Bali Spirit Festival, Ubud Bali May 1-5, 2024

Yoga Dance Music Healing

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Contest Winner Jeff McDonald Reports

Good luck brought me to Ubud, the town in Bali where Elizabeth Gilbert had found her spirit guru. I had won the Grand Prize for a free trip to the Bali Spirit Festival, a five-day feast of yoga, dance and music that promised on its Web site to change my life.

What did I find and experience in Bali? From Rebecca Pflaum and others that a yogi can change the circumstances of his life in an instant. “It is your birthright to be beautiful, bountiful and blissful,” Pflaum told us.

Music and dance were everywhere. There were powerful moments of healing and transformation – doing 108 sun salutations with hundreds of other yogis and yoginis in an event held to raise money and awareness for HIV/AIDS prevention in Bali.

As teacher after teacher led us in salutations and music, an energy pulsed around me. I began to feel my heart strings pull tightly on my chest. I had locked on to my heart chakra and a feeling of conscious meditation lifted me inside my body. I saw a green light in my awareness and I dropped down into my child’s pose. 

My only thought was to breathe and feel the love around me. Finally, I looked up and smiled a complete smile, knowing I had found true bliss.

Jeff McDonald from AbuDhabi

Written by : Jeff McDonald


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