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Pranawayu Yoga with I Ketut Bandiastra, S. Ag at Taman Hati Yoga Ashram July 7, 2016

Pranawayu Yoga with I Ketut Bandiastra, S. Ag at Taman Hati Yoga Ashram

GPS waypoint: 8°31'32.7"S 115°15'24.6"E Taman Hati Yoga
Location: Jalan Nyuh Gading No.7, Ubud, Bali

Yoga Quest
Ubud is not only the cultural capital of Bali, it is also the yoga Mecca. The place is rich in art, cultural events, spas and yes, a generous sprinkling of yoga offerings from home studios to lavish yoga resorts. In my quest to try out the yoga studios in Ubud and experience the different styles of yoga offered, I ventured into an off-the-grid ashram in Nyu Kunin area about 4kms from the Ubud town center, called Taman Hati Yoga Ashram.

Pranawayu Yoga with I Ketut Bandiastra, S. Ag at Taman Hati Yoga Ashram
at the Taman Hati Yoga Ashram

Taman Hati Yoga Ashram
A shortcut to Taman Hati from Ubud town center is to go on foot or bicycle around the Monkey Forest until you end up on the back side of it - you're now in Nyuh Kuning. The ashram was established in 2002 and located within a quiet residential neighborhood in the upcoming trendy area of Nyuh Kuning where chic restos and touristy warungs are mushrooming up. The yoga studio is unusually huge with a high ceiling and alfresco walling. Frequented by locals with a few foreigners, it's one of the least commercial of the gamut of yoga studios in Ubud. There is also a Myna bird who perfectly mimics the laughter and even voice of the teacher, I Ketut Bandiastra, S. Ag.

I Ketut Bandiastra, S. Ag
Ketut is a son of a Balinese priest and hails from Ubud. He has traveled the world in the course of his teachings. The class I attended was mostly locals with a handful of foreigners. Locals pay by donation while admission for foreigners is IDR 100k. Ketut conducted the class mostly in Balinese with a few sprinkling of English, Japanese and French lines. He has an infectious laughter and smile. He carries himself lightly and exudes an aura of Hakuna Matata, "don't worry, be happy" - a very good embodiment of the Balinese demeanor. So far, in my limited experience in Ubud, I can say that this is the only culture I've seen that makes a conscious effort to be happy and in fact, celebrates their happiness! In his cuing, he generously throws-in the words, 'happy', 'sexy (but in a good way)' and 'smile'. While light-heartedly said, in his cuing, he also underscores that divinity resides within us - something that resonates highly with me. He comes across as a teacher you want to have a fun time with after the class (instead of being worshiped).

Pranawayu Yoga
Pranawayu Yoga is a unique sequence with a Balinese Hindu flavor as developed by Ketut given his background in Kundalini, Ashtanga and Iyengar yoga. It has a specific set of asanas done in precise chronological order. The asanas are essentially the same as Hatha yoga but the sequencing is gracefully elegant, unique and challenging.

Akiko Abe
In all of this yoga quest, Aki has been the surpring curve ball. I met her while looking for Teacher Ketut. She is a yoga teacher from Japan and devoted to deepening her yoga here at Taman Hati, going through lengths of devouring even the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. According to her, she has tried many teachers and many styles but Pranawayu Yoga is a good match for her. She has a strong practice. Our friendship is an unexpected Easter Egg I found along the way.

Ending Thoughts
Pranawayu Yoga has one of the best sequencing I've ever experienced. With my strength coming back (from a month-long hiatus from yoga), I managed the asanas which were both challenging and artistic. The transitions were intelligent and intuitive as well. It felt like a well-orchestrated movement through space. Like Ashtanga and Sivananda that has a prescribed set of asanas in regimented chronology, so is Pranawayu. A sequence as gracefully articulated as this deserves its own name. Pranawayu Yoga!

Teacher Ketut, thank you so much for sharing the magic of Pranawayu Yoga with me. A year ago, I started developing an advance sequence combining the many elements of bandha, pranayama, kumbhaka into a series of asanas woven together into a seamless meditative vinyasa...but somehow left it unfinished. You give me inspiration to complete it.

--- TheLoneRider

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with Teacher Ketut at Taman Hati Yoga Ashram post-yoga shot with another teacher, Teacher Ketut and Aki at Taman Hati Yoga Ashram yoga talk with Aki over lunch
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Reader Comments:

Jim WardJim
(Sep 29, 2017) Thank you for the amazing recommendation...he (Ketut Bandiastra) remembered you right away! Sends his kindest regards. Challenging class yet happy and light with his encouragement and banter. I intend to get in one more class before leaving next week.

Eunice ChiaEunice Chia
(July 18, 2016) Thank you for introducing Taman Hati to me. That's probably the best yoga I have ever attended. I'm going to Ketut's class tomorrow morning again! He's so funny! Haha! I enjoyed the entire process!

