable. All refunds are subject to a 10% processing fee that will be deducted from your refund. REGISTRATION STEP-1: Please fill in an online registration form to apply. You will receive an automated response email immediatedely after submission. Kindly check your email inbox and also other mail boxes. STEP-2: Please make the full payment before due date to guarantee your space in the programme. Payment can be made with Credit Card, PayPal, Banking or Cash. 3% online payment service charge will be applied for payment by credit card or Paypal STEP-3: Email the proof of payment or payment slip to [email protected] STEP-4: Receive Confirmation Letter with in 3 working days. STEP-5: Print out Confirmation Letter and bring along for attending the training. TRAVEL INFOMATION WHAT DO I NEED TO TAKE WITH ME? Let’s start with what you don’t need to bring first. There will be towels available in each room including one beach towel. We also provide with a set of shampoos and soaps that are refilled regularly. We might not have your favourite brand though! Please bring your required set of personal hygiene items but don’t worry in case you forget something. There are plenty of shops you can buy practically anything on Koh Samui. Please note that there are no hairdryers in the rooms so please bring one if necessary. A lot of comfortable clothes that is easy to wash and dry will come handy for your daily yoga practice. Otherwise you won’t actually need a lot of garment other than t-shirts and shorts, light dresses, and of course flip flops. The temperature rarely drops below 24 Celsius, or 75 Fahrenheit, even at night, so no sweaters or parkas needed. Don’t forget about sunblock and bikinis! ARE THERE MOSQUITOES? Vikasa premises are sprayed against mosquitos once a week, but you can not fight nature. Just remember to close your room door during sunrise and sunset hours when the they are usually most active. Mosquito repellants are available free of charge in Vikasa and in any pharmacy or 7-11 which are many on the island. DO I NEED TO GET A VISA TO COME TO THAILAND? Standard tourist visa upon arrival is normally valid for 30 days upon arrival to Thailand without prior application for the most of passport holders. Please consult a Thai embassy representative in your home country just to double-check. To extend your visa duration you have several options: DO I NEED TO BRING MONEY? Local currency in Thailand is Thai Baht. You don’t need to bring a lot of cash with you. Banking infrastructure is well developed on Koh Samui. There are safe and reliable ATMs on very corner that accept all types of cards, VISA and Masercard preferred. You can also exchange your home currency at any bank easily. There is an ATM on Vikasa premises as well. CAN I BUY EVERYTHING IN KOH SAMUI? Prices on your typical groceries including tropical fruits are most likely to be lot cheaper than back home. There are 7/11s and Family Marts that are open 24 hours on every corner in Koh Samui. Sometimes 2 or 3 on one corner! There’s also an awesome open-air shopping mall Central Festival where you can buy anything from beach clothes to electronics and cameras. It is located 15 minutes drive from Vikasa. Not to mention plenty of cute little shops along Chaweng and Lamai beaches, which are the two most busiest areas in Koh Samui just 10 minutes drive from Vikasa. Finally each Friday there’s a laid back night market in Fisherman’s Village that is an absolute must visit. IS IT SAFE? Absolutely. Koh Samui is a safe place in general, and Vikasa in particular. This is a very popular upscale tourist destination, and also an island, so you do not need to worry about safety away from home. Vikasa will be like home, the staff are very helpful and warm, and also students become like a family. HOW ABOUT INTERNET AND LOCAL MOBILE? You can easily acquire prepaid local SIM card at any 7-11 or Family mart. We recommend “AIS One-Two-Call” or “DTAC Happy”. All SIM cards are 4G ready allowing you to browse Internet at very reasonable speed and rates. Don’t forget that there’s a free WiFi throughout Vikasa resort. WHAT ABOUT LAUNDRY? Laundry service is outsourced with a next day delivery in most of the cases. Rates for doing laundry are very cheap so don’t worry about maintaining your hygiene requirements. However as we are using outside service providers please try to avoid bringing expensive clothes just to be on a safe side. ARE AIRPORT TRANSFERS PROVIDED? Airport transfer will be provided, please arrange with the organizer prior to arrival. A flight number is required for a pick-up to be arranged. Please send full guest name, arrival date, time, and flight number at least 48 hours prior to arrival. Transfers are provided only to and from Koh Samui airport. No pick-ups from ferries are provided. 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