The idea of selfless service (seva also sewa) is an important concept in most Indian religions and yogic traditions. Because God is perceived as having a relationship with others, as well as oneself, serving other people is considered an essential devotional practice of indirectly serving God.
"Living creatures are nourished by food, and food is nourished by rain; rain itself is the water of life, which comes from selfless worship and service."
- Bhagavad Gita, 3.14
Compassion in Action, or selfless service is an important aspect of The Yoga Barn’s mission. We are so blessed to have this studio in Ubud, Bali; the epicenter of spiritual tourism in Southeast Asia, and living amongst the deep reverence of the Balinese people. We do not take our good fortune for-granted, and acknowledge our responsibility to give back … to the Balinese, the Indonesians, and the world at large. The following are but a few of our ‘Compassion in Actions’ …
Community Programs we Support
Bali Regreen is one of the most exciting and long-term sustainable environmental projects in the region. It aims to fight not only the land degradation in the island’s driest area, but inject training which will lead to long term economic benefits for some of Bali’s poorest people.
Read more about BaliReGreen in recent interview with the founders of the BaliSpirit Festival founders; Meghan Pappenheim & Kadek Gunarta
AYO! KITA BICARA HIV/AIDS
Hey! Let’s Talk About HIV/AIDS
The program is established in response to the critical need of HIV&AIDS education in Bali. The AYO! Program empowers teenagers to guard their own physical & emotional health and act with empathy toward others within their community.
How do we bring greater awareness of HIV& AIDS in Bali’s youth?
By creating a safe and trusting environment, the EduSpirit Workshops encourage high school students to talk openly about HIV & AIDS. Accurate information sharing in a fun and relaxed environment, combined with exercises in open communication, empathy, and a focus on spiritual and emotional development ensures Bali’s young people develop the crucial critical thinking skills and social compassion necessary to combat the spread of HIV & AIDS, as well as the social stigma surrounding the disease.
For more information about Ayo! Kita Bicara HIV & AIDS, visit the BaliSpirit Festival website: http://www.balispiritfestival.com/community-outreach/ayo-kita-bicara-hiv-and-aids
Bumi Sehat, in direct translation means Healthy Earth Mother. Indonesia has staggering maternal mortality rate of 228 per 100,000 live births, with infant mortality at 27 per 1,000 births. Still one of the highest in Asian nations. Bumi Sehat’s mission is to reduce maternal and child morbidity and mortality and to support the health and wise development of communities. Today, Bumi Sehat Foundation International operates two Community Health Education and Childbirth Centers – one in Bali and another in post-tsunami Aceh, Indonesia. Robin Lim came in 1995 and began providing free health services for pregnant women and children under the age of 5 in Ubud and Bali area.To find out more on how you can get involved, go to http://www.bumisehatfoundation.org/get-involved/
The Yoga Barn’s Community Class Series
Our way of saying ‘Thank You’ in the spirit of Community. We invite you to these FREE class offerings EVERY WEEK to inspire and bring us all together. These one-hour sessions are classes, lectures or interactive discussions pertaining to Yoga, Health & Spirituality.
The Yoga Barn’s Community Events
As an ongoing effort to foster community and to bring people together, The Yoga Barn provides FREE bi-annual events for the local and visiting community. In 2015, we were fortunate to host International Kirtan Singer Jai-Jagdeesh in an intimate evening concert on our open-air deck.
Environmental Efforts & Sustainability
It all started with the construction of our facility. Every effort was made to utilize recycled & reclaimed wood for all of our studios, Garden Kafe & Amphitheater decking; hence our aesthetic ‘antique look’ of Indonesian architecture and style. This translates to every detail, all the way down to the hard wood floors for each of our studios.
The products we utilize on premise are all natural; cleaning supplies, natural bug repellents, essential oils for KUSH treatments, soaps for our bathrooms, natural incense for our studios.
