When: Saturday, September 19th
Time: 8 am – 11 am
*(registration starts at 7:30a)
Location: The Yoga Barn in Ubud, Bali
Reserve your space
Join a worldwide Peace Movement for the Global Mala Project!
On Saturday, September 19th at the Yoga Barn in Ubud, the Bali yoga, meditation and music community will gather for a day of yoga, meditation and qi gong practices to bring awareness and raise consciousness for global peace honoring the United Nations International Day of Peace.
Featuring over 25 teachers and musicians from all over the island of Bali leading 108 Sun Salutations (Yoga Mala), 18 minutes of meditation, 18 minutes of Qi Gong, 27 minutes of kirtan & live music plus a special Kids Mini Yoga Mala, AcroYoga and kids games. Join 100’s of practitioners from across the island of Bali in this Celebration for Peace! This event is by donation ~ All are welcome!
Global Mala Project partners include the Yoga Barn, Balispirit Festival, Balispirit.com, Aspara Yoga, Breathe of Hope, Como Shambhala Resort, Desa Seni Resort, Four Seasons Resort, Intuitive Flow Yoga, Living Healing Arts Vortex, Mallika Yoga, Manik Organik, Vibrant Living Yoga, Yoga 2 Peace, Zen Thai Shiatsu
Proceeds from this event will go to local Bali charities WINS Project: Yayasan
Widya Guna and Breathe of Hope Foundation.
WHAT IS A YOGA MALA?
The purpose of the Global Mala Project is to unite the global yoga community from every continent, school or approach to form a "mala around the earth" through collective practices based upon the sacred cycle of 108 on Sept. 19, 20 or 21st ; Fall Equinox as the yoga world's offering to further the UN International Peace Day. Each center offers their form of a Yoga Mala according to their yoga tradition and inspiration. In 2008, there were over 400 Global Mala events in 35 countries.
WHAT TO BRING?
Yoga mat, block or meditation cushion, water bottle, small towel, sunscreen, an item for the community altar, and a spirit of peace.
Global Mala Project Bali Presenters 2009:
Global Mala Project: Yoga for Peace will have an amazing line-up of teachers and musicians from all over the island of Bali including:
(Vibrant Living Yoga)
Daniel's highest aim in sharing yoga is for students to accept themselves fully, to experience Samadhi - Self-realization, happiness and peace - and to acquire tools to access this state always. As the saying goes 'the truth cannot be said.' It can, however, be heard. It's inherent in each of us. It's who we are. The essence of yoga is remembering who we are. Daniel creates conditions where the truth might be heard through challenging asana (posture), vinyasa (breath and movement), spiritual insight, pranayama (breath exercise), meditation, music, and humour, by drawing on his extensive yoga practice and training with dozens of modern masters (Iyengar, Ashtanga, Jivamukti, Bikram, Sivananda, Anusara, Kripalu) with creativity and spontaneity. www.vibrantlivingyoga.com
Ama Lia Wai Ching (Living Healing Arts Vortex)
Ama Lia Wai Ching, intuitive healer, descended from a lineage, was initiated into yoga at 13 and Transcendental Meditation at 18 this lifetime. At 52, she is a bridge in the consciousness of qi gong, tai chi and yoga as one energy of wave and linear forms of expressions of universal sacred geometry.
She has been immersed in cross-cultural threads of metaphysics and transformational journeys, including dance, and other forms of vibrational healing before evolving to pure energy practice. She developed Infinite Quantum (IQ) Qi Gong from direct experience, grounding esoteric science into actualized physical results.
