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Four Seasons celebrates the Balinese New Year with Nyepi Eclipse Yoga

Four Seasons Balinese New Year with Nyepi Eclipse Yoga
Bali is preparing for a happy accident of nature on 9 March when a total solar eclipse will coincide with Balinese Hindu New Year, known as ‘Nyepi’.  
It is not often that a total eclipse occurs on Nyepi, the new moon signifying the New Year in Bali. To mark this coincidence and to harness the heightened energy for introspection, Four Seasons will host Nyepi Eclipse Yoga at its two Bali resorts, the riverside mountain retreat of Sayan and the all-villa beach resort of Jimbaran Bay.

This soulful and meditation-inspired yoga will embrace Bali’s natural beauty, taking place on the edge of the ocean at the new Nirvana Shanti Yoga Bale at Jimbaran Bay, or on the edge of the forest at Dharma Shanti Yoga Bale at Sayan. Guests will be guided through gentle and mindful yoga asanas, pranayama breathing, nidra relaxation practice, and chants of peace and light to the soothing sound of a singing bowl.  

“Nyepi is a special time of purification and renewal supported by silence and inactivity, as nature turns within and encourages us to do the same. To have this combined with a total solar eclipse makes it even more unique,” said Luisa Anderson, Regional Spa Director for Four Seasons Resorts Bali. “An eclipse is an ideal time for spiritual practices, chanting, meditation and introspection, and it is with this in mind that we have created a special sequence for Nyepi Eclipse Yoga.”  

In Bali, the Hindu New Year is not a time for lavish parties but rather for giving Mother Nature a rest to restore the balance between god, man and the environment. The whole island observes a ‘day of silence’: 24 hours of quiet that aim to scare away evil spirits into thinking the island has been deserted so they will go elsewhere.  

Other activities available for guests staying with Four Seasons over Nyepi include watching the lively parade of ‘ogoh-ogoh’ papier-mâché statues on Nyepi Eve (8 March), which takes place in every village on the island. Accompanied by music and dance, this parade is intended to wake up the evil spirits before the island ‘plays dead’ to trick them into leaving. Nyepi Eclipse Yoga is the perfect time for introspection and meditation, and giving the Earth a day of much-needed rest.

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