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 without special dispensation from the teacher.
- 4-5.30 pm Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays – Ashram 4 PM House Yoga, primarily of Hatha – sometimes Yin- Yoga is open to public with donation (minimum IDR 50,000 per class, but preference – and free – to house guests or retreat/workshop attendees, with all proceeds 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.
- 4-5 pm Everyday other than Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday – Ashram 4 PM (shortened) House Yoga also on donation (minimum IDR 50,000) This shortened version of the House Yoga is to allow for our member yoga teacher and yoga participants wishing to join to attend the 5 pm full Sunset Puja chanting/ prayer which incorporates the 5.30 pm Agni Hotra Fire Ceremony
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.
Supporting Kawi and doing the one hour classes outside the above three days will be our young member yoga teacher Kadek Sudiarta who trained under the previous Ashtanga specialist teacher Ahimsaka during his years of stay taking the classes and leading yoga retreat and Ashtanga workshops at the Ashram. ‘Kadek’ from time to time will be assisted by ‘Eka’, a contemporary who also trained with Ahimsaka.
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.