Beautiful Bali in ‘Big Girl Panties’
I recently went on a wonderful solo adventure. My first foray into solo travel and it was quite enlightening. I discovered how fearless I can be in the face of my insecurities and all of the well-meaning doubting Thomas’s out there. But, sometimes a girl has to throw caution to the wind and put on her ‘big girl panties’ and go forth. So I did. I went to Bali and Singapore for a couple of weeks in September. It was great! I’ve been on this road of self-discovery and expansion for some time now and this was simply another step along that path. Soon after I arrived in Singapore, I found myself just walking down a busy thoroughfare – humming to myself, checking out the people, the skyscrapers, shops, restaurants, etc. I loved seeing the variety of hues and features scattered amongst the Singaporean people. I felt so connected to people and so free. Singapore, is a bustling metropolis – beautiful and clean. I sensed the pride the people had in their city. Bali on the other hand has a much slower vibe. It’s very tropical with western influences everywhere. Bali, commonly known as the ‘island of the gods’ shines brightly through its people. They were incredibly friendly and welcoming. The Balinese give thanks to the gods for everything and even though most of the people aren’t wealthy, they are rich in spirit. Their graciousness was a constant presence. As a yoga practitioner, I decided to check out a yoga studio while I was there. I spent a couple days at the Yoga Barn in Ubud, Bali. The Yoga Barn offered a variety of yoga classes throughout the day, massage therapy, workshops, retreats, training, meditation, etc. It was peaceful and rejuvenating. The best part of my yoga experience was all of the wonderful people I met who were on their own spiritual journey.
According to B.K.S. Iyengar, “the practice of yoga teaches us to live fully – physically and spiritually by cultivating each of the various sheaths of being (kosas)”. I experienced balance, harmony and connectedness during my adventure. Upon my return home, I felt whole and complete.
Travel – highly recommended!