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kula Desa Seni, A Village Resort Volume 7 � July � August � September 2012 Manifestation "If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, `thank you,' that would suffice." Meister Eckhart Gratitude means thankfulness, counting your blessings, noticing simple pleasures, and acknowledging everything that you receive. It means learning to live your life as if everything is a miracle, and being aware on a continuous basis of how much you've been given. Gratitude shifts your focus from what your life lacks to the abundance that is already present. In addition, behavioral and psychological research has shown the surprising life improvements that can stem from the practice of gratitude. Giving thanks makes people happier and more resilient, it strengthens relationships, it improves health, and it reduces stress. Thank You! Terima Kasih! Gracias! Grazie! Spasiva! Obrigado! Matur Seksema! "Gratitude helps you to grow and expand; gratitude brings joy and laughter into your life and into the lives of all those around you." Eileen Caddy Namaste MAHA DEVI YOGA MERAPU SVAASTHYA FOOD / MAKANAN DEWI ORGANIC DHARMA / COMMUNITY ART & CULTURE I LAB "From my heart, with feeling,I express my gratitude" MAHA DEVI YOGA id you ever hear the saying "peeling back the layers of an onion?" I have heard it said in both the context of the practice of yoga and again referred to psychotherapy. In fact, Yoga and Psychotherapy are very similar. The lessons that I learn on my mat during yoga practice often resemble the lessons a client may learn in a therapy room. Philosophically there are many similarities such as the process of mindfulness, of acceptance and of opening up to experiences. Consider being in a hip opener during a yoga practice when all we want to do is move out of the posture but letting go of the struggle allows us to open up into the asana. Therapy aims to teach the same. Whilst with yoga we learn to know our own body and sensations, with therapy we work on our mind and its processes. A modern therapy that marries beautifully with Yoga is called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). ACT is a form of cognitive - behavioural therapy and it has been extensively validated by numerous studies in recent years. The aim of ACT is to develop psychological flexibility. It is psychological rigidity that has us often "stuck" in a particular way of thinking or behaving in the same unworkable way over and over again. The overall aim is to shed light on what really matters to us, and through the use of mindful techniques, to notice and make space for what thoughts, feelings, behaviours get in the way of our D preferred life. We try to discover what actions we are engaging in that keep us stuck. Generally speaking most of us use a good deal of "avoidance" which can get in the way of our preferred life. Think of all the times you had an extra chocolate to deal with a bad day. Have a few more of those and your aim to live a healthy life may fail. With therapy, the reshaping and restructuring of some of these inflexible connections takes place. And this change happens all the way to the neuronal level. Our brains build and rebuild their neuronal connections all the time and this can allow for mental flexibility to take place. For example, if we spent years being afraid of cats and avoiding them, that experience and that behaviour is "translated" into a neuronal pathway. So you run each time you see a cat, even if the cat shows no sign of aggression. This is called mental rigidity and it affects the ability to learn from experience. In a way this happens because the brain has developed a "script" which it access over other "scripts". Some of the scripts we often access include core beliefs of ourselves like "I am unlovable", "I am faulty" "I am not good enough" and the more we use them, the more we will use them again. Why? Because the more we do something the better we become at it, right? So how does Psychotherapy help and why do we combine it with Yoga? Psychotherapy changes people through new learning as we strengthen and form new connections in our mind. The same happens in our body when we engage in yoga as we learn new ways to move, breathe and be still. The first step is to notice our behaviours and thoughts and feelings. We do this both in therapy and with yoga. Yoga helps from a physiological point of view as it impacts on the fight/flight responses reducing hyper arousal, lowering the blood and heart rate, releasing tension and cultivating mindfulness. It is the perfect way to get us in a state of calm attention in which learning is maximised. When we are stressed or worried, our attention capacities decreases and learning is impaired. Yoga, like therapy, also teaches to sit with what is uncomfortable and to observe Combining Yoga and Psychotherapy also maximises the learning. "Level of processing effects" occurs when we learn new material through deep mental processes in more than one modality. For example, learning a list of words by reading it, writing it and repeating it out loud allows for deeper level of processing; so when combining Yoga and psychotherapy, the new information is processed in the different modalities of body and mind and deeper connections are formed. By combining yoga and therapy we are offering our mind and our body a great opportunity to learn new information in a profound and lasting way, to reshape some of those scripts we access easily, and we facilitate the optimal environment for change. ATHLETES Anatomy & Asanas hen you talk to an athlete who regularly practices yoga, you can almost predict the rush of excitement as they describe how much yoga has helped transform their bodies. Everything from a significant increase in strength and flexibility, more effective workouts to mental focus and improved sleep. I have witnessed physically developed athletes (think beefy football and basketball players) become childlike as they praise the benefits of yoga. I once had a student who was a professional skier. His body had become so much stronger from doing yoga 3 times a week, that he actually stopped putting in 15 hours a week at the gym. Yoga was giving him more results. So how does it actually work? Unlike traditional athletic conditioning which is used to strengthen specific groups of muscles, a varied yoga practice can develop the body's more under-utilized muscles. As a former ballet dancer, figure skater and ice hockey player, during the years I was training in each of those disciplines, the drills, weight-lifting and supplementary aerobic activity I did was primarily designed to strengthen the muscles I used the most. There was a common belief that if you wanted to get faster and stronger you needed to develop the dominant muscle groups for that specific sport. Following a static regimen of training, I, like many athletes with specific achievement goals, was creating a MAHA DEVI YOGA TRIMURTI STUDIO YOGA W physically imbalanced body. I remember a few years back when Sports Illustrated, Sportsman of the Year, cyclist Lance Armstrong had a serious fall during a race in Spain and broke his collarbone. Because of the high speeds and outdoor conditions, many pro cyclists like Lance are prone to a variety of road injuries. What I didn't expect to learn was that these cyclists were more susceptible to injuries in the upper body and spine due in large part to low bone mass, a condition more commonly found in populations predisposed to osteoporosis. This celebrated athlete who triumphantly battled a serious bout with testicular cancer and famously came back to win seven consecutive Tour de France titles, seemed to suffer from the same bone condition that lead to my 66 year old mother's osteoporosis. But how could that be? How does a 38 year "Sportsman of the Year" have the same bone mass in his upper body that is more commonly found in post-menopausal women? Was his body out of balance? There is a very simple and well-known precept that says, "Use it or lose it". This principle especially holds true with the body. When we don't use our muscles for long periods of time, they will shrink and atrophy. When we don't apply a regular amount of healthy stress on our bones, our bone mass will decrease. Super athlete or not, the same laws of body mechanics apply to us all. In order to maintain strong, healthy bones and to prevent osteoporosis, we need to sti- mulate a regular amount of bone growth. By applying what is called "healthy stress" onto