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Yoga!

I spend the next 5 days following this routine.  I learn Hatha Yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi, Yin Yoga, Forrest Yoga and Kundalini.  Forrest Yoga asks us to focus on one area of the body, channeling our energy and breathe to it during all movements.  We keep our eyes closed for the majority of the class.  Its very focused.  I feel very connected to God in this class.  I realize he’s always will me, that I don’t need anyone else to take care of me, that he (and I) will be there for me.  And that I can always access him.  I just need to close my eyes, breathe, and look inside.

Yin Yoga asks you to hold posses for a LONG time.  The teacher used music to connect us to the stretches and our soul.

Our view
  There is a lot of meditating through the poses, focusing on breathing into the hold.  I stretched my body further than ever today! It really lengthened my hamstrings and quads.  It was a challenging class!  But I am definitely more flexible, more agile now.  I just have to keep at it!

I like tourists in Ubud.  They are very willing to talk about spirituality, the soul, God, energy, reincarnation, what ever it is that you believe in.  People have faith here and they believe in their own power and ability to bring things into their lives.  It’s a proactive and positive place.  I am connected to this place.  I also know that I can’t stay here forever.

  I have activities I need to do, a busier existence to live.  Its too slow here for me to stay too long, but it is the perfect place to find my centre, to reconnect and find a practice for keeping focused in my life.  I feel very centred, very calm, and peaceful.  Soulful.  Even more so than before on this trip.  I’m even more sure of everything, what I’m doing, why I’m here, where I’m going.  And now I’ve reconnected to a spiritual side of myself I had let go of for a while.  I needed this.  A new outlet, a new spiritual journey and the practice of yoga and meditation.   One of my goals will be to continue the practice of yoga and meditation after I leave.

I did other things in Ubud besides yoga, although it was my main focus.  I walked through rice paddy fields (amazing!), took a fantastic Balinese cooking class at Gaia Café Bali, ate at local restaurants (forget the tourist traps I say!), ate suckling pig, a delicacy here, but certainly not my favourite food!. 

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Yoga!
Yoga!
Our view
Our view
Beautiful doorways in Ubud - revea…
Beautiful doorways in Ubud - reve…
The streets of Ubud
The streets of Ubud
Adorable!  Theyre dressed up for …
Adorable! They're dressed up for…
A random celebration!  This is aro…
A random celebration! This is ar…
Rice paddy walk near Ubud
Rice paddy walk near Ubud
Women harvesting the rice
Women harvesting the rice
Hard work!
Hard work!
Eatting suckling pig!
Eatting suckling pig!
Loved my scooter!
Loved my scooter!
Gunung Kawi - a beautiful 11th cen…
Gunung Kawi - a beautiful 11th ce…
Gunung Kawi
Gunung Kawi
Goa Gajah, or Elephant Cave - sout…
Goa Gajah, or Elephant Cave - sou…
Goa Gajah
Goa Gajah
Jungle trek - led by unique Indone…
Jungle trek - led by unique Indon…
Nice bridge!  Two bamboo pools str…
Nice bridge! Two bamboo pools st…
My face says - what is happening?
My face says - "what is happening?"
Gorgeous tree with exposed roots a…
Gorgeous tree with exposed roots …
Kids were flying kids outside of t…
Kids were flying kids outside of …
Ride home to Ubud revealed beautif…
Ride home to Ubud revealed beauti…
The roof of the studio
The roof of the studio
John and I at the Yoga Barn
John and I at the Yoga Barn
Ubud market - went there while tak…
Ubud market - went there while ta…
Ubud
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