I’m not completely sure why it took me 4 months to get this series done and dusted but here it is, some of the final moments from my trip last year and I promise the last post with these old photos! I felt they deserved to be published because some of these places around inland bali and Nusa Lembongan are just ridiculous, these colours are real just to let you know. People travel to bali all the time. I’d even go as far to say it is a customary Australian experience but in my opinion so many of the best places in bali are overlooked because of the comparatively affordable prices of resorts and luxury spas. Sometimes you just have to dig a little deeper to gain an authentic experience of the place you are in as opposed to accepting what is offered at the surface level.
Yoga Barn was a huge thing for me and I would recommend a visit to everyone and anyone. I spent minimum 3 hours a day in their yoga classes of all varieties and chowing down on their delicious menu. It’s literally just too good. The teachers that gather there are so wise and inspirational. In particular I connected with my vinyasa teacher Marcus. He pushed me to levels in my practice I never thought I was able to reach. Like me, what? They say practice in the real world what you practice on the mat. The mental aspects of yoga are so applicable to our lives. Our perception of the world is shaped by our thoughts. Positive of negative. It is our choice to decide how we react to what life sends our way. It is not what happens to us rather how we deal with it.
Over the 5 weeks I spent there with a variety of wonderful friends there were wild times, terrible taxi cd’s that only featured Pitbull and an uncanny number of life changing experiences. Maybe it was the overwhelming yoga culture of Ubud or the friendly nature of Balinese people that restored my connection with other people and myself (3 weeks at the yoga barn also facilitated this development… a lot). That is not to say our time there was perfect. Not at all. The unfortunate reality of Indonesia is that it is such a beautiful part of the world only to be compromised by the pollution and exploitation of the people but thats for another time.
Regardless of these factors, the sense of community you feel in this place is undeniable. It is so special to see such united people, oriented by family and friends as well as to be included in that is invaluable. So there it is, a small recount of my experience. No it doesn’t encapsulate all I saw and learnt. From my experience there are so many things you just have to learn yourself and travelling can bring light to so many elements of your personality you didn’t even know existed. Always looking forward to the next escapade.