Ubud – the mekka of Yogis

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If you ever come to Bali, don’t miss Ubud. When I first came here 17 years ago, Ubud was a very small artist village. Meanwhile the main roads are busy and the original charme of the former days is somehow gone. However – nowadays you find a lot of Yoga Studios, there is even an Ashram and many people of all walks of life, of all ages and from different countries – all linked together through a similar spirit: they are here to practice yoga or meditation. There are various offers for open yoga and meditation classes and everybody can find the right style and studio of his personal desire. You can also join dance classes, cooking courses or learn about massages.

My yoga school “Vibrant Living Yoga” is currently located at a beautiful Spa in the center of Ubud, where you can combine massage treatments and spa services with joining one of the open yoga classes. Please see www.radiantlyalive.com for more info and class description.

Or the well-known “Yoga Barn”, nicely located in front of a rice-field offer about 8 different classes for all levels, starting daily at 7 am and ending around 9:30 pm.

This yoga-movement has created an enormous choice of healthy food supply. You find excellent organic shops, restaurants and home-deliveries, you have “Raw Food” choices and even at the simplest restaurant you get a variation of different salads and freshly squeezed juices such as “Carrot-Ginger-Celery-Orange” or “Cranberry-Rasberry-Blackberry-Mulberry-Vanilla Joghurt-Coconut Water & Honey” to name just 2 of the many creations. And I can tell you – they are DELICIOUS.

My personal favorite delight is the handmade “Raw Truffle Chocolate” from “Bali Buddha”. Even organic markets are taking place twice a week. For me it is food paradise. Wouldn’t it be great having that all the time?

Another good thing about this movement is that it is authentic while communicating specific values such as consciousness about our planet, about the environment. In some “mindful” places you get straws only on demand (plastic), there are recycling signs in the bathrooms for paper towels and they ask you to close the watertab during handwashing – to name a few activities.

ricefield 3

The nature around the town is breathtaking. Ubud is nestled within ricefields and lush nature, in a potpouri of all thinkable greenish shades. If you walk just a bit outside the center, you are in the middle of “Green”, you might hear the cocks crowing, the birds chirping and the dogs barking. Thats it. The silence is wonderful. The view fantastic. Yesterday we had a long bicycle tour through the ricefiels and we really enjoyed it (apart from getting lost….).

holy water

Besides the spectacular landscapes there are various cultural spots such as ancient temples and monuments as well as many museums which are worthwhile to visit.

The Balinese people are always smiling, kind and helpful. They like to make jokes and have fun. And they are very spiritual. In every village, even the tiniest one, you find at least one temple. They pray and worships their gods daily and they seem to be happy and content with their lifes.

wayan

What I learned from our driver Wayan is that his family of 6 (father, mother, son and wife and 2 grandson) are living under one roof. Wayan, the son, has the responsibility of the whole family and support his parents during ageing. They cook once in the morning – mainly vegetables, rice and some fish – and eat it 3 x times a day. Meat is too expensive and will be served only on special occasions. Wayans family spent around 2 -3 chf a day for food. Wayan is the only one earning income, daily about 5 chf but not even regularly.

Wayan is a wise man. When he brought me to the yoga studio this morning, he said: “Yoga is the link between earth and heaven and it helps you to stay in a healthy body and mind  – I have to learn it”. “And food” – he continued – “ is also very important to stay healthy and to get old”.

I love Bali and its people.

 

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