Interview: Embracing yoga in Bali
Nowadays, you can easily find all sorts of information, knowledge and tips online, including information about yoga – the benefits of yoga, healthy lifestyle with yoga, tips on yoga poses, clothes and mats including recommended yoga studios and teachers, etc. Researching about yoga or just happened to stumble unto information on yoga, which triggers our interest to explore and make it a part of our life can be an exciting journey when we deliberately go through it with it in a way that makes us feel comfortable. Here we have retreat leader, Rachel Roberts explaining about finding a proper dosage of yoga for you.
How do you describe the yoga? Why is it such a good healing tool?
Yoga is a love letter to the self, written in the pen of the breath. When we come to our mats, the external world falls away and we sit authentically with the Self. On your mat it doesn’t matter if you are a successful attorney or a debt-ridden grad student – on the mat you are a brave practitioner, studying yourself. The mat is a great equalizer and a place to learn what true self-compassion is.
What kind of advice would you give to people who have never tried yoga?
Come to a class with no expectations. Give yourself permission to feel awkward and unsure, then KEEP COMING. Try many teachers and many styles until you find the proper dosage of yoga for you. Work to find a practice that lets you feel challenged, guided and reflective and one that will hold your attention for a lifetime.
What kind of benefits can participants achieve by joining your retreat in ONEWORLD retreats?
From the moment you arrive in Denpasar you will are held, the burden of decision making is lifted and you are enveloped in a space of self-healing. A week of deeply intentioned yoga practice against the backdrop of Heaven will re-center you and place you firmly onto your dharmic, joyous path. This retreat is what YOU as a guest want it to be. It can be restorative and gentle or physically challenging and spiritually progressing. I am so very happy to share what I have learned from decades on my mat or to simply hold the space for you to sit in stillness and reflection.
Why did you choose to hold your retreat in Bali?
I did my initial yoga training in Bali and fell deeply in love with the island, the culture and especially the people. Flowing Into Grace 2014 will be my eighth retreat with One World and I will return for as long as they will host me! Bali is for me the heart of the planet. It is the most fostering place I have ever experienced for svadyaya – study of the self. It also happens to be the most aesthetic place I have ever been. It can be hard to see divinity in the concrete walls of cities – in Bali the divine shows itself in every flower offering, every devotionally carved piece of wood and in the incense-fused trade winds that embrace every practitioner the island holds.
Do you have a quote/affirmation to help yoga practitioners in their daily practices?
We practice yoga so that we might be healthy in body, calm in mind, useful in daily life and joyous enough to inspire others.
Flowing Into Grace Yoga Retreat - ONEWORLD retreats, Kumara Sakti – Ubud
Rachel Roberts initially found yoga in 1998 at the recommendation of a naturopathic doctor who suggested asana and pranayama as a way to control her worsening asthma. Over the next several years, yoga came in and out of her life until 2004 when she became increasingly dedicated to expanding her personal practice and yogic knowledge. “Yoga has so profoundly and completely changed my life in positive ways that I cannot help but share it with others.”