Body and Mind Therapy

Body and mind providing strength, grace and calm

Exercise and movement can significantly benefit mental health. The adage of “healthy body, healthy mind” is as true as it ever was.

Our personal trainers, yoga teachers, tai chi instructors and movement therapists are experienced teachers and qualified to the highest levels of international certification. They will work to your abilities and level of fitness, adjusting to your pace to teach you new ways to stay young and be healthy in mind and body. If you’re ready and willing they will carefully increase the intensity to stretch your abilities and raise your fitness levels.

Personal training

The benefits of exercise and mobility on both the mind and body are extensive.

Exercise speeds up the detox process and is particularly beneficial for those with mental disorders such as depression and anxiety.

Personal training can take many forms and and will be designed to meet your abilities and goals. It can be a leisurely stroll that builds up over time to a demanding hike or at the other end of the scale our trainers can further build your strength fitness levels with varying degrees of more intense training

If you want we can arrange for you to learn a new form of exercise such as boxing or a martial art such as the Indonesian style of Silat.


Yoga is a spiritual, mental and physical practice that brings your mind and body into harmony through both movement and meditation.

Extensive international research has consistently shown the benefits of yoga practice in diverse areas of mental, emotional and physical health.

  • Improvements in mood
  • Decreased anxiety
  • Improvements in negative emotion
  • Increased calm

Tai Chi

Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese form of exercise originally created as a fighting art.

Over the years Tai Chi has evolved into a graceful form of exercise that’s now used for stress reduction and a variety of other health conditions. Often described as meditation in motion, Tai Chi promotes serenity through gentle, flowing movements.

Its combination of movement, breath and control benefits many people with depression and anxiety. Other reported benefits include:

  • Improved mood
  • Greater aerobic capacity and muscle strength.
  • Increased energy and stamina.
  • Enhanced flexibility, balance, and agility.
  • Lower blood pressure and improved heart health.
  • Reduced inflammation.
  • Fewer falls

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I went to Istana Jiwa to reset my mind and change the way I was living. Stress had got the better of me, I was partying too hard and I was close to blowing up my career and losing my family. Amazingly I found some like minded souls in the Istana Jiwa team, people who had lived my life in the corporate arena, who understood me and helped me recalibrate my life. I now feel better than ever before, and I even gave up smoking there!
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For my sins I have been to a few treatment centres around the world, nothing comes close to Istana Jiwa. I went deeper and achieved more in therapy than I have ever gone before, I made peace with meditation and yoga - both things I have resisted in the past and both I now practise in daily life. I feel transformed, thank you.
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I travelled from Los Angeles to Istana Jiwa on the recommendation of a friend and in my mind, it was a leap into the unknown. I was completely unprepared for how cosmopolitan, competent, professional and caring the staff were. From the moment I was met at the airport to the moment I left I felt cared for and understood. This was an utterly life-changing experience, I never thought I would say I loved going to rehabilitation but I actually did.
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