Natalia KlimovaNatalia Klimova
(July 9, 2016) Thank you for sharing Gigit - I will definitely give it a try next week!
(July 11, 2016) The class was fantastic, I'm coming back tomorrow!! Come tomorrow morning for yoga at 10am for practice :) happy lungs happy chest happy sky

Ketut BandiastraKetut Bandiastra
Pranawayu Yoga Teacher at Taman Hati Yoga Ashram, Bali
(July 9, 2016) Siawase

(July 31, 2016) Teacher Ketut, I am sorry I left Ubud without saying goodbye. I left in a hurry, one day ahead of schedule when I found out there was a cheap flight out of Ubud just a few hours away. I want to thank you for the wonderdul Pranawayu Yoga experience. I still talk about it to my yoga friends and tell them not to miss your class if they visit Ubud. Take care Teacher! I hope to see you again when the wind takes me back to Ubud :)

Akiko AbeAkiko Abe
(July 9, 2016) Thank you for your nice report Gigit!

Taman Hati Yoga Ashram

Taman Hati Yoga Ashram

Location: Jalan Nyuh Gading No.7, Ubud, Bali
Tel: +62 (0)361-974-058
GPS: 8°31'32.7"S 115°15'24.6"E Taman Hati Yoga

Google Map Bali, Indonesia

tourist attractions in Bali tourist attractions
  • Pasar Seni Ubud (market) in Bali Pasar Seni Ubud (market) - main market in Ubud with everything touristy you can ask for
  • Goa Gajah or Elephant Cave in Bali Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave) - 9th century Buddhist temple
  • Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in Bali Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary - there really is a monkey forest right in the heart of Ubud!
  • Jalan Kajeng in Bali Jalan Kajeng - animated street similar to Hollywood's Walk of Fame
  • Nyuh Kuning in Bali Nyuh Kuning - wood carving village with a burgeoning chic cafe and resto scene along Jalan Nyuh Gading
  • Ubud Royal Palace in Bali Ubud Royal Palace - home of the royal family
  • Campuhan Ridge Walk in Bali Campuhan Ridge Walk - spectacular ridge view and hike ending 1km to the artists' village, Bangkiang Sidem | 8°30'13.0"S 115°15'16.9"E
hotels in Bali - hotel
  • Ubud Backpackers Room Ubud Backpackers Room - newly constructed, all new and clean, lockers, good water pressure, compli tea and coffee, spacious and alfresco chillout center
    Jalan Nyuh Kuning, Pengosekan, Ubud, MAS, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali - 8°31'36.5"S 115°15'41.3"E
  • Nando House Nando House - free WiFi, restaurant, terrace, free private parking, pet-friendly accommodation, private bathroom, room service
    Jalan Subak Sok Wayah, 80571 Ubud, Indonesia - 8°30'14.4"S 115°15'28.6"E
yoga in Ubud, Bali yoga
  • The Yoga Barn The Yoga Barn - full service yoga studio, holistic healing retreat center
    PT. Yoga Barn, Jalan Raya Pengosekan, Ubud - Bali, Indonesia - 80571
    8°31'08.4"S 115°15'52.4"E
  • Ubud Yoga House Ubud Yoga House - yoga for Every Body...all shapes, sizes, ages & levels
    Jl. Raya Ubud No.23, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali
    8°30'07.0"S 115°15'30.5"E | 0821-4418-1058
  • Taman Hati Yoga Taman Hati Yoga - Pranawayu yoga and Kundalini yoga
    Jalan Nyuh Gading No.7, Ubud, MAS, Kec. Gianyar, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali
    8°31'32.7"S 115°15'24.6"E | +62 (0)361-974-058 |
  • Ubud Yoga Centre Ubud Yoga Centre - Ashtanga Yoga
    Jalan Nyuh Kuning Raya / Singakerta Raya, Ubud, MAS, Gianyar, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia
    8°31'43.0"S 115°15'15.5"E | +62 812-1020-389 |
  • Intuitive Flow Intuitive Flow Yoga Studio - Healing, Yoga, Meditation with a breathtaking view
    Jl. Raya Tjampuhan, Penestanan Kaja, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
    8°30'10.8"S 115°15'07.8"E | +62-361-977-824 |
  • Ambar Ashram Ambar Ashram Laughter Yoga - Healing, Laughter Yoga, Meditation
    Jl. Nyuh Bojog No.5, MAS, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia
    8°31'21.2"S 115°15'22.0"E
  • Radiantly Alive Yoga Radiantly Alive Yoga - Vinyasa Yoga, Tibetan Heart Yoga, Iyengar Inspired, Pilates, Fly High, Roll and Release, Ashtanga Mysore, Yoga Dance, Salsa, Arm Balance Foundations, Beginners Yoga
    Jl Jembawan no.3, Padang Tegal Kaja Ubud, Bali, 80571
    +62 (0)361 978 055 | 8°30'33.7"S 115°16'01.2"E
  • White Lotus Yoga & Meditation Centre White Lotus Meditation Centre - Meditation classes | Meditation retreats
    JL. Kajeng 23, Ubud, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia
    +62 899-0134-962 | 8°30'12.9"S 115°15'43.1"E
  • ONEWORLD retreats ONEWORLD retreats - yoga, meditation, spa and discoveries
    Jl. Suweta, Banjar Sambahan, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
    +62 361 289752 |
restaurant in Bali - restaurant
  • Warung Eateries warung eateries - a cluster of roadside eateries, essential for those on a budget or those who want authentic Balinese everyday food at local prices
    across the Pertamina Gas Station - 8°31'28.2"S 115°15'49.0"E
  • Nando's Warung Resto Nando's Warung - delicious Balinese food at local warung price in a garden setting
    Jalan Subak Sok Wayah, 80571 Ubud, Indonesia - 8°30'14.4"S 115°15'28.6"E
motorcycle rental in Bali - motorcycle rental
  • D&D Rental D&D Rental - motorcycle and bicycle rental, tours, tourist information center
    Pengosikan Street, Ubud

