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Ananda Mandala Meditation by Punnu Wasu at The Yoga Barn Jul 4/5, 2016

Ananda Mandala Meditation by Punnu Wasu at The Yoga Barn

Location: The Yoga Barn, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
GPS waypoint: 8°31'08.4"S 115°15'52.4"E

Punnu Singh Wasu
I met Punnu twice in the Philippines. First was at Cynthia Alexander's gig and the 2nd was at the satsang of Jamby Madrigal. I remember him because I asked him one question and his answer left me unsettled. I asked, "Is it possible to attain enlightenment without a guru?". He paused. Then he looked at me in the eye and in one word, said, "No". Later on, I learned that only a Sammasam Buddha (like Gautama) achieves enlightenment without any external help. He was the latest of the Sammasam Buddhas and the next one, name Maitreya, has not shown up yet, although a lot of wannabe-Gods claimed to be . Good thing I wasn't obsessed with enlightenment (why? because I love my here-and-now). Sorry, I'm digressing. But that's how I remember Punnu.

On both occassions, he played music so I kinda pegged him for a kirtan musician. Here in Ubod, a common friend, Jim Ward, gave me a heads-up Punnu was also here. It wasn't long until I was having coffee with Punnu. He meets people everyday so I wouldn't be surprised if he actually doesn't remember me, but we had a good conversation nonetheless. He even gave me an invite to all his gigs in Ubud - sound healing, kirtan and meditation sessions at The Yoga Barn. Wow! That's a handful for a kirtan musician :) Upon closer scrutiny, I learned he also teaches Reiki. Is there anything he can't do?

Ananda Mandala Meditation by Punnu Wasu at The Yoga Barn
meditators in a rectangular circle

Ananda Mandala Meditation
This is a powerful and ancient meditation technique designed to purge the body of stuck energies that had been bottled up and left to ferment for years - pain, regret, hate, etc. They come out on the surface, allowing the person to deal with the issue from a position of compassion and strength in order to move on. According to Punnu, "This process cleanses the energy channels, washes out hidden emotions/blockages/old hurts, activates the chakras which raise your level of consciousness, make your body blissful and results in a feeling of wholeness."

The Yoga Barn
Yoga Barn is perhaps the most popular yoga studio in Bali. No, make that a yoga resort. It's the first time I've seen something like this - several yoga studios clustered together, cafe, resto, open spaces, hotel, etc. Everything you need for a yoga immersion in Bali is already self-contained at The Yoga Barn - including social interaction. More importantly, of the 2 presentors/teachers I've experienced (Punnu Wasu and Andréa Paige), I am drawn to the conclusion that Yoga Barn only hires the best of the best. These teachers are seasoned veterans who know what they're doing and can fluidly articulate on them. Let's just say that both of them are guru-types...someone you would want to be a mentor. That's saying a lot about the level of quality and professional competence that The Yoga Barn subscribes to.

We were about 30 altogether, a lot of them females, seated, holding hands in a rectangular circle with Punnu at the center. A recording of the counts and cues played on as Punnu held space for us ensuring he had an eye on everyone.

After the meditation was the 'sharing' part. Others talked about anger and wrongs in the past that came up to the surface. But this time, they had the strength to forgive and move on. Others were still in tears. Others talked about lights, numbness and nausea. There was no telling what others would go through, so at the onset, Punnu warned that even a tiger might show up in the mind's eye, ready to devour. But he advised not to run...but to deal with the difficulty as a warrior.

Ending Thoughts
Since Punnu's session was meditation, my expectation was pure mental calisthenics. I was mistaken. The 1.5 hour session was a combination of intense pranayama (breath regulation exercise), kumbhaka (breath holds - an advanced form of pranayama) and mental focus on the chakras (visualization) which ushered cathartic release from some of the participants. Pardon my French, but I've toyed around with pranayama to know this is powerful shit! I'm glad it was Punnu who administered this. He has a staunch pedigree to competently handle any shit hitting the fan. You don't want some Johnny-come-lately teacher who is just 24 hours ahead of you to be conducting such a potentially volatile class.

As for me, despite my background in Vipassana and Sudarshan Kriya meditation, I haven't reached a heightened state of physical dissolution...not even with this Ananda Mandala Meditation. However, I noticed that meditation has fortified my spiritual resolve in my day-to-day life, along pragmatic lines...realizing that everything I need for my own liberation already resides within...that I am the catalyst for all the positive changes I want to see on this planet. Meditation provides me the empowerment that no trophy, medal or citation can ever bestow. In a nutshell, meditation is an awakening. And of the so many hundreds of meditation techniques out there, Ananda Mandala Meditation is one to be taken seriously.

--- TheLoneRider

ps - Punnu, your generosity in inviting me into your circle is both flattering and humbling. It deepens my practice, reconnects me to you and opened doors for me to meet members of Yoga Barn's yoga community. My sincerest thanks.

