Yoga's central role at Gedong Gandhi Ashram
Yoga has been central to our Ashram since its inception with our founder Ibu Gedong and her famous morning Surya Namaskara on the beach, and her sending young members to India to learn this ancient art. We have been re-emphasizing this practice after its earlier years of decline immediately following the passing of Ibu and it is now beginning to return to its central role, perhaps even with greater vigor. Basically we now have ongoing Ashram 4 PM ‘House’ Yoga complemented by scheduled Bali Ashram Yoga Retreats (of ‘Dynamic’ Hatha and Ashtanga Hatha Immersions Retreats) for those wanting to experience a sublime retreat of yoga and tranquil Ashram living.
Daily Yoga Routine at the Ashram (cell +62 0 8123 604 733)
- 7 – 8.00 am (approx) Suryanamaskara/Sun Salutation: On nominated days for Ashram members only but, subject to prior approval by the morning teacher, may be extended to Ashram’s accommodation guest for IDR 50,000 if in addition to their free Ashram 4 PM House Yoga session (if deemed suitable and not distracting the flow of the members class). This is mostly led by one the members (or two in tandem) Not available to outside guests.
- 4-5.30 pm Ashram 4 PM House Yoga, primarily of Hatha – sometimes Yin- Yoga is open to public at a cost of IDR 50,000 plus donation, but preference – and free – to house guests or retreat/workshop attendees, with all income going to the Ashram). Participants are urged to join the members for an Agni Hotra fire ceremony puja immediately afterwards at Bale Puja as a continuation of its savasana meditation at end of the House Yoga class. Please note that the Ashram only guarantees 3 sessions a week on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays but when we have the resources (which we envisage to be most of the year, but please check this page regularly to make sure) we extend these afternoon yoga classes to daily
- NEWS FLASH! During December ’15 and for the immediate future we will have another teacher in addition to Tue, Thu and Sat except Wednesdays, hence, the Ashram 4 PM House Yoga will be available on every day except Wednesdays.
Ashram Yoga personnel
Our resident teacher is the very experienced senior Ashram member and Indian trained Kawidana who takes the class on Tues, Thurs and Saturdays, supplemented by another fully qualified volunteer yoga teacher, when available, on the other days.
Our former long term ‘virtual’ resident teacher Ahimsaka Satya (who now will spend his other time in India to further his yoga) will assist the 4 pm whenever he is in town but otherwise we welcome his busy young protege Kadek Sudiarta who will run the class outside Kawidana’s days except for Wednesdays when there is no class. We are continually assessing applications from passing yoga teachers to stay and assist at the Ashram and when that materialise we will have each day of the 4 pm yoga sessions covered and will advise through this page.
No booking is necessary for the Ashram 4 PM House Yoga but you may ring 0363 41108 (or choose email option if a few days in advance by writing to AshramGandh@gmail.com ) just to make sure it is on (or if you intend to come in a group of a number of people). Fee is IDR 50,000 (plus donation, if so desired) per person for Ashram’s non-residential guests. The 5.30 pm finish dovetails into the evening Puja/Agni Hotra fire ceremony with the Ashram members, a nice and natural sequence from the yoga sessions’ wind down, at our Bale Puja (or Puja Building). During the busier months of July-August (subject to the availability of additional yoga teacher) we endeavour to have the house yoga sessions daily but best to ring and check first.