She is a certified Holistic Health Counselor and Therapist, and Body work Therapist and the Principal of EarthStar Holistic Consultancy, as well as Founder of the Living Healing Arts Vortex (LHAV). www.Creative-healing-arts.org
Christina Curry (Como Shambhala Resort)
Starting as a Yoga instructor in Thailand in 2002, Christina has since
traveled far and wide, teaching in serene and exotic locales such as the
Maldives, Bhutan and Bali. Her style is grounded in Vinyasa Yoga, focusing
on Pranayama, Hatha and Raja Yoga. She has great passion for people and
practice on and off the mat and brings this energy and enthusiasm with her
wherever she goes. Her experience with yoga styles is as diverse as her
travel experiences, ranging from Restorative Yoga to Ashtanga and from
Southeast Asia to North America, all of which has contributed to her unique
approach which focuses on liberating the body and mind from various
blockages that impede an individual on their path toward inner peace. www.comoshambhala.bz
Uma Inder (Yoga Barn)
At the age of 20, Uma was initiated into the kundalini awakening practice of yoga tantra as sadhana, as a means of liberation. She lived and studied daily with her teacher for 14 years. Following her immersion in Asia, Uma continued her studies in the States with teachers trained in Satyanada Saraswati’s Bihar yoga tradition and international pioneers of Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga.
Uma, E-RYT 500 has been teaching yoga internationally for 19 years, specializing in the key energetics of a transformative & therapeutic practice. Her own teaching style draws significantly from the classical teachings and oral transmission of tantra, the mother of yoga. A certified Ayurvedic practitioner, with a lifelong passion for the devotional arts & sciences of her ancestral land, India, Uma leads workshops & teacher trainings which integrate classical principles into a modern yogic lifestyle. www.yogawithuma.com
Amanda Jane (Aspara Yoga)
Amanda Jane is a former professional dancer, acrobat and choreographer. Amanda is no new comer on the yoga scene, Holistic Health and Personal Development. A veteran on the international dance scene for many years decided to follow her next passion and dream to become a yoga teacher with a difference. She has studied with teacher's such as Shive Rea, , Louisa Sears, Rachel Hull and Julie Martin and has 10 year's of practising worldwide in India, Australia, USA and Indonesia. She trained in Vinyasa flow, Iyengar and Ashtanga yoga, pranayama and ayuvedic nutrition and is certified under Yoga Alliance worldwide. Amanda is spiritually bound by a passionate desire to provide students the ultimate yoga and spiritual experience. www.asparayoga.com
Cat Kabira (Yoga Barn)
At the age of eighteen, Cat started yoga and meditation to recover from severe anorexia nervosa. That's when her love affair with yoga began. Since 1997, Cat has been studying a myriad of yoga styles to experiment with what works best for her and her students' bodies. She won a scholarship to 7 Centers Yoga Arts in Sedona, AZ to earn her teaching certification. In 2006, she completed the Foundation Teacher Training with Ana Forrest and in 2007, she completed Ana's Advanced Teacher Training. While she has studied with many masters, in Cat's opinion, her greatest teachers are each and every student she has ever had in her class and all of the challenges she's encountered off the mat. While Cat's passion for yoga runs deep, she brings along a sense of humour and playfulness to every class that she teaches. www.catkabira.com
Lan Haelan Kim (Manik Organik Yoga)
Lan is open hearted hatha yoga teacher currently teaching at Manik Organik sharing her teachings with locals, expats and tourists from all over the world. www.manikorganik.com
Joseph Lee (Yoga 2 Peace)
Joseph Lee is originally from Singapore and has been practicing and teaching yoga for the past 7 years. Over the years of consistent yoga practice, he has transformed his personal practice and teaching style towards Yin yoga and Hatha yoga – an effective approach to balance the Yin and Yang yoga practice to cultivate a quiet, peaceful and meditative mind, as well as an ideal platform to condition the body, mind and breath. He believes that yoga is a practice that can be adapted to suit any life stage or body shape. www.yoga2peace.com