our bones we can stimulate bone to create more bone. These healthy stresses cause the bones to remodel by depositing layers of calcium into the bone matrix. As the bones are the body's reservoir for calcium, we need to maintain a healthy supply or the calcium can become depleted. For serious athletes, this is a real concern, because they can lose large amounts of calcium through excessive sweat from intense athletic conditioning. But they need that calcium for a number of critical physiological functions including muscle contraction. These healthy stresses we talk about are not like the daily psychological stresses that we may experience, but the dynamic force or load from "weight-bearing" exercise. We often think of weight-bearing or "load-bearing" exercises as requiring dumbbells or gym weights, but we perform many weight-bearing exercises in a typical hatha yoga class. Basic yoga asana like Plank pose, Chaturanga Dandasana and Utkatasana are excellent poses to create all-around strength and stability in our muscles as well as our bones. By utilizing the ancient technology of yoga asana, we can create bone mass, become more agile, strong and maintain a healthy body for years to come. Whether you are a professional athlete or a weekend warrior, including a well-rounded yoga practice can create a more balanced body and life. MAHA DEVI YOGA PRANAYAMA The word Pranayama is derived from twoSanskrit words � Prana (life force) and Ayama (extension or control). Prana is an energy or life force that is universal in nature. It is everywhere. As such, prana is also present in the human body, where it is considered the breath. In the classical, ancient text, "The Yoga Sutras", Patanjali states that the aim of yoga is the stilling of the fluctuations of the mindstuff. He offers an eight limb method to achieve this goal, with Pranayama being the fourth limb. Pranayama is the practice whereby we try to regulate the flow of the breath or life force in a manner where it is freed or extended in a controlled way. In Pranayama the breath should become long and extended as the breath is the bridge between the body and mind. When the breath is calm, the mind is more still. Pranayama cultivates our capacity for concentration and meditation. As we inhale the breath of life we take in oxygen. All the metabolic processes of our being require this vital force of oxygen. It is this life force that cleanses our blood, removes toxins from our body and our mind, and draws healing, restorative energy to the cells of our being. The goal of Pranayama is to increase the quantum of this life force (Prana) so that it can flow fully and healthfully through our bodies and bathe even the most hidden recesses of our brains. The science or practice of Pranayama focuses on the inhalation, exhalation and retention (Kumbhaka) of breath, either with the lungs full or empty. Kumbhaka is beneficial in the stimulating of "internal cellular" breathing. It creates a state of emergency in the body which forces the cells to speed up their metabolic activity in order to maintain equilibrium. They become more efficient in their use of oxygen and more efficient in the release of carbon dioxide as well as other toxins. Reserves of prana and oxygen are drawn out from regions of the body otherwise not accessed. Breath moves prana. Where prana flows, energy flows. Where energy flows, awareness goes. There are many different breath techniques. Here are two examples of how deliberate control and extension of the breath in different ways elicits different physiological, energetic and emotional responses: Nadi Shodhana Nadi shodhana or alternate nostril breathing is a wonderful pranayama to do for cultivating a space of calm and peace within. It cleanses and tones the entire nervous system. It balances the left and right brain hemispheres as it cleanses and balances the two major nerve channels that run on either side of the spine, the ida (the feminine, lunar, receptive energy channel) and the pingala (the masculine, solar, dynamic energy channel). To practice this pranayama sit in a comfortable position. Inhale through both nostrils, retain the breath for just a moment, press the right nostril with the thumb and exhale slowly through the left nostril. After complete exhalation, inhale fully and slowly through the left nostril, retain the breath a moment and cover the left nostril with the pinky or ring finger of your right hand, exhale through the right nostril. After complete exhalation, inhale through the right nostril, retain, exhale left nostril. The switching of the nostrils comes after each inhale. Upon completion, take some moments to witness the space within. Breath of Fire Breath of fire is a quickened, rhythmic diaphragmatic breath with equal emphasis on the inhale and exhale. It is not percussive. It is rhythmic. It is an energizing breath that charges the nervous system, causing the glands to secrete and purify the blood. It entrains the rhythm of the internal organs into a harmonious flow. Breath of fire is beneficial when you feel the need to detoxify and move through any disempowering physical or emotional energy, or when you feel lethargic and in need of a boost. THE MEANING OF KUNDALINI SPIRIT Kundalini spirit is the energy of the creative potential which resides, mostly dormant, with in each one of us. It is the culmination of the universal life force pulsating within us. When awakened, it brings full knowledge, pure joy and love. Ten percent of this energy flows through us, breathing life force into our tissues, our organs, our cells. This is the energy that animates life as we know it. The other 90% lies dormant at the base of the spine, waiting for us to awaken the energy, and to awaken to the fullness of our consciousness. Ancient yogic wisdom teaches us that we are already all that; we are already fully conscious beings and it is the individual minds of thoughts that cloak this awareness and cloak the natural expression of our true light. While it may be a little overwhelming to strive for this goal of living as purely realized beings right here and now, we can meet each breath with kundalini spirit as a step toward that reality. The meaning of kundalini spirit lies in the commitment to greet each breath of life with innocence and courage. The embodiment of this spirit lies in the ability to meet any challenges or adversity in life with equanimity, confidence and grace. Approaching situations with kundalini spirit is to open to the opportunity to embrace whatever comes one's way as a gift to rise up with our evolutionary force and to journey homeward to our natural state of being, one of universal consciousness and compassion, for it is in this frequency that weare able to respond to life, rather than to react. It is in the fullness of this consciousness that we make choices for the greatest good of all and see the lesson of love and growth available to us in every situation. Each breath we take with this commitment and this spirit we step one step closer to coming into the alignment of our soul pulsating in harmony with the universal soul, peace, liberation and freedom. My Dharma As a yoga and meditation teacher, my dharma is to help others connect to their own truth Through sharing the teachings that have helped me, I am able to guide students down a path of wellness and create space for them to experience a deeper state of inner awareness. Throughout our lives, our individual dharma changes to align with the natural harmony of the world. We may not always know what our current role is, and it's normal to experience periods of uncertainty or doubt. Over the years, yoga has been the one thing that has consistently shown me my path. In my various roles such as daughter, student, friend, yoga constantly challenges me to live in the present moment and simply ask, "Is this the right action for me... right now?", whether it's trying a difficult arm balance, or going some place new which may feel strange or unfamiliar, by simply asking the question, I can connect to my dharma, my own personal truth. To be fully in my dharma, means to follow my truth in every part of my life; successes and failures, difficulty and ease. As my teacher Sally Kempton says, "When we are inside our dharma, spiritual growth seems to happen naturally." MAHA DEVI YOGA TRIMURTI STUDIO YOGA Dharma is often defined as one's purpose or duty. Dharma is the rightful conduct in the path of manifesting one's true destiny. It is acting in ethical integrity with the flow of