We support an on-going monthly program of natural mosquito eradication on our premises. All mosquito-philic plants ( the kind mosquitos like ) have been removed, replaced with mosquito-phobic plants ( the kind mosquitos don’t like ). All of our ponds utilize recycled running water with fresh water fish to eat the mosquito larvae. Finally, we once-monthly sweep the entire 3.5 acre property, filling in any holes, removing trash, cutting down dead bamboo, where stagnant water has accumulated ( mosquito larvae breeding grounds ).
We recycle all of our waste, separating between compostable ( used for our gardens ), plastic & paper. Our Garden Kafe restaurant does not use plastic straws, instead using papaya stems.
Staff Education & Health Awareness
Mosquito Eradication Program
As part of our Mosquito Eradication Program, our staff has been trained to utilize the same tools / procedures we practice @ The Yoga Barn for their homes & villages. Dengue Fever has been an on-going issue in Bali … combatable by proper waster disposal, planting treatment & removal of stagnant water.
We have also trained our staff regarding the importance of an island-wide program of Recycling.
The problem of Type 2 Diabetes is a serious one on the island of Bali. Lucas Fogerty, a Diabetes Specialist from the US, has offered three FREE clinics to learn about the disease and to get tested. These clinics were mandatory for our entire staff, and open to the Balinese public. We promoted these clinics to all neighboring villages surrounding The Yoga Barn.
Finally, we are always busy planning, promoting, or supporting our next charity-related or cultural event.
New Years Day
Every New Years Day we traditionally offer (one or two ) classes by Donation in support of our Teacher’s charity of choice.
2016 – New Years Day
To ring in the New Year, this year we hosted singer/songwriter Michael Franti & Friends for a Yoga Jam & Concert!
We raised 100M Rupiah ( approx. $7000US ) with all proceeds to benefit the Bumi Sehat Natural Birthing Center, here in Ubud, providing free health, pre-natal care & birthing care for Indonesian women. It was a day full of Live Music, DJ’s, Yoga, Meditation, Dance, Play, Healthy Food & Good Friends.
Bumi Sehat means “ Healthy Earth Mother “. They believe that by caring for the smallest citizens of Earth – babies at birth – we are building Peace: one mother, one child, one family at a time. Bumi Sehat is dedicated to working in partnership with local people to improve their quality of life, provide access to free healthcare and to kind, hygienic, culturally appropriate childbirth as a basic human right. You can help with your support with a note of Compassion and Peace at anytime.
2016 - Monday January 4, 2016
Long Sa’an (The Journey Back) - Monday Fundraiser for The Dayak Tribe Villages in Kalimantan For 2016, we continue to support the Kalimantan relief effort. Fundraising efforts are ongoing, as is continued education for the community on the devastating effects of the fires; purported to have burned an area over 4x the size of the island of Bali … over 2 million hectares of land.
On Monday Jan 4, we hosted a special Monday Movie entitled, “Long Sa’an – The Journey Back”. Filmmaker Erick Est and photographer/activist Davis Metcalf were on hand to show the wisdom and beauty of the Dayak Culture, through this stunning documentary. We raised 1.8M Rupiah ( approx. $150US ) with all proceeds going support to the local communities affected by the fires…
2015 - Monday November 16, 2015
For this event, in combination with ongoing efforts onsite at Yoga Barn and a combination of teacher contributions, donation boxes, and a matched contribution from Yoga barn - we raised over 65.000.000rp ( approx. $5,000 US ) that was donated to the Kalimantan Fire effort.
Heart of the Haze - Monday Fundraiser for OuTrop
Borneo is Burning! Do you want to make a difference?
Join us for our Monday Movie at The Yoga Barn this week, November 16, in a fundraiser to raise money and awareness for the Orangutan Tropical Peatland Project (OuTrop) in neighboring Kalimantan.
