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Yoga with Sasha Lang at the Ubud Yoga House July 6, 2016

Yoga with Sasha Lang at the Ubud Yoga House

Location: Jl. Raya Ubud No.23, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali
GPS waypoint: 8°30'07.0"S 115°15'30.5"E Ubud Yoga House

Genesis
Yoga with Sasha would not have happened if not for a chance meeting in a diver's cafe over dinner in Dumaguete, Philippines with Nichole and Michael Kerle a year ago when I was scuba diving with a good friend, Metz. The 4 of us got into a conversation, and somehow talk drifted into Bali and yoga with a wonderful yogi named Sasha. Although Bali was not even on my radar then, I took down mental notes. Lo and behold, fast-forward to now, I am in Ubud, Bali! Nichole PMs me in Facebook connecting me again to the wonderful yogini of Ubud - Sasha. What followed was yogic asanas in the beautiful enclave surrounding Ubud Yoga House - terraced rice paddies and wide open expanse in a community of yogis who came to deepen their practice.

Yoga with Sasha Lang at the Ubud Yoga House
post-yoga class picture art-directed and shot by Sasha

Sasha M. Lang (Alexandra M. Lang)
At first introduction, Sasha's reassuring smile shines through. She has a gentle firmness about her and exuded a wealth of yoga experience on her belt. In the last 1.5 decades, she's had a long string of involvement in upscale spas stretching from California to Boston. She's registered with Yoga Alliance with professional competency in Vinyasa Flow and Ashtanga. She now resides in Ubud with her partner and 2 lovely daughters, Solana and Nya.

Asanas
It was a mixed group - beginners, advanced, young, somewhat elderly (no, not me! he-he) and couples. Just like any responsible yoga teacher, Sasha had to find an optimum level for the class that accommodated everyone. It was a flow Vinyasa with some challenging balancing poses, some of them unique. Her cuing is thought-through and slow-paced, allowing us to sink deep into the pose before the next transition. She integrates theory and a little life-coaching as we held the poses. Unlike some yoga teachers who package themselves as the end-all of yoga, Sasha makes it as human as it gets - talking about her challenges, what she can't do after just giving birth, etc. Aptly, she uses the word 'guide' instead of 'teach'.

'Guide' is something I would probably reuse in my own classes as I was never comfortable using the word 'teacher'. Perhaps if I am taking ownership of a person's yogic development over the long term, I can use the work 'teacher'. However, if I'm just conducting a yoga class to yogis who will come and go, the word 'teaching' seems too loaded.

Struggle
I haven't done serious yoga since Penang (Malaysia) and that was a month ago. Add consumption of deep-fried food, a popular cooking style in Indonesia, and I had the recipe for a yoga-struggle. Sasha's class purged the toxins out of my system like wringing a wet towel. I remember back in Cebu when I was doing yoga twice a day everyday...sometimes 3 classes a day - I felt the strength of a raging locomotive. Now, at Sasha's class, I felt my weakness - what should have been an easy hold or an easy balance was left on shaky legs and breath-catching gasps for air. Fortunately, I also know that with just a few regular sessions, I'll be back in shape.

Ending Thoughts
Sasha's yoga at Ubud Yoga House is one of many different yoga studios in Ubud adding choice to the myriad of yoga practitioners looking for a teacher or a studio they can resonate with. If you are still unsure where to take your practice, give this studio a try. Sasha's classes are never the same as they are always tailor-fitted to the students' level and common denominator. The studio setting alone is already worth a visit.

--- TheLoneRider

Thank you so much Sasha for allowing me to be a part of your awesome class and for introducing me to the wonderful people who share your space - Shiela and Greg. Thank you Nichole for connecting me and Sasha - miss you and Michael!

ps - If you want me to participate and write about your yoga studio or your yoga practice, email me. For my complete yoga profile, you can visit this page: Yoga by Gigit

excited to start my first yoga class in Bali getting to know our neighbors Sasha gives us a heads-up before starting the class happy moment with Sasha...post yoga
dynamic duo, Shiela and Sasha meeting Greg, a seasoned world traveler busy place....Sasha getting a henna coco-Vrksasana, shot taken by Shiela
Ubud Yoga House
Location: Jl. Raya Ubud No.23, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali
Tel: 0821-4418-1058
Email: ubudyogahouse(at)gmail.com
GPS: 8°30'07.0"S 115°15'30.5"E Ubud Yoga House

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 | tamanhatiyoga.bali@gmail.com
  • 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 | hello@ubudyogacentre.com
  • 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 | contact@intuitiveflow.com
  • 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 | info@oneworldretreats.com
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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Reader Comments:

Dulce CapadociaDulce Capadocia
(July 8, 2016) Truly a warrior!

Nichole KerleNichole Kerle
(July 8, 2016) My heart is so happy and full that you two met and practiced together. A GUIDE, I took that away as well. Love Sasha M. Lang and her family so very much. Yay, yay, YAY! Hopefully, we shall cross paths again, Gigit.

Michael KerleMichael Kerle
((July 8, 2016) This is why Nichole and I love traveling. Yes, seeing new places is exciting, but it is really about the people. If you take a moment to read this you will get some idea about just how fascinating the people we meet really are. Gigit Sulit is one of the most wonderful people I have had the pleasure to meet. The universe saw fit for him to cross paths with another fascinating person we met Sasha M. Lang. He describes her perfectly in this article, she really is another amazing soul. So neat that an amazing person we met in the Philippines got to meet an incredible person we met in Bali. What an amazing world we live in.

July 6, 2016

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