cosmic consciousness, which is the flow of our highest wisdom. Acting in accordance with dharma is doing the right thing, the right way, for the right reason, to protect ourselves from the suffering that comes with ignoring our soul's true purpose manifesting here through thought, action, relation. It is acting in a manner that aligns our self with our soul. Following one's dharma creates balance within and sets us in balance with the cosmos. Dharma is fulfilling the highest duty of our role. As children, it is our dharma to respect our parents. As parents it is our duty to protect our children and to serve them as their first teachers. As teachers it is our duty to serve as channels for the universal energy to come through us, letting go of personal agenda. As people sharing this planet it is our dharma to serve and uplift one another by adhering to this rightful conduct. The word Dharma come from the Sanskrit word (dhr,) which means, "to support or uphold," it is also related with righteousness, duty or vocation. These words have different meanings; could be your personal life path, your calling. It can be a synonym for right action, the moral or ethical good in a situation. Or it can mean the spiritual path itself. A few years ago while studying Indian Philosophy, I understood the root of the concept "Dharma" and realized that as a young girl, I had already integrated the concept without actually knowing the word. I often sit and contemplate, asking myself what I am doing here on earth, what am I supposed to be doing from a universal perspective, and what do others expect me to be doing. There is always a conversation between these three 'layers'. My Dharma is to look into my higher personality, we all have different ones depending on what we are doing. Which one is the one that serves me the most? How do I integrate this one in all aspect of my life, how am I balancing and coming from a loving space while being a mother, wife, daughter, sister, friend, yoga teacher, and designer? Some days I am very clear, some days not, that is the beauty of Dharma! MAHA DEVI YOGA MY DHARMA After living all over Europe and in New York for more than 10 years as fashion model I was happy to trade in my high heels on a runway for bare feet on a yoga mat. After being immersed in a career so obsessed with how you look on the surface I realised that the importance of inner and outer beauty could only be maintained through the balance of physical, mental and emotional wellness. I began to study both eastern and western yoga, meditation and nutrition which organically dictated my transition to becoming a yoga teacher. I was already a certified Hatha yoga and Vinyasa Flow teacher teaching in the US and Australia when I decided to go to a Bikram teacher training in 2007. Now settled in Bali after opening JBB in August 2010, " I am very grateful to be living in an island paradise surrounded by a multicultural community who are generous of spirit and love yoga. I love helping others find their own balance through the gift of Bikram Yoga" About Jiwa Bikram Bali. JBB is better known as Bali's home of hot yoga. Located amongst the high end hotels, boutiques and cool cafes in the new trend spot Petitenget, co founders Angie Grgat and Maricel Macesar have stayed true to their goal of building a happy and healthy community through hot yoga. All JYB teachers are Bikram certified to ensure a high level of professionalism consistent with the teachings and philosophy of Bikram Choudhury and his Guruji Bishnu Gosh. Scientifically and medically proven, this sequence of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises works every part of your body so that your mind and body can operate at optimum level. Bikram also uses the tourniquet effect by compressing every muscle, joint, organ and major gland in the body, so when released, these areas are flushed with oxygenated blood, while maintaining your postures. Jiwa studio offers 90 min Bikram Method Yoga and Hot Flow classes both practiced in a room heated to 40C degrees. Towels, yoga mats, showers and a clean spacious studio are provided for students to sweat it out so you can get healthy from the inside out. MAHA DEVI YOGA SummerSerie 2012 Designed to inspire, enlighten, enrich and entertain, the very first summer series adds new faces, new ideas and lots of fun to the regular schedule of events. Even though it isn't summer in Bali, the dry and cooler weather makes being outside a joy and classes can be enjoyed all day and into the evenings. " The kids are on holidays, we have a lot of visitors to Bali and there is a festive atmosphere at this time of year and we are heading into the next yogathon which is always a lot of fun. We had time this year to plan our calendar and wanted to prepare some different things in addition to the retreats we had already in place," explains Desa Seni's Director of Yoga and Dynamic Hatha teacher, Manuela. Art, meditation, dance, film and even circus dot the schedule of regular and one off events from June through to the end of August. I n the spirit of Europe's great summer festivals, Desa Seni has taken inspiration and created a homegrown summer series. Fridays at 6pm, Dharma Class is thrown open to visiting teachers who would like to introduce new styles of yoga and meditation. A Rp50,000 donation for these classes will go to the Sacred Childhood Foundation. Saturdays will see circus classes for kids of all ages, including the teenagers, offering a chance to test their balance and learn new skills. Sunday kids yoga is also being reintroduced through the summer series adding to the festive feeling at the resort. Some favourites are coming back over the summer series like Jocelyn Gordon with her hula hooping classes which are fun and a great way to exercise the inner child, says Manuela. Along with a painting exhibition by Pascal Doumeng, there will also be painting classes by Malina who specializes in mandala painting, a great opportunity to stretch your creativity. " We are shrinking the yoga schedule a little, so regulars need to check the changes, so that we can try some new things and new teachers. We want to step out of the box for a little bit, walk on the wild side. It promises to be great fun and we're hoping to get lots of visitors." Dance and mediation will also be a feature throughout the summer series. Dance styles include African dance, Belly Dance and Spirit Dance. Charlie from Ubud will be teaching his own brand of Estravaganza each Saturday, and Jason Lambert will be back with his meditation sessions. " We're hoping to make new friends and welcome some old friends back. With new styles, movies and painting, it's a great program designed to mix it up so that we can all have some fun and open up to new things. Check the schedule as it will change as we continue to add to the summer series," says Manuela. It is time to step out of our comfort zone and let our hair down and celebrate the high season in Bali in a whole new way. We look forward to seeing all our old friends and lots of new ones. Enjoy. SETTING YOUR MEDITATION ON FIRE Developing the key to great Meditation: Desa Seni, A Village Resort Jl. Subak Sari # 13, Canggu, Bali Tel + 62 361 8446392 www.desaseni.com - email@example.com Summer Seri 2012 Desa Seni, A Village Resort, Jl. Subak Sari # 13,Canggu www.desaseni.com - firstname.lastname@example.org Summer Seri 2012 Desa Seni, A Village Resort Jl. Subak Sari # 13,Canggu,Bali Tel + 62 361 8446392 For more details, please visit or write to www.desaseni.com - email@example.com African Yoga Dance ANATOMY YOGA BODY July 5th - 8th Thursday: 6:00-8:00 with Anna Kolacny Art Mandala Kids Desa Seni, A Village Resort, Jl. 