We will be screening the film Heart of the Haze, about what many are calling the "Greatest Manmade Environmental Disaster of the 21st Century", monster fires that have engulfed central Borneo, choking the population in a toxic haze that has lasted for months. This smoke haze has traveled into neighboring Malaysia and Singapore creating an international crisis.
Joining us on Monday will be award winning photographer and writer David Metcalf, Yoga Barn teacher and activist Bex Tyrer, Siti Habibah leader of the Spirit of the Hornbills Dayak Dance Academy, Dayak Ngaju dancer Coky Brooke, musician andteacher Fery Irawan playing the traditional Dayak instrument the Kecapi andmore.
All funds raised will be donated to OuTrop for firefighting equipment, medical supplies and other items desperately needed in the area to fight the devastation of one of the Earth's most precious rain forests.
2015 – Sunday June 21st The United Nations International World Yoga Day
More than just a physical pursuit, yoga is a lifestyle. The Bhagavad Gita speak of the 4 main paths of yoga; Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Raja Yoga, and Jnana Yoga.
We are passionate on movements, action, giving back to the community and the island that has inspired and change the lives of many through it’s deep culture and spiritual wonder, the beautiful scenery and the warmth of the people.
The Yoga Barn and BaliSpirit are actively participating in various causes through their Karma Yoga & Outreach Programs - ranging from education to environmental and sustainable future based programs. Below are some highlights of ongoing programs in the local community:
On Sunday June 21st of 2015, The Yoga Barn was honored and humbled to have been selected as one of the anchor location for the "International Day of Yoga, Global Summit". We started the day with ‘1-oh-8’ Sunrise Salutations for Peace accompanied by live music to celebrate, continued with a Peace-Themed Sunday Dance, concluded by a magical evening Kirtan by Maneesh de Moor. The proceeds of the day went to Bali ReGreen, and we raised over $1500 US.
About International Yoga Day … an Annual Event sanctioned by the United Nations:
This is an auspicious day. Yoga has officially been recognized by the international community, sanctioned and supported world-wide by the United Nations. This was brought about by India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who in his maiden speech to the United Nations General Assembly, put forth a motion for June 21st to be declared International Yoga Day. In his speech he said, “yoga is an invaluable gift of our ancient tradition. It is not about exercise, it’s a path through which an individual can discover his sense of oneness with nature. It embodies unity, unity of the mind and the body, thought and action, restraint and fulfillment. On the whole, it’s a holistic approach to health and well being.”
Find out more for this event: http://yogadaysummit.com/
UN Yoga Day Summit at the Yoga Barn, Ubud, 2015 - Final Direct...
This is the Directors Cut of the 1st annual UN Yoga Day took place on June 21, 2015 at The Yoga Barn, Ubud, Bali. 100s of people gathered to do 1-oh-8 Sun Salutations and Ecstatic Dance for Peace, Love and Harmony. All proceeds from the event went to support Bali ReGreen, a bamboo reforestation & water development program in in the dry hills of East Bali. The Yoga Barn would like to say thank you to all the teachers, participants and organizers who came together for this special event. THANK YOU. ** you can find out more about Bali Regreen on www.balispiritfestival.com.Posted by The Yoga Barn - Bali on Sunday, July 5, 2015
2015 – New Years Day
Yin Yoga Class by Denise Payne – all donations went to Ubud-based charity ‘Villa Kitty’ providing health services, vaccinations, adoptions & spaying for cats.
2014 – March 9th - An Intimate Night with India Arie: Celebrating Education & Community
This magical night was dedicated to education and supported the programs at both The Green School & Pelangi School. The even raised over $9000 US for scholarship programs for children with financial need.
2014 – New Years Day
Yin Yoga Class by Denise Payne – all donations went to Ubud-based charity ‘Villa Kitty’ providing health services, vaccinations, adoptions & spaying for cats.
Vinyasa Flow Class by Les Leventhal – all donations went to Ubud-based Natural Birthing Center ‘Bumi Sehat’ providing free health, pre-natal care & birthing care for Indonesian women.