Pranayama Blogs by TheLoneRider

  1. Covid 19 and Pranayama Mar 20, 2020
  2. Pranayama: An Introduction Oct 24, 2016
  3. Ananda Mandala Meditation by Punnu Wasu at The Yoga Barn Jul 4/5, 2016
  4. The Pranayama Superman-Effect: Zen Ride To Banguitan, Besao Feb 6, 2008
  5. Pranayama in Sagada: the Superman-Effect Jan 30, 2008
Punnu Singh Wasu

Punnu Singh Wasu

Location: currently at The Yoga Barn - Ubud, Bali, Indonesia The Yoga Barn
Email: psw(at)

July 2016 The Yoga Barn Schedule:

  • Bollywood Bhangra Dance Party: - July 11 | 7:30-9:30pm
  • Sound Healing: - Sundays | 3:00-4:30pm
  • Meditation: - M-Tu-F | 3:00-4:30pm
  • Kirtan: - Sundays | 7:30-9:00pm

Google Map Bali, Indonesia

tourist attractions in Bali tourist attractions
  • Pasar Seni Ubud (market) in Bali Pasar Seni Ubud (market) - main market in Ubud with everything touristy you can ask for
  • Goa Gajah or Elephant Cave in Bali Goa Gajah (Elephant Cave) - 9th century Buddhist temple
  • Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in Bali Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary - there really is a monkey forest right in the heart of Ubud!
  • Jalan Kajeng in Bali Jalan Kajeng - animated street similar to Hollywood's Walk of Fame
  • Nyuh Kuning in Bali Nyuh Kuning - wood carving village with a burgeoning chic cafe and resto scene along Jalan Nyuh Gading
  • Ubud Royal Palace in Bali Ubud Royal Palace - home of the royal family
  • Campuhan Ridge Walk in Bali Campuhan Ridge Walk - spectacular ridge view and hike ending 1km to the artists' village, Bangkiang Sidem | 8°30'13.0"S 115°15'16.9"E
hotels in Bali - hotel
  • Ubud Backpackers Room Ubud Backpackers Room - newly constructed, all new and clean, lockers, good water pressure, compli tea and coffee, spacious and alfresco chillout center
    Jalan Nyuh Kuning, Pengosekan, Ubud, MAS, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali - 8°31'36.5"S 115°15'41.3"E
  • Nando House Nando House - free WiFi, restaurant, terrace, free private parking, pet-friendly accommodation, private bathroom, room service
    Jalan Subak Sok Wayah, 80571 Ubud, Indonesia - 8°30'14.4"S 115°15'28.6"E
yoga in Ubud, Bali yoga
  • The Yoga Barn The Yoga Barn - full service yoga studio, holistic healing retreat center
    PT. Yoga Barn, Jalan Raya Pengosekan, Ubud - Bali, Indonesia - 80571
    8°31'08.4"S 115°15'52.4"E
  • Ubud Yoga House Ubud Yoga House - yoga for Every Body...all shapes, sizes, ages & levels
    Jl. Raya Ubud No.23, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali
    8°30'07.0"S 115°15'30.5"E | 0821-4418-1058
  • Taman Hati Yoga Taman Hati Yoga - Pranawayu yoga and Kundalini yoga
    Jalan Nyuh Gading No.7, Ubud, MAS, Kec. Gianyar, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali
    8°31'32.7"S 115°15'24.6"E | +62 (0)361-974-058 |
  • Ubud Yoga Centre Ubud Yoga Centre - Ashtanga Yoga
    Jalan Nyuh Kuning Raya / Singakerta Raya, Ubud, MAS, Gianyar, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia
    8°31'43.0"S 115°15'15.5"E | +62 812-1020-389 |
  • Intuitive Flow Intuitive Flow Yoga Studio - Healing, Yoga, Meditation with a breathtaking view
    Jl. Raya Tjampuhan, Penestanan Kaja, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
    8°30'10.8"S 115°15'07.8"E | +62-361-977-824 |
  • Ambar Ashram Ambar Ashram Laughter Yoga - Healing, Laughter Yoga, Meditation
    Jl. Nyuh Bojog No.5, MAS, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia
    8°31'21.2"S 115°15'22.0"E
  • Radiantly Alive Yoga Radiantly Alive Yoga - Vinyasa Yoga, Tibetan Heart Yoga, Iyengar Inspired, Pilates, Fly High, Roll and Release, Ashtanga Mysore, Yoga Dance, Salsa, Arm Balance Foundations, Beginners Yoga
    Jl Jembawan no.3, Padang Tegal Kaja Ubud, Bali, 80571
    +62 (0)361 978 055 | 8°30'33.7"S 115°16'01.2"E
  • White Lotus Yoga & Meditation Centre White Lotus Meditation Centre - Meditation classes | Meditation retreats
    JL. Kajeng 23, Ubud, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia
    +62 899-0134-962 | 8°30'12.9"S 115°15'43.1"E
  • ONEWORLD retreats ONEWORLD retreats - yoga, meditation, spa and discoveries
    Jl. Suweta, Banjar Sambahan, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
    +62 361 289752 |
restaurant in Bali - restaurant
  • Warung Eateries warung eateries - a cluster of roadside eateries, essential for those on a budget or those who want authentic Balinese everyday food at local prices
    across the Pertamina Gas Station - 8°31'28.2"S 115°15'49.0"E
  • Nando's Warung Resto Nando's Warung - delicious Balinese food at local warung price in a garden setting
    Jalan Subak Sok Wayah, 80571 Ubud, Indonesia - 8°30'14.4"S 115°15'28.6"E
motorcycle rental in Bali - motorcycle rental
  • D&D Rental D&D Rental - motorcycle and bicycle rental, tours, tourist information center
    Pengosikan Street, Ubud