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In addition to being a self-sustaining ecosystem, in which each plant helps the others, the planting of this trio is associated with the concept of happy families, abundance and community. e? : True or Fals e Garden Folklor �During the Victorian era, the secret language of ffllflowers became popular. Each ffllfl ower had its own association, so if you wished to attract love, for example, you might plant lovelinked fl ffllowers like geranium and lilac. �In Slavic countries, wild roses are said to keep away vampires. In many other places, garlic is known as an anti-vampire plant, and in some parts of Central Europe it is used to ward off the "evil eye." If you think someone might be trying to do you magical harm, plant garlic in abundance. CHINESE MEDICINE MERAPU SVAASTHYA With a history, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has formed a unique system to diagnose and cure illness. The TCM approach is fundamentally different from that of Western medicine. In TCM, the understanding of the human body is based on the holistic understanding of the universe, and the treatment of illness is based primarily on the diagnosis and differentiation of syndromes. The TCM approach treats zang-fu organs as the core of the human body. Tissue and organs are connected through a network of channels and blood vessels inside human body. Qi (or Chi) acts as a carrier of information. A dysfunction of the zang-fu organs is reflected on the body surface through the network, and meanwhile, diseases of body surface tissues may also affect their related zang or fu organs. Affected zang or fu organs may also influence each other through internal connections. Traditional Chinese medicine treatment starts with the analysis of the entire system, then focuses on the correction of pathological changes through readjusting the functions of the zang-fu organs. Evaluation of a syndrome not only includes the cause, mechanism, location, and nature of the disease, but also the confrontation between the pathogenic factor and body resistance. Treatment is not based only on the symptoms, but differentiation of syndromes. Therefore, those with an identical disease may be treated in different ways, and on the other hand, different diseases may result in the same syndrome and are treated in similar ways. The clinical diagnosis and treatment in Traditional Chinese Medicine are mainly based on the yin-yang and five elements theories. These theories apply the phenomena and laws of nature to the study of the physiological activities and pathological changes of the human body and its interrelationships. The typical TCM therapies include acupuncture and herbal medicine. With acupuncture, treatment is accomplished by stimulating certain areas of the external body. Herbal medicine acts on zang-fu organs internally. These therapies appear very different in approach yet they all share the same underlying sets of assumptions and insights in the nature of the human body and its place in the universe. The practice of acupuncture is based on the theory of meridians. Qi(vital energy) and blood circulate in the body through a system of channels called meridians, connecting internal organs with external organs or tissues. By stimulating certain points of the body surface reached by meridians through needling, the flow of qi and blood can be regulated and diseases are thus treated. These stimulation points are called acupuncture points, or acupoints. Acupoints reside along major meridians. There are 12 pairs of regular meridians that are systematically distributed over both sides of the body, and two major extra meridians running along the midlines of the abdomen and back. Along these meridians more than three hundred acupoints are identified, each having its own therapeutic action. The practitioner first selects appropriate acupoints along different meridians based on identified health problems. Then very fine and thin needles are inserted into these acupoints. The needles are usually left in situ for 30 minutes. A common course of treatments may initially involve between four and fifteen treatments spaced at daily to weekly intervals. The effectiveness of an acupuncture treatment is strongly dependent upon an accurate Chinese medical diagnosis. Acupuncture can be remarkably effective in many conditions, but in the West patients often use acupuncture as the last option for their long-term chronic problems. With the gradual establishment of acupuncture as the treatment of choice for many people, the effectiveness of the approach with acute as well as with more chronic conditions is being recognized. Together with acupuncture, herbal medicine is a major pillar of Chinese medicine. There are about 600 different herbs in common use today. Herbs are classified in two major dimensions. The first dimension refers to the temperature characteristics of the herb, namely hot, warm, cold, neutral and aromatic. The second dimension refers to the taste property of the herb, namely sour, bitter, sweet, spicy and salty. The various combinations of temperature and taste give the herb its properties that can influence the yin and yang energy patterns of the body. They are most always a combination of properties and temperatures and may reach one to as many as twelve organ systems. The unique characteristic of Chinese herbal medicine is the degree to which formulation is done. A formula usually contains at least four to twenty herbs. Decoction is the traditional method of preparing herbal medicine. A decoction is a concentrated form of tea. The practitioner weighs out a day's dosage of each herb and combines them in a bag. A patient is given a bag for each day the herbal formula will be taken. The herbs are then boiled in water by the patient at home. MERAPU SPA SVAASTHYA Spiritual Style Rob Peetoom The beauty industry in Bali gets a spiritual makeover thanks to celebrity stylist Rob Peetoom. The Dutch-born stylist, who opened the island's first dedicated hair spa, claims that true beauty lies within and a good stylist knows how to enhance this inner glow. Luxurious hair treatments in tranquil surrounds are designed to indulge the senses and let your natural beauty shine. Rob shares his vision with Kula. Q&A Kula The beauty industry is often perceived as shallow or fickle, glamourizing `skin deep' beauty. How is your approach to styling different? Peetoom In my eyes, someone who feels good and is happy radiates an indestructible beauty. Beauty goes far deeper than the surface, it is about your wellbeing, spirituality and emotions. In my company it is not about covering our clients in makeup and hairdos to make them look beautiful, it is about complementing their inner beauty with healthy hair and a touch of makeup to make them feel beautiful. We don't want to radically change our clients, we want to help them find their most beautiful look, which suits them and makes them feel amazing, like they can take on the world. Kula What do you see as the link between wellness and beauty? Peetoom Wellness is very important in beauty. When you don't water flowers they die, they need to be powered from within to be able to radiate such magnificent beauty on the outside. The same goes for us, if we take care of ourselves by eating healthy food, taking regular exercise and indulging in good treatments for our skin, hair and nails, we shall blossom like flowers. Kula How do you relate spirituality to beauty? Peetoom Spirituality has to do with being in harmony with your soul and being true to yourself. My philosophy is that beauty comes from within and complements your outer beauty, so if you are in coherence with your spirituality, you soul will radiate a beauty from within that no one can take away from you, it is an enchanted beauty. This is seen in all Balinese people; they are so in touch with their spirituality that their souls emit an incredible natural beauty. Kula You have thirteen hair salons in Holland, and now one in Bali. What makes the Rob Peetoom style so unique ? Peetoom An eye for what suits people best! What distinguishes us from the rest is that we orient ourselves around our clients, we hear their stories to understand their lifestyles and emotions, find their complementing colours, look at their face shape, jaw line and other features in order to help them find their most beautiful look. A look that exhibits not only their outer beauty but also enhances their inner beauty. All my people are trained in this skill of observing instead of merely relying on techniques learned over the years. We bring that extra bit of attention, plus cutting edge skills, which comes from truly seeing and understanding our clients. Kula Do you have a favourite `Spiritual' place in Bali? Peetoom For me the sea is a magical place of tranquility, freedom and beauty. I love listening to the waves braking on the sand and the smell of that fresh salty air. My heart lies by the sea, this is where I feel closest to my soul, comfortable and relaxed. DEWI ORGANIC We ar is a living thesis Bali-based design label WE'AR already has a strong fan-base for its transitional yoga and fashion clothing. Although the clothes are perfect for yoga, the yogic philosophy is more than just skin deep, as designer Jyoti Morningstar explains. WE'AR itself is a story of creation, adventure