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Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud April 23rd 2015

The Ashtanga Yoga Bali Conference 2015 was described on the Conference poster as " A once in a lifetime epic event with senior teachers of Ashtanga Yoga sharing their most profound experiences after decades of exploration" . The conference has now come and gone, and it truly was a legendary experience, the presenters all being North American icons of Ashtanga Yoga. One of the presenters - Nancy Gilgoff - was the very first North American woman to have been taught the Ashtanga Yoga method. Three other of the presenters were her students who followed her back to India in the late seventies to study with her teacher, Sri Pattabi Jois. They all later returned to North America to introduce Ashtanga Yoga to the Western world. The conference presenters also included Eileen Hall, the Australian woman responsible ... read more
The Ashtanga Yoga Bali 2015 Conference Hosts
Feeling Grateful
Afternoon Workshop with Eileen Hall

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud April 22nd 2015

March 2015 my girlfriends and I decided to embark on a new adventure to Indonesia. This was a long awaited dream of mine as I've always wanted to visit Bali since the movie Eat, Pray, Love staring the gorgeous and talented Julia Roberts. Four airplanes and 34 hours later, we arrived at Ngurah Rai International Airport and boy was it humid but we were happy to get away from the freezing cold in New York. Our driver greeted us and off to hotel we went. We stayed at the Tjampuhan Hotel and Spa which apparently was the first hotel built in Ubud in 1928. I must admit I was very skeptical about this hotel as I had read reviews online but upon arrival I was pleasantly surprised. They greeted us with a cold beverage, a towel, ... read more
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Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud March 21st 2015

After being on the road and moving regularly every few days for the past two and a half months, visiting new territory and revisiting some familiar places, we welcome the opportunity to once again settle in Ubud, Bali, for the next six weeks, where we will build a routine around our daily yoga study, my continuing study of the Indonesian language, music (of course), and just enjoying the cultural richness of this very special part of the world. It was here that we spent the last few days with our son Tanner and his partner Annie before they returned home to Canada, bags overstuffed with a few samples of amazing Balinese artistry and craftwork. I also tagged along with them on a visit to Ubud's famous Monkey Forest, a tourist destination I had been well aware ... read more
Ogo Pogo
Another Village Ogo Pogo
Early Beginnings

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud March 20th 2015

Yesterday evening Danielle and I booked to be taken an hours drive north to a small town called Ubod. One way was 60,000 rupiah - £3 with just having to make your own way back. On the journey up I sat next to and chatted with a nice man from Holland. We all got dropped off at a central car park from which the monkey forest was signposted so we decided that would be our first stop. Only about a ten minute walk away, paying a small entry fee and picking up a map we headed in. The forest was quite small with obvious paths and easily signposted quite a novelty really after the walking I did in Malaysia! There were stalls selling big bunches of bananas to feed to the macaques, which of course the ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud March 7th 2015

Ubud / Bali Von Java aus gings mit der Fähre nach Bali, und ich verbrachte 4 Tage in Ubud bzw. hab ich wieder mal auf einem Moped die Gegend erkundet. Zu sehen gab's den Sacret Monkey Forest, viele Reisterrassen und den Vulkan Batur. Die Reisterrassen waren die Entschädigung für den braunen Sumpf in SaPa und den Regen in China 2013 :-) Mt. Batur Normalerweise braucht man für den Aufstieg auf den Mt. Batur einen Guide. Nicht weils so schwierig wäre, sondern weils eine Abzocke ist. Nachdem ich das gehört habe, hab ich mich schlau gemacht, und bin ein bisserl hinterwärts herumgefahren, um nicht am "Haupteingang" vorbeizukommen, wo die ganzen Schlawiner ihren Opfern auflauern :-P Durch diesen schlauen Schachzug hab ichs geschafft, dass ich den ganzen Berg für mich allein hatte :-) Ach ja, die ganzen Touren ... read more
Affen im Sacred Monkey Forest
Elefant im Sacred Monkey Forest
Komodo Dragon (Waran) im Sacred Monkey Forest

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud March 5th 2015

The island of Bali is undoubtedly one of the most visited areas in South East Asia. It is also one of the most controversial spots on Earth. While the construction boom threatens to destroy what’s left of spectacular nature, tourists fight their way through it to find their hidden corner. In the meantime, thousands of magnificent Hindu temples color the never ending urban sprawl, telling the story of the unique Balinese culture. Most of the stories I heard about Bali were quite positive. To be honest they were told by some people that visited it a decade ago or so. Things have changed dramatically. The southern half of the island is completely urbanized, with hundreds of villages connected to each other in an endless concrete jungle. The northern half still preserves an authentic natural spirit, but ... read more
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Goa Gajah
Gunung Kawi

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud February 16th 2015

It takes three days to cruise from Australia to Bali, so it is a great time to get caught up with blogs, emails and socializing. On this segment we had some very interesting guest speakers. John Stainton was the manager and friend of Steve Irwin, The Crocodile Hunter. He had many personal insights into the man and the celebrity. One night at dinner he told us about a film he made with Steve and his family which featured all of the Midwestern National Parks from North Dakota to Texas. They rented an RV and drove through the heartland of America. One night at dinner John told us that a favorite of his was the Black Hills of South Dakota. Another speaker was General Michael Hayden. He was the director of the CIA from 2006-9 and was ... read more
LUNCH WITH MIKE
STATUES...AND MORE
BALI DANCER

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud January 18th 2015

Ever since the book and movie “Eat, pray and Love” was released, a trip to Bali, clime up very fast in the must- see- places in my list. So here we go, I had accepted my last contract on board a cruise ship, starting my journey in Italy, had a quick stop- over in India and then three days in Bali. The morning of 16.01.2015, when it was the third and last day for our cruise ship in Bali, the plan was made of leaving the port of Benoa and stopping over in Denpassar ( Puputan Square), driving to Ubud ( in the heart of the island), visiting some of the main sights in there, including the rice terraced fields and then ending the morning at the beach of Komune beach, before driving back to the ... read more
Seniman Cafe, Ubud
The art and craft market in Ubud
The rice terraces near Ubud

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud December 22nd 2014

Ubud, Bali - Saturday, 20 December, 2014 After a not so quick ferry ride (we actually got passed by a boat that left after us) we are finally leaving the island of Java and on our way to relaxing Bali. Getting off the ferry we needed to find transportation to get to the other side of the island. After some searching we found the bus station and haggled a price for tickets. Eventually we agreed on 60K IDR each for an air conditioned bus. This seemed a little expensive but we were willing to pay for the added comfort considering the last ride. The trip took approximately five hours. What we have learned about Indonesian pubic buses is that there is one driver and one guy that sells tickets. The ticket dude on this trip was ... read more
Infinity pool at the resort
Dinner in Ubud
Missed it!

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud October 17th 2014

Om Swasti Astu, I've been in Bali for a week and a half now. I've settled into my new place here in Ubud. It is a family homestay and the Balinese family here are very nice. The place is peaceful and I have a beautiful view of the valley. The climate is perfect and there is a gentle breeze always running through my room. The room is a open air traditional bungalow, so geckos, mosquitos, etc. all come in but the mosquitos are not too bad since it's usually a bit windy. There is a nice pool here to swim. Every day, I hear the roosters crowing, dogs barking in the middle of the night, people chanting and praying...there is a Balinese family temple next to my room and I hear children chanting in the evening. ... read more
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