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Mysore Ashtanga with Laruga Glaser at Ubud Yoga Center July 15, 2016

Mysore Ashtanga with Laruga Glaser at Ubud Yoga Center

GPS waypoint: 8°31'43.0"S 115°15'15.5"E Ubud Yoga Centre
Location: Jalan Nyuh Kuning Raya / Singakerta Raya, Ubud, MAS, Gianyar, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia

Ubud Yoga Center
The newly opened Ubud Yoga Center is an ultra-modern building that would blend seamlessly in any cosmopolitan capital. But in Bali, where the Zeitgeist is in keeping with the unique and charming Balinese architecture, the center was met with controversy and flak. Owner and yoga teacher, Mony Suriany, who rehabilitated herself after a debilitating accident through yoga, explained that according to the architect, the Balinese culture and spirit is not contained in a building but a spirit that evolves in compliance to the changing times.

Mysore Ashtanga with Laruga Glaser at Ubud Yoga Center
yogis and yoginis pushing themselves to their safety edge

Laruga Glaser, The Teacher
Apparently, Laruga Glaser is a popular Ashtanga Yoga teacher who comes directly from the lineage of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. She's Director of the Ashtanga Yoga Program at Yogayama in Stockholm, Sweden and enjoys a good following in the social media - Facebook, Instagram, etc. In fact, on the opening day of Ubud Yoga Center, in the first class at 7am, it was packed, apparently from Ashtangis who follow Laruga.

Mysore Class
I was informed that the class would be Ashtanga. No problem. I have my grounding in Ashtanga and have practised this many times in many studios with different teachers. However, I didn't know it was going to be Mysore-style - meaning it's not a led class. You independently do your own practice and the teacher goes around making alignment and adjustments accordingly. I know all the poses, but I haven't memorized the sequence! I simply went by memory, straddling from difficult poses, back to easy poses when I remember such a pose. It was all good just the same.

Laruga started the class with one word - Samastitihi. There was no customary 'Hello' or 'How's your day?'. It was no-nonsense and straight-to-the-point. This was immediately followed by a Sanskrit chant which to my amazement, everyone knew by heart and was chanting like a national anthem. I had to stop after 'Om' as I didn't know what followed. After the chanting, everyone, as if on cue, began doing their practice in silence as Laruga went around aligning and adjusing. There was silence. To look around seemed like watching a silent movie as the yogis and yoginis went into their Chakrasanas and body-pretzel asanas.

Ashtanga Yoga
To put things in perspective, Ashtanga Yoga is the alpha-type yoga. It's the most athletic and most physically demanding. In a pool of yoga students doing Hatha yoga, it's easy to spot Ashtangis - they seem to push themselves more. And only those already steeped in the practice of Ashtanga do Mysore style. In short, these people on the mat now are perhaps the best of the best in Ashtanga yoga at least here in Ubud. I was in the presence of the hardcore Ashtangis who eat mental resolve and physical endurance for breakfast!

Ending Thoughts
I don't think I can devote all my yoga to Ashtanga the way Ashtangis do. I see Ashtanga as therapeutic yoga - afterall, the founder T. Krishnamacharya (the teacher of Pattabhi Jois), while a devout yogi, was better known during his time as an accomplished Ayurvedic healer. When I need to get back on the rail or restore my health (from eating unhealthy food, etc.), I take refuge in Ashtanga. Additionally, being in the company of Ashtangis brings out the warrior in me as I feel the fire element blazing...something I relish from time to time.

Laruga's class was my first epiphany how a teacher can possibly make (or break) a studio. I haven't seen this situation in any of the places I've practised - it was either time expediency, studio proximity or yoga type offering. It goes to show how powerful the social media are in disseminating information and even stamping its own culture.

On the yoga front, Ubud Yoga Center has ambitious programs designed to deliver professional competence - yoga (BIkram Yoga, Hot Ashtanga Yoga, Hatha Yoga), culture, art, community, food, wine, etc. It can only raise the level in Ubud's yoga scene.

The Eiffel Tower was initially rejected by the Parisians for being an 'eyesore' - it didn't comply with the Parisian ambience. So was the Louvre. But in time, these two structures became iconic landmarks for Paris and perhaps all of France. Parisians warmed-up and eventually took them under their fold. I'm hoping, with a little more time, Balinese and expats will get accustomed to the new kid on the block and see it as part of the evolving landscape.

Thank you Mony and Laruga for sharing.

--- TheLoneRider

Next stop: Vinyasa Yoga with Daniel Aaron of Radiantly Alive

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

big space with high ceiling for yoga practice alfresco layout with panoramic view Ubud Yoga Center looks like an overhang from a cliffside offering stunning and expansive  view interior with plenty of open space
art-deco lockers and mat storage washroom lockers shower facility with yogini, hands-on manager and studio owner, Mony
Ubud Yoga Center uses solar energy for clean and green it's not clear yet what to do with the open roofdeck but exciting possibilities are there with celebrity Ashtanga teacher, Laruga Glaser hardcore Ashtangis on the mat
Ubud Yoga Center

Ubud Yoga Center

Location: Jalan Nyuh Kuning Raya / Singakerta Raya, Ubud, MAS, Gianyar, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia Ubud Yoga Centre
Tel: 021 9012019 | 021 9012011

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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
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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

  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:

Leona DinopolLeona Dinopol
(July 18, 2016) The 2nd half of the Mysore chant is also the 2nd half of the Patanjali mantra. The first half was completely new to me the first time I heard it in an Ashtanga yoga studio in Baguio. Must remember to study that before I join Laruga's classes in August hehe. Excited for her workshops. She's teaching like 5 workshops in just one weekend. Plus daily Mysore classes for 6 days. Alpha-yoga indeed

Ayn LatonioAyn Philippines
Vinyasa Krama by Srivatsa Ramaswami
(July 18, 2016) She'll be doing a workshop here soon.

Perkins BrionesPerkins Briones
(July 18, 2016) Miss bali

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