and yoga. The seed of the idea came to Jyoti, a lifelong yoga devotee, when she was running a Sivananda studio in Wellington, New Zealand. Realising how difficult it was to find yoga wear that people felt comfortable walking home in afterwards was the inception of her yoga inspired streetwear. The label aimed to fill an obvious gap in the market for yoga clothing created in a yogic way. The result is a business that places a high value on the ideals of ethical, sustainable and mindful business practices, from production through to retailing. It has come to life encompassing two boutiques in Bali, a manufacturing arm and international web store as well as a boutique in Auckland, New Zealand. While many may seek to create clothing for yoga, Jyoti says she is creating clothes that are yoga. "The garments have all been informed by the holistic nature of the practice that has been the wallpaper of my upbringing and my life." Jyoti first came to Bali, as many do, on holiday, "I travelled with my mother and then came again when I was 19, fresh from high school and searching for the meaning of life in exotic Asia." She returned to produce her first clothing collection and was charmed by the ease of the creative process and by the support garnered for her sustainable vision. A visit to the WE'AR Bali boutiques in Seminyak and Ubud are as refreshing as a yoga session. The stores draw you in with air permeated by lemongrass, light lush textiles, abundant soft organic cottons, cool-tothe-touch bamboo and fine-knit tree silk. Customers fall in love with the fine details of the yoga range � stylish enough to wear off the mat � and a fashion range that's designed for movement. Jyoti's flair for all things beautiful has seen the range extend to must-have accessories such as fashionforward (but very WE'ARable) women's boots and shoes, scarves, jewelry and body products. The yogic approach carries through to the design ethos of the brand itself. Jyoti drafts each piece with movement, comfort and ease of wear in mind. Garments are then brought to life with the highest quality eco friendly textiles, lavished with detail and hand finishing. Jyoti describes the style as "intricately simple", utilizing stitch techniques, adjustable features and clever draping to create garments that are more than the sum of their parts. Each garment has technical design features that increase comfort and movability compared with conventional garments. WE'AR Yoga pants incorporate a diamond shaped gusset that allows 360 degrees movement providing a comfortable yoga journey. Men's shorts and long pants come with adjustable waist straps that allow them to stay secure without a belt and the freestyle shorts feature gathering across the knee to allow for free movement in yoga, or running, and to prevent the "tight" feeling as pants get stretched over the knee joint. The fabric choices themselves are key: bamboo is harnessed for its natural moisture wicking and deodorising properties. The emphasis on working with nature makes this soft to the touch fiber the perfect choice for both active and resort wear. Moreover, the bamboo fabric is sustainable, created from a fast growing crop, which needs comparatively less water than cotton. This commitment to sustainability underpins other lines from the WE'AR range, from the use of organics in the new romantic leggings to the soles of their much-loved Kabuki Klompen. The distinctive women's shoe that has garnered a cult following is crafted at an old colonial Dutch clog factory keeping artisan skills alive, whilst supporting them in making their skills relevant to the modern world. These are products that are only possible to create in Indonesia. Jyoti says having Bali as a base has enhanced the label in many ways, from design inspiration to Balinese sewing techniques. Another uniquely Balinese feature is the natural plant dye developed in conjunction with local dye house Tarum, which creates the pale sky blue peppered through the WE'AR stores. It's Jyoti's unique blend of innovation, reverence for nature and clever design that weaves together the many stories behind the brand. the Coral Triangle the world's center of marine life There's a spectacular place tucked in one corner of our blue planet that holds the highest concentration of marine life found nowhere else on earth. This place is called the Coral Triangle--an area that takes up only one percent of the planet's surface and yet contains more than half of the world's known species of reef-building corals. The Coral Triangle is a six million square kilometer ocean expanse that covers the seas of six countries in Asia-Pacific: Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Solomon Islands, and Timor Leste. Its breathtaking coral reef systems are home to thousands of whales, dolphins, rays, sharks, and six of the world's seven species of marine turtles. It is also a nursery ground for highly valuable tuna species and much sought-after reef fish species. The Coral Triangle also boasts pristine beaches and astounding dive sites frequented by scuba divers from around the world. DEWI ORGANIC marine treasure below and above The Coral Triangle is found within a booming economic region that heavily depends on coastal and marine resources for food and income. The Coral Triangle's coral reefs, mangroves, and associated habitats, valued at billions of dollars, directly sustains the livelihoods of more than 120 million people, while satisfying much of the world's appetite for seafood and other products derived from the ocean's bounty. The lucrative trade in live reef food fish, for example, is centered around this region and has rapidly grown in these parts in the last three decades alone. This profitable trade in live reef food fish, mostly groupers, feeds a growing appetite for luxury seafood in affluent markets such as mainland China, Hong Kong, and Singapore. The Coral Triangle's nutrient-rich waters, which serve as ideal tuna spawning and nursery grounds and migratory pathways, also support a multi-million dollar tuna industry, producing more than 30 percent of the Western and Central Pacific Ocean's total tuna catch and supplying millions of consumers around the globe with tuna products, including voracious markets in the United States, Japan and Europe. Moreover, this area's spectacular coastal systems, which attract tourists, scuba divers, and nature enthusiasts from all parts of the globe, underpin a dynamic tourism industry also valued at billions of dollars annually. Treasure in trouble Alarmingly, the Coral Triangle has been struggling to cope with the unsustainable demand on its finite and rapidly dwindling resources. Coastal development, destructive A fishing, overfishing, unsustainable tourism, the illegal harvest and trade of endangered species, and climate change, among many others, are taking a heavy toll on this fragile marine ecosystem and if left unchecked, could mean the collapse of this valuable marine treasure. WWF To help address these threats, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is committed to protecting and conserving the Coral Triangle--a quest shared by a consortium of other stakeholders and partners, including the governments of the six countries in the region. Together, they are all working hand in hand towards a single vision of ensuring that coastal and marine resources in this part of the world remain healthy and vibrant. WWF's work in the Coral Triangle is seen and felt through the grassroots projects being carried out by several of its national offices throughout Asia and the Pacific, including its offices in Europe and the United States, which all have a direct stake in the future of this region. WWF works closely with policy-makers, business and industry leaders, local communities, and everyday consumers through multi-sectoral, regional-scale strategies that are centered on building a healthier live reef food fish trade, espousing a sustainable and better managed tuna industry, reducing the wasteful catch of non-targeted species in fisheries, creating and maintaining a network of marine protected areas, protecting marine turtles from threats on shore and at sea, helping marine habitats and coastal communities withstand the impacts of climate change, and raising awareness on this area and its associated issues among relevant publics. A Coral Triangle platform Protecting the Coral Triangle requires concerted efforts from all sectors of society including private individuals whose lives are linked to the