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The end is merely the beginning

Thank You Bali.

It's with a heavy heavy heart that I write this last entry for Bali.

Thank you Bali.
Thank you for your warmth, not only to my body but to my soul.
Thank you for your nourishing food.
Thank you for your temples.
Thank you for your offerings.
Thank you for your people.
Thank you for your culture.
Thank you for your ceremonies.
Thank you for your wisdom.
Thank you for your hospitality.
Thank you for welcoming me, and seeing me off.
Thank you for helping me grow.
Thank you Bali.

I am all packed and ready to leave tomorrow, quick stop in Seminyak for lunch- then off to Denpasar to fly to Hong Kong !! I will be back stateside by Saturday around 9 pm.

Stay tuned for more fun coming soon! I leave for my South African adventure in 53 days.

Pura vida!

Check out my Instagram for updates on where I will be teaching power yoga and ACROVINYASA. :) @klynrae

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This Is Just the Bouncing off Point

"All that you've lived that has come up to this point is minuscule in comparison with what you now know and who you now are you see, that's why we are so exhilarated with what's before you. What is is just the bouncing off place for so much more. You are where you are and where you are is really really really really good."

Ubud is absolutely amazing. I woke up this morning around 7 am, walking down to the Yoga Barns cafe and has a bowl of tropical fruit with coconut yogurt and an iced latte...YUM!!! After that Amy Rose met me at the yoga shall for some 9 am power yoga, it was intense and I'm not sure I vibed well with the instructor, oh well theres always another class to try. IMG_2667_2.jpg

Afterwards Georgia (cha cha) and her friend sarah took us on their scooters to the clear cafe overlooking a beautiful temple. After a lunch of tacos and green juice we were dropped off at seeds of life for some raw cakes :)

Then started our day of shopping in Ubud! Some retail therapy did me good. A short 15 minute walk back to the Yoga barn and i connected with some hostel mates when i got back. Dinner was amazing as well.

Ubud I love you.

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the end is merely the beginning


Day 10: It's finally here, the last full day of ACROVINYASA teacher training. This morning we started with a rocking acrovinyasa class led by Honza and Claudine where we worked on star, start step up step downs, and leg variations in star. After that we had a wonderful breakfast of all sorts of exotic fruits, eggs, toast, pancakes, coffee, fresh juices. Once our bellies were filled, we gathered around the circle and had one final review session before taking the written portion of the assessment for certification. The test was easy and I passed! (everyone passed) After the test we had a little dance party as we normally do :) then we split up into trios and worked on basing and flying the ENTIRE acrovinyasa level 1 sequence as a complete flow. It felt really good to base it and actually start to remember what pose comes next.


The skies started to clear up and we headed to the white sand beach to jam some more! we spent about 2-3 hours there getting sand in our hair and butt cracks ;) but it was worth it!

At night we saw a preview of the AMAZING video that Peter put together for us from throughout the training, it. is. so. freaking. cool.
THEN WE WENT OUT TO CELEBRATE! We went to Topi inn which is a cute bar near the bloo lagoon, I went home a little early just because i was WORN out from the last ten days and I knew we had a vinyasa class the next morning.
pura vida!

Posted by SunshineRaae 07:26 Archived in Indonesia Comments (0)

days 8 and 9:)

Padangbai, bali

Hello from PadangBai, Bali!
Day 8: ACROVINYASA teacher training.

I woke up to the sound of the heaviest rain and the loudest thunder imaginable. By the time I walked down to the yoga deck at 7 am the storm had subsided. We had an acrovinyasa class, breakfast, practice teach and lunch.
After all that, we played a quick round of NINJA DESTRUCTION! And the winners from each group got to pick sarongs first. Claudine and Honza bought us each a sarong to wear to the Barong dance that we went to tonight. (I didn’t win ninja destruction, but I still got a cute turquoise sarong) We had to be in the lobby by 4:30 to catch the shuttle into the village. We arrived early to take our seats, on the ground center stage for the barong dance; luckily it wasn’t raining during that time. The Barong dance is a very deep and spiritual dance between good and evil, therefore there are very strict rules if you come to watch the dance: First you need to make sure your shoulders are covered, and your knees and ankles (pants are NOT enough so everyone must wear a sarong). The dance started late (bail time, slooowww) and it went on for about two hours. Another rule is that no one is allow to stand during the performance. That rule alone made my back very uncomfortable sitting on the stone ground for 2 hours but you need to be respectful. Typically during these dances, the people watching it go into deep trances and there is screaming and crying and the villagers that are not in the trances take care of the ones going through it and are really nurturing and helpful to their needs. This was one of the most different, crazy things I have ever seen and I am glad that I did. What my culture might consider “weird” or “not normal” other cultures accept it because it is part of their life and tradition. I personally think that the USA had no right to judge other countries on their customs because we have so much shit we are dealing with over here including: feeding ourselves junk, feeding our kids junk, living sedentary lifestyles, not accepting others for who they are, telling young girls through media that they are supposed to look a certain way etc.

ANYWAY! I am very happy that I got to witness that part of their culture. After the dance a few of us went to a local place Topi Inn for dinner and drink and live music! When we got back to the Bloo Lagoon we all met up in Honza and Claudine’s villa for drinks and some sweets and deep talks about what we just witnessed. I am and continue to be moved by the level of compassion this group brings.

Day 9: ACROVINYASA teacher training:
Day 9 started a little different than all the other mornings…we got to sleep in an extra ½ hour AND WE GOT TO DO A FULL 90 MINUTE YIN CLASS! During this class Honza and Claudine shared their loved story, which moved us to tears, as if yin wasn’t already enough emotional release! Breakfast was yummy with lots of fruits and toast. After eating we moved onto our LAST SEQUENCE IN LEVEL 1!!! Therapeutic flying time! It was absolutely amazing and I can’t believe we went through all 90 postures in 10 days. We did some jamming around after and I am getting so much better at embodying this practice, both as a flyer and a base.
After dinner Claudine and honza instructed us to take our sarongs and tie them around our eyes we were essentially blind. We had a partner to being with and then once the blindfold was over our eyes we were instructed to find our partners hands and really touch them and memorize them without sight. Then they spinned us around and told us to go find our partner without seeing- just through touch. It was scary, it was hard, but eventually I needed up with my original partner and it was really cool. After that exercise we did ½ hr. guided Thai massage on our partners and then switched. Overall it was a great therapeutic day but I am still so tired tonight!! Last full day tomorrow!
Xoxo Pura vida!

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time is flying by...

Good morning everyone! It's day 7 here in Bali at my ACROVINYASA teacher training..time is FLYING (no pun intended) by! We started the day at 7 am with a typical 90 min ACROVINYASA class. Here we learned some back flying including: back bird, fish, bridge, and half bridge. This was one of the best classes yet, followed by a well deserved breakfast. After breakfast was more and more acro training...including STAR, and reverse supported shoulder stand. Star was surprisingly easy and I can't wait to try it out with my flyers at home!!
Lunch was quick, and Everyone was hanging by the pool before we got out head shots taken by Peter. Claudine and Honza will be posting my photo along with a link to my bio and where I will be teaching acro in the states! ( stay tuned)
We did some more practice teaching, east coast avengers rullleee! And a little studying for our final test.
After dinner we did some lecture on social media and marketing which was very interesting ...follow me on instagram @Klynrae :)
Now it's about 10:31 pm and I am sleepy sleepy! No pictures for tonight because they won't upload, but check Facebook for updates!
xoxo pura vida peeps!

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