Yogaday in Ubud
We come together at our unique Yoga Shala,
Under the Banyan Tree in the village of Penestanan Kaja,
just a little way from the centre of Ubud.
The giant banyan tree enfolding and shading the Shala is a sacred tree to Hindus; its ancient gnarled and mossy trunk with its curtain of glossy leaves seems as though itʼs a forest but is in fact a single tree, lending an especially organic quality to our Sama Yoga class.
Together we begin with a gentle grounding and heart-opening session.
The practices and discipline that Sama Yoga teaches help us to harmonize and balance ourselves in every aspect of life, as well as encouraging growth in understanding which choices will bring us equanimity. Sama Yoga is taught intuitively from the heart, bringing us back to ourselves, to land in a relaxed state where we can allow trust and contentment in whatever life may bring. Sama Yoga helps to bring us balance and health physically, mentally and emotionally.
In Asana classes, we encourage our attention to be focused on inner alignment rather than outer. Performing the asanas with deep respect and love for your body and accepting it as it is that day. Replacing any mechanical ego-driven types of movement to those that are organic and accepting, allowing the body to give itself what it needs in the moment.
After class a short walk through the rice fields shows us traditional permaculture in action – ducks scrabbling for food in the watery paddy fields undisturbed by those walking or working near them, in perfect and sacred symbiosis.
We arrive at the Bamboo House, the house with no walls, surrounded by the rice paddies and views of the sacred mountains, Batu Karo and Gunung Agung.
Here flowers and coconut leaves are already prepared for us so we can teach you step by step how to make your own flower offering basket. These are called Canang Sari. Canang is the little woven basket and sari is the essence of the offering, which will be carried away in the smoke of the incense.
An organic vegan lunch is served on the terrace with the soothing sounds of the breeze, and the ducks and frogs in the paddies as the peaceful backdrop.
Before we take our offerings to the temple together we help you dress correctly in a sarong with a brightly coloured sash. Then it is just a short walk over the bamboo bridge and through hidden alleyways to the water temple.
Here we guide you through the steps of one of Baliʼs magical rituals, called Melukat, using water to cleanse and purify the outer body and the inner self – the body, mind and soul.
Duration: One day
This morning, we will meet you at your preferred location and bring you to our Yoga Shala Under the Banyan tree.
We start the day with a soft and gentle Sama Yoga class
At the Bambu villa without walls, we have first a flower- basket class
Followed by a home cooked, organic and vegan lunch
Short walk over the Bambu-bridge and Ubud’s many hidden small pathways.
At around 2 pm we arrive to the water-temple. Here, we will guide you step by step, through the Balinese Hindu ceremony
Snack, Fruit, Water will be offered during the day
Return to hotel approximately around 4-4:30 pm
The physical presentation of Samayoga is an integration of Hatha Yoga, Kriyas, Qi gong and heart opening mantras, intuitively taught in a relaxed way, that honors the students and lets them feel comfortable being themselves, the whole way through.
Attire what to wear / bring
Please wear comfortable clothes for the Sama Yoga class
For the water-temple:
Bring t-shirt ( preferable white )
Change of clothes
Sunhat / Cap / Sunscreen:
In case of rain, we will provide rain-coats
Please inform your guides of any important information that you think can affect the ride (e.g. allergies, previous injuries etc)
Our guides have long experience. In case of any injury and accident we are equipped with the basic first aid kit.
In case of a more severe injury, we will transport you to nearest and highly qualified hospital, which will attend to your needs. Please make sure you have your own personal injury/ accident insurance in case any severe accident/ injury would happen to you.
Please note: The itinerary may vary slightly for your specific tour as we continuously research and develop each trip. Inclement weather may also necessitate minor alterations.
Thank you so much for an incredible day! Until we meet again