Have you ever experienced waking up to the fact that our lives are no longer working the way we planned it to be, a sudden realization that comes from a shift of perception happening slowly over time in our lives? It is a different reality that begins to emerge inside us a sign of personal soul growth. We all must find our own way that works for us to start living the life of our dreams. Allow positive changes in your life by experiencing something different, learn new cultures and immerse in a journey of peace and harmony. Here we have Wayan Partawan talking about living the life of his dreams – introducing yoga and Kirtan into our daily lives.
What do you love most about being a Balinese?
What I love most is the culture we have, with the Balinese concept coming from the Hindu religion, which is known as TRI HITA KARANA (Three concepts cosmogony). It is about harmony, balance to create peacefulness and happiness.
Tri Hita Karana comes from the Sanskrit language meaning to keep harmony and balance from human to god (ceremony or offering), human to human (community oriented), and human to environment (nature).
How would you describe the connection between Yoga and Kirtan?
Kirtan is a meditation in call and response style, where the leader sings the mantra and the crowd responds, creating a dynamic, uplifting experience for all. The group also shares chanting vocals together and no musical experience is required. You don’t have to be able to sing in tune either as you just bring a desire to revitalize your essential self.
In yoga, we also do meditation in movement to open your body, heart and mind, to create balance and center our self.
How could chanting benefit a participant during yoga practice?
The yoga of sound involves chanting; chanting is an old technique that connects humans with themselves, the universe, and spirit.
Chanting raises vibration of the individual and as a result, people who chant feel alive, peaceful and centered in order to attain good physical health and happiness. Example; by chanting OM with the right understanding, it becomes a powerful yoga practice, also creating detachment and empowering all the mental and spiritual processes.
Explain one valuable lesson you achieved while assisting in yoga retreats at Kumara. Did you use it as a motivation to become a yoga teacher?
I could practice yoga every day and learn many different styles of yoga. This made my body stronger and more flexible. I now understand more what the purpose of yoga is and that motivated me to become a yoga teacher and find my own teaching style.
Can you tell us more about yoga, kirtan and chanting and how is it linked with the Balinese culture?
Yoga is a practical aid, not a religion. Yoga is an ancient art based on a harmonizing system of development for the body, mind and spirit. The continued practice of yoga will lead you to a sense of peace and wellbeing and also a feeling of being at one with the environment. Practicing yoga makes the body strong and flexible.
Kirtan is the calling, the crying, the reaching across infinite space – digging into your heart’s deepest well to touch and be touched by the divine presence.
Chanting is singing over and over the many names of gods and goddesses, the multi- colored rainbow manifestation of the one. The link with Balinese culture is kriya which is the daily offerings that Balinese people give to their gods and spirits. They believe that this gives harmony and peace.
Who should join your retreat?
Anyone wishing for peace and harmony in their lives and who likes to learn about different cultures.
Wayan is teaching his next retreat, Immerse Yourself in Bali at ONEWORLD retreats on 12 – 17 April, 28 June – 3 July, 11 – 16 October 2015
Wayan Partawan is a lover of yoga and has a passion for chanting and deepening his spirituality. Originally a Balinese dancer, he completed his yoga teacher training at Yoga Arts and leads the now popular retreat Immerse Yourself in Bali. Read more about Wayan