Gaya in artisan center Ubud Bali is a modern lifestyle complex nestled high above the Ayung River gorge. It houses an art gallery, an excellent Italian restaurant and several villas. Neighboring resorts are the AmandDari ( www.amanresorts.com ) and the Four Seasons Sayan ( www.fourseasons.com ), hence the tourist traffic it attracts is of the " citizen of the world " demographic.
The Italian team behind Gaya utilizes Balinese traditional crafts fused with a modern aesthetic. Artists like Simonetta Quarti and Filippo Scascia exhibit and retail their work at the gallery . The Armani Casa buying team always makes a pit stop when in Asia to check out new product and being Italians, mangia ala Italiana .
The bungalows are available for rental as well. Check in with them for availability. For more information, visit www.gayafusion.com.
Topanga CA based Livity Outernational has come up with a great collection of lids to shade us from the summer sun.
With the slogan " Be the change you want to be " , Livity has spun out several variations of the fedora in raffia straw with hemp twill sweatbands. This is a fresher look versus the ubiquitous baseball cap.
The range is available online @www.livity.org or @ Fred Segal Man Santa Monica.
The World Cup Edition of Esquire UK had several great footie articles. Their Internet section though had some gems ; aside from featuring the guys behind You Tube and Pop Justice , one of the newest " heroes of cyberspace " ( along with Craig of Craigs List ) is Deron Beal, Founder and Executive Director of Freecycle Network .
As a " Hot Site " Freecycle Network was set up to reduce the demand for landfill by creating online communities whose members can give away and receive unwanted stuff - on the condition that no money changes hands. The site has been in existence since 2003 and now has communities in 68 countries.
Deron's equation for inspiration : " Quirky idea + following one's bliss + empowering people to make the world better = a good thing ."
So I am at Barnes & Noble on the Promenade and notice a stack of books by the escalator. Turns out to be" Yoga for Regular Guys" ( YRG ) authored by 3 time ex-world champion wrestler Diamond Dallas Page.
Being in Yogastania, I am curious as to any new missives from de-facto yogic ambassadors.
Mr. Page got his introduction to yoga from attending one of Brian ( sic) Kest's classes. He enjoyed the physical challenges of the practice but couldn't relate to the spiritual aspect. As he eloquently phrases it : " I don't go for that spiritual crap".
Disconnect (DSCNT ) # 1 : How is an ex-wrestler a regular guy ?
DSCNT # 2 : Patanjali must be rolling in his shrine. Diamond suggests wearing a heart rate monitor during YRG . ( Que paso no hay IPod tambien ? )
DSCNT # 3: " My YRG is a mixture of yoga, calisthenics and isometrics ( calisthenics and isometrics , tres girlie nest ce pas ? )
DSCNT : # 4 : His not so hidden agenda is to LCD ( Lowest Common Denominator ) yoga ( why call it yoga dude - dats like Sanskrit duh ) and take it to Middle America This as he notes the book is written from his residence in La La Land.
And on and on - - - -
Most important non-judgmental yogic observation :
On the " hot yoga babe " pics. Could you not have used the same photographer that shot the American Apparel ads ?
Now, that's hot -
Ultimately though , to paraphrase William Blake : " All paths eventually do lead to the palace of wisdom " ( even with a pit stop in Middle America ) .
Ocean Drive Magazine 's June issue has an interview with the current Superman - Brandon Routh. When asked as to his work out regimen in preparation for the role , his reply was : Three hours a day lifting weights and doing yoga .
This is not usually a formula that serious yogis / yoginis practice.
The asana for yogic flying prep looks more like this :