Full Moon Yoga has come to Bali in a dramatically beautiful location, offering the unique experience of performing Moon Salutations on a river-edge wooden platform surrounded by ricefields and the lush Sayan Valley forest.
Perched on the banks of the sacred Ayung River at Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan, the new Dharma Shanti River Terrace provides a breathtaking open-air venue to extend upon the resort’s uplifting wellbeing and yoga programs, with dynamic new classes. A highlight of this is the Full Moon ‘Purnama’ Yoga, a first for Bali in a spectacular river-edge setting, under the glow of the full moon and twinkling stars.
“Every full moon, or ‘purnama’, is a sacred day in Bali, when Balinese-Hindus honor ancestral gods and thank them for their protection with offerings and ceremonies across the island,” said Luisa Anderson, Regional Director of Spa for Four Seasons Resorts. “This is intended to counter negative forces and replenish our vital energy. Our new Full Moon Yoga program is inspired by the uplifting energy of this important day on the Balinese calendar, enabling guests to honor the ‘yin’ or divine feminine side with Moon Salutations, to counterbalance the ‘yang’ or masculine nature of classical Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskar) of day yoga.”
Moon Salutations are believed to cool-down fiery impulses and ‘hot’ emotions, allowing creative energy to flow. The first Full Moon Yoga was on 29 August, and the program continues at 7.30pm on each full moon: 28 September, 27 October, 26 November, and 25 December when it coincides with Christmas Day. Sessions are complimentary for in-house guests of Four Seasons Resorts Bali, while non-resident guests are welcome at a rate of Rp300,000++ per person.
Also a tranquil venue for private Meditation sessions, the River Terrace follows the recent launch of the 100% bamboo Dharma Shanti Yoga Bale, located just across the ricefields, where guests are offered a dynamic series of wellness activities. Yoga classes at the bale include Bali’s first certified AntiGravity® Yoga, created and founded by former gymnast and dancer Christopher Harrison; Laughter Yoga; as well as complimentary Sunrise, Power or Hatha Yoga. The resort’s resident Wellness Mentor, Ibu Fera, leads the popular Life Talk series that guides guests towards inner peace, happiness, stress management and compassion.
In addition to the resort’s weekly wellbeing program, it also offers an exclusive series of international yoga masters-in-residence, with the next ‘yoga masters to the stars’ featuring Summer Dien (September 14-20, October 5-10 and October 12-17) and Faye Riches (November 9-21). The visiting masters bring their own individual styles for guests to further develop their own practice, complementing the resort’s own classes.
Dharma Shanti Yoga Bale — whose name means ‘path to peace’ in Sanskrit — is nestled in a quiet corner of the resort surrounded by lush forest at the bottom of the Sayan Valley, with views over ricefields to the fast-flowing Ayung River.