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Uma Inder: In the Wild

  • Kate Lamb

    Contributor

Jakarta   /   Thu, April 8 2010   /  11:28 am

Courtesy of Uma Inder“I wanted to tear down all veils, I wanted magic, reality. I was looking for the extraordinary in an enchanted world,” says Uma Inder of her ascetic decision to live in a Balinese jungle for seven years.For Uma, a competitive athlete who grew up in Kenya running around the savannas with the Masai, the extraordinary meant the extreme. The Indian yogi first traveled to Bali to study traditional Balinese metalworking, but was soon drawn to the island’s mysticism and a deep desire to taste the fruits of ultimate liberation.Uma was just 20 when she decided to renounce modern existence to pursue an intense study of yoga and meditation in the depths of the Balinese jungle with her teacher Shunyata, or the laughing yogi. For seven years, they lived in the jungle in a house made of bamboo and stones, with no electricity or much interaction with the outside world. They p...