Ubud FYI / Tips

  • the tourist area where most of the hotels, restaurants, ticket offices, tour operators are, is concentrated within the rectangular area covered by Jalan Raya Ubud, Jalan Hanuman and Jalan Monkey Forest. Best to book your hotel within this area

How to Get to Ubud from Denpasar Airport (Ngurah Rai International Airport)

  1. best, cheapest, fastest and most comfortable (this is what I did for Ubud and in Singapore) - at the airport, talk to other white travelers waiting on the same gate if they are going to Ubud. Arrange for a taxi pool. With 3 guys, you split the taxi fare (usually IDR 200k + IDR 5k for airport entrance) three-ways. You end up paying just slightly more (IDR 68k) than roughing it through a series of bemos and vans.
  2. take a bemo (public bus) to Kuta (IDR 6k) then take a shuttle bus by Perama to Ubud (IDR 50k)

Ubud Cost Index

(US$1 = Indonesian Rupiah IDR 13,140 = Philippines Php 47.00 as of July 1, 2016)
  • IDR 30-35k one small bottle beer with live band
  • IDR 4.5k 1.5 liter drinking water
  • IDR 70k one hour massage
  • IDR 15k warung food in hawker style food cart
  • IDR 15 coffee in trendy cafes
  • IDR 35k bicycle rental
  • IDR 20k per kilo or IDR 2k/piece laundry (although I've seen one at IDR 8k per kilo)
  • IDR 60k shuttle to airport
  • IDR 130k bunk bed in a dorm room, shared toilet
  • IDR 8k internet cafe
  • IDR 50k haircut
  • IDR 80k cultural performances
  • IDR 130k standard drop-in yoga class
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Indonesia Blogs by TheLoneRider

    Jakarta, Java

  1. A First-timer in Jakarta June 23-25, 2016
  2. Bandung, Java

  3. Visiting the White Crater (Kawa Putih) of Bandung Jun 28, 2016
  4. Bogor, Java

  5. Exploring Bogor, Indonesia Jun 25-27, 2016

  7. 21 Days of Abundance, Yoga and Friendship in Ubud June 30-July 21, 2016
  8. Hatha Yoga with Andrea Paige at The Yoga Barn July 21, 2016
  9. Roll and Release by Rusty Davis at Radiantly Alive Yoga Studio July 20, 2016
  10. Kundalini Yoga with Ketut Bandiastra at Taman Hati Yoga Ashram July 20, 2016
  11. Kundalini Meditative Movement with Sandeh at White Lotus Meditation Center July 19, 2016
  12. Andrea Paige - Health Crusader and Yogini July 18, 2016
  13. Power Yoga with Ni Made Murni at The Yoga Barn July 18, 2016
  14. Vinyasa Yoga with Daniel Aaron at Radiantly Alive Yoga Studio July 17, 2016
  15. Mass Cremation (Ngaben) in Ubud with Louisa July 16, 2016
  16. Mysore Ashtanga with Laruga at Ubud Yoga Center July 15, 2016
  17. Kalimasada at Yayasan Segara Giri July 14, 2016
  18. Hiking Campuhan Ridge July 14, 2016
  19. Vinyasa Flow with Nina at Intuitive Flow Yoga Studio July 14, 2016
  20. Laughter Yoga with Kadek Suambara at Ambar Ashram July 12, 2016
  21. Dance til you Drop at Bollywood Night with Punnu Wasu July 11, 2016
  22. Mayan Calendar Readings by Vasumi July 10, 2016
  23. Yoga Pranala with Chiara at Intuitive Flow Yoga Studio July 10, 2016
  24. Visiting the Elephant Cave (Goa Gajah) July 9, 2016
  25. Pranawayu Yoga with I Ketut Bandiastra, S. Ag at Taman Hati Yoga Ashram July 7, 2016
  26. Astrology Talk at The Yoga Barn July 6, 2016
  27. Yoga with Sasha Lang at the Ubud Yoga House July 6, 2016
  28. Ananda Mandala Meditation by Punnu Wasu at The Yoga Barn Jul 4/5, 2016
  29. The Wild Monkeys of the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary July 7, 2016

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