Linda Madani (Intuitive Flow)
Owner/director of Intuitive Flow, Sanctuary for Yoga and Healing in Penestanan, Ubud, Linda Madani is an inspired spiritual healer and yoga teacher. She has been living and practicing yoga on Bali since 1995, studying Pranala with respected Balinese healer Tjokorda Rai. Linda is a highly experienced teacher with students from throughout the world. She is registered yoga teacher with the International Yoga Alliance (E-R.Y.T. 500), a certified yoga therapist in India and the USA and a member of the International Yoga Therapist Association. She welcomes people with an open heart to her sanctuary where she shares the teachings and blessings she has received with much joy. www.intuitiveflow.com
I Nyoman Kembar Madrawan and I Wayan Eka Sukma Putra
(Four Seasons Resort)
Resident yoga teachers at the Four Seasons Resorts in Bali, both Nyoman and Wayan are Balinese born and sharing their teachings with guests from around the world. www.fourseasons.com
Steve O’Connor (Desa Seni)
Steve is an American Tantric Buddhist who began practicing yoga and exploring the spiritual life in his early twenties in Los Angeles. His steady influences have been Bryan Kest (Power Yoga), Peter Barnett (Vinyasa Flow Yoga), and Jenny Brill (Anusara Yoga). In 2002, along with his wife Shirley, he founded Black Dog Yoga in Sherman Oaks, California, and in the years hence led several retreats to Bali. The sweet island is now home for the O’Connors, as Steve and Shirley co-direct the yoga and wellness program at Desa Seni Village Resort in Canggu – Bali. Steve’s personal, fiery, and progressive Vinyasa Flow classes blend power, purification, and specificity, resulting in a rigorous – and intelligent – experience. His classes are acts of service: helping to ignite your vital energy, tone your body, and calm your nervous system, while at the same time allowing space for personal discovery and the heightening of intuition. www.steveoconnoryoga.com
Daniel Li Ox (Bali Arts Center/Yoga Barn)
Qi Gong Healer and Qi Gong Master. Trained mainly by Gao Yan-Tao and Mantak Chia. Qi Gong is a life style for him. He trains and teaches Medical, Martial and Spiritual Qi Gong everywhere he is asked for. He is presently based in Bali and runs what he calls his "Perpetual Retreat" and welcomes anyone interested in knowing more about Daoist practices. www.baliartscenter.com
Rhan (Aspara Yoga)
New Zealand Sculptor Rhan Hall expands his passion for art to yoga and dance. He teachers Vinyasa flow yoga currently with Aspara yoga. www.asparayoga.com
Therese Poulsen (Breathe of Hope)
After years of daily practice and private study with eminent masters such as K. Pattabhi Jois, Richard Freeman, Chuck Miller and Maty Ezraty as well as Sharon Gannon, David Life, Alison West, and Genevieve Kapuler, Poulsen received four certifications in different aspects of yoga teaching. She then began bringing her work to children at some of the leading independent high schools in New York City through her Heart of Yoga programs. From this experience, she was able to design an original program with a curriculum that helps empower the children physically, intellectually, and emotionally.
These are the experiences that underlie Poulsen's work with the Breath of Hope Foundation. Drawing on her program development and networking talent, her healing work and teaching, as well as her passion for making a difference in the world, she has established programs in Sri Lanka and Indonesia over the past 12 months, and they are flourishing. The immediate need for shelter, food, medicine, and clothing is, of course, primary. But so is the need to rebuild shattered hope – to help repair distressed bodies, psyches, souls, and lives – from the inside out. www.breathofhopefoundation.org
Stephanie Soetiono (Mallika Yoga)
Co-founder of Mallika yoga in Surabaya with Rocky Mustafa. Stephanie offers her teachings from the heart and embraces her students in the flow of life. Find Mallika Yoga on Facebook!
Kadek Suambara (Taman Hati Meditation/Yoga)
Kadek is a wise leader, gifted teacher, and loving healer whose deep presence and clarity of mind has made him, at the age of 26, the youngest person in Balinese history ever to be elected as spiritual leader of his village. His wisdom and inner balance have grounding effect on all those around him. And his brilliant smile will open wash your heart anew.