Ubud FYI / Tips

  • the tourist area where most of the hotels, restaurants, ticket offices, tour operators are, is concentrated within the rectangular area covered by Jalan Raya Ubud, Jalan Hanuman and Jalan Monkey Forest. Best to book your hotel within this area

How to Get to Ubud from Denpasar Airport (Ngurah Rai International Airport)

  1. best, cheapest, fastest and most comfortable (this is what I did for Ubud and in Singapore) - at the airport, talk to other white travelers waiting on the same gate if they are going to Ubud. Arrange for a taxi pool. With 3 guys, you split the taxi fare (usually IDR 200k + IDR 5k for airport entrance) three-ways. You end up paying just slightly more (IDR 68k) than roughing it through a series of bemos and vans.
  2. take a bemo (public bus) to Kuta (IDR 6k) then take a shuttle bus by Perama to Ubud (IDR 50k)

Ubud Cost Index

(US$1 = Indonesian Rupiah IDR 13,140 = Philippines Php 47.00 as of July 1, 2016)
  • IDR 30-35k one small bottle beer with live band
  • IDR 4.5k 1.5 liter drinking water
  • IDR 70k one hour massage
  • IDR 15k warung food in hawker style food cart
  • IDR 15 coffee in trendy cafes
  • IDR 35k bicycle rental
  • IDR 20k per kilo or IDR 2k/piece laundry (although I've seen one at IDR 8k per kilo)
  • IDR 60k shuttle to airport
  • IDR 130k bunk bed in a dorm room, shared toilet
  • IDR 8k internet cafe
  • IDR 50k haircut
  • IDR 80k cultural performances
  • IDR 130k standard drop-in yoga class

Indonesia Blogs by TheLoneRider

    Jakarta, Java

  1. A First-timer in Jakarta June 23-25, 2016
  2. Bandung, Java

  3. Visiting the White Crater (Kawa Putih) of Bandung Jun 28, 2016
  4. Bogor, Java

  5. Exploring Bogor, Indonesia Jun 25-27, 2016
  6. Ubud, Bali

  7. 21 Days of Abundance, Yoga and Friendship in Ubud June 30-July 21, 2016
  8. Hatha Yoga with Andrea Paige at The Yoga Barn July 21, 2016
  9. Roll and Release by Rusty Davis at Radiantly Alive Yoga Studio July 20, 2016
  10. Kundalini Yoga with Ketut Bandiastra at Taman Hati Yoga Ashram July 20, 2016
  11. Kundalini Meditative Movement with Sandeh at White Lotus Meditation Center July 19, 2016
  12. Andrea Paige - Health Crusader and Yogini July 18, 2016
  13. Power Yoga with Ni Made Murni at The Yoga Barn July 18, 2016
  14. Vinyasa Yoga with Daniel Aaron at Radiantly Alive Yoga Studio July 17, 2016
  15. Mass Cremation (Ngaben) in Ubud with Louisa July 16, 2016
  16. Mysore Ashtanga with Laruga at Ubud Yoga Center July 15, 2016
  17. Kalimasada at Yayasan Segara Giri July 14, 2016
  18. Hiking Campuhan Ridge July 14, 2016
  19. Vinyasa Flow with Nina at Intuitive Flow Yoga Studio July 14, 2016
  20. Laughter Yoga with Kadek Suambara at Ambar Ashram July 12, 2016
  21. Dance til you Drop at Bollywood Night with Punnu Wasu July 11, 2016
  22. Mayan Calendar Readings by Vasumi July 10, 2016
  23. Yoga Pranala with Chiara at Intuitive Flow Yoga Studio July 10, 2016
  24. Visiting the Elephant Cave (Goa Gajah) July 9, 2016
  25. Pranawayu Yoga with I Ketut Bandiastra, S. Ag at Taman Hati Yoga Ashram July 7, 2016
  26. Astrology Talk at The Yoga Barn July 6, 2016
  27. Yoga with Sasha Lang at the Ubud Yoga House July 6, 2016
  28. Ananda Mandala Meditation by Punnu Wasu at The Yoga Barn Jul 4/5, 2016
  29. The Wild Monkeys of the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary July 7, 2016

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