My next stop in Bali was Ubud. Some people either love it or really dislike it, but if you love yoga like me then this place is considered the yoga mecca of Bali.
After staying a week at a guesthouse right in the hear of Ubud I decided to spend the next week at Anand Ashram situated out in the rice fields of Ubud. My host kindly offered to take me on their scooter to the ashram so I hopped onto the back and we weaved our way through the traffic of Ubud and out into the serene landscape of rice paddies and palm trees where my next accommodation awaited me.
No words can describe the sheer beauty of this place, the photos just don't do it justice! I instantly felt the stress from being in a busy town melt away and I couldn't wait to immerse myself in this beautiful environment. On offer each day was a morning meditation, a fire ceremony followed by a yoga session that I was fortunate enough to teach in the spacious outdoor yoga pavilion. A midday and sunset meditation was also offered and 3 nights of the week an evening event of kirtan/talks were open for guests and locals. The hosts were gracious, open minded and welcoming from the moment I arrived.
Teaching guests from all around the world was a blessing and I had to remind myself that I was really living out my dream each morning, teaching yoga in a beautiful part of the world in such a spiritual and sacred space. The ashram was a place of stillness and peace, allowing one to slow down and tune into their higher self.