Kadek Suambara comes from 7 generations of village priest and has been practicing Meditation since 9 years of age. Over the years, he has been drawn to study of mysticism and helping people open their hearts and live a life of true happiness. In 2000, he founded Taman Hati, the Bali Yoga and Meditation Centre in Ubud Bali that specializes in helping people live in harmony and peace. Taman Hati is Balinese and translates to “Garden of the Heart”. http://www.hotelubudbali.com/yogameditation.html
Marcus Wayan (Yoga Barn)
I Wayan Marcus Wistika is Balinese, born in Tabanan in 1972. His yogic journey started 12 years ago when he worked at a Yoga and Meditation retreat in Tabanan. Wayan was in charge of all guest activities at the retreat. He met several yoga teachers who inspired him to do more Yoga.
In 2001, was given the chance to join a raw food yoga seminar for two weeks in the Northern part of Bali. From then on, he kept teaching at the retreat until The GHM Management hired him in 2003 to teach their guests daily until today. GHM operates contemporary luxury hotels in Kuta and Ubud. In 2006 Wayan attended the Vibrant Living Yoga Teacher Training in Ubud, where he was instructed by several International yoga teachers in different styles, and certified both from Vibrant Living Yoga and International Yoga Alliance. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gwyn Williams (Zen Thai Shiatsu)
In 2002 Gwyn created Zenthai Shiatsu, an integration of the three modalities of Zen Shiatsu, Thai massage and oesteopathic techniques to bring a unification of Eastern and Western approaches to bodywork remedial therapy. Originally a Zen Shiatsu Therapist, during the past 10 years he has been a regular visitor to Thailand to train under the masters of tradtional Thai massage. However, his work is also heavily influenced by his inspirations of his long-term osteopathic and yoga therapy teachers.
You are able to experience Zenthai through the clinic and courses operating through his healing centre and other available clinics on the Sunshine Coast, Australia. There are also longer retreats facilitated by Gwyn and friends from Laos, Thailand and the newly constructed Zenthai healing temple in rural Bali. www.zenthaishiatsu.com
“Those who live passionately show us how to love. Those who love passionately show us how to live” Paramhansa Yogananada
Kids are invited to join the Mini Yoga Mala, Acro Yoga & games with:
Bex Tyrer (Yoga Barn/Arma)
With a background in Political Science and Development, Bex lives as a nomad, working around the world with children and young people who live in War, occupation and in extreme poverty. She has studied yoga
throughout her travels and trained as a yoga teacher in Dharamsala,India. Her belief in a common humanity is reflected through her original yoga classes where she shares lessons learned while building upon inspirational themes of cooperation, peace and justice. She
works to bring yoga off the mat and into the practice of Life. www.eyes2open.blogspot.com
Samantha Miller (Yoga Barn)
As a lifetime lover of movement, building community and seeing the world upsidedown, Samantha has found a joyful home teaching AcroYoga.
She has spent the last three years adventuring around Latin America and Asia spreading this love of yoga to Mexican migrant workers, Burmese refugees, at-risk high school students, and participants in international community service programs. This trust and playfulness combined with creating conscious loving community, is a practice Samantha truly believes in and is honored to share. www.acroyoga.org
Katie Serino (Desa Seni/Bali Kids Yoga)
Katie Serino grew up on the east coast of the United States as a competitive gymnast and diver. When her gymnastics career ended,she went on to study Exercise Science at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, became a certified ACSM personal trainer and a certified Pilates instructor. Shortly after, she walked into her first yoga class and walked out knowing exactly what she would do with her life. Yoga taught her to let go of the self judgement and competition she had felt most of her life growing up and just enjoy moving and breathing. Since that moment, she has been traveling, studying and teaching yoga and pilates all over the world to people of all ages and abilities. Katie has studied and taught many styles of yoga including Vinyasa, Hatha, Forrest, Anusara, Astanga, Silver Age, Kids Yoga and Power yoga. www.theartofbody.com
Musicians offering live music and kirtan for the GMP Bali:
Daphne is a soulful singer/songwriter originally from Texas. Since her initial yoga class, she has merged her spiritual practice with her contemporary folk singer/songwriter style. She has played for numerous yoga retreats in India, Greece, Guatemala, Costa Rica and now Bali. She studied music at UT in Austin, The Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago and kirtan music with Jai Uttal. She is committed to expanding consciousness on the planet through global community events focusing on music, yoga, dance and all forms of art that inspire peace in action. She has released music on Shiva Rea's yoga music compilations, Jala, Nataraja & Yoga Sol and her solo CD, Mata, was released in 2008. www.daphnetse.com
Robert is an itinerant musician, writer, producer, and permaculturist. He inspires and directs holistic and inclusive multi media project that wed artistry and activism, technology and nature, human and Divine, in devotion to the awakening heart of this precious Earth. Robert is a partner in the American company Woven Media, a graphic design, music and video production company. Robert and his family have lived in Bali since 2004. www.wovenmedia.net
and many more local and int’l musicians to be announced!!!
