February 3, 2018

Calming the mind may be exactly what you need for better health.

Mindfulness is an effective tool against compulsive habits like binge eating because it interrupts automatic behaviors. It enables you to see and understand your actions without judging them, short-circuit...

January 26, 2018

Dewi Sri is the Indonesian Rice Goddess, equivalent of the Indian Goddess Lakshmi.  Sri is the Goddess of the earth and the Mother of the Javanese people.  In the Javanese harvest ceremonies She is worshiped as the Rice Mother and as the Rice Bride.  She is widely vene...

January 12, 2018

What is Vata. The word vata means to blow or move like the wind. Consisting of the elements air and ether, it is the principle force of motion in the body and mind.

When vata is healthy, the movements of the body are graceful, unimpeded, and yet controlled. When out of...

January 3, 2018

Morning Turmeric drink with ginger, honey or maple syrup and a pinch black pepper.

Lots of health benefits in this elixir to start your day 

Turmeric has anti – inflammatory benefits and also a strong anti – oxidant.

Lemon water aids in digestion. Boost energy and strengt...

December 11, 2017

If you plan to come to Ubud at this time you are probably aware that one of the volcanoes on the island has been showing some activity since September 2017. For people who live here in Ubud and for the most of the rest of Bali, except for the area within 12km of the vo...

December 6, 2017

What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is a mind-body health system developed by sages in India thousands of years ago. Ayur means life and Veda means science or knowledge. Ayurveda offers a body of wisdom to help people stay healthy and vibrant.

Guiding principles are that the mind...

October 1, 2017

Tri Hita Karana is the Balinese philosophy of life where prosperity is brought about through a person's harmonious relationships with God ( Parahyangan), their environmental surroundings (Palemahan) and the human community (Pawongan).

Tri – Three

Hita – Prosperity

Karana...

September 15, 2017

When I set out to write about Balinese given names I thought I would just have to explain the four most common names that locals seem to use everywhere. But the Balinese Naming system is somewhat more complex than that.

The most common names are Wayan, Made, Nyoman, and...

July 1, 2017

It's not just about birds

We hadn't contacted Wayan Sumardi before two of us turned up at the Murni restaurant near the Ubud bridges. There was a sign for Bali Bird Walks but no people about. Then Sumardi appeared with a welcoming smile inviting us in to get a bottle of...

June 23, 2017

When you walk around Bali you are sure to see small palm leaf baskets containing flowers and other objects on the ground or on small platforms at the front of houses and you may wonder what they are.

They are Canang Sari where canang means basket and sari means essence....

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