Check out these Mysore Style Ashtanga classes in Bali on NomadYOGI
Proper ashtanga vinyasa yoga classes, as we learned from our teacher Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, in Ubud, the cultural heart of Bali. You get the benefit of two long-term, direct students of Sri KP Jois teaching together whilst you practice in a beautiful wooden space close to central Ubud.
Classes ($18 USD) are ongoing during this period. If you already practice the traditional style (aka ‘Mysore-style’) you can join for as short or long as you wish.
Beware the Charismatic Guru →
The purpose of this article is not to induce general cynicism and disillusionment. Authentic spiritual friends are certainly available today, though, as always, not in large supply. They also tend to keep a low profile, not seeking publicity or actively recruiting.
Rarely in my experience is a guru a complete fake. He or she is usually a spiritually talented person who has had some kind of profound spiritual experience. Communications and manipulative skills, often of a high order, are usually present too. But somewhere things have gone wrong. We might ask what; and how do such people still manage to gull so many people so successfully?
The basic questions “Who am I?” “Where am I going?” “What is the purpose of life?” are asked by each new generation, and Patanjali’s answers form one of the oldest and most vibrant spiritual texts in the world. He explains what yoga is, how it works, and exactly how to purify the mind and let it settle into absolute stillness. This stillness is our own Self. It is the indispensable ground for Enlightenment, which is the ultimate goal of all our aspirations.
It’s about showing up to your mat consistently not knowing what is going to happen and being okay with that. It’s about rehabilitating yourself and not believing the “experts” when they say you are too injured or too old. It’s about believing that you can do anything even if it’s the most scariest impossible thing you could ever dream of. It’s about uncovering who you really are. It’s about being kind to yourself so that you can then be kind to others. Yoga is about discovering that most of the crazy thoughts in your head or not true. It’s about being healthy without pushing yourself to your limit. It’s about slowing down to get strong. It’s about breathing and moving and smiling on the inside. It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but also the best.
"@AshtangaPicture: “Activate where necessary. Relax where possible.” - David Swenson #ashtanga #yoga"