Sunday, the last day at the Bali Spirit Festival www.balispiritfestival.com, is Hari Cinta Kewarga, or family day. A day when kids and their families are invited to enjoy the spirit of the festival, with special classes tailored towards kids and the whole family.
Since I felt a little tired from the day and night before 16 hours marathon, I opted for a Tai Chi class. Canadian born Panda Chi, from Chinese descents, has been practicing the art and philosophy of Tai Chi from the early age of 12. His short morning class was more spiritual and on feeling our soul and innemost being rather than on Tai Chi movements, and this suited my slow morning mood.
The real shock came from the class after that, Masala Bhangra workout by USA born, Indian Sarina Jain. I wanted to attend this workout as I well remembered how great I felt at Sarina’s class at BaliSpirit Festival in 2013; I was not wrong.
This time Sarina was accompanied by her partner as well as by two Indian bearded drummers who gave the beat to the Indian dance music while we danced Bollywood style!
The Main Pavillion was filled with at least 200 people, which made the dance floor crowded but funny all the while. We danced and sweated as we learned Bhangra movements mixed with funky dances. Great stuff, which made my t-shirt soaked wet and my legs numb. Check on Sarina’s fitness classes and more on www.masaladance.com
After another great lunch at the Dharma Fair, where I filled up with an amazingly tasty quinoa and fern salad, we headed to the Bale Down to watch the Long Sa-an movie presentation by photographer David Metcalf. It is an incredibly brave journey, both physical and mental, that a group of people embark on with the purpose of saving the forest dwelling of the Dayaki people. The preservation of their culture depend on the forest, so check on www.thejourneyback.info to know more about this amazing project. Local songwriter Robi Navicula delighted us with some great music.
The last class of the day was at the Main Pavilion where Cristi Christensen delivered an emotional tutorial on deep inhaling energy, moving and connecting with ourselves and with the others. It started as a slow affair, to which over 300 people participated filling the whole pavilion, and developed into something so strong that I have difficulty in describing. A former gymnast and platform diver, Cristi Christensen specializes in yoga techniques that provide balance while centering the mind and body. She applies sacred movements and exhaling to her classes, delivering bright energy in a unique class style; I could not help but feel her infectious energy throughout the class, and this was a blessing ending to my Bali Spirit Festival 2105.
At that point,, after all that holistic voyage, I wished there was a BaliSpirit Festival every month everywhere. This festival delivers a mix of emotions and lets you really open up body and mind for a healthier, happier life! So long Bali Spirit Festival.
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Born in California, Sarina started leading fitness classes at a young age, and has been a certified fitness instructor for more than 18 years. She completed studies in marketing and public relations in Los Angeles before founding her company, Masala Dance & Fitness, Inc., in 1999. She soon relocated to New York where she successfully cultivated a larger audience for her cross-cultural fitness ideas. An energetic fitness innovator, music video choreographer, and international television/radio personality, Ms. Jain is America’s first cross-cultural fitness star and the creator of the Masala Bhangra Workout@reg;, which fuses Bhangra with modern, funky dance moves. Ms. Jain also hosts her own TV segment on Discovery Channel’s Fit TV, has a show on ExerciseTV, and she regularly appears on networks and programs including NBC and Today. For more information see: www.masaladance.com
Panda, from Chinese descent, was born in 1958, Vancouver Canada. From the age of 12 he began practicing the art and philosophy of Tai Chi. By incorporating Tai Chi’s main principle of non-resistance and following one’s true nature he was slowly brought to all his spiritual teachers who gave him the profound experience of his innermost being: Soul Realization. With a background of more than 35 years in the fields of Eastern Therapeutic Therapies and Self-Realization arts he has combined his personal awakenings and trainings to create a unique work that leads to transformation and Soul-Realization. He has taught for more than 20 years. He is also the author of two books and his instructional DVD, “Self-Realization Through Movement.” For more information about Panda, see: www.pandayoga.net
A former elite-level gymnast and platform diver, Cristi trained with the US Olympic diving team as an young adult. After an injury cut her Olympic dreams short, Cristi shifted her focus to helping others improve their level of fitness through personal training, Pilates, Core Fusion, and yoga. From 2006-2014, Cristi served as the Director of the internationally renowned Exhale Center for Sacred Movement in Venice, CA, where she continues to teach yoga and Core Fusion. Cristi combines her teaching, practice, and bright energy into a dynamic and unique classroom style that translates into an infectious energy that her students can’t help but feel during each class. She spreads this energy across the globe, leading workshops, retreats, and has graced the covers of Yoga Journal and LA Yoga. For more information on Cristi, please see: www.cristichristensen.com