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Ubud, Bali City Guide

Nestled in the lush jungle and surrounded by rice fields, Ubud is the spiritual heart of Bali. Writers, yogis, soul searchers, and dilettantes of all backgrounds come here to recharge and find inspiration.   Walking along the streets it’s hard to miss the smell of burning incense and the offerings made of flowers and palm leaves on every doorstep. […]

Five Reasons to Visit Gili Air

After a month in Ubud, I was really looking forward to spending time by salt water. It would be a tragedy to visit Indonesia and not spend time near the ocean. The Gili Islands are a tropical paradise nestled between Bali and Lombok. The island chain includes Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, and Gili Air. Each […]

Sunrise Hike on Mount Batur

I’ve been to Bali three times. Each time I’ve driven past Mount Batur, I think, “Oh, that’s pretty. I’d like to climb it.” I never did. Tyler and I decided we couldn’t leave Indonesia without hiking it this time. Mount Batur is an active volcano and last erupted in 2000.  At 5,633 ft., it is not the highest […]

What is Yoga Teacher Training in Bali like?

On October 31, I completed my 200-hour yoga teacher training with Les Leventhal at The Yoga Barn in Ubud, Bali. The training was demanding. Physically. Mentally. Emotionally. I didn’t know how vulnerable the training would make me. I didn’t know my tear ducts were big fat pipelines to an endless well of salty tears. [Yeah…I […]

The Perfect Sunday in Ubud

I love Sundays. They are a day of rest for me during teacher training. Monday – Saturday, I’m awake at 6:30 am and don’t leave The Yoga Barn until 6:00 pm. The days are wonderful, but exhausting. I find my energy depleted by the end of the day. Sundays are day to restore and spend […]

The Night Before Yoga Teacher Training

Tomorrow I begin 200 hour yoga teacher training in one of the most special places in the world to me – Ubud, Bali. I’ll be spending 6 days a week at The Yoga Barn for the next month studying with Les Leventhal. I’ve been wanting to do yoga training for a few years now, and I can’t […]