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:
This Sunday 21st of June Yoga Barn is honored and humbled to have been selected as one of the anchor location for the "International Day of Yoga, Global Summit". We will start the day with 1-oh-0 Sunrise Salutations for Peace accompanied by live music to celebrate, and the day continues with Peace Themed Sunday Dance, concluded by evening Kirtan by Maneesh de Moor. The proceeds of the day will go to Bali ReGreen.
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/
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/
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.
If you want to be a bigger part of this then it is simple. We need your help. We are going to share our passions. We are going because we are committed to the path of action we feel called to follow. We need to cover the costs of our flights and accommodation while we are there. We need a minimum of $10,000 to cover these expenses. If you believe in us, in movement, in freedom through movement, support us, and donate anything from the price of a yoga class to a larger sum. We have an Indiegogo campaign which we offer a range of "rewards" on. Check it out at http://www.indiegogo.com/ or contact Bex directly, either at the Yoga Barn or at
. We are a collective. Let's make the movement move! "We are brothers we are sisters, we are all living beings, we share the same sun, let us learn to live as One".
With thanks to the Yoga Barn and Ubud community for all of their continued support and inspiration! Peace.
Yoga Barn Hosts World Yoga Fundraiser and Raises $5,500 for Local AIDS Prevention
Sunday, Sept 9th / 8am-8pm, at the Yoga Barn, Ubud
On September 9th, 2012 BaliSpirit attracted over 300 guests and raised close to $5500 to support a local HIV/AIDS education and prevention initiative. The first ever Yoga Aid Challenge community and charity fundraising event was led by an international lineup of presenters at Ubud's the Yoga Barn. Yoga, meditation, sound healing, Thai massage, hoop jam and ecstatic dance, among other offerings were featured in support of the all-day event.
The Yoga Aid Challenge connected together 200 events in 20 countries to create a massive worldwide yoga relay, with an aim of raising $1 million in charity donations from 20,000 participants worldwide.
Indonesia's only rep, the historic Yoga Barn, will donate proceeds to the charity group known as Ayo! Kita Bicara (Let's Talk About) HIV/AIDS-a key school awareness program that has aided dozens of schools in Bali with interactive education workshops, testing, counseling, live entertainment, media campaigns and other measures to help curb the alarming spread of HIV/AIDS island-wide.
"I am so grateful to the yoga community, which created and now sustains this essential program for Balinese youth," said Wiwik, Coordinator of Ayo! Kita Bicara HIV & AIDS.
The event featured a special 108 salutations to the sun in honor of the charity, led by 9 different yoga instructors. Before commencement, a special prayer was offered in honor of the late kirtan artist and frequent Yoga Barn presenter, Geoffrey Gordon, who recently passed away.
Event co-organizer, Daphne Tse praised the international event's success, "We've shown the world today that yoga has a lasting transformative power-for individuals and the community."
Ayo! Kita Bicara HIV & AIDS is also supported by Desa Seni: A Village Resort (Canggu) through annual yogathon fundraisers (the next Desa Seni fundraiser is scheduled for March 2013).
To view online donations raised, visit:
For more information about Ayo! Kita Bicara HIV & AIDS, visit the BaliSpirit Festival website: http://www.balispiritfestival.com/ayobicarahivaids.html
Text By Shervin Boloorian
Bali Rock Band Navicula to Tour Borneo and Combat Deforestation
Throughout their 17-year career, rock band Navicula has consistently used music as a medium to raise awareness about Indonesia's gravest environmental crises. Now the Bali-based artists turn their attention to safe-guarding the country's dwindling forests. Last year, Navicula released the single 'Orangutan' as a free download, to broadcast the endemic threats to this species. The group subsequently addressed the fate of Sumatran tigers, whose numbers have declined to only 400, through the song 'Tiger! Tiger!' These, and other tracks aimed at deforestation and Indonesia's wildlife, will featured on the band's seventh album, scheduled for release early next year.
This month Navicula take their music activism to the epicenter for Indonesian deforestation: Fresh off a tour of Canada, Navicula is headed deep into the isolated backlands of Borneo (Kalimantan) to experience firsthand the devastating impact of deforestation on Indonesia's marginalized communities and its rare wildlife. Through a crowdfunding campaign launched last June on Kickstarter.com, Navicula raised more than $3,100 to carry out their multi-province tour.
On 17 September, Navicula joined Greenpeace Indonesia's deforestation awareness team 'The Eye of the Tiger' to travel by motorbike through both unspoiled and decimated landscapes through central and western Kalimantan, performing at local schools, NGO offices, and community centers throughout their journey.
Their tour is additionally supported by the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) and the Indigenous Peoples' Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN), who will facilitate meetings between Navicula and marginalized communities in conflict with mining companies and palm oil plantations in the region.
To access Navicula's Official Borneo Tour Press Release (in Indonesian), visit:
To contribute to Navicula's ongoing fundraising efforts for the Borneo Tour, visit: https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/7MLO8?srid=c4143a5bbbf1474baa7e53d30b3e56d5
The Yoga Barn: Expanding Sustainably and Responsibly
Welcome to Bali … may you be inspired by its beautiful mountain scenery, the warmth of its people, it's deep culture and spiritual wonder … there truly is something magical here, especially in Ubud, and preserving this island's natural wonders is a priority at The Yoga Barn.
You may have seen or heard about the Yoga Barn's new plans to expand, we are sensitive to our footprint and with concerns about keeping Ubud the way it "used to be"-keeping the rampant development, the congested traffic, the vanishing rice fields to a minimum is a shared responsibility for all.
The Global Yoga Mala 2011
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 )
Click here for more information about Global Yoga Mala Day and Global Yoga Mala Wrap Up
Charities We Support
There are many many local projects to help with if you are interested. In addition to our Ayo! Kita Bicara HIV/AIDS and reforestation programs, BaliSpirit& The Yoga Barn have spent tens of thousands of USD to support other local community programs including: IDEP, BumiSehat - natural woman's birth clinic, the Sumatran Orangutan Society, SenangHati – a charity for disabled Balinese, and YayasanWidyaGuna - a children's orphanage, just to name a few. To get involved or find out more information about these and other great causes, visit the BaliSpirit website:http://www.balispirit.com/ngos/
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!
2011 Ubud Writer's Festival - Book Launch @ The Yoga Barn
Our official launch of Rick Pursell's book, Cause No Harm, brought in 4+ guests for an inspirational talk and practical tips on how to create more harmony-less harm. The event took place @ Yoga Barn on Saturday October 8th. Full Press Release attached. Thank you so much Rick !
Click here for more information about: Cause No Harm