The Traveler's Journal  
Press Releases - The Traveler's Journal

Informative Press Releases for Travel

Press Release information you can use!


The following information is provided by the travel supplier or its public relations representative. The Traveler's Journal can accept no responsibility for the accuracy or validity of any material in this section.



A Gathering Point for AntiGravity Yoga, Meditation, Introspection, and More...



 BALI, INDONESIA — (May 6, 2015) — Unfurling from the tropical jungle foliage adjacent to the sacred Ayung River, Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan’s new Dharma Shanti Yoga Bale extends the Resort’s wellness offerings with an uplifting program of meditation, Life Talks and yoga – including Bali’s first AntiGravity® Yoga classes.

The lotus petal inspired structure – envisioned and created by Balinese bamboo aesthetes, Ibuku, experts in experiential architecture – is constructed entirely from sustainable local bamboo. Environmentally conscientious in design and soul soothing in ethos, it offers shelter from the elements while remaining sensitive – and open – to the undulating curves, gently sloping terraces and rich natural energy of the Ayung River basin.
“The name ‘Dharma Shanti’ is directly connected to that understanding of the experiences at the heart of our lives,” explains Luisa Anderson, Spa Director of Four Seasons Resorts Bali.  “Drawing from the spirit of Buddhist philosophy, the concept of ‘dharma’ refers to the intrinsic nature of things, the path – sometimes referred to as your true purpose  – while the word ‘shanti’ comes back to peace. Watching the bale take shape felt like the architectural embodiment of those concepts.”
Each hand-carved pole used in the construction of the bale is unique. Curving and tapering in different ways, pieces were chosen for their structural integrity, smooth texture or individual beauty. The radial clusters of soaring bamboo columns are bound by rope, and hand-whittled pegs are used in place of nails to connect sections. The result is an incredibly durable structure that utilises bamboo’s natural strengths, whilst delivering an ecologically sensitive space designed to create, support and deepen the experience of all who enter and spend time within it.
At the heart of the Dharma Shanti Yoga Bale experience each week are daily 60-minute AntiGravity® Yoga classes, created and founded by former gymnast and dancer Christopher Harrison. A dynamic and groundbreaking ‘flying’ technique, it uses bespoke hammocks to support bodies of all ages and abilities into enhanced and inverted postures to relieve stress, encourage healthy blood circulation, and, in short, have fun.
In addition to AntiGravity® Yoga, the Dharma Shanti Yoga Bale offers guests 16 complimentary yoga and meditation classes each week. A daily 7am class of Sunrise, Power or Laughter Yoga is complemented by the popular Life Talk series: a program of talks hosted by resident Wellness Mentor, Ibu Fera, that guide guests towards inner peace, happiness, stress management and compassion. The Bale is also a sanctuary for private classes, cultural experiences and quiet introspection, with views across the Resort’s lush rice terraces to the Ayung River, which winds through the valley floor just 100 metres away.
Speaking at the launch of the Dharma Shanti Yoga Bale, the Resort’s General Manager Uday Rao said, “Our guests come from all over the world to retreat and rejuvenate at Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan. The Dharma Shanti Bale supports them on that journey – connecting on both an emotional and physical level with themselves and the surrounding nature. Not many expect to be hanging upside-down in the middle of a paddy field, but the intensely therapeutic aspect of AntiGravity® Yoga – and the depth of our entire wellness offering – really showcases the soul and spirit of the whole Four Seasons Sayan experience.” 
# # #
About Four Seasons Resorts Bali
Four Seasons Resorts Bali offer guests two extraordinary ways to rediscover this magical island: the oceanfront sanctuary of Four Seasons Resorts Bali at Jimbaran Bay and the tranquil riverside escape at Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan in the cool central highlands. Both feature the superb and unobtrusive service, exquisite choice of accommodations, memorable dining, outdoor adventures, wellness innovations and unrivaled access to authentic cultural experiences that Four Seasons guests expect and value around the world. Recent awards and honors of Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay include Travel + Leisure, Top Resorts in Asia, 500 World’s Best Hotels 2014 and Conde Nast Traveler Readers Choice Awards 2013 while for Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan include Conde Nast Traveler, Gold List 2014 and Conde Nast Traveler, Platinum Circle 2014 (named in the Gold List Consistently for 5 years). For more information on Four Seasons Resorts Bali, visit
About Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts
Founded in 1960, Four Seasons continues to define the future of luxury hospitality with extraordinary imagination, unwavering commitment to the highest standards of quality, and the most genuine and customized service. Currently operating 92 hotels and private residences in major city centers and resort destinations in 38 countries, and with more than 60 projects in development, Four Seasons consistently ranks among the world’s best hotels and most prestigious brands in reader polls, traveler reviews and industry awards. For more information and reservations, visit For the latest news, visit and follow@FourSeasonsPR on Twitter.


[Back to Press Releases Main]