Where Passion and Freedom Align
BY ALEX KAHN
Blue Lagoon at Nusa Cenigan, Indonesia
For the past three weeks I have traveled around Bali with two girlfriends who practice yoga and meditation regularly. Both full time workers, yoga gives them a sense of peace and comfort in the stress of their busy lives. Although yoga is not a regular occurrence for me, I enjoy the physical and mental challenges the poses provide. Our journey began in a small surf town in the south of Bali called Uluwatu.
Next, we traveled north to Ubud, a town world renowned for its yoga. On the way, we made a few stops to villages known for different types of artistry and visited a famous temple where we found some peace and quiet in a small courtyard.
Ubud resembled more of a city than we had prepared for and despite attending a yoga class at the famous, Yoga Barn, we did not receive the inner peace we desired. The three of us began a hike through the nearby rice fields and it is here where we began to play with yoga poses.
Further east we traveled, seeking an environment void of tourists, what we imagined to be “the true Bali.” We came upon the regency of Karangasem and here in the barren rice fields at the base of the mountains, we practiced again.
Before hopping a boat to the island of Nusa Cenigan, we traveled south to the deserted and beautiful black sand beach area of Amed. We stayed on the islands of Nusa Cenigan and Nusa Lembongan for three days and practiced yoga by the famous Blue Lagoon.
Sometimes you have to really step off the beaten path and travel to the areas of the unexplored to find peace and inspiration. Check out my other yoga and fitness images @prettyfitladies
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