Global Mala Project giving back to Bali Charities:
Proceeds from the GMP Bali will go to the following projects/foundations.
The WINS Project: Yayasan Widya Guna
The mission of The WINS Project USA, Inc. is to provide financial and other means of support for the Yayasan Widya Guna located in Bedulu, Bali, Indonesia. This is the official name of the orphanage. It translates into English as "Foundation for Children’s Education." It is recognized as a tax-exempt foundation by the government. The Yayasan is operated by Ketut Sadia and his wife, Nyoman, with the help of many volunteers from the local area as well as from around the world Even though Bali is the only predominately Hindu island in Indonesia and Ketut is a Hindu priest, all of our work with the Yayasan is strictly non-sectarian.
Number One Goal: Education In order to fulfill the primary goal of giving the children of Bali a chance to get an education, 100% of donations go toward the children's education and school-related fees unless otherwise specified by the donor. That means volunteers pay for all overhead costs such as currency exchange fees, postage, transportation, etc. To help the children become self-sufficient, we pay only a part of their school fees. They have to earn the rest by working after school or on weekends. They help the woodcarvers sand wooden statues, or perform with the local gamelan groups. They earn about US 50 cents for a half day's work.
Ketut Sadia, coordinator in Bali, is a Hindu priest. He takes care of the children. He finds them a place to sleep and gets them jobs after school, so they can earn a little money. Sadia has a job at a local hotel. He also try to make an extra dollar as a tour guide. It is not much, but everything he owns, he shares with the children. He speaks Indonesian, Balinese, English, and is now studying Dutch and Japanese language. www.thewinsproject.org Breath of Hope Foundation Inc.
The Breath of Hope Foundation, Inc., is a nonprofit organization that fosters empowerment and transformation in at-risk children and communities through a therapeutic intervention of yoga. In collaboration with educators and researchers, Breath of Hope is advancing knowledge of the benefits of yoga in promoting integrative healing and resiliency for trauma-affected children. Its educational and training curriculum is designed to rekindle hope and peace in at-risk children through school- and community-based yoga programs that stimulate a ripple effect from the individual child to the family, school, community and beyond.
The Breath of Hope Foundation’s yoga interventions and educational programs were developed by Therese Poulsen, a leading yoga educator and program director whose school-based programs have been adopted into the curricula of several of New York City’s most respected independent schools.
Breath of Hope’s yoga programs for children and teachers have been a catalyst for dramatic healing and are now flourishing in Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Thailand, and Germany. The programs have been recognized by educators in the region as a tool for reinvigorating childhood development and building individual resilience. www.breathofhopefoundation.com
Global Mala Project Partners:
The Yoga Barn
Breathe of Hope
Como Shambhala Resort
Desa Seni Resort
Earth Star Holistic Consultancy
Four Seasons Resort
Intuitive Flow Yoga
Vibrant Living Yoga
Yoga 2 Peace
Zen Thai Shiatsu