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 festival.
Mona Jahja, a 48-year-old self-proclaimed “yoga-holic” from Jakarta, said she had a great time during the festival.
“I have come to this festival three times, simply for having a good time with my friends while, at the same time, getting inspired by the local and overseas gurus,” she said.
The five-day festival, which ended on Sunday, featured a wide range of workshops and sessions for yoga, meditation and healing, as well as dance and energy movement classes brought by practitioners from all around the globe.
This year, Bali Spirit welcomed around 1,000 participants from the United States, Australia, China, Japan, India, South America, Western and Eastern Europe, and Africa.
All visitors shared one common interest: To feast on as much fusion of yoga, music and dance as they could.