sea in more ways than one. This is why the consortium of partners working in the Coral Triangle has created www. thecoraltriangle.com, a dynamic, multistrand online platform to help bring the Coral Triangle closer to the hearts and minds of people around the world. This Coral Triangle Communications Platform (CTCP) was officially launched on June 9, 2012 during the first-ever Coral Triangle Day (www.thecoraltriangle.com/day), which was celebrated in several locations around the region in what is expected to be an annual event. The CTCP platform aims to provide engaging channels for people to learn more about marine issues through high quality media content relating to the bioregion including writing, photography and video. It also acts as a hub for campaigns, an educational tool for consumers and will soon include a tourism portal focusing on responsible travel opportunities throughout the Coral Triangle. Regular content comes from Featured Contributors � not only professional photojournalists, writers, filmmakers, divers and scientists, but members of traditional communities too - the kinds of voices that seldom get heard. The CTCP is an exciting new way to discover the Coral Triangle, whether you're passionate about conservation or culture, diving or science, current affairs or travel to remote and beautiful places. Or if you simply love the ocean. Visit www.thecoraltriangle.com today and learn more about this amazing place and how you can help. FOOD / MAKANAN "The small neighborhood ice cream place became King of all of Bali Ice creams" Gusto's story resembles a fairy tale Is there someone, or somewhere, that really mattered for you food wise? After studying at Cole Hotelier, in Paris on Ferranti Street, I was lucky enough to work in a restaurant on Boulevard Malesherbes that was passionately dedicated to ducks. Especially "Mulard" ducks which are the fat ones used mostly for Foie Gras. We spent whole days cutting up and preparing them in many possible ways. Almost all of my best friends are cooks and chefs, the kind of love they have for food places them somewhere between cult members and freemasons. They only talk about cooking and when they are not cooking they spend time sharing recipes and discoveries. One of my good friends was very recently awarded 3 stars by the Michelin Guide, which is the ultimate honor in our line of work. I used to think that "just" making desserts was too restricting. However after managing 2 hotels, with all the human resources implied there, I chose an easier path: ice cream maker. And when I say "easier" I do not mean working as 80% of ice cream makers do: mix colorful ready-made powders with milk for ice creams and with water for sherbets and off you go! I'm afraid that what the future of ice creams will look like but I am ready to fight. I truly enjoy working with natural ingredients only, looking hard for a solution to extract a fruit's aroma and surprising my customers. What guides you in your craft? A thought? A secret? A Method? No rules, but there's no success without eagerness and enthusiasm. I had the opportunity to be member in a jury for a cooking school. We would sometimes give ingredients to students with no instructions. The outcomes were always very different depending of course on the way they would prepare and cook ingredients, but also on what order they would have proceeded. That is the magic of cooking, it's not just a matter of recipes! What ingredient or flavor have you discovered here? I must admit that at the beginning my chocolate ice cream was made with Valrhona chocolate, but I now use a local brand that gives me much better results. Pisang Susu is amazing for banana ice cream. Recently I've become very fond of duku fruits, they only grow in Southeast Asia and Thai people call them longkong. I believe they're called langsat and lanzones in English. In Bali, I discovered my favorite fruit: mangosteen, its taste is incredibly delicate. In what ways has Bali made a contribution to your work? In Bali I was able to re-discover the pleasure of working in a small organization, not dissimilar to a local pub, which allows us some welcomed proximity to customers and friends. The fact that ice creams and sherbets don't require as many different ingredients as other kinds of food (up to several dozen for some dishes) is also a nice change. Every day Bali has a surprise for me, so- meone, a smell, a taste... I have discovered many things here. My horizon has also widened as here I've met people whose universes were previously completely unknown to me. When something goes wrong, or breaks down, we always find some way to deal with it more efficiently and quickly than in France, even though it sometimes feel like I am not in control and I am not sure if the person who tries to help actually knows what he is doing! As far as our staff is concerned, we have 3 people, each with a different religion. It all seems to work out pretty well. What are your favorite ice creams? Our lime sherbet has a very soft texture, akin to Italian Meringue and I like it a lot. It's also really tough on my staff as they need to squeeze as much as 3 kilos of tiny limes to get me a liter of juice, but what a taste! I am really proud of my chocolate and chili ice cream. The power of the chocolate combined with the coldness of the ice cream and the warmth of the chili makes this triple flavor a very popular one. For cinnamon, and also ginger, I infuse the spice in milk for 48 hours, and after a few secret steps I get amazingly tasty ice creams. Our bestseller is Croccante (almond brittle), so it's available every day. Pistachio on the other hand is only on Tuesdays. And last but not least, our ice-cream cones are also homemade. I roll them one by one on a sizzling plaque. It really matters that they are always tasty, crunchy and crispy since it's the last thing in your mouth. Tropical Ice Storm Cook Masak FOOD / MAKANAN DHARMA Titiang Ngipi was teaching and living in Mexico at the time, in a small village called Quimixto. I had a dream and it said Bali. My eyes were closed and all I could see within the domain of my inner gaze was " B A L I B A L I " in bright, glowing, effervescent, white light. Simultaneously, I heard someone chanting the vibration of "B A L I B A L I." Whose voice? Not mine, as it was a deep and masculine tone--couldn't recognize it completely but for a strange reason it felt somehow familiar. I came to Bali on a dream. I landed on the island without a penny. My wallet got stolen during transit in the airport at Hong Kong. I thought I had made the biggest mistake of my life coming here. I had so many doubts yet somehow this seemed all part of the plan. Sometimes we are forced to embark on a journey to deepen our relationship with dharma and moksha--purpose and freedom. This has often been refered to as the Divine plan or Divine intervention. Seven months later, here I am, still in Bali. Loans, donations, clothing, food, shelter, love and support coming in from each and every direction. I spent the first six months in constant tears streaming down my face from the struggles and grief of not being able to support myself while receiving such great generosity and aide--pure willingness from others to just simply help. I was stripped ( I had a Dream ) No wonder there's so much yoga, healing, healthy food, holistic lifestyle and elevated awareness of consciousness here--Bali is the heart chakra of the Earth--a soft, gentle but fierce kind of Mother. Maha Shakti comes in many different textures and flavors. So why do so many people, like me--come here and have these kinds of experiences? Why is it that Bali attracts these kinds of people? How did we all choose to congregate and come together in this way? Why does it seem as if every situation in life is unfolding at its natural pace and rhythm-- as it should be? What makes Bali so magical? How is it that the presence of Spirit is so highly maintained? Why is the veil of Maya so thin here and is this really what heaven is like? We're waking up. We're remembering who we are. When we all do our personal inner work, change happens. But when we do it to then unite and come together, that is when huge and monumental shifts have the potency to occur. Only in community can we vibrate out the the dream of coming back together as a tribe, as a unit, as one species of humanity. May we all continue to do our inner work to awaken ourselves and each other to what this life truly and deeply is all about. Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu. Om Shanti Om. I down to my core. No money, no job, no work visa, no identity, no nothing. I was living off of 300.000 rp a week. Eating once a day, some days going without meals, sitting in my bedroom, praying, meditating, practicing, chanting, calling forth the shift. Asking the questions over and over and over again. I created this reality for some reason--I might as well learn and grow from it. And more importantly, never repeat it again. Now today, here I am. With a house, with food (eating twice a day now), with job, with visa, with loving and supportive friends who continue to hold me up as I walk along. My heart continues to break open wider and wider as I come into contact with those who ceaselessly teach me what living this life truly means. During this time I've plunged into my practice like never before. Mantra springing forth, bursting through the chords of my voice as resonant sound. Life in Bali has been full on, the Bhagavad Gita in high definition-- just me and my mat. The doubtful Arjuna as me, the wise and all seeing reflection of Krishna, my practice. I continue to trust and embark on my dharma. Bali is one of those places where entry can be a cycle of karmic purging. People come here and magic happens. There's a force here that will hold, love and support you or it will kick you out. Every single friend I've met is doing something to make the world a better place, in whatever medium they choose. DHARMA SUSTAINABILITY, ENVIRONMENT & TOURISM "We won't have a society if we destroy the environment" ndustrial development of the past 200 years has brought immeasurable wealth and prosperity. However, it has also caused ecological degradation. As a result, the earth faces many environmental problems, including global warming, ozone depletion, deforestation and desertification, declining biodiversity and toxic wastes. The environmental trend is stealing headlines all over the world. People are finally realizing the damage that is being done to the environment and are starting to change the way things are done at home and the business world. Sustainability has become a major topic today because the negative social and environmental effects of industrial processes can no longer be ignored. Scientific data shows that we are currently exterminating one hundred species a day and destroying the world's tropical rainforests at the rate of one football field per second. Central to our current environmental problems is our fractured world vision, a world vision that separates mankind and nature, body and mind, matter and spirit, and technology and culture. In short, we have inadvertently separated ourselves from the delicate and intricate web of relationships that constitute life on Earth. Industrial activity affects the entire world community. The eco-systems of the Earth are highly complex structures that operate in an interdependent community of food chains and social, economic and environmental systems. Sustainability efforts help restore and preserve these natural environmental cycles that are I (Margaret Mead) essential to envisioning a positive future for mankind. The word `sustainability' is used in many different ways. For many, sustainability refers to preserving the natural environment for future generations while many business leaders consider sustainability to mean securing financial success over a long term � or `making more money for a longer period of time'. The "Oxford Dictionary" defines the word `sustain' as: to keep in existence; maintain, to supply with necessities or nourishment; provide for, to prove or corroborate; all of these definitions relate to maintaining, confirming or nourishing the existence of something. The World Commission on Environment and Development provides a well-known definition of sustainability or sustainable development as "forms of progress that meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs." In recent years the image of the Exotics in western minds has emerged to represent the opportunity for an exciting `new style' holiday. Offering the attraction of environmental beauty and ecological diversity, travel to many Asian countries has been promoted, especially among the middle classes, as an opportunity for exciting, `off-the-beatentrack' holidays and as a mean of preserving fragile, exotic and threatened landscapes and providing a culturally enhancing encounter. As a result of technological advancements and improvements in communications, tourism has become one of the fastest growing industries today. Global tourism is expected to continue to expand because people are beginning to discover more and more new destinations, and the travel industry is becoming more and more organized. Today's mass tourism is not just the movement of people going from one country to another but the accompanying mass displacement of communities, its impact on traditional communities, and the involvement of large business corporations in this process. Tourism development should be based on criteria of sustainability, which means that it must be ecologically bearable in the long term, as well as economically viable, and ethically and socially equitable for local communities; and integrated with the natural, cultural and human environment by accepting an acceptable evolution as regards to its influence on natural resources, biodiversity and the capacity for assimilation of residues produced. And last but not least, tourism has to be humanized and not just driven by market forces and motivated solely by profit. The participation of the local people and attempts to incorporate their cultures and traditions, call for respect of their environment and communities. Forty years ago, Barbara Ward (Only One Earth, UN Conference on the Human Environment � Stockholm, 1972) said "We have forgotten how to be good guests, how to walk lightly on the earth as the other creatures do". How actual is this! DHARMA Eco Surf Rescue Accomplishments to date: � 30 tons of solid waste and rubbish were removed from the ravine in June of 2011 � Daily collection of rubbish from the shops, whereby local ladies are employed by GUS foundation began shortly after. � 3 times weekly the rubbish that has been carried up the steps is collected by ecoBali recycling company. � A large permanent concrete waste bin constructed by the ROLE Foundation. � Distribution of over 40 organic and non-organic rubbish bins accompanied by educational talks by ecoBali. � Professional surveying and topographical mapping of the Cliffside and shop areas completed before final design of the Liquid Waste and Sewerage System were drawn up by JDR B.S. Consultants. � Formation of a local council on waste and growth in April 2012 merged with ESRU. � Used cooking oil collection program beginning now � the NGO , Caritas of Switzerland, has donated a storage tank so as to include Uluwatu in their bio-fuel production project. Used oil will be bout by the liter and will help make the project slightly more self sustainable. Plus, it will keep the used oil from polluting the environment. � To date, ESRU has managed to raise roughly $10,000 dollars, almost half coming from Rip Curl donations. Vision: Turn the world famous Uluwatu Surf Break with its associated marine and land environments into a pristine and healthy Surf Heritage Area for the benefit of the Coastal Community for present and future generations. Mission: Plan, design, build and manage a solid and liquid waste infrastructure system to preserve and bring back to health the local ecosystems. � Become a sustainable, non-profit project assisted by surf industry for the benefit of surfers � Be run by the local community for the benefit of the community and visitors to Uluwatu. � Create a successful case study that can be replicated in other `environmentally troubled' surf areas in Indonesia, and globally. Who is Involved: Started by two residents, Jon and Ollie, ESRU was formed when the NGO's GUS Foundation and ROLE Foundation teamed up with the surf industry, local businesses and residents. Active members of the committee include: Paola of ecoBali recycling company, James Hendy of Rip Curl, Olli Crowell of Uluwatu surf Villas, Jon Huber, Steve Palmer, Julianus of JDR B.S. Construction Company, Curtis Lowe and Mike O'Leary of ROLE Foundation and Ani of GUS foundation. Next Steps: � Raise roughly $40,000 to install and manage the new environmentally friendly liquid waste system. � Build a composting area so that all organic waste can go towards gardens in the