2013 – October Yoga Barn Teachers Band Together to Support the Palestine Yoga Movement
The very ethos of the Palestine Yoga Movement is to put intention into action. We are a collective of seven individuals from all across the world who have all crossed paths in this powerful vortex of Bali and specifically Ubud. From Australia, Indonesia, Scotland, England and the US we are a multicultural team of lovers of movements and workers for peace. By taking yoga from the Yoga Barn (where Bex and Noko both teach and Ash, Loch, Kathy and Rosie all dance and practice) to the desert of Palestine, we are sharing a vibe of spirituality that goes beyond any confines of religion and which is free from Politics. We are sharing tools for accessing stillness inside. To stay calm no-matter what is going on around. To breathe in the present moment even if the past has been challenging and the future is uncertain. We are providing an opportunity to go within and find true peace. We are taking yoga off the mat to where it really counts.
Specifically in Palestine, physical movement is restricted by the Occupation, by the separation wall, and by 98 fixed checkpoints and road blocks. Yet Yoga is based on a balance between strength and surrender. It symbolizes both resistance and freedom - an opportunity to keep moving, to explore spiritual activism. To bridge differences within local communities and to share in the shift in being which is permeating conscious communities around the world.
On the 21st October - 5th November, we will travel to Palestine to share a plethora of different art forms: Yoga, Acroyoga, Tai Chi, Ecstatic dance, Thai Massage, Music and Art. Taking a little of the magic and beauty of Bali to Palestine - an area of the world in desperate need of solidarity and a belief in the commonality of our humanity. We are going to teach across the West Bank, sharing our passions and love for movement and we are also going to document our work to bring messages of a different reality back to Bali, and out across the world.
With thanks to the Yoga Barn and Ubud community for all of their continued support and inspiration! Peace.
2012 – November Indonesia Spirit
BALI, INDONESIA - November 7, 2012 ~ The Indonesian Ministry of Creative Economy, The BaliSpirit Festival and The Yoga Barn have launched a new partnership to create “Indonesia Spirit” a weekend mini-Festival featuring dance, yoga, active meditation, sound healing, live music and much more. The idea behind “Indonesia Spirit” is to attract social and environmentally conscious travelers to Bali and promote sustainable tourism, charity initiatives and cross-cultural enrichment. This one of a kind event will be held Dec. 7th to 9th, 2012 at The Yoga Barn, Ubud, Bali.
2011 – United Nations International Peace Day: The Global Yoga Mala
Cross the borders of your mat, studio, style and form of yoga … Be a part of the Global Yoga Mala !
The purpose of the Global Yoga Mala for Peace is to unite the global yoga community from every continent, school or studio to form a "mala around the earth" through collective practices based upon the sacred cycle of 108 on September 24th or 25th, Fall/Spring Equinox as the yoga world's offering to further UN International Peace Day.
Gathering yoga, meditation, dance teachers from all over the island of Bali leading 108 Sun Salutations, Tibetan Bowls, Crystal Bowls, Kirtan, Thai Massage, Restorative, Yin, Iyengar, Flying Yoga, Adults & Kids Yoga, Silat & Aikido, African & Ecstatic Dance … and more!
In conjunction with Taksu Spa and the entire Bali yoga community, The Yoga Barn helped to raise over $2,500 for two local charities:
- Ayo! Kita Bicara HIV & AIDS
- Bumi Sehat ( Women's Natural Birth Clinic & Health Center )
SOSA Scholarship Program
The School of Sacred Arts hold 200-hour Yoga Alliance approved yoga teacher trainings at The Yoga Barn twice each year, and offer scholarships for qualified Indonesian applicants who wish to become certified as yoga teachers in a professional program with international standards.
To date, SOSA has graduated 7 Indonesian teachers, all of whom are now teaching throughout the island. In this way, SOSA is generously giving back to the island that hosts its program. Well done SOSA!