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Jakarta Post

Bali Spirit brings good times and inspiration

  • Agnes Winarti

    The Jakarta Post

Ubud, Bali   /   Mon, April 2 2012   /  09:00 am

Throughout the Bali Spirit Festival, the sun and hundreds of strangers from around the globe spread their radiant smiles and became true devotees of the main goal of yoga: to feel good, as the American yoga instructor Cheri Rae summed up in one of her upbeat sessions.

Zhang Na, a 30-year-old from Tianjin province in China, was proof of that as she relaxed in the afternoon sun on the grassy hill of the Purnati Center for the Arts in Batuan, Gianyar regency

She sat there enjoying the drumbeats of the Hamanah West African dance, which were competing for her attention with the melodious sound of a nearby session of dynamic meditation, led by Indonesian yogi Indrawati Widjanarko.

“I had numerous sessions in the past days. I’m a bit tired. My body aches, but I feel so happy and relaxed,” said Zhang, who was one of 50 yoga enthusiasts from China who attended the fes...