future � and save energy, as it's the one kind of waste that doesn't need to be carried up the steps. � Hand over management to the local committee � Ensure that the future of Uluwatu is bright and green! And if anyone has any questions � I'd be happy to answer them! Bali's Yoga Community Uplifts Successful AIDS Education Program Bali's biggest yoga event happens once a year (read Kula's feature about the BaliSpirit Festival in our last edition), but community service is a year-round responsibility for BaliSpirit Festival, Desa Seni, Radiantly Alive and others who present yoga as a platform for advocacy in Bali. This year's target of raising $15,000 for HIV & AIDS prevention was met by the program's supporters, and the expansion of the Festival's educational outreach program for schoolaged children is now moving forward full-steam. Known as Ayo! Kita Bicara (Let's Talk About), HIV & AIDS, Ayo!'s objective is to improve awareness and education among kids about the growing threat of HIV & AIDS in Bali and it has already positively impacted thousands of Balinese through its activities. The program is implemented by an Indonesian team; creatively mixing interactive school workshops with sex education, empowerment through communication exercises, media campaigns, testing, counseling, yoga classes, and entertainment. Ayo!'s endorsement by several NGOs and government agencies in the field has created affirmation from Ayo's peers about the essential value of the services it provides!* And slowing the spread of the disease is a priority concern for the Bali Commission on AIDS, which recorded a jump of 1,200 cases in just 6 months (May to December 2011) and is predicting a total of 7,000 people infected with the disease by the end of 2010. This number lies in stark contrast to less than 50 cases 12 years ago, island-wide. To date, education services under Ayo!'s "Edu-Spirit" workshops have reached over 1,200 children in 26 schools. These schools were located in 3 of Bali's hardest hit infection areas (Badung, Buleleng, and Gianyar). Some of the schools had never had prior information about the disease shared in the classroom. I-Made Kadek Gunarta, Co-Founder of the BaliSpirit Festival commented on the essential value of what Ayo! provides, "Unfortunately, they (the Balinese) don't have Western world awareness of safe sex practices, and in that respect Bali was not ready for HIV." But most successful of all has been Ayo!'s extraordinary ability to reach Bali's community at large through its record-breaking community concerts. Top Indonesian stage artists gathered in support of Ayo! at the Ubud soccer field earlier this year for a free Pre-Festival concert that attracted an historic crowd of roughly 10,000 guests. One enthusiast tweeted that this was the "most successful open air event in Ubud's history." "In between acts, we held educational presentations. Even if it's one or two words in the midst of some great entertainment, it will register," I-Made Gunarta believes. In addition to contributions from top Indonesian bands at the event, the BaliSpirit Festival team premiered a new collection of short documentary films featuring footage from Ayo! Kita Bicara's EduSpirit workshops, interviews with the concert's featured artists commenting on HIV & AIDS in Bali, and a special message from the Regent of Ubud, Dewa Made Sutanaya SH, in support of the education program and concert. This year the program will expand to two new regencies where infection rates are high and climbing (Negara and Klungkung) and reach an additional 15 schools in 2012. "We're told that until infection rates start to DHARMA slow down, there's still an urgent need for programs like this, especially among young people" says Wiwi, the Outreach Coordinator for the BaliSpirit Festival. "A lot of cases go unreported and there is a lot of confusion about truth and rumor." Wiwi says that the greatest need is to raise financial support for follow up at the schools where Ayo! has already made an impact but doesn't have the resources to offer sustainable assistance. "Our program is popular and we have received great feedback from school staff, children, and monitors," says Wiwi, "while we are expanding, we don't want to leave the kids who have already been touched by the program behind." One student, Dina from SMKN 1 in Ubud expressed gratitude to Ayo! for getting to "understand how to stay away from drugs and prevent HIV & AIDS and understand how to keep ourselves from being infected by HIV & AIDS." With the success of the Yogathon fundraiser, the BaliSpirit Festival's 108 Sun Salutations on Family Day, and other related events in honor of Ayo!, one of the main benefits that this program has shown us is that the yoga community can be counted on to create a unified front when it matters and make a significant difference when a good cause comes calling. To learn more or to donate, visit the BaliSpirit Festival website at: www.balispiritfestival.com *Among other groups who have supported the program are: Bali Province Commission of AIDS Yayasan Spirit Paramacitta, Yayasan KISARA, Bali Children Project, and key partners, Yamaha, Desa Seni, and Sutra Condoms. DHARMA ART & CULTURE Vibrant and vivacious, just like her paintings, the former model-turned-artist Pascale Doumeng cuts a striking figure and is equally at ease stretching into mountain pose in a class at Desa Seni, as she is expressing her joie de vivre on canvas. The Desa Seni exhibition includes evocative paintings from her childhood inspired `Dance Series.' She explains that as a young girl studying ballet she loved to see paintings of dancers, "It was a very emotional connection, it made me want to dance and to paint and I wished that one day I could have paintings like this in my house." As we chat in the living room of her beautiful home in Pererenan my eyes keep wandering to the painting of a dancer hanging on a wall, which captures an alluring sense of grace and movement � of life itself. As with all her art work, the multi-textured, richly layered style creates extraordinary dimension and depth. Born in France, Doumeng paved a successful career as a model, but when she escaped the city life in search of fresh air and new horizons, she landed in Ibiza and started experimenting with paints, brushes and textures, making the exhilarating discovery that she was a naturally gifted artist. Stints in Barcelona and Geneva gave her the chance to study technique with various masters and schools, while allowing her own vision to shine through. As is the way with Bali, Doumeng came on holiday a few years ago and fell in love with the island. After just three days she knew it was `home,' 18 months later she moved here with the family. Like many before her, the tropical island has been her greatest revelation. "I love the energy and the spirituality" she says, "I am so inspired by the ceremonies, the fabrics, the tropical fruit, the bright and fantastic colours of nature." She describes painting as a meditation, allowing you to be 100% with your heart and what you are doing; "When you embrace the quiet of the moment there is nothing but you, the energy, the canvas and the creation, and you feel a proximity to the divine which is very calming and uplifting. I love this feeling of creating, of elevating emotions, and getting to a space that is so quiet and happy � the very essence of my soul." "I love the energy and the spirituality of Bali, I am so inspired by the ceremonies, the fabrics, the tropical fruit, the bright and fantastic colours of nature." I LAB News Yayasan Kemanusiaan Ibu Pertiwi bites (YKIP), Jl. 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A very special thank you to Miryam Faken, Virginie, Clelia, EunJae Im, and Juan our photographers; Allison, Anna, Sarah, Daphna, Dr. Thomas, Marco, Socrates Georgia, Angie, Jason, Jyoti, Heike, WWF, Chloe, Jake, Curtis, Philippa, and the BaliSpirit Team, for the articles; Martina and Marco for editing; Our Kula members, Folk Art, Yoga Barn, Maru Gallery, Celia-biorockbali, Kharisma, Bali Spirit Festival, YKPA (Bali Street Kids), Yayasan Rama Sensana, Eco Surf Rescue, WWF, 1Giant Mind, We `ar it Yoga Clothes, The SacredChildhoods Foundation, and Bali A very special THANK YOU to Manuela for all her magic! Matur Suksema! Terima kasih! Desa Seni A Village Resort Yoga.... art.... spa....organic.... culture....eco.... accommodation.... community... Jl. Subak Sari # 13, Canggu, Bali T + 62 361 8446392 el www.desaseni.com - email@example.com 100% Recycled Paper