rock star yoga retreats

April 20th, 2009

COMO Hotels’ exclusive, luxurious, and life-changing yoga retreats are taught by top yogis in unbelievable settings.  Returning gurus this year include the dynamic married duo Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman, and Australian yoga expert Judy Krupp. Newcomers joining the A-list roster are Elena Brower and Sarah Powers.

These intimate workshops provide nearly five hours of daily practice with the masters and are held at COMO Shambhala Estate in Bali, Parrot Cay in Turks & Caicos, and Uma Paro in Bhutan.  Students at all levels have unparalleled access to these yoga rock stars, as well as to the renowned COMO Shambhala Retreat spas.  The weeklong programs include six nights accommodation, most meals, and airport transfer. Single occupancy rates start at $5,681 at Parrot Cay, $3,515 at The Estate, $4,668 at Uma Paro; and double occupancy rates begin at $8,669 at Parrot Cay, and $7,056 at Uma Paro.

2009 Retreats:

APRIL 19-25 at Parrot Cay – Moving from Conflict towards Peace with Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman

JULY 12-18 at Uma Paro – On Top of the World Yoga and Meditation with Judy Krupp

OCT 25-31 at  Parrot Cay – Heal & Fortify: Body and Soul with Elena Brower

DEC 10-16 at COMO Shambhala Estate – Insight Yoga in Beautiful Bali with Sarah Powers

And the yogis are …

Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman

Rodney and Colleen, who were married in December 2006 have been practicing together for years. Together they created the Gaiam Yoga Club. Rodney was a co-founder (and former owner/director) of Piedmont Yoga Studio in Oakland, California, and Colleen opened the hip Yoga Shanti studio in Sag Harbor, NY, in 1999.

Judy Krupp
Krupp runs workshops in Australia and all over the world. She has over 20 years of experience as a teacher and is founder of The Yoga Room, based on Sydney’s North Shore. What makes Krupp unique is her relaxed style and likeable humor. Her teaching reflects her original training in the Iyengar system and work as a myotherapy body therapist.

Elena Brower
Brower is a certified Anusara teacher who opened Virayoga in New York seven years ago. She approaches her students with refreshing levity and caring attentiveness. Her celeb client list includes Gwyneth Paltrow, Naomi Watts, and Rebecca Romijn.

Sarah Powers
The California-based Powers has been teaching yoga since 1987. Her style is a combination of a Yin sequence of long-held poses to enhance the meridian and organ systems, combined with a flow or Yang practice, influenced by Viniyoga, Ashtanga, and Iyengar teachings.

Meditate in Paradise

These chic spaces are optimal for tuning out the rest of the world.  At Parrot Cay, the amenities seem almost endless on the remote, 1,000-acre island of white sand. Students can take advantage of the COMO Shambhala Retreat’s substantial facilities of holistic wellness including massage, exclusive Dr. Perricone anti-ageing facials, and Ayurvedic therapies. Along with yoga, Parrot Cay offers Pilates, a gym, tennis, a variety of watersports, and off-island excursions.

In Bali, wellness is the thing at COMO Shambhala Estate.  Unlike the conventional destination spa that usually focuses on pampering, The Estate provides a total, 360-degree experience closely tailored to each individual’s needs.  Offering comprehensive wellness programs to mend mind, body, and spirit, they employ leading specialists in contemporary holistic health and feature hands-on healing ranging from massage to Ayurvedic and water-based therapies. The Estate also works closely with a Board of Advisors, which actually includes Rodney Yee and others such as Dr. Robert Thurman and Donna Karan.

The Uma properties under the COMO name represent simplicity and relaxation within a culturally rich and stirring environment.  Uma Paro, located in the rolling hills of Bhutan, has a COMO Shambhala Retreat that offers Asian-inspired therapies and Ayurveda, and encourages guests to immerse themselves in the rich Bhutanese culture through expertly guided cultural excursions and activities.

For sustenance at all properties, enjoy the healthy – yet flavorful – organic cuisine. COMO Shambhala’s nutritionally rich dishes are recommended to all guests to maximize the benefits of their stay.

Wondering about the dress code? Check out COMO Shambhala’s Active Living Collection for ideas. The collection was designed by Amy Roberts, formerly with John Galliano and now Head of Womenswear at Mulberry.

The Fine Print…

Please find below details, as well as websites, for each retreat.

MOVING FROM CONFLICT TOWARD PEACEParrot Cay – 6 nights accommodation, arriving April 19 and departing 25 April – 5 hours of yoga instruction with Rodney and Colleen daily (April 20 – 24) – Full American breakfast daily – Daily lunch and dinner from a special COMO Shambhala Retreat Menu (excluding beverages) – Return airport transfers

ON TOP OF THE WORLD YOGA AND MEDITATION RETREAT - Uma Paro – 6 nights accommodation, arriving July12 and departing July 18 – 21 hours of yoga and meditation instruction from Judy Krupp Juldy 12-18 – Daily breakfast and lunch (excluding beverages) – Welcome and farewell dinners -Traditional Bhutanese Hot Stone Bath and Massage (90 min) – Four cultural excursions (including Tiger’s Nest monastery) and optional excursions on a free day – Roundtrip airport transfers

HEAL AND FORTIFY: BODY AND SOULParrot Cay – 6 nights accommodation, arriving October 25 and departing October 31 – 5 hours of yoga instruction with Elena daily, October 25-30 – Full American breakfast daily – Lunch and dinner daily from special COMO Shambhala menus (excluding beverages) – Return airport transfers (for commercially scheduled flights only)

INSIGHT YOGA IN BEAUTIFUL BALICOMO Shambhala Estate -6 nights accommodation, arriving December 10 and departing December 16 – 5 hours of yoga instruction instruction per day with Sarah Powers (December 10-16) – Daily breakfast – Daily brunch on yoga days (December 11-15) – Welcome and farewell dinner – Services 21 of a Personal Assistant – Return airport transfer

**The COMO Shambhala Estate offers the option of staying at nearby Uma Ubud (single occupancy starting at $3,135, car transfers included) and  participating in the retreat as a non-resident ($1,210 daily yoga classes only)

For more information, please visit the following websites:,, and

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