Bali Spirit Festival
Nothing stops the flow at Bali Spirit Festival [Image: Bali Spirit Festival]

Now in its sixth year, the Bali Spirit Festival in Indonesia shook all who traveled to the island of the gods through yoga, music, healing arts, and an earthquake! But not even being woken up by a 6.4 magnitude quake could stop the flow of festivities.

Bali, Indonesia is also known by locals as Pulau Devata – the island of the gods. Even though Indonesia is a Muslim-majority country, Hindu traditions and gods are still worshipped on Bali. With its picturesque beaches as well as lush green forests, it has become a mecca for yoga pracltitioners and othres seeking spiritual guidace and enlightenment.

Running since 2008, Bali Spirit Festival has grown into the go-to event in Asia for yoga lovers to get together and share their practices. This year, the festival ran from March 19 through 26 with internatinally renowned teachers like Ana Forrest hosting daytime yoga workshops, and global musicians filling the island with devotional music during the evening One World One Stage performances.

But according to reports, many festival attendees woke up to quite a scare when at 7am Bali time, the ground began to shake. The tremor lasted for about 20 secods and some tourists and residents reportedly ran out into the street for safety, or took cover underneath sturdy tables and furniture for five minutes.

Although some of the many temples located around the island sustained some damage from the earthquake, such as the gate to Kehan Temple in Bagli, no major structures were affected, no tsunami warning was issued, and no casualties occured.

Seismic records showed that the epicenter of the earthquake was located 26km south of Denpasar. According to measurements of the earthquake’s intensity created by automated systems, the magnitue was anywhere between 6.4 (Indonesia’s BMKG bureau) or 5.5 (USGS earthquake centre).

Up in the north of Bali in Ubud, the Bali Spirit Festival went on as scheduled.

Just an hour after the earthquake, festival goers already had their mats ready for the first yoga class of the day: Gravity and Grace with Tymi Howard, owner of Guruv Yoga Studios.


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